In a week when the best of the world's skiers and
snowboarders are bringing a blizzard of ''big air''
spectacles to southern skifields during the Winter Games,
Wanaka bureau chief Mark Price slipped off quietly for what
is known in some quarters as a ''soft snow'' experience.
While Australian actor Sam Worthington sips Champagne on the
red carpet in Venice next month, the mountaineer he portrays
in the new movie Everest will be in Nepal, huddled in
a tent at the foot of the world's eighth highest mountain.