WHEN you are a young skier there is no better day on the mountain than to ski with your mates and perhaps your idol and Olympic skier Russ Henshaw.
A group of youngsters from Jindabyne did just that last Saturday when the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation organised a day to "Ride with Russ" at Perisher where a group of more than 20 young skiers had a great day receiving tips on their skiing.
Joining Perisher ambassador Russ Henshaw were fellow local park skiers Harrison McInnes, Thomas Waddell, Cameron Waddell and Scott Kneller who all gave up their time to offer tips and advice and help the younger locals improve their technique in the terrain park.
Mt Piper is an introductory park area at Perisher where the small jumps and gentle box and rail features allow the kids to practice, which was the perfect venue. The smiles on their faces were enough to know they were all enjoying themselves.
There was no shortage of enthusiasm as the kids either lapped the t-bar or hiked back up the hill to try and impress with their skills off the jumps, boxes and rails.
"It's been a fantastic day and good to see a smile on everyone's face," said Scott Kneller on the days events.
Russell Henshaw is one of the best freeride park skiers in the world and for the Jindabyne kids to be able to ski with him was a thrill, and a great satisfaction also for Henshaw.
"They are killing it, they all seem to be having a super good time and it is pretty crazy to see how fast they have progressed," Henshaw said after seeing the kids improve all their moves early in the day.
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