By Steve Cuff in Perisher
Perisher unveiled the re-naming of Cold Shoulder in Blue Cow, to now officially be known as Mogul Matt’s, in honour of Matt Graham who earlier this year won a silver medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic mogul event.
Having skied Perisher since he was three years old, Matt has spent countless days training moguls on Cold Shoulder all through his career.
“It’s obviously an extreme honour and very proud to be a Perisher skier and Perisher boy and this particular run is where I learnt how to ski moguls,” said Matt.
“I spent a lot of my childhood here learning and competing at interschools and all the way up through the junior comps. It’s very special and this run is very close to me in a lot of ways and we still spend a lot of time here training throughout the season.
“I pretty much loved this run from the get go, all the rocks and everything you can jump off over here at Blue Cow at Mogul Matt’s is pretty awesome.”
He may have attended two Winter Olympic games and won a silver medal, but Matt said he had his first taste of mogul skiing when he joined the Perisher Winter Sports Club program in 2002.
“Matt is a huge role model for aspiring athletes and will always remain one of Australia’s most internationally successful skiers, and we are so pleased to name Mogul Matt’s after him,” said Peter Brulisauer, Perisher’s Chief Operating Officer.
The unveiling of Mogul Matt’s happened in conjunction with the start of the Perisher Junior Mogul Championship; an event designed to introduce young athletes to the next level of competition and provide a platform for junior mogul athletes to show their stuff in a fun competitive environment.
After the announcement and prior to the start of junior event Matt had a celebratory run through the course, and was followed by elder brother David, himself a former representative mogul skier. His sister Eliza works as a mogul coach for Perisher Winter Sports Club.
Matt said it was good to see so many kids out there enjoying the moguls and getting into the sport.
“I remember being in their shoes when I was their age as a youngster and it can be somewhat daunting to be training alongside the best guys in the world. For me I just try to be as friendly as I can to all the kids and make sure if they want to come up and chat to me or want an autograph or ask a question about the sport or how to do something I want to be as helpful as I can and give back as much as I can.”
Further to the naming of Mogul Matt’s, Perisher today announced a $260,000 investment in snowmaking on Toppa’s Dream.
This investment will see automated snowmaking installed on Toppa’s Dream allowing this iconic run to be open earlier each winter providing a longer training period for the Australian and visiting International mogul skiing teams each winter.