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Skiing Aussie style

It's not something you expect to see on a Canadian ski hill in the middle of winter, but skiers took to the slopes of SilverStar Mountain Resort with nothing more than a swimsuit on.

It was all part of an Aussie tradition the pow hounds brought with them from Down Under.

The annual event saw many visiting Aussies and their Canadian “mates” bravely riding down the snow carrying Australian flags, inflatable Kangaroos and some with nothing at all.

With more than 338,000 Australians visiting British Columbia annually there is no secret the nation's Commonwealth partners are fans of the area.

Mountain employee Kristie Buckley has been living in Canada for six years and recently received her Canadian residency.

“You wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else in the world than here in the Okanagan. All my friends who have visited me keep coming back,” Buckley said.

SilverStar Mountain Resort is welcoming its highest number of visitors in recent years with good weather conditions and a surplus of snow.

The Alpine base is more than two metres and snow was falling heavily Saturday.



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