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Took them a while to confirm, but as was reported back in December, Vail Resorts now own Hotham and Falls. Photo: Chris Hocking

As Expected, Vail Resorts Confirm Purchase of Hotham and Falls Creek – Press Release

February 22, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the ski fields at Falls Creek Alpine Resort (“Falls Creek”) and Hotham Alpine Resort (“Hotham”) in Victoria, Australia.
JacksonHole, the perfect location for the Mindful Camp. Photo: Tony Harrington

Take Your Mind On A Ski Trip – Mindful Camp In Jackson Hole

February 22, 2019
  It blends mindfulness practices, a little morning meditation, delicious nutritious meals and a fresh approach to coaching on snow in small groups
No big storms on the way, but plenty of opportunity this week to take in the view in Niseko. Photo: Matt Wiseman

The Grasshopper’s Japan Weekly Forecast – Switch into spring mode and cut some shapes in the sun

February 21, 2019
It looks as though spring has come a little early in Japan this year as the prevailing NW winds we see during winter appear to be faltering.
Amber Nelson having fun n Snowbird last week. Should be more of this in Utah over the next week. Photo: Chris Segal

The Grasshopper’s North American Forecast – A Good ol’ fashioned Snowdown in The American Northwest

February 21, 2019
There’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned snowdown in the American northwest over the next week or so, thanks to a front parking itself over the area.
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will no longer be part of the Epic Pass.

Arapahoe Basin Ends Partnership With Vail Resorts – Press Release

February 20, 2019
In order to continue to build on this spirit and the experience we have created, Arapahoe Basin and Vail Resorts will not be renewing their pass partnership for the 2019/2020 season
Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

February 20, 2019
Like fine wine the Japanese snow season is now maturing nicely, and as we glide into spring the climate will take on a whole new flavour.
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows February Update – Three Big Storms, Five Metres of Snow and the Skiing is As Good As It Gets

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

February 16, 2019
The 2nd Victorian backcountry festival will be held at Mt Hotham over the weekend of September 7 and 8,  2019.
Tony Harrington getting deep during Jackson Hole's deepest every February. Photo: Coen Bennie-Faull

Press Release – Jackson Hole: Deepest February Ever

February 15, 2019
With 97 inches (2.46m) of snowfall on the upper mountain since the start of the month, February 2019 is now the deepest February in Jackson Hole's history.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

February 15, 2019
Is February the new January when it comes to skiing in Japan? Find out how good conditions in Niseko have been so far this month...
Consistent snowfalls have been topping up Niseko over the past week. Photo: Matt Wiseman / Niseko Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls Saturday, Warm Temps and Rain Tuesday and Wednesday

February 14, 2019
 Ten day totals this week should lie in the range of 25-45cm for most resorts, with up to 60cm on more exposed terrain of central Honshu. Most of this will fall during a good dump on Saturday.
Henry Holdsworth getting very deep at Alpine Meadows on Feb 11. The Sierra's have been going off and another one to two metres is on the way. Photo: Ben Arnst/SquawValley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Sierras About to Pop and Southern Rockies Burgeoning, While Canada Goes Hungry

February 14, 2019
In a similar story to last week, the Sierras will continue to pig-out on massive snowfalls with ten-day accumulations maxing out around the 1.5-2m mark, most of which will fall over the next few days during the current storm
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

February 14, 2019
In this episode Cody heads to Nevada to climb and ski a couloir known as Terminal Cancer, accompanied by his wife, Elyse  Saugstad and fellow Squaw shredder Connery Lundin.
Mammoth on Feb 9.There's been another metres since then and there is more on the way in the next 48 hours. Photo: Peter Morning

Press Release – Mammoth Mountain Announces It’s Staying Open Until July 4 As HUGE Snow Season Continues

February 13, 2019
Today Mammoth Mountain announced they will be staying open through to July 4th for skiing and riding (and possibly longer).
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.
A traditional Jaopanses meal at Washiya. Photo: Kate Allman

Insider Guide To Eating Out In Hakuba

February 11, 2019
Know before you go: these are the must-try places to fuel up in Hakuba.

Scotty James Wins Third Consecutive World Championship – Watch His Winning Run

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

World Snow Wrap – Massive Snow Totals In the US and Europe

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks in Europe.
Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
Sun Valley, one of the world's legendary resorts, now a partner with the Epic Pass. Photo: Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley and Snowbasin Join the Epic Pass

February 7, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort jointly announced today that both resorts will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance
Kevin Quinn deep in the trees at Squaw Valley yesterday. The last storm dropped 2-3 metres across the Californian resorts and there is more on the way this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Cascades and Sierras to Cop Big Snowfalls as “Little Foot” follows in the steps of big brother

February 7, 2019
As Big Foot stomps off to the east, the trail of powder he left measures between 2-3m in the Sierras where we have already seen roughly three times the amount of snow fall than what we saw for the entire month last year, and the madness has only just begun
The next couple of days in Myoko should be like this. Looks pretty good.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Consistent Top-ups and Cold Temps For a Great Week

February 7, 2019
We saw a mid-season blip last week, whereby heinously warm temperatures dropped a whole swag of rain over Honshu, while wet snow and sleet fell over Hokkaido.
Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

February 6, 2019
The world’s best took advantage of perfect freeride conditions in the Purcell Mountains for an exceptional second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour.
The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6, 2019
This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies avalanches for us with 5 absolute red flags for snow instability. 
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No big storms on the way, but plenty of opportunity this week to take in the view in Niseko. Photo: Matt Wiseman

The Grasshopper’s Japan Weekly Forecast – Switch into spring mode and cut some shapes in the sun

February 21, 2019
It looks as though spring has come a little early in Japan this year as the prevailing NW winds we see during winter appear to be faltering.
Amber Nelson having fun n Snowbird last week. Should be more of this in Utah over the next week. Photo: Chris Segal

The Grasshopper’s North American Forecast – A Good ol’ fashioned Snowdown in The American Northwest

February 21, 2019
There’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned snowdown in the American northwest over the next week or so, thanks to a front parking itself over the area.
Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

February 20, 2019
Like fine wine the Japanese snow season is now maturing nicely, and as we glide into spring the climate will take on a whole new flavour.
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows February Update – Three Big Storms, Five Metres of Snow and the Skiing is As Good As It Gets

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

February 15, 2019
Is February the new January when it comes to skiing in Japan? Find out how good conditions in Niseko have been so far this month...
Consistent snowfalls have been topping up Niseko over the past week. Photo: Matt Wiseman / Niseko Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls Saturday, Warm Temps and Rain Tuesday and Wednesday

February 14, 2019
 Ten day totals this week should lie in the range of 25-45cm for most resorts, with up to 60cm on more exposed terrain of central Honshu. Most of this will fall during a good dump on Saturday.
Henry Holdsworth getting very deep at Alpine Meadows on Feb 11. The Sierra's have been going off and another one to two metres is on the way. Photo: Ben Arnst/SquawValley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Sierras About to Pop and Southern Rockies Burgeoning, While Canada Goes Hungry

February 14, 2019
In a similar story to last week, the Sierras will continue to pig-out on massive snowfalls with ten-day accumulations maxing out around the 1.5-2m mark, most of which will fall over the next few days during the current storm
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

World Snow Wrap – Massive Snow Totals In the US and Europe

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks in Europe.
Kevin Quinn deep in the trees at Squaw Valley yesterday. The last storm dropped 2-3 metres across the Californian resorts and there is more on the way this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Cascades and Sierras to Cop Big Snowfalls as “Little Foot” follows in the steps of big brother

February 7, 2019
As Big Foot stomps off to the east, the trail of powder he left measures between 2-3m in the Sierras where we have already seen roughly three times the amount of snow fall than what we saw for the entire month last year, and the madness has only just begun
The next couple of days in Myoko should be like this. Looks pretty good.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Consistent Top-ups and Cold Temps For a Great Week

February 7, 2019
We saw a mid-season blip last week, whereby heinously warm temperatures dropped a whole swag of rain over Honshu, while wet snow and sleet fell over Hokkaido.
Gabe Taylor, threading Mammoth's trees a couple of weeks ago. More of this on the way with 80cms in the forecast for Mammoth. Photo: Pete Morning

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Snow Aplenty During West-wide “Big Foot” Storm

January 31, 2019
The Sierras will strike back with a vengeance this week after last week left resorts there snowless. Ten-day snow accumulations show 1m-1.5m will fall along its main spine.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

January 31, 2019
The fabled 'Japanuary' has come to an end but the powder skiing sure hasn’t… Check out the latest wrap-up from Niseko
Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

January 31, 2019
After Japanuary goes out with a bang, the first week of February is looking a little slower. That’s by Japanese standards of course, and most resorts will still receive snowfalls in the 40cm-80cm range over the next ten-days
Niseko, Jan 19. There have been plenty of days like this after 1.4m in the past 7 days. Photo: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography

World Snow Wrap – Things Calm Down After Some Big Storms

January 25, 2019
Huge snow totals in California, the powder cycle resumes in Japan and things have calmed down in Austria
Snowbird has had 1.7 metres in the past week and more is forecast in the next 24 hours before things calm down! Photo: Chris Segal

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Rockies Will Do Well Amidst a Subdued Wild West

January 24, 2019
The Rockies look set to make the most of a bad situation with ten-day accumulations between 25-45cm for a lot of resorts there, and double that for northern parts of the Canadian Rockies.
Evelina Nilsson finding some awesome hakuba power last week and there is more to come. Photo: Zoya Lynch

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast, Jan 24 – Honshu Going Through The Roof

January 24, 2019
Japanuary will go out with a bang with snowfalls going through the roof on Honshu. Yet again, snowfall accumulations will be getting up near the 1.5m mark for the next ten days
Getting powdered from above and below at Vail in the latest storm a couple of days ago. Colorado has benefited from storms rolling off the Pacific and resorts there have more snow than average. Photo: Scott Bellow

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – Mid-January Update

January 21, 2019
After reports of 1.5m or more of snow falling during the recent storm that rolled off the Pacific, resorts in the Sierras are reveling in deeper than average snow. So too are the southern half of the American Rockies
Blue skis and incredible sunrises over the last couple of weeks in Hakuba photo: @jacksmitharthur

Hakuba Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 3rd-18th 2019

January 18, 2019
The last two weeks have brought us lots of beautiful bluebird days with the occasional big dump thrown in, but not much snow...
Mikael Landlord enjoying some sunshine in Myoko this week, but the weather has turned wiht more snow on the way.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Goodness gracious me, snow for the next nine days

January 17, 2019
After a settled sunny week, we are now back in business. It’s going to be a week of big snowfalls, especially on Honshu where a series of troughs each brings heavy falls.
Road clearing at Alpine Meadow this morning and another 1.5 metres forecast by the weekend. Photo: Squaw valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Plenty going on with plenty of Snow for everyone

January 17, 2019
It’s a fairly stormy week ahead with lots going on; some days almost turned into an essay. Again, the Sierras stick out with ten-day accumulations up over the metre mark.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

January 15, 2019
‘Japanuary’ as they say, is well and truly underway... Find out how the first two weeks of 2019 have looked in Niseko!
2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 14, 2019
The Japanese snow season is now ticking along nicely, and generally speaking, snowfalls are tracking along average lines.
Coen Bennie-Faull has made his annual movie from Hotham to jackson Hole and hooked right in to some classic

World Snow Wrap, January 11 – Snowfalls continue in Europe, Canada, the US and, of course, Japan

January 11, 2019
It has been snowing British Columbia, the western states of the US, Japan and Austria. More to come and much-needed snowfalls on the way for France.
It has been a big week for snow in California's Sierras and there is more to come. Bernie Rosow making the most of 60cm of fresh snow on Jan 7. Photo: Peter Morning

North America Forecast – The Big Calm, followed by big snowfalls in the Sierras

January 10, 2019
The ten-day snow accumulation chart paints a rather different picture this week with the southern half of North America inline to score the bonanza, while the northern half clocks up some sunshine hours during the “Big Calm”.
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JacksonHole, the perfect location for the Mindful Camp. Photo: Tony Harrington

Take Your Mind On A Ski Trip – Mindful Camp In Jackson Hole

February 22, 2019
  It blends mindfulness practices, a little morning meditation, delicious nutritious meals and a fresh approach to coaching on snow in small groups
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows February Update – Three Big Storms, Five Metres of Snow and the Skiing is As Good As It Gets

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
Tony Harrington getting deep during Jackson Hole's deepest every February. Photo: Coen Bennie-Faull

Press Release – Jackson Hole: Deepest February Ever

February 15, 2019
With 97 inches (2.46m) of snowfall on the upper mountain since the start of the month, February 2019 is now the deepest February in Jackson Hole's history.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

February 15, 2019
Is February the new January when it comes to skiing in Japan? Find out how good conditions in Niseko have been so far this month...
Mammoth on Feb 9.There's been another metres since then and there is more on the way in the next 48 hours. Photo: Peter Morning

Press Release – Mammoth Mountain Announces It’s Staying Open Until July 4 As HUGE Snow Season Continues

February 13, 2019
Today Mammoth Mountain announced they will be staying open through to July 4th for skiing and riding (and possibly longer).
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.
A traditional Jaopanses meal at Washiya. Photo: Kate Allman

Insider Guide To Eating Out In Hakuba

February 11, 2019
Know before you go: these are the must-try places to fuel up in Hakuba.
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

World Snow Wrap – Massive Snow Totals In the US and Europe

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks in Europe.
Sun Valley, one of the world's legendary resorts, now a partner with the Epic Pass. Photo: Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley and Snowbasin Join the Epic Pass

February 7, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort jointly announced today that both resorts will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

February 2, 2019
The latest challenge Cody has set for himself is a big one,  a three-year project to ski all 50 lines listed in the book, the 50 Classic Ski Descents Of North America.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

January 31, 2019
The fabled 'Japanuary' has come to an end but the powder skiing sure hasn’t… Check out the latest wrap-up from Niseko
Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

January 31, 2019
After Japanuary goes out with a bang, the first week of February is looking a little slower. That’s by Japanese standards of course, and most resorts will still receive snowfalls in the 40cm-80cm range over the next ten-days
Niseko, Jan 19. There have been plenty of days like this after 1.4m in the past 7 days. Photo: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography

World Snow Wrap – Things Calm Down After Some Big Storms

January 25, 2019
Huge snow totals in California, the powder cycle resumes in Japan and things have calmed down in Austria
Of course, after a session ope Yoga and meditation you may be ripping Jackson Hole's famous

Keep Calm and Ski Like A Boss – Jackson Hole’s Mindful Ski and Snowboard Camp

January 23, 2019
They’ve nailed the program with a sweet balance of time on the slopes, mindfulness coaching, morning meditation and a line up of experienced specialists to help flex and grow those mindful muscles along the way.
Getting powdered from above and below at Vail in the latest storm a couple of days ago. Colorado has benefited from storms rolling off the Pacific and resorts there have more snow than average. Photo: Scott Bellow

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – Mid-January Update

January 21, 2019
After reports of 1.5m or more of snow falling during the recent storm that rolled off the Pacific, resorts in the Sierras are reveling in deeper than average snow. So too are the southern half of the American Rockies
Blue skis and incredible sunrises over the last couple of weeks in Hakuba photo: @jacksmitharthur

Hakuba Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 3rd-18th 2019

January 18, 2019
The last two weeks have brought us lots of beautiful bluebird days with the occasional big dump thrown in, but not much snow...
Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

January 16, 2019
“I love this place. It’s been 20-something years of living here and I’m still finding new places to go, explore and enjoy.”  Brian Iguchi, on Jackson.
The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

January 15, 2019
The 2019 Freeride World Tour (FWT) begins in just four days in Hakuba, Japan with the competition weather window running from January 19-26th.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

January 15, 2019
‘Japanuary’ as they say, is well and truly underway... Find out how the first two weeks of 2019 have looked in Niseko!
Coen Bennie-Faull has made his annual movie from Hotham to jackson Hole and hooked right in to some classic

World Snow Wrap, January 11 – Snowfalls continue in Europe, Canada, the US and, of course, Japan

January 11, 2019
It has been snowing British Columbia, the western states of the US, Japan and Austria. More to come and much-needed snowfalls on the way for France.
While there's been some good skiing in the resorts, this much snow brings its own challenges to the day to day living. Overturn, Jan 6.

Massive Snow Storms Continue In Austria and the Northern Alps

January 9, 2019
There has been a huge amount of snow falling across the northern European Alps over the past couple of weeks with resorts in Austria bearing the brunt of the storm.
Mark Abma getting among Whistler's powder fest on January 4. Photo: Eric Berger Photo

Whistler Blackcomb Had Its Snowiest December On Record and the Snow Just keeps coming!

January 7, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb has been in the firing line again this week, receiving 124cms of snow in the past seven days and there is more on the way.
ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

January 6, 2019
From the visionary that brought us The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding, comes a similarly mind-bending film - an incredible freeride expedition into the unlikely peaks of Pakistan and the imposing Karakoram range. 
IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

January 3, 2019
Snowboard extraordinaire Travis Rice is out of the spotlight in his latest film, instead placing friend and Japanese snowboarder Shin Biyajima at the fore in an intimate portrait of Shin, his snowboarding and his culture. 
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JacksonHole, the perfect location for the Mindful Camp. Photo: Tony Harrington

Take Your Mind On A Ski Trip – Mindful Camp In Jackson Hole

February 22, 2019
  It blends mindfulness practices, a little morning meditation, delicious nutritious meals and a fresh approach to coaching on snow in small groups
Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

February 16, 2019
The 2nd Victorian backcountry festival will be held at Mt Hotham over the weekend of September 7 and 8,  2019.

Scotty James Wins Third Consecutive World Championship – Watch His Winning Run

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

February 6, 2019
The world’s best took advantage of perfect freeride conditions in the Purcell Mountains for an exceptional second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour.
Kicking Horse is one on the athletes' favourite venues - easy to see why. Photo: Daher/FWT

FWT Heads To Kicking Horse For Event Two of 2019 World Tour, Feb 2-8

January 29, 2019
After an epic start to the 2019 winter in Hakuba, Japan, the world’s best are making their way to North America for the second competition of FWT19 in the legendary resort of the Canadian Rockies, Kicking Horse, Golden BC.
Of course, after a session ope Yoga and meditation you may be ripping Jackson Hole's famous

Keep Calm and Ski Like A Boss – Jackson Hole’s Mindful Ski and Snowboard Camp

January 23, 2019
They’ve nailed the program with a sweet balance of time on the slopes, mindfulness coaching, morning meditation and a line up of experienced specialists to help flex and grow those mindful muscles along the way.
The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

January 22, 2019
Filmed at Sass Fee in Switzerland during the Stomping Grounds session last October, Parkitects is a “behind the scenes” look at the work of three of the world’s leading park and pipe builders
The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

January 15, 2019
The 2019 Freeride World Tour (FWT) begins in just four days in Hakuba, Japan with the competition weather window running from January 19-26th.
Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

January 4, 2019
 Winter 2019 is ready to launch with the upcoming Verbier Freeride Week starting on January 4th. A newly added 1-star event will attract further rookie riders, while the new generation of under-14s will surely continue to impress.
The Whip wars, always a crowd favourite. Photo: Thredbo

Thredbo’s Cannonball MTB Festival, Australia’s Biggest Mountain Biking Event, Dec 5-9, $100k Prize Purse

December 5, 2018
The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival kicks is set to again be Australia's biggest and richest mountain bike event
Travis Rice after last year's win in Hakuba. Photo: FWT

Snowboard Legend Travis Rice To Compete In Freeride World Tour 2019 First Stop In Hakuba Japan

November 30, 2018
Travis Rice will look to claim his first ever Freeride World Tour (FWT) podium in Hakuba, Japan, January 19-26.
The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

November 21, 2018
For Kiwi Big Mountain skier Sam Smoothy, his desire to climb the Mount Cook came from hearing his parents' stories about their experiences on the mountain.
Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

November 19, 2018
Chicks with Stix returned in 2018 with one session in Mt Buller and the other at Mt Hotham.
Photo: Thredbo

Thredbo Mountain Bike Season Starts this Weekend – Press Release

November 15, 2018
After an amazing winter, Thredbo is now ready to welcome the huge influx of mountain bikers for a massive summer of adrenaline fueled fun.
#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

October 10, 2018
The time has come to vote for your favourite #mountainwatchthis clip of the week! Check them all out again and vote within...
A different experience for Ben McIlroy spraying snow instead of dirt. Image: Matt Rousu

Unique Mountain Bike Race On Snow Closes 2018 Snow Season at Falls Creek

October 8, 2018
Falls Creek’s 2018 snow season finished with a bang over the weekend, closing lifts for the second year running with well over 1m of snow covering the slopes.
There is some good spring skiing to be had in Hotham this weekend. Photo: Chris Hocking

The Not-Quite-End-of-Season Weekend What’s On

September 28, 2018
This weekend is when we usually celebrate the end of the season and this year we are celebrating  an awesome winter.
Pond Skim Makes A Big Splash At Buller

Pond Skim Makes A Big Splash At Buller

September 24, 2018
A spectacular line-up of skimmers took on the famous Mt Buller pond on Bourke Street on Saturday, Sept 22 in elaborate costumes including a strawberry with a needle through it, a reusable Coles shopping bag, unicorns, Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball, brides, animals and superheroes.
Buller Chairlift Auction Raises $100,000 for Mansfield Hospital

Buller Chairlift Auction Raises $100,000 for Mansfield Hospital

September 24, 2018
Buller Ski Lifts auctioned chairs from the Blue Bullet chairlift over the weekend on the Bourke Street ski run and raised a total of $100,000 for the Mansfield District Hospital.
Tristan Rowley, skied with power and style to take out the U15s ski. Photo: Chris Hocking

Hotham Junior Big Mountain Freeride Event – Wrap Up

September 18, 2018
The last major junior event of the season was held in Hotham on Sunday when the Junior Big Mountain Freeride ran in good conditions
Taking in the Ramshead Range on a perfect day

Let’s Split – Trip Four, The Main Range

September 14, 2018
For TRIP 4 of Let’s Split, a large and very enthusiastic group of shredders met at Dead Horse Gap car park
Mt Baw Baw’s Japan Weekend

Mt Baw Baw’s Japan Weekend

September 10, 2018
It gets even better this weekend with Mt Baw Baw's inaugural Japan Weekend,
The whole crew atop Rainbow Mountain. Image:: Thredbo

The Queens Have Conquered Thredbo… A Sparkling And Glittery Inaugural Rainbow Mountain

September 10, 2018
  Mountainwatch | Press Release Rainbow Mountain – A Heaps Gay Snow Week made its debut last week and it’s safe to say that all those in attendance will be finding glitter in their snow gear over the next few days.  The Heaps Gay team and Absolut proved the ultimate…
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Cody Townsend and Le Bent have created to ultimate touring sock.

Le Bent Wins Awards at Outdoor Retailer/ SSA Trade Show in Denver – Press Release

February 5, 2019
Le Bent, the Australian sock and base layer company, is making in-roads into North America and the growing brand received a boost last week, winning a couple of awards
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

January 30, 2019
Riley Leboe, Mike Henitiuk, and Matt Margetts use their snowmobiles to access some stellar backcountry skiing outside Stewart, BC, but they take nothing for granted and keep their eye on the recent storm snow and a buried surface hoar layer.
Gear Guide –  Nitro Pow 2019 Video Review

Gear Guide – Nitro Pow 2019 Video Review

January 8, 2019
In this review Joey check out the Nitro Pow a board that, as the name suggests,  rips in deep snow but also performs well  in resort.
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

January 2, 2019
Given a lot of people are heading overseas with plans to head into the back country, this series from BCA is a timely reminder to be prepared when you head outside the resort boundaries.
Aussie Engineers Come Up With A Beanie That Offers The Same Protection As Helmets

Aussie Engineers Come Up With A Beanie That Offers The Same Protection As Helmets

December 14, 2018
A biomedical engineer and product engineer at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane are set to launch a revolutionary soft helmet to market, in a bid to prevent head injuries on the slopes.
10 Gift Ideas For The Skier Or Boarder In Your Family! – White Christmas Wish list

10 Gift Ideas For The Skier Or Boarder In Your Family! – White Christmas Wish list

December 13, 2018
We’ve compiled a little list of things that have plagued the Mountainwatch team’s Christmas wish lists year in year out... Assuming they're on the nice list, here's some winter stocking stuffers & more.
Skiing deep powder is close to as much fun you'll ever have on skis, as long as you have the right equipment and don't have to work too hard!

Float Your Boat – If You Are Chasing The Steep And Deep This Northern Hemisphere Winter, These Freeride Powder Skis Are What You Need.

December 12, 2018
If you are chasing northern hemisphere powder this season you want to have the right ski for when the snow gets epic – something fat and rockered that floats like a boat through the deepest snow.
Gear Guide – 2019 Nitro Beast Video Review

Gear Guide – 2019 Nitro Beast Video Review

December 4, 2018
Joey had the opportunity to ride with a few of the Nitro crew and also try out the full range of next year's boards, including the 2019 Beast.
The Cost Of Skiing – A Global Round Up Of International Ski Resort Prices

The Cost Of Skiing – A Global Round Up Of International Ski Resort Prices

November 23, 2018
According to freeskiing legend and Mohawk avant-gardist Glen Plake, “skiing is the best way in the world to waste time." It might also be one of the best ways in the world to waste money…
Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

November 15, 2018
In this review Joey check out  the Greats, a true twin from Yes snowboards, and he loves it.
Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

November 2, 2018
In this review Joey checks out the Salomon Sick Stick, a one board quiver that is an excellent "travel" board.
A predictable life in corporate law in a Sydney office block or an adventurous  life in the French Alps?

Black Crows – The French Ski Brand with an Australian Connection

October 25, 2018
Chris Booth on moving to Chamonix, Black Crows’ growing success as an international ski brand and the state of the ski industry in 2018
GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

October 18, 2018
In his latest review, Joey checks out three boards from Nitro – the T1, the Team and the Beast.
#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

October 10, 2018
The time has come to vote for your favourite #mountainwatchthis clip of the week! Check them all out again and vote within...
Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

October 4, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Burton – the Process, the Custom and Custom X.
30 Of The Best And Most Bizarre Upcycled Skis And Snowboards

30 Of The Best And Most Bizarre Upcycled Skis And Snowboards

October 2, 2018
Can one skier’s trash be another skier’s treasure?
10 Years Of The Atomic Bentchetler – The Pinnacle Of A Playful Ski – Video

10 Years Of The Atomic Bentchetler – The Pinnacle Of A Playful Ski – Video

September 25, 2018
There's selling a ski. And then there's selling a ski. This video from Atomic is firmly situated in the latter category and if I didn't already own a pair of the 2016 Atomic Bentchetler's I'd be racing out to get some... 
Burning Sidewall – The Film (+ Ski) From Line That’ll  Make You Want To Go Skiing – Video

Burning Sidewall – The Film (+ Ski) From Line That’ll Make You Want To Go Skiing – Video

September 24, 2018
LINE put it best when they said, "this film is less of an explanation of the ski but rather a celebration of skiing."
Spring is all about the groomers early and off piste once it softens. All you need are the right skis. Hotham, Sept 18. Photo: Chris Hocking.

SLUSH PUPPIES – Get on the right skis and spring snow is a lot of fun

September 21, 2018
Spring snow is fun, even when it gets soft and slushy, you just need the right equipment and a good warm temperature base wax.
A park with a difference. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

Thredbo’s Antons Park – A Skate Park On Snow

September 21, 2018
Thredbo’s Anton’s Park is unique and a lot of fun at the moment with a variety of transitions as well as the usual jump line and rail set-ups.
Gear Guide – Salomon Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Salomon Snowboards Video Review

September 17, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Salomon - the Villain, Assassin and the Ultimate Ride.
Taking in the Ramshead Range on a perfect day

Let’s Split – Trip Four, The Main Range

September 14, 2018
For TRIP 4 of Let’s Split, a large and very enthusiastic group of shredders met at Dead Horse Gap car park
The 2018 Lange XT 130 Freetour

Gear Guide – Lange XT 130 Freetour Boot

September 12, 2018
Lange's XT Free 130 is the flagship boot of the range, the 130 flex gives the response and control you expect
Gear Guide: Capita Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide: Capita Snowboards Video Review

August 31, 2018
In this latest review, Joey gives us the rundown on three boards from Capita  - the Scotty Stevens Pro, the Outer Space Living and the D.O.A
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No big storms on the way, but plenty of opportunity this week to take in the view in Niseko. Photo: Matt Wiseman

The Grasshopper’s Japan Weekly Forecast – Switch into spring mode and cut some shapes in the sun

February 21, 2019
It looks as though spring has come a little early in Japan this year as the prevailing NW winds we see during winter appear to be faltering.
Amber Nelson having fun n Snowbird last week. Should be more of this in Utah over the next week. Photo: Chris Segal

The Grasshopper’s North American Forecast – A Good ol’ fashioned Snowdown in The American Northwest

February 21, 2019
There’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned snowdown in the American northwest over the next week or so, thanks to a front parking itself over the area.
Consistent snowfalls have been topping up Niseko over the past week. Photo: Matt Wiseman / Niseko Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls Saturday, Warm Temps and Rain Tuesday and Wednesday

February 14, 2019
 Ten day totals this week should lie in the range of 25-45cm for most resorts, with up to 60cm on more exposed terrain of central Honshu. Most of this will fall during a good dump on Saturday.
Henry Holdsworth getting very deep at Alpine Meadows on Feb 11. The Sierra's have been going off and another one to two metres is on the way. Photo: Ben Arnst/SquawValley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Sierras About to Pop and Southern Rockies Burgeoning, While Canada Goes Hungry

February 14, 2019
In a similar story to last week, the Sierras will continue to pig-out on massive snowfalls with ten-day accumulations maxing out around the 1.5-2m mark, most of which will fall over the next few days during the current storm
Kevin Quinn deep in the trees at Squaw Valley yesterday. The last storm dropped 2-3 metres across the Californian resorts and there is more on the way this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Cascades and Sierras to Cop Big Snowfalls as “Little Foot” follows in the steps of big brother

February 7, 2019
As Big Foot stomps off to the east, the trail of powder he left measures between 2-3m in the Sierras where we have already seen roughly three times the amount of snow fall than what we saw for the entire month last year, and the madness has only just begun
The next couple of days in Myoko should be like this. Looks pretty good.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Consistent Top-ups and Cold Temps For a Great Week

February 7, 2019
We saw a mid-season blip last week, whereby heinously warm temperatures dropped a whole swag of rain over Honshu, while wet snow and sleet fell over Hokkaido.
Gabe Taylor, threading Mammoth's trees a couple of weeks ago. More of this on the way with 80cms in the forecast for Mammoth. Photo: Pete Morning

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Snow Aplenty During West-wide “Big Foot” Storm

January 31, 2019
The Sierras will strike back with a vengeance this week after last week left resorts there snowless. Ten-day snow accumulations show 1m-1.5m will fall along its main spine.
Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

January 31, 2019
After Japanuary goes out with a bang, the first week of February is looking a little slower. That’s by Japanese standards of course, and most resorts will still receive snowfalls in the 40cm-80cm range over the next ten-days
Snowbird has had 1.7 metres in the past week and more is forecast in the next 24 hours before things calm down! Photo: Chris Segal

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Rockies Will Do Well Amidst a Subdued Wild West

January 24, 2019
The Rockies look set to make the most of a bad situation with ten-day accumulations between 25-45cm for a lot of resorts there, and double that for northern parts of the Canadian Rockies.
Evelina Nilsson finding some awesome hakuba power last week and there is more to come. Photo: Zoya Lynch

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast, Jan 24 – Honshu Going Through The Roof

January 24, 2019
Japanuary will go out with a bang with snowfalls going through the roof on Honshu. Yet again, snowfall accumulations will be getting up near the 1.5m mark for the next ten days
Getting powdered from above and below at Vail in the latest storm a couple of days ago. Colorado has benefited from storms rolling off the Pacific and resorts there have more snow than average. Photo: Scott Bellow

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – Mid-January Update

January 21, 2019
After reports of 1.5m or more of snow falling during the recent storm that rolled off the Pacific, resorts in the Sierras are reveling in deeper than average snow. So too are the southern half of the American Rockies
Mikael Landlord enjoying some sunshine in Myoko this week, but the weather has turned wiht more snow on the way.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Goodness gracious me, snow for the next nine days

January 17, 2019
After a settled sunny week, we are now back in business. It’s going to be a week of big snowfalls, especially on Honshu where a series of troughs each brings heavy falls.
Road clearing at Alpine Meadow this morning and another 1.5 metres forecast by the weekend. Photo: Squaw valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Plenty going on with plenty of Snow for everyone

January 17, 2019
It’s a fairly stormy week ahead with lots going on; some days almost turned into an essay. Again, the Sierras stick out with ten-day accumulations up over the metre mark.
2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 14, 2019
The Japanese snow season is now ticking along nicely, and generally speaking, snowfalls are tracking along average lines.
It has been a big week for snow in California's Sierras and there is more to come. Bernie Rosow making the most of 60cm of fresh snow on Jan 7. Photo: Peter Morning

North America Forecast – The Big Calm, followed by big snowfalls in the Sierras

January 10, 2019
The ten-day snow accumulation chart paints a rather different picture this week with the southern half of North America inline to score the bonanza, while the northern half clocks up some sunshine hours during the “Big Calm”.
Hakuba on Jan 9, was mighty fine. Photo courtesy @skiingwithstevelee

 The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – A relatively settled and sunny week ahead, but another storm due mid-week.

January 10, 2019
We have yet another very healthy looking ten-day accumulation chart on the forecast. However, it belies the fact that apart from good snowfalls tonight and another bigger dump on Tuesday into Wednesday,
Some cold and sunny weather in Whistler Backcomb this week, but that is about to change with a big storm set to hit the next 24 hours. Photo: Mitch Winton Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North America Forecast – Still Up To Their Necks in Canada and Sierras Making Up For Lost Time

January 3, 2019
It’s looking like a good old stormy week ahead with several systems coming off the Pacific likely to reach the Sierras where between 50-90cm of snow should fall along its main spine.
The past week has been sensational In Niseko with 121cms in seven days. Good news is there is more snow on the way. Photo: Matt Wiseman/ Niseko Photography and Guiding

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls This Saturday, More Mid-week and Another Dump Next Weekend!

January 3, 2019
After great snowfalls from the past week welcoming us into 2019, Japanese ski resorts are now running at full steam. Climatologically, the bell shaped curve of snowfalls reaches a peak around mid-late January.
Snowbird, Utah. December 26

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Neck deep in Canada, while Sierras put on hold

December 27, 2018
On the other end of the spectrum, the Coast Mountains of Canada are expected to receive anywhere upwards of 1.4m, so there’s no guessing where all the storms are heading for.
Hakuba Goya looking good on Christmas Eve. It will continue to look like this with a heap of snow on the way over the next five days. Photo: Hakuba Goya Resort

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow To Fall Every Day!

December 27, 2018
This week's forecast for Japan is the real deal. The Japow machine will be working overtime with freezing NW winds creating that fabled lake effect we know provides some of the lightest fluffiest snow in the world.
Steamboat is getting in the Christmas spirit having just reached the 2.5m mark. That’s only a quarter of their average snowfall of about 10m, wow! Photo: Larry Pierce, Steamboat.

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – December update

December 24, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Grasshopper Models suggest El Nino will show up with good snowfalls down south and less up north.  The silly season is upon us. I’m not talking about what gets shoppers frantically dashing about in malls, bagging up Christmas bargains. I’m talking about what gets you fellow…
It has been a pretty good start for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and it's going to get better with more snow heading for the Sierras.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – White Christmas On The Way

December 20, 2018
There’s only six sleeps until Christmas and we have more than just presents to look forward to. Snowfalls feature on every day and my feelers almost fell off after writing about it all.
Tommy Steinbacher on a classic day last winter. Is Santa gong to bring similar conditions for Christmas? Photo courtesy Oyuki.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Forecast For Japan – Looks Like Snow For Christmas

December 20, 2018
You can get excited about good snowfalls on Christmas Eve, as well as a big snow event next Thursday through next weekend, so mark those days on your calendar.
2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

December 17, 2018
Since my last outlook, those grassy mountain pastures have turned white, and ski resorts and their chair lifts are now springing to life.
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The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

February 14, 2019
In this episode Cody heads to Nevada to climb and ski a couloir known as Terminal Cancer, accompanied by his wife, Elyse  Saugstad and fellow Squaw shredder Connery Lundin.
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.

Scotty James Wins Third Consecutive World Championship – Watch His Winning Run

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6, 2019
This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies avalanches for us with 5 absolute red flags for snow instability. 
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

February 2, 2019
The latest challenge Cody has set for himself is a big one,  a three-year project to ski all 50 lines listed in the book, the 50 Classic Ski Descents Of North America.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Candide Thovex’s Film Ski The World – Video

A Behind the Scenes Look at Candide Thovex’s Film Ski The World – Video

January 31, 2019
Candide Thovex has dropped the first edit of his Behind The Scenes webs series, which documents the filming of his 2018 release, Ski The World.
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

January 30, 2019
Riley Leboe, Mike Henitiuk, and Matt Margetts use their snowmobiles to access some stellar backcountry skiing outside Stewart, BC, but they take nothing for granted and keep their eye on the recent storm snow and a buried surface hoar layer.
The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

January 22, 2019
Filmed at Sass Fee in Switzerland during the Stomping Grounds session last October, Parkitects is a “behind the scenes” look at the work of three of the world’s leading park and pipe builders
Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

January 18, 2019
The latest ski poetry in motion from Nicolas Vuignier in collaboration with filmer Jules Guarneri, sees six talented freeride skiers descend on the dark slopes of Valais, Switzerland, lit-up by an elusive fireball...
Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

January 16, 2019
“I love this place. It’s been 20-something years of living here and I’m still finding new places to go, explore and enjoy.”  Brian Iguchi, on Jackson.
ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

January 6, 2019
From the visionary that brought us The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding, comes a similarly mind-bending film - an incredible freeride expedition into the unlikely peaks of Pakistan and the imposing Karakoram range. 
IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

January 3, 2019
Snowboard extraordinaire Travis Rice is out of the spotlight in his latest film, instead placing friend and Japanese snowboarder Shin Biyajima at the fore in an intimate portrait of Shin, his snowboarding and his culture. 
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

January 2, 2019
Given a lot of people are heading overseas with plans to head into the back country, this series from BCA is a timely reminder to be prepared when you head outside the resort boundaries.
Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

December 31, 2018
In this episode free skiers Cody Townshend and Chris Rubens head to Tibet to ski a 22,000 foot peak in the Himalaya
Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

December 28, 2018
In this episode Mark Carter reflects on growing up and working on his family’s cattle ranch, his first time in the Tetons as a 21-year-old and why he never left.
Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

December 10, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Video Home, is a new series from Arbor Snowboards, which delves “deeper into the lives and homes of the individuals that have come together to build the Arbor brand.” This is the first of three episodes that features Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter, both of whom call…
DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

December 8, 2018
DPS Cinematic's fifth season is underway and the second episode takes us behind the lens of legendary ski photographer, Oskar Enander. 
The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

December 5, 2018
The Sky Piercer is a film about three skiers and one snowboarder taking on the exposed, technical terrain of Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain.
The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

December 3, 2018
With no ropes, no pistes and no one telling you where you can and can’t go, La Grave represents a very special type of freedom rarely found in other alpine ski areas.
Rejoice – Sammy Carlson getting Creative in the BC Backcountry – Video

Rejoice – Sammy Carlson getting Creative in the BC Backcountry – Video

November 26, 2018
Sammy taking his incredible skills into natural terrain where his creative approach to pillow lines and powder has almost redefined backcountry skiing.
DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 1 – ‘The Abbey’ – Video

DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 1 – ‘The Abbey’ – Video

November 26, 2018
DPS Cinematic's fifth season of 'The Shadow Campaign' is finally here and their first ethereal episode - The Abbey - paints skiing as a religious experience. 
The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

November 21, 2018
For Kiwi Big Mountain skier Sam Smoothy, his desire to climb the Mount Cook came from hearing his parents' stories about their experiences on the mountain.
Winterfox – A Stunning Journey Through Hokkaido’s Winter By Freeskier Lena Stoffel – Video

Winterfox – A Stunning Journey Through Hokkaido’s Winter By Freeskier Lena Stoffel – Video

November 21, 2018
  Mountainwatch | Video “I spent two months in Japan last winter and wanted to show everybody what Hokkaido means to me, through my eyes. I feel so content and calm in that country. It feels like a second home to me. But this was a big challenge as I…
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