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Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

July 17, 2018
Gear Guide: The Ski Mojo Video Review The Ski Mojo is brace that uses spring recoil technology to take of 30% of the strain off the kegs and knees while skiing or snowboarding.

Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain Park in Perisher Valley this past weekend,

Mountainwatch Guide To Mount Hotham

July 13, 2018
Mountainwatch Guide to Mount Hotham Situated in the heart of the Victorian Alps, Hotham Alpine Resort is a ‘must visit’ for anyone

Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

July 13, 2018
Jones snowboards – Mountain Twin When he’s not fitting boots and giving expert advice to customers at Joeys Myoko, Joe Stanco is on the mountain every day doing a bit of “R&D” on the latest snowboards. Whether you are into pow, park or shredding the groomed, Joey can recommend the…

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about having fun, showing off your skills in the park

Cardrona Set to Double In Size

July 12, 2018
Some big news out of New Zealand today with the announcement that Cardrona is going to double in size...

Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

July 12, 2018
Backcountry skiing has seen an exponential increase in the last decade, evident not only in the number of skiers you’ll see on a trailhead or whose skin tracks you’ll cross but also reflected in the marketing and...

The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

July 11, 2018
If I had a spare month, a good snow-base, and a bit of good weather, here’s my must do backcountry hit list...

Australian Storm Journal – July 9th – A Well-timed 35cm Top-up

July 9, 2018
The past week has been a classic example of the ups and downs of an Australian snow season, how fragile our snowpack can be and how quickly it can be repaired. 

Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 9, 2018
During the early part of the season when we're all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big soft moguls it's a good time to work on a few skills that will help tune us up for when the bumps take shape.

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...

Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

July 4, 2018
The Search Series is the latest line in Rip Curl’s mountainwear and after 30 years producing mountainwear this range shows Rip Curl’s mountainwear division knows its stuff...

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 3, 2018
After a fruitful June, the slopes are looking as healthy as ever with Spencer’s Creek recording a snow depth of about 70cm...

Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 29, 2018
One of the misconceptions about heli skiing is that it is all about gnarly terrain, cliff drops and steep spines and is for expert skiers. Throw in the idea that you’ll encounter

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, in southwestern Montana.

Where To Stop On Your Way To The Snow This season – Lerida Estate

June 28, 2018
Perched on the shores of Lake George, Lerida Estate is a well positioned stop-over, halfway between the Snowy Mountains and Sydney, nicely removed from the bustle of inner city Canberra.

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

June 27, 2018
It was announced yesterday that Thredbo is now part of the Ikon Pass, meaning Ikon Pass holders receive up to 7-days lift access to Thredbo as one of the benefits.

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.

Boothy’s Blog – 5 Ideas to Make Skiing in Australia Better

June 25, 2018
Every self-respecting skibum has a big idea to make skiing in Australia better, so I thought I’d ask 5 people from different backgrounds for theirs. Here’s what they came up with.

Where To Ski Overseas For First-Timers

June 23, 2018
Australian skiers and snowboarders are renowned travellers and at many resorts in the US, Canada and Japan, Australians top the count when it comes to visitors from overseas

How The Peaks Of The Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

June 23, 2018
Ever wondered how those high peaks in the Main Range got their names? Most of us have heard the story behind the naming of Kosciuszko, but some of the others aren't well known.

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.
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Australian Storm Journal – July 9th – A Well-timed 35cm Top-up

July 9, 2018
The past week has been a classic example of the ups and downs of an Australian snow season, how fragile our snowpack can be and how quickly it can be repaired. 

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 3, 2018
After a fruitful June, the slopes are looking as healthy as ever with Spencer’s Creek recording a snow depth of about 70cm...

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.

Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 22, 2018
It’s no secret New Zealand has been revelling in some pretty special early season skiing and boarding. It’s also no secret they’ve got some of the best heli-skiing terrain...

South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

June 21, 2018
Resorts across South America are revelling in fresh snow, and just in the nick of time with the official opening weekend only a day away...

Australian Snow Journal: Season Starter Storm Drops 80cms Of Snow

June 19, 2018
The first big storm of the year dropped 70-100cms of snow across the Australian Alps in the past 6 days.

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Australia this July...

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 12, 2018
With opening weekend done and dusted at a few of New Zealand’s ski fields and epic amounts of snow, the Kiwi season has kicked off with a hiss and a roar.

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

June 8, 2018
A cursory look at the cams and you’d be aware there won't be a lot of natural snow on the ground at the resorts this weekend

Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chronicling all the best snowfalls Australia’s ever seen

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 30, 2018
May has certainly been a month of feast and famine. Like little piggies, we gobbled up a three-day banquet of snowfall from May 10-12.

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

May 10, 2018
Brace yourself folks, snow is on the way, and sooner than you may think. In fact, it's arriving as we speak, Thursday the 10th of May! Yes folks, wait no longer. For the next three days, Thursday to Saturday, we’ll be seeing snowflakes falling from the sky.

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 2, 2018
Want to learn more about snow forecasting? Download the FREE ‘Grasshoppers Guide To Snow Forecasting’ by filling out the information below… 16 pages of snow forecasting gold: how to read charts, typical snow systems, the when, where and why of snow forecasting and a full glossary of A-Z weather definitions.…

Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

April 11, 2018
50cms and road closures in April The snow hit the North Island overnight, with snow showers continuing today. The maintenance crew, loving it on the upper slopes of Turoa this morning. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres…

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

April 9, 2018
Models pointing to average temps and precipitation Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 21st of March marked the Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere, the time when the Sun passes over the equator to hang out in the northern hemisphere and when nights become longer than days. It also serves as…

Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

March 20, 2018
Tami Razenger, Dylan Dipentima and Tim McLennan having a powder party run on an awesome day. Photo: Brooks Curran Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull The past week has been very good in Jackson Hole after the storm the masses had waited for all season finally showed up last weekend. Snow to…

Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

March 8, 2018
The snow kept getting deeper each day. Bernie Rosow on a day he described as “nothing short of epic”. Photo Christian Pondella Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss After a slow winter with relatively weak and isolated storms, things finally kicked into gear last week in California, with a big storm dropping…

2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

March 2, 2018
We’re nearing the end of the season, right? Wrong. Let’s take a look at how March is shaping up in Colorado. After a dry December and January, regular storms started to filter through in late Feb and this day, Feb 23, was one of the best. Photo: Breckenridge Mountainwatch |…

Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

March 2, 2018
We’ve needed to break out the snorkels on more than one occasion this month. Image:: Matt Wiseman/ Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman February certainly had its work cut out for it if it was going to top the snow that fell in either so-called ‘Deepcember’ or ‘Japanuary’.…

Myoko Forecast 14th February

February 16, 2018
Mountainwatch The latest update from Myoko. The snow has been consistent throughout the season and looks like it will continue for the rest of the week. Follow Mountainwatch for more updates and head to Liquidsnowtours.com to book your last minute Japan ski trip. Hakuba forecasts,snow reports andlive snow cams.

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

January 31, 2018
At 1898m, Mt Yotei is hard to miss when the sun comes out… Image:: Piotrek Drzastwa / Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well Japanuary has come to a close and it’s fair to say we’ve seen it all on the mountain this month. A mild start had…

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head to www.liquidsnowtours.com for 25% March and April! Hakuba forecasts,snow reports andlive snow cams.
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Mountainwatch Guide To Mount Hotham

July 13, 2018
Mountainwatch Guide to Mount Hotham Situated in the heart of the Victorian Alps, Hotham Alpine Resort is a ‘must visit’ for anyone

Cardrona Set to Double In Size

July 12, 2018
Some big news out of New Zealand today with the announcement that Cardrona is going to double in size...

The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

July 11, 2018
If I had a spare month, a good snow-base, and a bit of good weather, here’s my must do backcountry hit list...

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...

Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 29, 2018
One of the misconceptions about heli skiing is that it is all about gnarly terrain, cliff drops and steep spines and is for expert skiers. Throw in the idea that you’ll encounter

Where To Stop On Your Way To The Snow This season – Lerida Estate

June 28, 2018
Perched on the shores of Lake George, Lerida Estate is a well positioned stop-over, halfway between the Snowy Mountains and Sydney, nicely removed from the bustle of inner city Canberra.

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

June 27, 2018
It was announced yesterday that Thredbo is now part of the Ikon Pass, meaning Ikon Pass holders receive up to 7-days lift access to Thredbo as one of the benefits.

Boothy’s Blog – 5 Ideas to Make Skiing in Australia Better

June 25, 2018
Every self-respecting skibum has a big idea to make skiing in Australia better, so I thought I’d ask 5 people from different backgrounds for theirs. Here’s what they came up with.

Where To Ski Overseas For First-Timers

June 23, 2018
Australian skiers and snowboarders are renowned travellers and at many resorts in the US, Canada and Japan, Australians top the count when it comes to visitors from overseas

How The Peaks Of The Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

June 23, 2018
Ever wondered how those high peaks in the Main Range got their names? Most of us have heard the story behind the naming of Kosciuszko, but some of the others aren't well known.

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.

Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 22, 2018
It’s no secret New Zealand has been revelling in some pretty special early season skiing and boarding. It’s also no secret they’ve got some of the best heli-skiing terrain...

Mountainwatch Want To Take You To Japan! – Introducing Mountainwatch Tours

June 21, 2018
A first for us, we’re excited to announce a tailor-made tour to the powder paradise that we’ve put together and will be offering to our faithful readers for the coming 2018/19 season.

South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

June 21, 2018
Resorts across South America are revelling in fresh snow, and just in the nick of time with the official opening weekend only a day away...

5 Reasons You Should Try A New Resort This Season

June 20, 2018
The mountains are unique. They're one of the few places where we can take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air while enjoying a seemingly untouched landscape a world away from cities and traffic.

Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

June 15, 2018
Some of our countries best riders explore the contrasts of Japan in a brand new film from Finnegan Laver...

Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018
Fresh-faced and free, people are excited and jittery and alive. Staff are trying extra hard with customers, lifties pull tees with aerobic energy, ski instructors don’t have goggle tans yet.

Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

June 4, 2018
Not only is Perisher a dominant force among Australian ski resorts, it is the largest ski resort in the entire Southern Hemisphere

Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

May 24, 2018
The home of the Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Olympics is the perfect base from which to explore what is known

Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

May 17, 2018
Niseko undeniably receives a great deal of attention in the snow world. Attention from professional athletes. Attention from powder punters. Attention from Australian’s. And attention

The Mountainwatch Guide To Wanaka – New Zealand

May 2, 2018
After reading this we’re quietly confident you’ll wanna go to Wanaka. So Mountainwatch has partnered with

Southern Lakes Heliskiing – One of the best days of your life

May 1, 2018
The views are incredible Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss For most skiers and boarders, the idea of heliskiing is very appealing. It is something we all want to do but it just seems out of reach. Yes, multi-day heli operations based out of a wilderness lodge in Canada or Alaska are…

Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

April 27, 2018
Adam Kroenert slicing some beautiful snow on Mount Etheridge Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Thredbo has announced it will be offering guided backcountry tours this winter, ranging from short three and half hour tours to Signature Hill, just outside the resort boundary, to all-day seven-hour tours to Leatherbarrel Creek, Mount Etheridge,…

The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

April 24, 2018
It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean tourists flock there year after year – crowds are actually beginning to turn some people off. As a result, many riders who travel to…
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Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain Park in Perisher Valley this past weekend,

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about having fun, showing off your skills in the park

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, in southwestern Montana.

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Australia this July...

Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018
Fresh-faced and free, people are excited and jittery and alive. Staff are trying extra hard with customers, lifties pull tees with aerobic energy, ski instructors don’t have goggle tans yet.

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

June 8, 2018
A cursory look at the cams and you’d be aware there won't be a lot of natural snow on the ground at the resorts this weekend

Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chronicling all the best snowfalls Australia’s ever seen

Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

May 21, 2018
Opening weekend is set to officially kick off in less than three weeks, across the 9th - 11th of June - assuming the resorts don’t get into another ski lift arms race and start spinning chairs

Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19, 2018
We're giving away a double pass to the Air + Style Sydney Big Air event! Enter within

Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

April 26, 2018
The great Warren Miller may have passed away in January, aged 93, but his legacy will continue to live on through annual films released by Warren Miller Entertainment. When a Warren Miller film comes to town, it means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s always a good…

Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

April 17, 2018
From a small gathering of 60 people in Melbourne six years ago, the BCFF has grown into a significant event for the backcountry community, with more than 500 people attending shows. In 2018 there will be screenings in Sydney (April 21), Melbourne (May 9), Bright, in north east VIC (June)…

Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

March 15, 2018
Melissa and Christian Geiger, her sighted guide and coach, celebrating on the course after winning the bronze medal. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Australia’s Melissa Perrine won her second Paralympic bronze in two days when she and her sighted guide and coach Christian Geiger finished in third…

Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

March 15, 2018
Sean in Canada earlier this year for team training. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Sean Pollard lined up in the start gate for the Paralympic snowboard cross on Monday, he had reached the summit of huge personal climb that started in life-changing circumstances just over three…

Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

March 13, 2018
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The 2018 Paralympics are now into the fourth day in PyeongChang and the Australian team has won its first medal after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross yesterday. Patmore beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final. Patmore’s victory has…

From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

March 9, 2018
Sam’s in PyeongChang now and ready to roll. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Paralympic sit-skier Sam Tait is about to compete in all five alpine skiing events in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games in South Korea. But his journey has not been easy. Sam was a keen,…

Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

December 30, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Britteny Cox skied in the mogul event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver she was only 15-years-old, the youngest athlete competing at those Olympics. For the Falls Creek born and bred skier it was a dream come true and a sign of great things to come, something…

Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

December 21, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is only six weeks until the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and after recent World Cup results, Australia should be in the mix for a few medals, including gold. Last weekend saw Australians win two World Cup gold medals — Jarryd Hughes in the…

Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 8, 2017
Held in the formidable and infamous Alta Chutes at The Remarkables, there’s no easy way out, which means competitors like Sam Lee held fast and rode hard, being rewarded with a 2nd place finish in Men’s Ski. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier Kiwi’s shine on their home…

Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 5, 2017
While yesterday’s 2-star event might have been a pre-requisite for the 4-star later on in the week, competitors didn’t hold back, here’s proof. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face FrontierA hand full of Kiwis took advantage of home conditions to earn their way through to The North Face Frontier…

Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

August 23, 2017
They came for the Banks but stayed for the Powder. Austen Sweetin deferring from what was set to be another podium finish at this year’s Transfer Banked Slalom. Photo: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Louis Macindoe With what was set to be the weekend of the Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom,…

Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

August 12, 2017
In the thick of it… Low visibility didn’t manage to slow anyone down today. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Australia’s most iconic downhill race just wrapped up and there’s only one word to describe it… FAST! Competitors were greeted with challenging conditions this morning with howling winds, below zero…
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Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

July 17, 2018
Gear Guide: The Ski Mojo Video Review The Ski Mojo is brace that uses spring recoil technology to take of 30% of the strain off the kegs and knees while skiing or snowboarding.

Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

July 13, 2018
Jones snowboards – Mountain Twin When he’s not fitting boots and giving expert advice to customers at Joeys Myoko, Joe Stanco is on the mountain every day doing a bit of “R&D” on the latest snowboards. Whether you are into pow, park or shredding the groomed, Joey can recommend the…

Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

July 12, 2018
Backcountry skiing has seen an exponential increase in the last decade, evident not only in the number of skiers you’ll see on a trailhead or whose skin tracks you’ll cross but also reflected in the marketing and...

Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 9, 2018
During the early part of the season when we're all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big soft moguls it's a good time to work on a few skills that will help tune us up for when the bumps take shape.

Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

July 4, 2018
The Search Series is the latest line in Rip Curl’s mountainwear and after 30 years producing mountainwear this range shows Rip Curl’s mountainwear division knows its stuff...

Boothy’s Blog – 5 Ideas to Make Skiing in Australia Better

June 25, 2018
Every self-respecting skibum has a big idea to make skiing in Australia better, so I thought I’d ask 5 people from different backgrounds for theirs. Here’s what they came up with.

A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

June 14, 2018
Did you know your brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb? Well, it does, and it’s just one of the reasons you should protect it with a brain bucket this season.

The Countdown – Five Training Tips For Snow Season

June 12, 2018
Do you hate having to stop mid ski run because your legs burn

The North Face Launches Global Campaign Celebrating Female Explorers – ‘Move Mountains’

May 1, 2018
The North Face athletes Evelina Nillson, Janina Kuzma and Anna Segal conquering gender stereotypes and volcanic peaks one step at a time. Image:: Mark Watson Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman At the start of April, The North Face launched their “Move Mountains” initiative to celebrate and share the stories of adventurous…

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Backcountry Gear

August 30, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for all the backcountry gear you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x Sentinal Board Shop This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of The Sentinal Board Shop.…

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Accessories And Underlayers

August 24, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for all the accessories you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x The Mountain Garage This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of The Mountain Garage. Gear Guru:…

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Outerwear

August 16, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for the outerwear you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x First Tracks Boardstore This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of First Tracks Boardstore. Gear Guru: Sue…

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

August 14, 2017
Smiles for miles … Geoff Brown’s isn’t the only happy customer when it comes to 3CS, just take a look at who’s wearing it at the local hill. Photo:: Todd Eaterbrook Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day that a Snowboarding company celebrates its 15th birthday, but for one…

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Snowboard Boots

August 11, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for the boots you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x ESS Boardstore This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of ESS Boardstore. Gear Guru: Joseph ‘Snow?Guru Joe’…

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 3, 2018
After a fruitful June, the slopes are looking as healthy as ever with Spencer’s Creek recording a snow depth of about 70cm...

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 12, 2018
With opening weekend done and dusted at a few of New Zealand’s ski fields and epic amounts of snow, the Kiwi season has kicked off with a hiss and a roar.

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 30, 2018
May has certainly been a month of feast and famine. Like little piggies, we gobbled up a three-day banquet of snowfall from May 10-12.

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

May 10, 2018
Brace yourself folks, snow is on the way, and sooner than you may think. In fact, it's arriving as we speak, Thursday the 10th of May! Yes folks, wait no longer. For the next three days, Thursday to Saturday, we’ll be seeing snowflakes falling from the sky.

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 2, 2018
Want to learn more about snow forecasting? Download the FREE ‘Grasshoppers Guide To Snow Forecasting’ by filling out the information below… 16 pages of snow forecasting gold: how to read charts, typical snow systems, the when, where and why of snow forecasting and a full glossary of A-Z weather definitions.…

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

April 9, 2018
Models pointing to average temps and precipitation Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 21st of March marked the Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere, the time when the Sun passes over the equator to hang out in the northern hemisphere and when nights become longer than days. It also serves as…

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 28, 2018
Picture perfect Cortina, Hakuba. Photo credit stillstoked.com. Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Ah Japan, the winter wonderland… and what a winter it has been! We are now into the business end of the season and the resorts are running full steam ahead. With above average snowfalls in November and December, the…

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

December 23, 2017
Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Presented by As we head into December, Japan’s ski resorts are starting to open, and it’s time we took another look at the conditions and prospects for the 2018 season. ENSO and seasonal forecast update Weak La Nina conditions have now officially developed, and Japan’s Meteorological…

2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 16, 2017
Early season snow storm at Whistler Blackcomb Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Justin Trudeau, maple syrup, poutine, and absolutely stunning mountains. What’s not to love about Canada? If you’re thinking of heading away for some northern hemisphere snow this season, then let me give you the lowdown on one of my…

2018 USA Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 6, 2017
Photo: @jacksonhole Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper With almost 500 resorts, spread across a 3000 mile wide country it’s hard to talk simply about America’s mountains or conditions. The mountains can be divided into three broad areas. Starting out west in California, the Pacific tectonic plate pushes under the North American…

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

October 22, 2017
Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Presented by As the ski season draws to a close down here in Australia and New Zealand, it is time to turn our antenna to the approaching northern hemisphere winter. With upwards of 500 ski-jo (literally “ski place”) to choose from, and a reputation for some…

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – New Zealand – The Beast to the East

August 2, 2017
The definition of caked. Mount Hutt’s Mountain Operation team have had their work cut out for them with a base of 270cm, meaning plenty of chair lift dust-downs, dig-outs and avalanche control. Boom. Image:: Mt Hutt New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It’s no secret that The Canterbury…

SNOW ALERT AUS – 40 to 60cm Plus – The Major League Player

August 2, 2017
Don’t call it a comeback, this seasons just getting started. Image:: Hotham Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Strong Confidence Those who’ve been keeping their eyes on our models over the past few days will have a real jig in their stride today – with what’s looking to…

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – Australia – Line by Line…Wiggle by Wiggle

July 31, 2017
Despite no major league snow falls of yet, the 2017 season has been chipping steadily away at that peak depth forecast of 160cm and the main range isn’t looking too shabby considering the challenges faced thus far. Image:: Falls Creek Australia Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper “The man who…

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – New Zealand – And We’re Off…

July 6, 2017
Cardrona could do with a little kickstart right now, but don’t sweat it, the snow is coming. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper ”Patience young Grasshopper” my master used to whisper when I was nothing but a mere larva with a twinkle in my oversized bug…

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – Australia – Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head

July 3, 2017
“Covfefe” that’s Trump’s term for … er who knows what … What’s a little more certain is the snow fall this week, but will it be enough to get this Aussie winter back on track? Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Despite the constant low amounts…

Opening Weekend Outlook 2017 – The Grasshopper

May 25, 2017
Perisher has proved their willingness to operate on opening weekend over the years, 2017 will be no exception and they’re coming out with guns blazing. Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 2017 season is almost upon us and excitement is at fever pitch. The slopes are looking a bit…

2017 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 17, 2016
Are you planning on having a stint in Japan this winter? The Grasshopper has spoken and there’s a good chance you’ll be scoring some of this. Rider:: Troy Sturrock, Image:: Finnegan Laver Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Yukiguni, or Snow Country as it is more commonly known, is legendary. Drive a…

Opening Weekend Outlook 2016 – The Grasshopper

May 25, 2016
The snow that fell a couple of weeks ago was a taste, but we’re ready for the main course. Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Winter 2016 is nearly here. On the 1st of June we’ll fire up our world famous daily detailed forecasts for the Australian Alps and bring…

What Will El Nino Mean for the Upcoming Japanese Snow Season? – The Grasshopper

October 9, 2015
A lack of snow is not a problem often associated with Japan. But with a strong El Nino signal leading us into Winter, how will it affect the snowpack? Image:: Nick Gregory Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The weather’s heating up, the smell of BBQs are wafting on the breeze and…

Opening Weekend Outlook – The Grasshopper – UPDATED

May 25, 2015
The nights are cooling down and most resorts have commenced snowmaking, but is there natural snow on the way? The Grasshopper investigates Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Season 2015 is nearly here. On the 1st of June we’ll fire up our world famous daily detailed forecasts for the Australian…

Long Live The Weekend Warrior – Follow The Grasshopper’s Weekend Forecast

April 29, 2015
Go on, load up that car and get out there… Image:: Burton Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath An extract From Chillfactor’s Ten Most Underrated Moves in Skiing: “That giddy Friday feeling knowing you’re about to get out of the city and embark on your adventure to the mountains. Crap playlists on…

WEATHER DEFINTIONS – The Grasshopper’s A to Z GLOSSARY

April 23, 2013
S is for snow, S is for storm, S is for skiing, S is for snowboarding. Photo: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Weather Glossary Given the weather is the main topic of conversation for most people on most days throughout the world, it’s remarkable how little people actually know about it.…

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.

Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 22, 2018
It’s no secret New Zealand has been revelling in some pretty special early season skiing and boarding. It’s also no secret they’ve got some of the best heli-skiing terrain...

Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

June 20, 2018
Hotham’s Coen Bennie-Faull is a ski instructor, coaches at Hotham Freeski and is also Australia’s premier big mountain freeskier. He spends the northern hemisphere winter in Jackson Hole, where he competes occasionally, but focuses on film/photo projects.

Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

June 15, 2018
Some of our countries best riders explore the contrasts of Japan in a brand new film from Finnegan Laver...

A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

June 14, 2018
Did you know your brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb? Well, it does, and it’s just one of the reasons you should protect it with a brain bucket this season.

Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19, 2018
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The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

April 24, 2018
It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean tourists flock there year after year – crowds are actually beginning to turn some people off. As a result, many riders who travel to…

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

April 13, 2018
Liquid Snow Tours have been sending their clients to hakuba for over ten years. Naturally, you’d assume that over that time they’ve gained quite a bit of local knowledge and they want to share it with you. If you’re thinking of heading to hakuba this season, have a read to…

The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

April 9, 2018
Shiga Kogen is a great ski and board destination in Japan offering a variety of terrain and off-piste options, minimal crowds and an authentic Japanese experience that’s becoming harder to find, as more and more international skiers and boarders flock to the favoured resorts, hakuba and Niseko during the Northern…

Swedish Team Riders Måns Hedberg and Ludvig Billtoft Throwing Down in Whistler

February 1, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprising what you can achieve in a day with a bit of sun and a perfect kicker line. Check out what Måns Hedberg or Ludvig Bilttoft got up to in a day in Whistler. Via Pilchard Productions in association with Snowboard Team Sweden.

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head to www.liquidsnowtours.com for 25% March and April! Hakuba forecasts,snow reports andlive snow cams.

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! Hakuba forecasts,snow reports andlive snow cams.

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch We saw a mixed bag of weather this week but with up to 100cm expected next week, conditions are still all time. Head to www.hakubahotelgroup.com for 25% off accommodation in March and April. Hakuba forecasts,snow reports andlive snow cams.

Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

January 16, 2018
Eleanor steaming across Europe. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A strong storm front named Eleanor created all sorts of problems across Europe over the past three days as it moved out of the North Atlantic and tracked eastwards with winds over 150km/hr. Initially Eleanor caused havoc in areas on Ireland’s west…

Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

December 29, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in some Jackson pow on Christmas Day. Coen coaches at Hotham Freeski each winter, saving his dollars so he can get back to Jackson each season. Easy to see why. Photo – @malachiartice Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Coen Bennie-Faull has arrived in Jackson Hole for his fourth…

Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

December 20, 2017
Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s nearly Christmas and that infamous Aussie Summer Heatwave is belting the country like a regional cricket team. The beer has gone warm, the waves are reduced to wind-blown chop and your plans for having a ‘summer’ at home are slowly eroding. Your lungs long for crisp mountain…

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

December 3, 2017
Mt Yotei on the weekend Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here are a selection…

Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

November 2, 2017
Press release provided by Burton Burton is proud to announce that snowboarding’s next evolution, the Step On™ boot-to-binding connection system will be available in select Australian and New Zealand retailers from November 2nd. By far the quickest and most intuitive snowboarding boot-to-binding interface ever created, Step On™ offers unprecedented convenience…

Fuelling the Tribe

November 1, 2017
I spent one winter working the snowfields of Scotland, which involved pouring a ton of decent – and dodgy – belly warming whiskey and selling food to hungry humans throughout the day, ducking in for an escape from the weather. The biggest sellers we had were hot chips, slathered with…

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

September 29, 2017
This might be just a mundane screenshot, but when you watch the footage you’ll know, trust us. Transfer | Louis Macindoe Having just watched Lib Tech’s latest instalment of their ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ series, aptly titled ‘Part Four: Staycation’ I can confirm that Phil Hansen is one of the…

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ Clip

September 7, 2017
As we await both the weekend and T-rice’s highly anticipated ‘Depth Perception’ Project, the man himself points in the direction of this new clip courtesy of Lib Tech. Photo:: Tim Zimmerman Transfer | Louis Macindoe The string pullers at snowboarding’s most patriotic board manufacturer – Lib Tech read our minds.…

The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

September 6, 2017
Also see:The Storm Of The Year – Day 1The Storm Of The Year – Day 2 Thredbo Morning snow report by Reggae Elliss Man, there is a lot of snow out there and today looks like it will be the best day of the year, if not the past few…

The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

September 5, 2017
  Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss What a morning with 25cms of fresh snow, mixed in with wind-blown pow and continuous fresh turns thanks to continuous snowfalls filling in each run. The weather here in Thredbo is cold, still -6.1 on the mountain at midday with the wind-chill down at -19,…

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

August 14, 2017
Smiles for miles … Geoff Brown’s isn’t the only happy customer when it comes to 3CS, just take a look at who’s wearing it at the local hill. Photo:: Todd Eaterbrook Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day that a Snowboarding company celebrates its 15th birthday, but for one…
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