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Thomas Waddell kicking up some cold smoke at Thredbo. One of our favourite images from earlier on in the season, taken during the first week of July. Image:: Aedan O’Donnell/Thredbo Resort

Our Favourite Photos From The 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part I

August 20, 2018
They say a picture tells a thousand words, and whilst we’ll always be the first to wax lyrically about Australian skiing and boarding, sometimes an image says it all.
Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Event Recap

Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Event Recap

August 18, 2018
Over 250 Boarders Hit the Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom at Thredbo Resort… A gathering of the tribe like no other!
A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This September. Outdoor brand Arc’teryx is taking over the Southern Alps Lodge in Charlotte Pass to bring a first of its kind experience to the Australian wilderness. The group adventure, exclusive to only 25 people,…
Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

August 16, 2018
Banff National Park, with its monolithic mountains, shimmering glaciers, deep-frozen lakes and equally deep powder, is perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.
Baw Baw's rail jam in the Tank Hill park this Saturday. Photo: Mt Baw Baw

BAW BAW RAIL JAM ON THIS WEEKEND

August 15, 2018
Battle it out on the rails and put your tricks to the ultimate test at Mt Baw Baw’s Grand Ridge Brewery Rail Jam on Saturday 18 August.
Dropping in for the first ride. Photo: photostepfilms

Let’s Split, Trip Two, Guthega

August 15, 2018
The 2018 Let’s Split TRIP 2 was an incredible day for everyone who attended.  Not only did it see the largest group of Splitboarders
All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

August 15, 2018
The expedition was planned and led by freerider and Olympic athlete, Janina Kuzma, and the short film begins with a goal to climb and ski four volcanic peaks in the region: Mt Taranaki, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu...
The party run from FreeBom 2017. Epic.

FREEBOM 2018 – AUSTRALIA’S MOST FUN SKI EVENT ON AT BULLER THIS WEEKEND

August 14, 2018
Now, in its fifth year, FreeBOM 2018 is forecast to be blessed by bigger than normal bumps alongside bigger than normal smiles
The Ikon Pass has opened up endless possibilities for the US road trip.

The Ultimate US Road Trip – Aspen, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

August 13, 2018
The IKON pass makes a road trip through the US very easy and economical.
Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

August 10, 2018
Australia’s Capital has a lot more to offer than Question Time and Questacon... Here are some places worth checking out on your next snow commute.
The Blue Bullet is being replaced after 34 year's service.

MT BULLER ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRLIFT FOR 2019

August 10, 2018
The new lift replaces the legendary Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. 
Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

August 10, 2018
Deeper, Further, Higher, Glidier? Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones knows how to make hard-core progressive snowboard movies, but his latest project, ‘Life of Glide’...
Fast forward a few frames and the slab has well and truly released, the crown line/fracture line of the avalanche visible as it snakes around the trees, particularly clear in the top right of the frame. Image:: Mark Tsukasov

Avalanche Danger High – Multiple Reports of Skier Triggered Avalanches In Bounds

August 8, 2018
While there are many reasons to celebrate the new snow that’s blanketed the Australian resorts this week, let’s not forget the very real and deadly avalanche danger that such heavy snowfall often brings...
Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

August 8, 2018
Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.
Snowboarders hitting the Supertrail after the big Kareela turn.

28th Thredbo Top To Bottom – A Season Highlight

August 8, 2018
Australia’s longest ski and snow board race, the Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11
A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

August 7, 2018
“Go ice climbing” they said, “It’ll be fun” they said. That’s what kept running through Nathan’s mind every time he had to force himself to leave his tent to shovel snow in the blistering cold and gale force winds.
Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

August 6, 2018
The 8th annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic was held to a huge audience in Slalom Plaza at Falls Creek on Saturday evening. One of the most popular events on the winter calendar, the event attracted over 500 spectators lining the course, all eager to cheer on the action provided…
Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

August 6, 2018
We are now midway through the southern hemisphere season with the best part still to come.
Perisher looking sensational on Wednesday August 1, cold temps and dry winter snow.

2018 MID-SEASON REVIEW – It’s All About Consistency

August 4, 2018
The first half of this winter has been very good, so much better than 2017 which didn’t really kick off until
My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

August 2, 2018
Last winter, We Are Explorers ventured deep into the Aussie backcountry with pro skier Coen Bennie-Faull to discover what fuels his fire. What they captured was the Australian Alps as you’ve never seen them before.
Drew ripping another big turn lower down Avy Gully, you can see exposed icy blowouts above the Drift Cliffs in the upper  background, smokey heaven in the lower foreground. Not a good day to drop the cliffs. A great day to drop Avy.

Mount Hotham Photo Journal – It’s Been A Good Week

August 2, 2018
The best days in Mount Hotham were on Monday and Wednesday, both days having around 15cms of fresh snow in the morning.
Nate Johnstone, wears La Ben base layers and a Rip Curl 2.5L Ultimate shell, very day he hits the mountains, even in deep Hokkaido pow. Photo: Rip Curl

Gear Guide: Layering – No Need To Wear A Doona

August 2, 2018
The building blocks for warmth and insulation are in the fabrics you wear on your body and the order in which you layer them.
The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

August 1, 2018
Australia has developed a reputation for putting together some of the best terrain parks in the world, and certainly the best during the southern hemisphere winter, one man is particularly responsible...
Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

July 31, 2018
As today marks roughly the mid-point of the 2018 Australian ski season, we wanted to get an idea on where the current snowpack ranks in comparison to the last 10 years.
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WRAP UP – Opening Weekend In Thredbo

WRAP UP – Opening Weekend In Thredbo

June 13, 2013
The first chair of 2013! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss ED: Many people would scoff at the idea of a snow-less opening weekend, not those in Thredbo, live music, fireworks, good company, good food and even some skiing meant the weekend went off in style, Head Snow Reporter and…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Queenstown Awaits Opening Day

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Queenstown Awaits Opening Day

June 6, 2013
Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager Ross Copland can’t wait to welcome skiers and boarders to the mountain on Saturday Image:: NZSki Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid Heavy snow over the past week plus tireless snow making efforts mean amazing conditions for the opening of Coronet Peak (June 8th) and The Remarkables…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Rain Signals Time to Panic? – No way

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Rain Signals Time to Panic? – No way

June 2, 2013
We have gone from this, to nothing… The rain has broken hearts across the country Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Over the last few seasons we’ve become accustomed to snow-making allowing us to have a few lifts turning on or before opening weekend.…
SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – June Update

SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – June Update

May 28, 2013
Perisher have been working hard to make snow whenever possible, unfortunately rain this week may damage any chance of an early opening Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Let’s go. Daily forecasts start today and I’m hyped to…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Snow Storms Hammer New Zealand

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Snow Storms Hammer New Zealand

May 28, 2013
Staff at The Remarkables chill out and watch the snow accumulate, 50 cm has fallen so far Image:: The Remarkables Mountainwatch | Countdown to Winter Winter is just around the corner! Over the next three weeks we’ll be keeping the content flowing to stimulate your stoke in the lead up…
SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

May 27, 2013
Digging out the car at The Remarkables this morning, about 50cm has fallen and the access road is closed due to the amount of snow! Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Let’s go. Daily forecasts have…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – Mid May Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – Mid May Update

May 16, 2013
May snowfalls currently hitting the alps may be an early indication of what’s to come. Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – 16 May update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There’s a little something brewing in the Indian Ocean that we think you should know…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

May 7, 2013
Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It’s officially time to get excited, winter is just around the corner! Over the next five weeks we’ll be keeping the content flowing to stimulate your stoke in the lead up to winter 2013. Expect the latest photos and news about snowfall and weather, whats happening…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – UPDATE

April 30, 2013
Aussie skiers are holding their breath to find out if this season will deliver days like this Image:: Courtesy of Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Where the heck did April go? It feels like about two days ago that we published…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

April 30, 2013
The way things are shaping up we might just end up seeing that old sign flick to green for 2013 sooner than we thought Image:: Camilla Stoddart New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Well I was wrong about one thing in last…
P.O.W. and Patagonia present the 2013 Backcountry Film Festival

P.O.W. and Patagonia present the 2013 Backcountry Film Festival

April 30, 2013
Mountainwatch | Press Release Non-profit environmental organisation Protect Our Winters and Patagonia have teamed up to host the Australian premiere of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival this May. Winter Wildlands Alliance created the Backcountry Film Festival in 2005 to help grassroots and professional filmmakers show audiences their love…
BEST OF JAPAN – Photos From Winter 2012 – 2013

BEST OF JAPAN – Photos From Winter 2012 – 2013

April 9, 2013
MT writes: Dan Cockburn struggling to breathe at Hakuba Cortina, this day had without a doubt the best conditions of the season – bluebird skies, no wind and enough deep, light, fresh snow to swallow a person whole. Image:: Mark Tsukasov Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath This past season in Japan…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand

April 3, 2013
A slow start reminiscent of 2012 could mean the hordes will be waiting a while for turns like this, time will tell… Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores I’m going to keep this short and sharp because I don’t…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia

April 2, 2013
In a good snow year skiing back home is like nowhere else, can we expect bluebird pow days this year? Read on to see what our resident Guru thinks is in store… Image:: Perisher/Andy Lloyd Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores And it…
VIDEO – Ten Days in Japan With Luke Kneller, Chris Booth and Tim Myers

VIDEO – Ten Days in Japan With Luke Kneller, Chris Booth and Tim Myers

March 23, 2013
Mountainwatch | Chris Booth In early February Luke kneller, Tim Myers and I went on vacation. Armed with Contours, a fresh copy of Monocle Alpino and a few Turtlenecks, we broke ourselves off from the rotten humidity of Sydney and went to Hakuba. It was very emotional. Over about 10…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Never-ending Pow

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Never-ending Pow

January 15, 2013
A Snow cat perched high above Hakuba Village Image:: Hakuba Village Japan Snow Wrap A new format for the Japan Snow Wrap this week, a quick rundown on conditions in Hakuba and Niseko followed by a selection of the best photos from the last week. Miss the old format? Leave…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Snowy Resolutions

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Snowy Resolutions

January 9, 2013
br />A herd of moose chilling in the morning frost, Jackson Hole January 6 Image:: Jackson Hole Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be a…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Niseko Breaks 8m Mark

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Niseko Breaks 8m Mark

January 3, 2013
Another gratuitous pow shot from Niseko, 2 January 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…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Superb Snow For The Holiday Season

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Superb Snow For The Holiday Season

December 26, 2012
Chamonix, looking fresh and tasty on December 22 Image:: Chamonix Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be a one-stop-shop to give you an idea where…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Relentless Pow Continues

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Relentless Pow Continues

December 18, 2012
A rare bluebird day in Niseko last Wednesday enabled the locals to get out and enjoy all the new snow, it was quite deep… 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…
STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

December 12, 2012
Under a warming climate, opening days like this one at Mt Baker will become a thing of the past Image:: Mt Baker Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It doesn’t take a climate scientist to realise that the impact of a warmer world is bad news for snow. However, despite the seemingly…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Kicking Into Gear

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Kicking Into Gear

December 11, 2012
When Hakuba is good, it is REALLY good. This weekend was all time Image:: Phoenix Hotel Hakuba 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…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Winter Has Begun

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Winter Has Begun

November 27, 2012
By all accounts opening day in Whistler was EPIC! Certainly looks like they told the truth! Image:: Coastphoto.com Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be…
TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

November 1, 2012
Chris Booth popping off a classic Niseko pillow Image:: Joey Corcoron Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath The island nation of Japan has undergone some tumultuous times in recent years, the environmental catastrophe brought on by the 2011 tsunami disaster led to a feeling of great unease in the international snow industry……
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After a Few Lean Years, El Nino Turns on a Trip to Remember – Squaw Valley

After a Few Lean Years, El Nino Turns on a Trip to Remember – Squaw Valley

January 29, 2016
I bet the Californians don’t hate El Nino. Image:: Squaw Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When your nine-year-old son tells you he just had the best day’s skiing of his life, you know the destination you’ve chosen for a family ski holiday is the right one. When that destination is Squaw…
5 Gear Essentials for Your Next Ski Trip – Gear Locker

5 Gear Essentials for Your Next Ski Trip – Gear Locker

November 11, 2015
Having the right gear can be the difference between a great day and a bad day Image:: The North Face Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath You’ve decided where you’re going, booked the flight, dusted off your board bag and started dreaming of your upcoming powder-fueled dream trip. What’s next? It’s time…
Hakuba Valley – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Hakuba Valley – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 30, 2015
Alex Horvath in the Tsugaike backcountry. If you’re in Japan, get in contact with Steve Lee’s Backcountry Tours. He knows the place like the back of his hand. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well…
Nozawa Onsen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Nozawa Onsen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 23, 2015
Words don’t do justice to the quality of Japanese pow, especially not in Nozawa Onsen. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll 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…
Myoko Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Myoko Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 10, 2015
All five resorts in the Myoko area are connected with one pass to access nearly all of them. The lift infrastructure is fast and efficient. Image:: Nick Gregory Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted…
What I Learned on a Failed Ski Expedition in Tasmania – Boothy’s Blog

What I Learned on a Failed Ski Expedition in Tasmania – Boothy’s Blog

September 8, 2015
The road less travelled. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Editor’s Note: We haven’t heard much from Chris Booth this year – if you missed any of his blogs last year you should start here: Is Skiing Killing Snowboarding?. Reason being, he traded up his Sydney law job for…
Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 3, 2015
Charles Beckinsale lays out a huge pow turn on the backside of Shiga’s main face. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll 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…
Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

July 15, 2015
There is nothing as satisfying as getting out into the backcountry under your own steam. Read on to discover how you could do it yourself Image:: Supplied Partner Content Mountainwatch x Whiteroom Tours | Graeme Heald The Canterbury Club Fields are legendary. These mountains are the hidden gems of the…
Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

July 6, 2015
Idea #5: Skijoring, it’s a sure thing. Come on! As if that doesn’t look like fun. We’d have Red Bull & Monster Energy knocking on our doors with offers of corporate sponsorship in no time at all Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Chris Booth & Alex Horvath One of the hidden…
Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

March 25, 2015
Northern B.C heli outfitter, Last Frontier Heli, offer one of the most impressive heli tenures in the world Image:: Last Frontier Heli Mountainwatch | Claudie Linke Heliskiing; it’s the epitome of the ski experience for many. Further, faster, higher and longer than any resort or ski-tour world can offer, but…
The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

March 18, 2015
Nick Hill and Watkin ventured off to suss some terrain out beyond the Highlands bowl. Image:: Nic Stevens Mountainwatch | Watkin McLennan I first met Joerg in the hotel lobby at breakfast. He had long, bleached, blond hair and a smile that reflected a life well spent. He wore Ed…
Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

February 17, 2015
The Californian snow drought broke on Feb 5, which was a few days late for poor Reggae Image:: Jeff Engerbretson Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss If there is one destination in California that can truly stack up to other international ski resorts it is Squaw Valley. It was first put on…
Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

February 10, 2015
South Korea is a ski destination that’s attracting an increasing amount of international attention thanks to the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. High1 Resort, pictured here, is Korea’s newest resort, having opened just six years ago in 2009 Image:: High1 Resort For athletes and fans it feels like the hype…
A Weekend With Bernie, The Local’s Tour of Mammoth – Travel

A Weekend With Bernie, The Local’s Tour of Mammoth – Travel

February 2, 2015
Reggae and his family skiing the Mammoth piste. Who do you reckon’s fastest? Image:: Westenbarger/Mammoth Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss One of the best elements about skiing an unknown resort is the sense of adventure you get through not knowing what lies around the next corner. I never grab a trail…
Road Trippin’ to Mammoth Mountain, Why Bigger is Better – Travel

Road Trippin’ to Mammoth Mountain, Why Bigger is Better – Travel

January 27, 2015
As you can see, the scenery off the highway is quite inviting Image:: Reggae Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss The drive up to Mammoth Mountain from Los Angeles is spectacular. The flat expanse of the Mojave desert is broken by the ghostly Joshua trees with the shadows of the White Mountain…
The Top 10 Onsens in Niseko – The List

The Top 10 Onsens in Niseko – The List

January 3, 2015
That’s a tough view to beat. When you throw in the comfort that water offers to the weary skier, it’s a tough place to beat, too. Hilton Onsen Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Kevin Watson Tsai The Japanese onsen can be a daunting experience for the uninitiated; it’s a uniquely Japanese…
Travel – On Safari With Pow Jesus

Travel – On Safari With Pow Jesus

October 3, 2014
Floating, levitating, moving. A visceral experience. Chillfactor | Chris Booth All Photos by Reuben Krabbe “Me and a couple of buddies, we had a syndicate for years. Then in 2008 we won $34.1 million dollars.” I’m sitting at the Bitter Creek café in Stewart, a small Canadian town on the…
Travel – Five Reasons to Ski in Canada this Winter

Travel – Five Reasons to Ski in Canada this Winter

September 4, 2014
Yep, in Canada, it’s steep and deep. Revelstoke, B.C Image:: Revelstoke In partnership with Air Canada Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid This time of year, every year, our minds start to wander. They wander aimlessly across the oceans, sitting comfortably in first class seats, sipping on French Champagne while we rest…
Rediscovering Jackson Hole

Rediscovering Jackson Hole

March 8, 2014
Generally, the first runs of the season are meant to be warm ups on groomers... This was not the case for Harro in Jackson Hole...
Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

March 1, 2014
Please click here to continue. Words | Mark Amadio Photos & Video | Andy Lloyd Andy and I have been fortunate enough to tick-off a large list of snowboard travel destinations over the years. So when it came time to choose a spot for our next trip, we quickly agreed…
Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

February 4, 2014
The group comes together for a moment of reflection, “How’s the serenity?” Image:: Booth Mountainwatch | Luke Kneller Mountainwatch is no stranger to the Hakuba Valley. We’ve spilled our emotions over this place before. But at the risk of sounding self-serving, last week in Hakuba I experienced one of the…
The Arlberg – The cradle of skiing

The Arlberg – The cradle of skiing

January 30, 2014
Pretty good looking cradle, eh? Image:: Elliss Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss  “It’s absolutely massive, and distinctively European.  Chalets litter the slopes, huge trams span the highest peaks, and heated chair lifts take up to eight people at a time.  Some areas are incredibly luxurious while other spots are more modest,…
Luggage – How to pack and pay

Luggage – How to pack and pay

September 23, 2013
Heading to Europe? Emirates tops our list for baggage allowances and getting direct flight time Image:: Mallaun Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Let’s face it, the golden days of air travel are over. Gone are the days when you could wrangle an upgrade with a smooth smile and a nice shirt.…
New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

June 30, 2013
Over three feet of fresh snow at the turn off for Mt Olympus, if you know the area you will be able to grasp the ridiculous amount of snow at this spot, it is only at about 400 masl! Image:: Nick Johnson Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath This year in Australia,…
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FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

July 30, 2010
The helis will need good weather to fly. Image:: Harro Forecast | By Aaron Cook – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist Summary:On your marks: Get set: Wait. That’s likely to be the story for the World Heli Challenge’s first day of scheduled competition on Sunday as a good old fashioned West Coast…
Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

July 28, 2010
Jordon Houghton in Thredbo 2009. Image:: Harro Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under The battle is on for spots in the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under 2010 and the Salomon Spotlight is touring the resorts, catching up with the riders hoping to earn themselves a place in the Big…
World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – 2009 WINNER Ted Davenport

World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – 2009 WINNER Ted Davenport

July 10, 2010
Ted Daveport. Image:: Krystle Wright Rider Interview | Tess Cook Big Mountain skier Ted Davenport took out the skiing overall Mens Champion title at the 2009 World Heli Challenge, dominating the big mountain day and the Chinese Downhill – where his ski racing background gave him the edge. It’s been…
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