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Mt Buller Mourns Passing of Pioneer Hans Grimus

Mt Buller Mourns Passing of Pioneer Hans Grimus

September 20, 2018
The Mt Buller community is today celebrating the life and mourning the passing of mountain pioneer and legend Hans Grimus, aged 78.
The fog rolled in late in the afternoon.

Unspoilt with amazing views, Mt Stirling is a great location to enjoy a backcountry experience

September 19, 2018
Looking out onto the peaks of Stirling from Mt. Buller’s north face I once saw an unassuming hill.
A classic powder day in the aptly named Blue Ski basin at Vail. Awesome. Photo: Vail Resorts

Here’s Why Vail Should Be The Top Of Your Bucket List

September 19, 2018
It’s the Colorado giant that other resorts love to hate – and once you’ve skied there, you’ll understand why.
Over Half A Metre Of Spring Powder For New Zealand Today – Photo Wrap Up

Over Half A Metre Of Spring Powder For New Zealand Today – Photo Wrap Up

September 18, 2018
70cm fell on Treble Cone in the past 48hrs, 60cm fell on Cardrona, 60cm fell on Coronet Peak and 50cm fell on The Remarkables, with more than a few centimetres falling all the way down to Lake level in both Wanaka and Queenstown...
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
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
A Dream Week In Jackson Hole – Video

A Dream Week In Jackson Hole – Video

September 11, 2018
This epic video out of Jackson Hole last season (one in which they received over 500" (nearly 13m) of snowfall) sees Salomon athletes Drew Peterson and Tigger Knect tear the resort apart!
Ode To Slush – A Celebration Of Spring Skiing & Why You Should Do It

Ode To Slush – A Celebration Of Spring Skiing & Why You Should Do It

September 10, 2018
Winter has come and gone and although it most certainly put on a show for us in Australia this year, it’s hard not to view the vernal revelation without some sadness… But wait!
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…
Blue Bullet Chairlift Auction At Mt Buller

Blue Bullet Chairlift Auction At Mt Buller

September 10, 2018
Buller Ski Lifts will auction 61 chairs from the Blue Bullet chairlift ahead of the lift’s retirement at the end of the 2018 snow season.
Chrystal Mountain, soon to be under the Alterra Mountain company umbrella.

Alterra Mountain company to acquire Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington

September 7, 2018
Alterra Mountain Company announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington
This has to be one of the best views you'll ever see. Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Mountainwatch Guide to Heavenly Ski Resort

September 7, 2018
Heavenly resort has long been a favourite for Australians heading for an overseas snow holiday,
Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

September 5, 2018
The follow up to our first photo journal documenting the epicness of the 2018 ski season thus far. We were inundated with so many quality images we simply could not leave them unseen…
Australian Junior Freeride Championships at Perisher

Australian Junior Freeride Championships at Perisher

September 5, 2018
The biggest junior event of the winter season wrapped up on Monday in Perisher!
Win a Trip To Jackson Hole – Mountainwatch’s Biggest Giveaway! – Enter Here

Win a Trip To Jackson Hole – Mountainwatch’s Biggest Giveaway! – Enter Here

September 4, 2018
Jackson Hole was arguably one of the best places to visit in North America last year... That's why we want to send two lucky people there this season!
Awesome August - the month that just kept on giving us powder runs, like this one being had by Russ Henshaw at Perisher. Photo:: Perisher

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

September 4, 2018
No snow on the horizon and climate indicators don't look favourable...
The 10 Most Underrated Moves in Skiing

The 10 Most Underrated Moves in Skiing

September 3, 2018
Chillfactor magazine's picks of the 10 most underrated moves in skiing. Get into them this Spring and you’ll be all the better for it!
Squaw Valley is part of the Mountain Collective. Photo: Tony Harrington

The Mountain Collective Announce Spring Deal for Australians and New Zealanders

August 31, 2018
During the month of September, the Mountain Collective will be offering the 18/19 Pass to Australians and New Zealanders in Australian dollars.
Ikon Pass holders now have 7 days access to Niseko's renowned powder. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership with Niseko

August 31, 2018
Ikon Pass holders will now have access to more than 72,000 skiable acres over three continents with the addition of Niseko United
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
6 Days, 4 Countries – All It Takes To Make One Of The Best Season Edits We’ve Seen – Video

6 Days, 4 Countries – All It Takes To Make One Of The Best Season Edits We’ve Seen – Video

August 30, 2018
American Freeride World Tour competitor Conor Pelton proves you can make an epic 'season edit' in less than a week's worth of skiing - just six days, to be exact.
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SNOW JOURNAL NZ – Bluebird in the South Island

SNOW JOURNAL NZ – Bluebird in the South Island

July 12, 2013
Fraser McDougall slashing some early July pow in Treble Cone Image:: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid After an exceptional first month of the season, New Zealand’s South Island mountains are completely coated in snow. Powder days already? Definitely. With 15 cm of fresh covering The Remarkables on Monday, riders…
AUSSIE SNOW JOURNAL – New snow means new terrain

AUSSIE SNOW JOURNAL – New snow means new terrain

July 10, 2013
Corduroy dreams at Falls Creek on July 10 Image:: Falls Creek Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When the Grasshopper suggested we all circle July 5 for the first proper storm of the season, I don’t think anyone was optimistic of up to 50cm. Our forecasting guru made the call on June…
NZ SNOW JOURNAL – Sensational snow in the Southern Lakes

NZ SNOW JOURNAL – Sensational snow in the Southern Lakes

June 27, 2013
The Crown Range covered with fresh pow, in all its glory Image:: Ace Media Mountainwatch  | Caitlin Reid Fortunately, or possibly unfortunately dependant on your perspective; the huge storm which ravaged the Canterbury region at the end of last week only nudged the Southern Lakes. This meant only half metre…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – July Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – July Update

June 27, 2013
Snow to low levels earlier this week eased the anxiety in the last week of June, things are better but we could do with more Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores This is an interesting seasonal outlook to write. Not only…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

June 27, 2013
The Crown Range looking epic after the snow last week, with a few decent top ups the South Island will be skiing into October. Image:: Ace Media New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There’s nowhere to hide with this seasonal forecast. At…
STORMWATCH NZ – A polar blast lashes the South Island

STORMWATCH NZ – A polar blast lashes the South Island

June 21, 2013
The snowsports office is completely snowed in, do you think they mind? Image:: Mt Hutt Mountainwatch | Storm Watch We are entering the third quarter of this match of matches. Over 1 m of snow has hammered the Canterbury region and is still working its magic across the New Zealand…
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…
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Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

January 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll So you’re thinking of heading to Japan? At first, most Southern Hemisphere powder hunters think Hokkaido, located on the North Island of Japan. However, the South Island, in particular the Niigata Prefecture, boasts a wide variety of terrain, just as much snow, better weather conditions and…less…
Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

January 4, 2017
Photo taken January 2, 2017 at Alpine Meadows by SnowBrains Snow Likelihood rating: 100% confidence Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss As we reported yesterday, the resorts in California’s Sierra Mountains are entering an awesome cycle of snow-bearing storms and the expected snow levels have jumped significantly in the past 24 hours. The…
Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

January 3, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Whistler has welcomed in the New Year with a ton of new snow for all powder hounds to revel in! They’ve received 85cm of fresh this week alone, followed by a few epic bluebird days to top off a great week of skiing and snowboarding. The…
Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

December 9, 2016
Whistler locals have been enjoying generous early season snowfalls. Image:: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We are at the end of the first week of December and winter is well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere. After a slow but fairly typical start…
The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

November 21, 2016
Welcome to Snow Country – Yuzawa Valley, Japan. Image:: Nick Gregory Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.” This is the opening line of one of Japan’s most famous literary works, Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata and the snow country of…
Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

November 14, 2016
It’s brown pow time at Thredbo Resort. Image:: Damian Breach photography Mountainwatch x Thredbo | Tim Windshuttle With the 2016 ski season well and truly wrapped up for Aussie resorts despite the main range still boasting a ski-able amount of snow coverage – it’s time to turn to Thredbo’s other…
Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

November 11, 2016
Top to bottom skiing already makes Mammoth a worthy destination on that spontaneous road trip across North America you’re about to pull. Image::Peter Morning/MMSA Mountainwatch | Travel Exciting times are ahead with Mammoth Mountain resort in Eastern California becoming opening its doors today for the 2016/17 season in front of…
Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

November 7, 2016
Deep turns are aplenty in the Tohoku area. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours You don’t have to know much about skiing destinations to know that Japan just isn’t a secret anymore, with an increasing global contingent of skiers and snowboarders heading to the main resorts and regions –…
Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

November 4, 2016
Mountainwatch | Story by Jackson Hole Growing up as a ski patroller’s son, “daycare” was a term that loosely applied to Forrest Jillson. At just nine years old, going on avalanche reduction routes and skiing Corbet’s with his father was a normal part of growing up with Jackson Hole as…
Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

November 3, 2016
New Mexico True Stories- Deep.South. In late February 2015, the largest storm in a decade blanketed New Mexico with more than 70 inches of snow. We were ready with our skis and boards. Here’s how it all went down. CREDITS: Director: Ryan Heffernan Producer: Grayson Schaffer Director of Photography: Ben…
The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley – Travel

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley – Travel

September 14, 2016
Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours | Travel Partner Content 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…
Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

August 11, 2016
With snow and terrain like that Aspen is a destination that should be on every skiers bucket list. Image:: Aspen Mountainwatch x Ski Max Holidays | Kate Allman Thinking about an overseas ski trip but not sure where to go? For Aussie travellers, the choice can often seem endless. However,…
Lifehacking The Weekend Warrior Roadtrip – The QT Stopover

Lifehacking The Weekend Warrior Roadtrip – The QT Stopover

August 2, 2016
The pull of the mountains and the allure of the open road – every Weekend Warrior’s dream Image:: Horvath Mountainwatch x Thredbo | Alex Horvath My friend Chris Booth once summed up the weekly affliction of the weekend warrior perfectly: “It’s that giddy Friday feeling knowing you’re about to get…
Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

July 21, 2016
Skiing above the Reischek Glacier with Methven Heli. This could be you. Image:: Kevin Boekholt Chillfactor x High Peak Heliski | Alex Horvath The Canterbury Club Fields are the last frontier of New Zealand skiing. Located far from the glitz and glamour of Queenstown – known more around the world…
Paradise Found, the Search for the Honey Badger at CMH Bobbie Burns – Travel

Paradise Found, the Search for the Honey Badger at CMH Bobbie Burns – Travel

July 10, 2016
Ryan smacks the lip on his way down to meet the group Image:: Alex Horvath Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath In early April 1965, Austrian ski guide and mountaineer, Hans Gmoser, bushwhacked his way through thawing snow, across fluvial flood plains and along the well-worn paths of early colonial fur trappers…
The Do’s and Do Nots of Backcountry skiing in Japan – Travel

The Do’s and Do Nots of Backcountry skiing in Japan – Travel

April 13, 2016
Seek and you shall find. Image:: Boen Ferguson Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Hiking for your turns has become the cool the new thing in the ski and snowboard industry. Why shouldn’t it be? It makes riding more fun, as not only do you get to have the feeling of controlled…
5 Reasons You Should Try a New Resort This Season – Travel

5 Reasons You Should Try a New Resort This Season – Travel

April 11, 2016
Who knows what you’ll find if you venture off the beaten path this season. Why not try something new? Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Omar Elkadi 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…
Thredbo, Is it Becoming Australia’s Mountain Bike Mecca? – Travel

Thredbo, Is it Becoming Australia’s Mountain Bike Mecca? – Travel

March 18, 2016
The Kosi chair runs all summer, now with brand new racks for the bikes. Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath As a small child – and keen skier – I‘d be verging on tears as our car rolled around the last corner and into Thredbo Village in the summer months…
Finding the Real Mammoth Experience – Snow Journal

Finding the Real Mammoth Experience – Snow Journal

February 11, 2016
Yeah, it really was that deep last week. Image:: Mammoth Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A year ago I was in Mammoth with my family and California was in its fourth year of drought and the Sierra Mountains were suffering with a well-below average snowfall. However, thanks to a few early…
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…
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FORECAST World Heli Challenge – Clear Weather Tuesday

FORECAST World Heli Challenge – Clear Weather Tuesday

August 2, 2010
The Extreme Day 2009. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Forecast | Aaron Cook – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist Summary:When the weather clears Monday we will find out exactly what effect Sunday’s storm has had on the terrain. The terrain will be assessed for avalanche danger and hopefully things will be looking…
World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

July 30, 2010
2009 equal third place winner Ryan McCune, Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge will officially begin today, friday 30 July with the Firestarter Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel before the competitor bib draw takes place on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow the 40 competitors, including the two wild…
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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