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2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

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…
Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

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…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 20th

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 20th

December 20, 2017
Japember? Move over Japanuary because December has been all time in Hokkaido… and we’re not even done yet! Image:: Darren Teasedale/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well folks, we’ve got boots on the ground in Niseko this season, namely mine, a fake pair of size 11 sorels which…
Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

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

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…
Transfer Delivers Their Definitive Travel Guide

Transfer Delivers Their Definitive Travel Guide

November 29, 2017
The Aussie snow season may be all wrapped up but the snow is just starting to fall elsewhere and if you’re already feeling the need for a slide underfoot, then the team at Transfer have you covered. Check The Transfer Travel Special Now They’re put together a monster Travel Special,…
2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

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

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…
Massive Snow Event Coming To Sydney

Massive Snow Event Coming To Sydney

November 2, 2017
Mountainwatch | News 2018 sees Air + Style coming to Sydney and with over 60 of the world’s top male and female snow elite, it’s one event you’ll want make sure you score tickets to. Ski and snowboarding’s dominators will compete on a 16 storey ramp in Sydney’s Domain (yes,…
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

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…
Transfer Delivers A Travel Guide That Will Send Us All Broke

Transfer Delivers A Travel Guide That Will Send Us All Broke

October 20, 2017
The Aussie snow season may be all wrapped up but the snow is just starting to fall elsewhere and if you’re already feeling the need for a slide underfoot, then the team at Transfer have you covered. Check The Transfer Travel Special Now They’re put together a monster Travel Special,…
A Season Worth Celebrating – 2017 Australian Season Wrap Up

A Season Worth Celebrating – 2017 Australian Season Wrap Up

October 9, 2017
From underachieving to overachieving, the report card for the 2017 season can only be described as glowing. Image: Karl Gray / Hotham Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The bullwheels of our beloved resort chairlifts have made their final rotation for the 2017 snow season, and a sensation of both exhaustion and…
Better than Torstein’s top to Bottom Run? – Shredbots R3Boot – Pre-review

Better than Torstein’s top to Bottom Run? – Shredbots R3Boot – Pre-review

October 4, 2017
–> Transfer | Louis Macindoe Two things come to mind when I think of Torstein Horgmo: Electronic Dance Music and The Northstar Top to Bottom Run . When you create something as captivating as the later, it’s hard to not spend your career (and life) living in its shadows. As…
Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

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…
Backcountry Condition Report – Spring – Australia

Backcountry Condition Report – Spring – Australia

September 28, 2017
Some monster cornice action on Mt Feathertop following recent blizzards. Image:: David Inabinet Australian Seasonal Update – Backcountry | David Inabinet With blizzards dumping metres of snow in the backcountry earlier this month, Australia is well and truly set up for a long and memorable spring skiing season, that go…
Asahikawa – The gateway to Central Hokkaido’s Powder Belt – Travel

Asahikawa – The gateway to Central Hokkaido’s Powder Belt – Travel

September 26, 2017
Reggae Ellis goes in search of Hokkaido’s endless powder belt. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss If you are looking for a Japanese destination that has the snow without the crowds and is authentically Japanese with minimal western influence, then a road trip around the resorts of rural Central…
Travis Rice’s Best Film yet? – Depth Perception – Pre-review

Travis Rice’s Best Film yet? – Depth Perception – Pre-review

September 25, 2017
We sense T-Rice has found the winning formula for big screen snowboard films in his latest project, Depth Perception. Here’s why … Photo:: Provided Transfer | Louis Macindoe Snowboarding’s most anticipated man is getting back on the big screen again, with the announcement of his latest project – ‘Depth Perception’…
Groms Send it at the 2017 Hotham Junior Freeride

Groms Send it at the 2017 Hotham Junior Freeride

September 22, 2017
Kareema Watkin skied with aggression beyond a 12-year-old. Image:: Karl Gray Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Mount Hotham has long been regarded has Australia premier freeride resort, its varied terrain, tree skiing and in-bounds steep offering some of the best skiing in the country. Given that, Hotham is the perfect location…
Buller X – Proof of Big Mountain Freeriding in Our Backyard – Event Recap

Buller X – Proof of Big Mountain Freeriding in Our Backyard – Event Recap

September 22, 2017
Coen Bennie navigating just one of the coight-clenching chutes on Thursday’s finals. Photo:: Harro Mountainwatch | Buller X After a tantalizing wait all winter for snow and weather conditions to align the first “Buller X” extreme freeride competition got underway at Mt Buller yesterday afternoon in superb spring conditions. Australia’s…
Buller X Gets the Green Light – it’s on – Australia’s first Freeride Competition

Buller X Gets the Green Light – it’s on – Australia’s first Freeride Competition

September 20, 2017
The call has been made, tomorrow is the day that Australia’s first big-mountain freeride type event will take place, at the formidable Buller summit. Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Buller X Australia’s best freeriders are cranking up their DIN settings and getting ready to clamp down those ratchets in preparation for…
The Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Official Results, Video and Recap

The Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Official Results, Video and Recap

September 19, 2017
High octane snowboarding under a spring sun, Open Men’s third-place winner Jye Kearney wasted no time taking advantage of what’s being celebrated as the best Transfer Banked Slalom yet. Image:: Johnny McCormack Transfer | Louis Macindoe In what’s being celebrated as the most spring-like conditions of the 2017 season so…
Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

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

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

The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

September 6, 2017
Also see: The Storm Of The Year – Day 1 The 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…
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AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Farewell Winter

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Farewell Winter

August 31, 2011
Stunning Sunset in Falls Image::Courtesy of Falls Creek Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath It is fair to say that right now, the mountains are hurting… Today marked the official last day of winter and it is obvious that Mother Nature is certainly letting us know all about it!…
Nz Weekly Weather Blog – It’s Warming up Nicely!

Nz Weekly Weather Blog – It’s Warming up Nicely!

August 29, 2011
Perfect weather for terrain park antics, The Remarkables 29 August. Image:: The Remarkables Snow Journal| Matt White Kia Ora everyone.. it’s been a lovely warm week this past week, great spring like snow conditions and in some places a little dusting of powder! The snow has been softening up just…
New Zealand SNOW Predictions – September

New Zealand SNOW Predictions – September

August 29, 2011
Blue sky powder days at Coronet Peak, here’s hoping spring delivers a few this year! Image:: Coronet Peak Snow forecasts | The Grasshopper Binge skiing Who could have seen this coming in early July? Ski fields in the South Island were sweating after unusually warm temperatures and an almost complete…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Transition

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Transition

August 24, 2011
What to do when it’s sunny and warm? Beers by the Stylewars hits of course Image::Courtesy of Stylewars Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath It seems to be official now; spring has ‘sprung’ early (sorry, I had to!). The sun has been shining upon the mountains since Saturday when…
Australia SNOW Predictions – September

Australia SNOW Predictions – September

August 22, 2011
Snow-frozen skidoos. Thanks to an amazing July, sights like this were not uncommon. Fingers crossed we see them again in September. Perisher, 17 July 2011. Image:: Perisher Snow Forecasts | The Grasshopper Where’s the snow GH? There’s been a dominant theme in emails to the Grasshopper in the last week.…
Nz Weekly Weather Blog – Spring Time Already?

Nz Weekly Weather Blog – Spring Time Already?

August 22, 2011
A Coronet Peak sunset, 19 August. Image:: Coronet Peak Snow Journal | Matt White Hi Everyone, well it has gone from bitterly cold to lovely warm, sunny and spring-like over the past week, hard to believe that this time last week half the country was snowed in! The past few…
NZ South Island Photo POWDER Report – Freshies & Bluebird

NZ South Island Photo POWDER Report – Freshies & Bluebird

August 18, 2011
Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfield It’s been an amazing few days in New Zealand, thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime polar freeze that brought snow to parts of NZ that haven’t seen snow since who knows when. After a few days of intense weather, which kept most of the resorts closed, the…
Photo POWDER Report – The Snow Storm that Changed NZ Overnight

Photo POWDER Report – The Snow Storm that Changed NZ Overnight

August 17, 2011
Even the chairlifts were snowed in at Mt Hutt Image:: Mt Hutt Snow Journal As the skies clear slightly New Zealand’s skiefields are able to take stock of the epic polar freeze storm of the past couple of days. “We have come though the other side of the storm with…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Unfavourable Elements

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Unfavourable Elements

August 17, 2011
Sunrise snowmaking Image::Courtesy of Perisher Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath The way that the weather patterns of August have been shaping up it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remain optimistic about the month that usually delivers the best snow quality of the season. The front that is passing over…
Antarctic Super Highway – NZ’S POWDER Storm

Antarctic Super Highway – NZ’S POWDER Storm

August 15, 2011
It’s dumping in Levin, which is only 24m above sea-level & an hour’s drive North of Wellington! Image: Sandra Gray Antarctic super highway | The Grasshopper We have a fantastic snow event on our hands this morning for the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. On Saturday morning our…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Snowed In!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Snowed In!

August 15, 2011
Snow on the fields surrounding Mt Hutt Monday 15 August. Image:: Mt Hutt Snow Journal | Matt White Hey everyone, well as I am writing this.. NZ has been hit hard by another freak snow storm, roads are closed, cities/towns are snowed in and travel is being vastly effected.. but…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – A Cooling Re-fresh

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – A Cooling Re-fresh

August 10, 2011
Sunset over Falls Image::Courtesy of Falls Creek Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath With the current state of seemingly global turmoil those of us engulfed in the snow bubble lifestyle were stoked to be graced with 10-20cms of fresh snow come Monday morning. Markets are crashing, youths are rioting,…
HOTHAM photo POWDER Journal – 15 Fresh Centimetres to Slash and Burn

HOTHAM photo POWDER Journal – 15 Fresh Centimetres to Slash and Burn

August 9, 2011
Drew jamming a turn down a nice steep sneaky squirrel Snow Journal | Mark Tsukasov The temps have been rollercoasting lately, so the moment we saw fresh snow we hit it hard before the sun had a chance to effect it or the fog had a chance to set back…
WEATHER ANALYSIS – Wild Winds at Thredbo

WEATHER ANALYSIS – Wild Winds at Thredbo

August 8, 2011
Thredbo’s known for it’s windy conditions, but with wind comes epic powder stashes! Image:: Thredbo Weather Analysis | The Grasshopper The big squeeze Anyone trying to ski at Thredbo on Friday, August 5, would have received a rude shock to find that several lifts were put on wind hold for…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Comp Time!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Comp Time!

August 8, 2011
Snow Park’s Monster bonk 4 August. Image:: Snow Park Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora everyone, it feels like we are flying through the weeks at the moment, hopefully everyone is getting a good amount of skiing/boarding in.. we’re halfway through the season now believe it or not! Competition…
FORECAST FICKLENESS – Why the Models Have Varied so Much in 48 Hours

FORECAST FICKLENESS – Why the Models Have Varied so Much in 48 Hours

August 3, 2011
  Balmy days and sunshine are nice for a time but cold and snow is what we all crave – Thredbo, 29 July. Image:: Thredbo Forecasts | The Grasshopper It’s been extremely warm in the mountains this week as a warm northerly flow chews away at the snow pack. When…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Winter’s Intermission

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Winter’s Intermission

August 3, 2011
What do you ride when its sunny and warm? Park of course.. Image::Courtesy of Falls Creek Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath Very warm temperatures transpired across the mountains over the last week bringing with them a spring like pattern of sun, snow and light rain that combined to…
TREBLE CONE Photo Snow Report – Waking up to Powder Bluebird!

TREBLE CONE Photo Snow Report – Waking up to Powder Bluebird!

August 2, 2011
Chris Booth in rehearsal for the World Heli Challenge Words & Images | Ben Hansen Today’s adventure took us to Treble Cone just out side of Wanaka NZ. Charlie Timmins, Boen Ferguson, Chris Booth and I watched the weather roll in yesterday making us a little hesitant of what we…
New Zealand Photo POWDER Report – Wild Weather

New Zealand Photo POWDER Report – Wild Weather

July 27, 2011
Approaching the storm Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfied New Zealand’s incredible snow-run continues and while we can’t but hope that Christchurch has a reprieve from Mother Nature’s extremes soon it’s wonderful to see the resorts able to flick on every switch and open every door and welcome every rider with…
SOUTH ISLAND Photo POWDER Report – Record Cold Snap

SOUTH ISLAND Photo POWDER Report – Record Cold Snap

July 25, 2011
Secret location… New Zealand… where the snow is good Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfield Airports closed, roads buried and a covering of white all the way down to the coastline – New Zealand’s latest snow storm has blanketed the whole country and while snow totals at the resorts are not…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Extreme Snow

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Extreme Snow

July 25, 2011
Sunrise over Cardrona 26 July. Image:: Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora from across the ditch, where it’s full blown winter with extremely cold temperatures over the past week and some snow falling to sea level around Queenstown, Christchurch and even in the capital of Wellington! Snow lovers…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Waiting Game

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Waiting Game

July 20, 2011
Drew Jolowicz tearing up the windblown last week Image::Mark Tsukasov Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath More fresh snow has fallen over the last few days although this was not without some of the dreaded rain that we all love to hate in the Australian mountains. For Aussie farmers…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Miracle Snow Storm

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Miracle Snow Storm

July 18, 2011
Turoa post storm Battler Image:: Mt Ruapehu Snow Journal | Matt White Hi all, I trust that everyone has been getting plenty of freshies both in NZ and Aussie over the last week!! I have never seen a weather cycle like the one we have just had over here, EVERY…
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TRAVEL CALIFORNIA – A Mammoth Spring

TRAVEL CALIFORNIA – A Mammoth Spring

November 29, 2010
Mammoth in spring. Image:: Mammoth Words | Ben Alexis On the first drive up to Mammoth Mountain the most exciting thing I remember is seeing the enormous main park. From the road you can see the 18 and 22-foot half pipes plus the jumps and rails and excitement builds inside.…
TRAVEL AUSTRIA – A Lech Family Adventure

TRAVEL AUSTRIA – A Lech Family Adventure

November 19, 2010
Picture perfect Lech. Image:: Plattenhof Words | Annabel Tudhope* I remember when I was 12 going to Austria for the family ski holiday. It was the worst season that Europe had seen, but that didn’t stop the snow falling in Lech. About 20 minutes from St Anton, deep in the…
TRAVEL CANADA – Finding The Not so Wild West in SILVER STAR

TRAVEL CANADA – Finding The Not so Wild West in SILVER STAR

November 16, 2010
Chocolate-box cute, Silver Star Mountain Village. Image:: Silver Star/Tim Fitzgerald Skiing Silver Star | Tess Cook Silver Star, the quaint British Columbian ski resort, is the ideal family snow holiday destination, I once heard it described as ‘Mollymook on the snow’ by a fellow Australian visitor. Anyone familiar with the…
VIDEO A Skier’s Journey – the 3 Part Series

VIDEO A Skier’s Journey – the 3 Part Series

November 1, 2010
Video & Photo | Jordan Manley Interview | Tess Cook Tracking a passage from Gulmarg, through La Grave and into the Canadian Rockies, this three part video series from Canadian photographer Jordan Manley is truly phenomenal. I happened upon this video collection in vimeo and was blown away, it’s the…
TRAVEL USA – A Little Place Called Aspen

TRAVEL USA – A Little Place Called Aspen

October 27, 2010
The hike to the top of Highlands Bowl. Image:: Aspen Skiing Colorado | Tess Cook The first time I hiked the Highlands Bowl at Aspen Highlands we started too early in the morning to catch the snow cat. Highlands Bowl aficionados will know the modified snow cat – which sports…
TRAVEL USA – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

TRAVEL USA – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

October 21, 2010
It snows all night and dawns bluebird in Steamboat. Image: Steamboat Words | Don St.Pierre former US Olympic Coach At this time of year the tranquil, angelic resort towns of Colorado experience a metamorphosis as they transform from summer to winter. In my hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, several annual…
SPRING BACKCOUNTRY – The Kosciuszko Climb

SPRING BACKCOUNTRY – The Kosciuszko Climb

October 19, 2010
Steve Lee slashing some spring corn. Image:: Chris Hocking Backcountry Skiing | Steve Lee Spring time in the Aussie mountains is certainly a favourite. More often than not we have good backcountry snow cover and great weather to enjoy it with – and this year it will hold strong well…
Travel Northern Hemisphere – The Pros’ Favourite Snow Spots

Travel Northern Hemisphere – The Pros’ Favourite Snow Spots

October 12, 2010
Japan – famous for powder. Rider:: Boen Ferguson. Image:: Ben Hansen Need some travel inspiration? Pro riders and industry insiders are snow resort connoisseurs, they go everywhere. We asked them where they’d recommend if someone asked “where should I head to this coming Northern Hemisphere winter?” “Park City – three…
TRAVEL USA – Park City Powder Cats

TRAVEL USA – Park City Powder Cats

September 27, 2010
Utah is famous for its champagne powder. Skiing Utah | Rachael Oakes-Ash Images | Rebekah Stevens – rebekahstevensphotography.com I blame the powder. Dry, Utah powder under an intense blue sky will do it to you every time. The conditions were sublime and clearly messed with my head. Why else would…
Editor’s top 10s – Reasons to go to the Snow these School Holidays

Editor’s top 10s – Reasons to go to the Snow these School Holidays

September 22, 2010
Early morning groomers at Falls Creek, ideal in spring. Image:: Courtesy Falls Creek Words | Tess Cook Forget a September beach holiday, why run the risk of drizzling rain, chilly evenings, windy beaches and water too cold to swim in when you could bask in the springtime sun on the…
TRAVEL – Snowboard Japan – Myoko Kogen

TRAVEL – Snowboard Japan – Myoko Kogen

September 22, 2010
Japan powder is a snowboarder’s heaven – deep, light and available in abundance. An Authentic Japanese Destination. Does that still exist in? Hokkaido and Nagano are the obvious choices, but for me it was time to try something different. Niigata, on the island of Honshu, has always looked enticing and…
TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 3

TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 3

September 20, 2010
Two of our crew take a break from hiking the backcountry of Argentinean resort Catedral Alta Patagonia. The town of Bariloche is on the valley floor in the distance. Photo: Johnny McCormack Sep 8 – Sept 11, 2010 | Words Russell Holt Argentina: Bariloche & Buenos Aires The 3 week…
TRAVEL KASHMIR – Bill’s Trips

TRAVEL KASHMIR – Bill’s Trips

September 20, 2010
Aussie Legend Steve Lee tasting Gulmarg. Image:: Courtesy Bill Barker Riding Gulmarg | Tess Cook If I’m venturing into the heart of Kashmir, India, I want Bill Barker at my side. The intrepid mountain man has been exploring the snow roads less travelled for over 20 years, in the last…
TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

September 15, 2010
Punta De Lobo is a mechanical left hand point break that’s 10 minutes south of Chile’s famous beach town Pichelemu. The point is covered in cacti. Sep 8 – Sept 11, 2010 | Words Russell Holt Photos Johnny McCormack Chile and Argentina have always been on the ‘hit-list’, the size…
TRAVEL USA Fresh Tracks with the Interconnect Backcountry Tour

TRAVEL USA Fresh Tracks with the Interconnect Backcountry Tour

September 13, 2010
Utah is famous for its super dry powder. Image:: Ski Utah Skiing Utah | Rachael Oakes-Ash Utah’s uber cool Park City resort town may be the training ground for snowboarding legends Torah Bright and Shaun White but try telling that to the skier-only zones of Deer Valley Resort, five minutes…
TRAVEL VICTORIA The Spring Fling Road Trip

TRAVEL VICTORIA The Spring Fling Road Trip

September 13, 2010
Road Trip! Image:: Elle Cook< Words | Tess Cook What better way to squeeze very last bit of snow from the season than a spring snow road trip? Us Aussie skiers tend to be a habitual bunch, we snow slide where we’ve always snow slid. So this season I packed…
TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina – Part 1

TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina – Part 1

September 8, 2010
Will Jackways lays down a highspeed turn in Nevados De Chillan, Southern Chile. Image:: Johnny McCormack August 27 – Sep 8, 2010 | Words Russell Holt Chile and Argentina have always been on the ‘hit-list’, the size of the Latino lure for any adventure seeking snowboarder is as huge as…
Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

September 7, 2010
Steve Lee’s Backcounty Tours. Image:: Chris Hocking Words | Tess Cook Springtime in the snow, endless bluebird, warm enough to eat lunch in the sunshine sans jacket, with any luck a good serving of spring corn snow and, as if you needed another reason to hit the slopes, accommodation and…
TRAVEL NSW Lake Crackenback Resort

TRAVEL NSW Lake Crackenback Resort

September 2, 2010
The Resort encircles the small Lake Crackenback. Image:: Courtesy Lake Crackenback Luxury Accommodation | Tess Cook To me, nothing says skiing luxury accommodation more than a kitchen and a couch – long days on the slopes call for afternoon couch time with some well-deserved nibbles – except of course for…
Backcountry with Steve Lee in Falls Creek

Backcountry with Steve Lee in Falls Creek

August 19, 2010
Getting some backcountry powder. Image:: Chris Hocking Words | Steve Lee Falls Creek’s Backcountry Tours with Steve Lee launched in picture perfect conditions on 17 August, proving a big winner. Yes it has been a fair wait for conditions to allow the tours to kick off, but when they did…
TRAVEL – Guns Of Gulmarg

TRAVEL – Guns Of Gulmarg

July 26, 2010
  Story by Bex Sandys | Photos by Tyler Heffernan We had heard amazing stories of this place: 18 metre snow bases, one metre overnight snow dumps and heli-like experiences right from the top of a gondola that drops you high in the Himalayas. Understandably our expectations for Gulmarg, India…
Virtual Ski Resort for Luxury – Seekers

Virtual Ski Resort for Luxury – Seekers

June 21, 2010
Press Release Elitemarket.com the London based online ultra-luxury showcase, today announced the launch of the first virtual ski village on the Internet. The elitemarket “Ski Pavilion” will give users browser access to a highly select list of the world’s best ski resorts, ski hotels, prime winter vacation property and ski…
The Lift List – What’s Open on Opening Weekend

The Lift List – What’s Open on Opening Weekend

June 10, 2010
Scenic chairlift | Mt Hotham Saturday Update, thanks to even more snow making and a helpful dusting of new snow, most of the resorts are running more lifts that expected. Here’s what’s going right now across the Aussie Alps and should run across the whole weekend Mt Buller is running…
The Search – Jono and Bud Take it to AK

The Search – Jono and Bud Take it to AK

May 27, 2010
  Words – Reggae EllissImages – Harro/wheresharro.comRip Curl espouses ‘The Search’, an enigmatic ideal that suggests always going that one step further, so sending Aussie alpine racers Jono Brauer and Craig ‘Bud’ Branch to Alaska, grand-daddy of all skiing locations, seemed like a good idea to Neil Ridgeway, Rip Curl’s…
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