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Deer Valley Joins the Battle for Ski World Domination

Deer Valley Joins the Battle for Ski World Domination

August 24, 2017
Utah is at the centre of the season pass war right now, and Deer Valley has just been tagged in. Image::Provided Mountainwatch | Kate Allman The battle for global ski resort domination against Epic Resorts ramped up again this week, as an affiliate of Aspen Skiing Co. announced its acquisition…
Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

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,…
Win A Tour of The Powder Mecca – Hakuba – Giveaway

Win A Tour of The Powder Mecca – Hakuba – Giveaway

August 22, 2017
Your soon-to-be tour of Pow Town will look a little something like this. Image:: Provided  Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours With Australian resorts receiving some of the best snow we’ve ridden in recent times, there’s powder on our palate and with spring just around the corner – we’ll be hankering…
Fluro Chaos at FreeBom this Weekend – Mt Buller – Event

Fluro Chaos at FreeBom this Weekend – Mt Buller – Event

August 16, 2017
Knee knockin’, hip twistin’, leg spreadin’ madness this weekend at Mt Buller. Image:: Provided Chillfactor | Watkin McLennan Pull on the day-glow one piece, the Oakley Razors and dab some zinc on the snoz ‘cause Australia’s most participated (and favourite) hot dogging spectacle is ready to air-out. This weekend, the…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Outerwear

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

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…
Obtaining Japanese Powder Enlightenment with Liquid Snow – Travel

Obtaining Japanese Powder Enlightenment with Liquid Snow – Travel

August 14, 2017
Nate Proulx redefining the condition – ‘snow blindness’ while on tour in Myoko. This could be you. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours What’s the one thing we all strive to achieve when travelling abroad to ski or snowboard? It’s that moment, when the plane slowly begins ascending homeward…
Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

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…
Backcountry Condition Report – August – Australia

Backcountry Condition Report – August – Australia

August 11, 2017
We’ve gone from zero to hero in just a matter of weeks, and the backcountry is now snow loaded but this influx makes for an unstable snowpack, which means there’s been no shortage of major slides this week, and places like Watson’s Craggs on the Western Face have been fraught…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Snowboard Boots

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’…
The Blizzard From Oz Recap – August – Storm Journal

The Blizzard From Oz Recap – August – Storm Journal

August 11, 2017
The storm is now known as ‘The Blizard From Oz’, didn’t just top our season so far, but is being hailed as one of the biggest dumps of the past decade. Image:: Thredbo STORM JOURNAL: AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 8 Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss This time last week, what’s become…
Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

August 9, 2017
Click clack front and back ‘cause we’re jumping the border and going boardin’, and checkin’ out everything in between both NSW and VIC resorts. Photo:: MW Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s Friday afternoon, and the mad dash down the M7 onto the M5 is reduced to a crawling pace while…
A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

August 8, 2017
Top to bottom in less than 120 seconds requires speeds up to 120km/h… Safe to say this isn’t a race for the faint of heart. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Australia’s longest race, the G.H Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11,…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Women’s Snowboards

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Women’s Snowboards

August 7, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for the snowboards you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x Rhythm Snowboard Shop This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of Rhythm Snowboard Shop. Gear Guru: Naomi…
Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

August 4, 2017
Pro Skier Johnny Collinson approaching snorkel worthy depths at Alta. Image:: Adam Clark/Ski Utah Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Drive around Utah and you’ll notice they have “The Greatest Snow On Earth®”. It won’t be the snow piled up on the side of the road that leads…
The Most Versatile Skis Ever? – Fat-Ypus D-Riddum – Gear Locker

The Most Versatile Skis Ever? – Fat-Ypus D-Riddum – Gear Locker

August 4, 2017
When the going gets deep, in the Fattypus Reggae Ellis trusts. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Gear Locker x Reggae Ellis What is a Fat-Ypus D-Riddum you may ask? Well, after a trip to Central Hokkaido last March it is one of the most versatile skis I’ve ever had the pleasure…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – New Zealand – The Beast to the East

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

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 ALERT AUS – 40 to 80cm – The Spring Powder Hammer

SNOW ALERT AUS – 40 to 80cm – The Spring Powder Hammer

August 2, 2017
Springs typical slushy conditions are being replaced by powder, and lots of it. Image:: Hotham Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Certain Attention snow plowers, warm up your engines ‘cause things are about to get crazy in and around the Australian resorts. That’s right, skiers and boarders,…
Mountainwatch’s August Attack Package – Your Winter Ultimatum

Mountainwatch’s August Attack Package – Your Winter Ultimatum

August 1, 2017
If there’s one weekend you’re sure to score on, you can bet it’s this one. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Travel No self-respecting skier or snowboarder should ever need an excuse for a weekend run down to the snow. But we’re all guilty of living busy lives, and by the…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – Australia – Line by Line…Wiggle by Wiggle

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…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Men’s Snowboards

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Men’s Snowboards

July 31, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for the snowboards you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island… Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x Rhythm Snowboard Shop This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of Rhythm Snowboard Shop. Gear Guru: Klump? Years…
Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

July 28, 2017
As what can only be described as a catalyst in the operations of Australian resorts, Thredbo’s partnership with Protect Our Winters is a step in the right direction. And everyone in this room knew it. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Thredbo Last night marked a great step forward for skiing and…
Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

July 27, 2017
Calling all shred betties, the Roxy Girls Go Ride Day is your chance to join the ultimate girl gang. Image:: Provided There’s no better feeling than teaming up with your crew and taking on the whole mountain in good company. But imagine rolling deep with X-games and Olympic champions by…
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SNOW for NEW ZEALAND – Multi Metre Revitalisation

SNOW for NEW ZEALAND – Multi Metre Revitalisation

July 14, 2011
Top of Crown Range on 13 July. Image:: Nick Hyne Storm Analysis By all accounts it’s a freak; a week long, nation-wide, epic-sized snow storm spun up from Antarctica by an uncommon-for-this-time-of-year westerly to arrive, heavy-laden, over New Zealand to unburden itself of up to 5m of snow in under…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – A Perfect Follow Up

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – A Perfect Follow Up

July 13, 2011
Simon Blondel enjoying Perisher’s brilliant conditions on the weekend. Image:: Dominic Kieler Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath This time last week I was writing this very journal and singing praises for the storm that was hitting the mountains as I typed. Once the clouds had parted and the…
THREDBO Photo POWDER Report – Best Weekend Ever?

THREDBO Photo POWDER Report – Best Weekend Ever?

July 11, 2011
That’s Scott Kneller in there… Snow Journal | Harro It’s being touted as one of the best Aussie snow events in memory – The plethora of fresh, dry powder, some bluebird skies and perfect windblown stashes of the last days of July’s second week have everyone in raptures. The product…
PERISHER POWDER in the VIDEO Snow Forecast

PERISHER POWDER in the VIDEO Snow Forecast

July 8, 2011
Video Snow Footage When the NSW video forecast arrived yesterday we were pretty stoked on the snow footage, so we thought we needed to make sure everyone saw it… PS – in case you didn’t know yet, we make two of these each week for NSW and Victoria, and one…
HOTHAM Photo POWDER Report… Are these Pics from Australia or Europe?

HOTHAM Photo POWDER Report… Are these Pics from Australia or Europe?

July 7, 2011
Sam Leitch cranking a turn near Gotcha. The blue skies were back this morning after a night of heavy blizzard conditions. It was perfect. Photo Snow Journal | Mark Tsukasov With powder Chamonix would be proud of Hotham is doing its best impression of a French Alp resort this week…
THREDBO Photo POWDER Report – 1m Snow Storm

THREDBO Photo POWDER Report – 1m Snow Storm

July 7, 2011
Pretty in pink – Luke Kneller Snow Journal | Ben Hansen The only thing better than a powder day is a bluebird powder day. Anyone lucky enough to score the double whammy in the Australian alps on Thursday will be smiling for a long time to come… Simon Blondel –…
NEW ZEALAND Snow Struggles, But Hope is on the Horizon

NEW ZEALAND Snow Struggles, But Hope is on the Horizon

July 6, 2011
Mt Hutt in the first week of July, looking like winter at last. Image:: Mt Hutt New Zealand Season | Kerris McLiver While Australian resorts recently celebrated one of the best starts to the snow season in over a decade, our kiwi neighbours watched green with envy. New Zealand’s resorts…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm That Just Keeps Giving

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm That Just Keeps Giving

July 6, 2011
Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath We are 48 hours in and this storm has already exceeded my expectations. It is like it doesn’t want to stop! If you take a look at the charts this morning you would be treated to what we in the business term “weather…
School Holiday SNOW STORM – 1m Forecast

School Holiday SNOW STORM – 1m Forecast

July 4, 2011
Faceshots at Hotham – could be likely at the end of the week. Image:: Mark Tsukasov/Hotham Snowfalls | Tess Cook The third significant snowfall of the 2011 season hit the Australian resorts early Monday morning, the beginning of a storm expected to deposit up to 1m of snow by the…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – NZ Winter has Begun!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – NZ Winter has Begun!

July 4, 2011
Matt White Well… things are starting to pick up over here in NZ, since I last wrote there have been a few more fields open up across the country, bringing the grand total open to eight for now… And by the looks of things to come we may have some…
HOTHAM Photo Snow Report – Sunshine Precedes the Storm

HOTHAM Photo Snow Report – Sunshine Precedes the Storm

July 4, 2011
Sunset over the village. School holidays begin this coming week so the village is likely to get much more lively Snow Journal | Mark Tsukasov The calm before the storm. In the week prior to school holidays, Hotham was peaceful, those in the resort enjoyed quiet slopes and sunshine. But…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – High Pressure Holding Pattern

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – High Pressure Holding Pattern

June 29, 2011
Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath After the snowfalls last week it’s easy to start to feel spoilt when we see weather like the week that just past. In a perfect follow up to last weeks snowstorm Mother Nature really turned it on with great conditions across the weekend.…
FALLS CREEK June SNOW – The week that changed the season

FALLS CREEK June SNOW – The week that changed the season

June 27, 2011
Ailan Dowler. Image:: Chris Hocking Snow Journal | Chris Hocking We love a good transformation in the mountains, and last week certainly was that. While we had a good start with snow on the ground from opening, the big dump came hard and fast last week and really delivered some…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Progress at Last

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Progress at Last

June 27, 2011
Stoked to be skiing finally Matt White Well another week has passed and I can finally give you all some good news.. it’s not epic news but things are looking up for us snow-deprived kiwis, Mt Hutt opened today with limited terrain and Turoa is set to open tomorrow. We…
THREDBO – Storm Reflection, 50cm of Snow

THREDBO – Storm Reflection, 50cm of Snow

June 23, 2011
Supertrail – 22 June Image::Reggae Ellis Reggae Elliss Monday was one of those nervous nights you have when you live in the mountains, not just because of the howling northwester. It was waiting for the cold front and the promise of the 30cm – 60cm of snow forecast by the…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – It Came, It Snowed, It’s Still Snowing

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – It Came, It Snowed, It’s Still Snowing

June 22, 2011
The mighty Thredbo River, In all it’s white glory Image:: Steve Tognazzini Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath Being a skier or a snowboarder in Australia can be climatically challenging at times, riding in the rain and early morning pre-dawn missions up the hill for “10cm pow” days that…
SNOW PHOTOS & VIDEO – Images from FALLS CREEK, HOTHAM, BULLER & THREDBO

SNOW PHOTOS & VIDEO – Images from FALLS CREEK, HOTHAM, BULLER & THREDBO

June 21, 2011
Top of the old Merrits Chair at Thredbo, Tuesday afternoon. Image:: Reggae Elliss Photo Snow Journal Gratuitous shots of great snowfalls… enough said. Beginning with the first photos to arrive in the Mountainwatch inbox this Tuesday morning and growing as we receive more through the duration of this storm, here…
AUSTRALIA NEW SNOW – Big Snowfall Set for Tuesday

AUSTRALIA NEW SNOW – Big Snowfall Set for Tuesday

June 20, 2011
Icy chairlift at Buller in 2010, hopefully the coming storm will deliver some similarly picturesque vistas. Image:: Mt Buller Snow Journal | Tess Cook No doubt about it now, a snow storm will hit the Australian Alps some time early Tuesday morning and should leave a healthy serve of up…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Seven Year Hope

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Seven Year Hope

June 20, 2011
Mt Hutt Tuesday afternoon Image:: Mt Hutt cam Snow Journal | Matt White They say the weather works in a 7 year cycle.. Hopefully this time round they are right. Still no snow across the ditch here in NZ, but I remembered the other day about winter 2004, a season…
WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Floods, Volcanoes and Southern Snowfalls!

WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Floods, Volcanoes and Southern Snowfalls!

June 15, 2011
Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath Season 2011 hit the ground running on the weekend with most resorts in Australia flicking the switch on the lifts and opening terrain for the Aussie crew to get out and shred! Without rubbing it in we should feel very stoked to have…
The Forecast Chart Guide – Understanding the Mountainwatch Forecasts

The Forecast Chart Guide – Understanding the Mountainwatch Forecasts

June 14, 2011
Understanding Mountainwatch Forecasts | Alex Horvath and the Grasshopper Every 12 hours Mountainwatch publishes individual forecasts for over 50 ski resorts in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Japan. The forecasts come in the form of a table, which contains a daily summary, and a chart, which plots…
BULLER Photo Snow Report – Groms Lovin’ Best Season Start

BULLER Photo Snow Report – Groms Lovin’ Best Season Start

June 14, 2011
12 year old Mitch Reeves carving up Burke Street at Mt Buller on Sunday. Image:: Harro Snow Journal | Harro It was best start to a season in over a decade and everyone from first timers to advanced skiers and boarders were thrilled to be able to get out amongst…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Tips for Waiting out the Lack of Snow

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Tips for Waiting out the Lack of Snow

June 13, 2011
Mt Ruapehu 15 June Image:: Mt Ruapehu NZ Weather Blog | Matt White Or should I say lack of snow blog! Hi everyone, well it hasn’t been a good week for cold temperatures yet alone snowfall… Mother Nature still isn’t coming to the party so we are all going to…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Getting the Goods!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Getting the Goods!

June 11, 2011
Cardrona on the weekend, what a difference a week makes! Image:: Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Hi everyone, well it has been quite an exciting week here in NZ, we have been getting nailed by what you could call ‘the perfect storm’… it has been snowing since Thursday and…
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First Snow as NZ Resorts Build up for a Big 2010

First Snow as NZ Resorts Build up for a Big 2010

March 26, 2010
Coronet Peak’s high speed chair will be ready for a big 2010. Image – Coronet Peak Words – Aaron Cook, Mountainwatch.com Meteorologist A cold change swept over the South Island of New Zealand over the last few days, delivering a few centimetres of snow to ski resorts around the Southern…
The Alaskan Downhill – Jono Brauer and Craig Branch try Big Mountain Skiing

The Alaskan Downhill – Jono Brauer and Craig Branch try Big Mountain Skiing

March 24, 2010
Bud takes on the big mountain in AK Words – Tess CookImages – Harro Straight from the Olympic downhill to the world’s biggest peaks, The Australian Olympic alpine team of Craig ‘Bud’ Branch and Jono Brauer are in Alaska with all-round photographic genius Tony ‘Harro’ Harrington learning that there’s a…
Jackson’s Epic Backcountry – A Huge Natural Terrain Park

Jackson’s Epic Backcountry – A Huge Natural Terrain Park

March 23, 2010
The boys taking in the view from the top of the new tram. All Photos Tony Harrington/wheresharro.com In mid-March Boen Ferguson, Charlie Timmins and Christian Sirianni, three of Australia’s best freeskiers, took their act into Jackson Hole’s infamous backcountry for a feature we’ll be running in this year’s Chillfactor magazine.…
Video – Rusutsu, Japan Check Out

Video – Rusutsu, Japan Check Out

March 17, 2010
Deep in Hokkaido lives a little fairytale resort named Rusutsu. Like a Disneyland in the snow this typically bizzarre but wonderful Japanese destination has some of the best powder tree skiing and boarding that’s accessible from a chair lift on the Hokkaido island. Keith Webster takes you for a little…
Big White Camera Bringing Powder to Your Desktop

Big White Camera Bringing Powder to Your Desktop

March 8, 2010
Big White is the largest totally ski-in ski-out village in Canada. Image – Big White/QuickPics Big White is the powder Mecca of British Columbia and now Mountainwatch.com is pleased to announce the addition of Big White to our live streaming camera network, so you can taste the powder from your…
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