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What Went Down At The First Snowboard Event Of The Season

What Went Down At The First Snowboard Event Of The Season

June 14, 2017
Let the games begin. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Louis Macindoe Although resorts have only just opened their operations, the union of Australia’s top snowboarders have already learned the benchmark of this seasons riding level. And according to the Hotel Steyne rail jam, boy did things get hot and heavy…
Custom Snowboard Manufacturer Savage Panda – The Q&A

Custom Snowboard Manufacturer Savage Panda – The Q&A

June 12, 2017
Savage Panda’s the new kid on the block and they’re letting sparks fly. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman There’s nothing unusual about a custom surfboard, they’ve been common for decades and are as old as surfing itself. Snowboards however, have by and large succumbed to mass factory production. It’s…
Chillfactor – 2017 Issue Preview

Chillfactor – 2017 Issue Preview

June 9, 2017
Mitch Reeves, Pebble Creek, Idaho. Photo by Tony Harrington Chillfactor | 2017 Preview CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LATEST ISSUE ONLINE Chillfactor 2017, On Sale NOW! The latest issue of Chillfactor hits the news-stands this week and as usual Australia’s best ski magazine meets expectations. Chillfactor is made by skiers,…
Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

June 8, 2017
Feature provided by Thredbo For the 3rd installment of the 60 Years of Stoke video series, we take a look at Thredbo in the 90s/2000s and today through the eyes of Thredbo Ambassador and Olympic Gold medallist Torah Bright. Torah takes us on her journey from her first days on…
Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

June 7, 2017
XTM is giving snow goers a chance to pay it forward. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch x XTM | Louis Macindoe If you were to take a quick look at the snow sports industry as a whole, it’s evident that there’s no shortage of well-intended companies. From those striving to lower emissions…
The Unofficial Opening Weekend – Resort Wrap Up

The Unofficial Opening Weekend – Resort Wrap Up

June 5, 2017
Did your weekend look anything like this? Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well, Christmas came early folks and it looks as though we all bought the wrong advent calendar… While we’ve been counting down until the official opening weekend date of June 10, mother nature and the marketing teams…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – New Zealand – Keeping us in Suspense

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – New Zealand – Keeping us in Suspense

June 2, 2017
The waiting game begins. While the radio silence might have you worrying, this NZ winter is still set to provide places like Mt Ruapehu with the goods. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A welcomed cold snap a couple of weeks ago had early season snow…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – Steady as She Goes

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – Steady as She Goes

June 1, 2017
Not since 2012 have we had an early opening at Perisher, this Saturday – that’s all about to change. Image:: Provided Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Temperatures have been above average this Autumn but Ullr has finally worked some magic and things have started to…
The Best Ski And Snowboard Podcasts For Your Drive This Season

The Best Ski And Snowboard Podcasts For Your Drive This Season

May 30, 2017
Podcasts don’t just have to be about finance and politics. Source:: iTunes Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman For the most part an Australian’s ‘local ski hill’ isn’t exactly local… Living in Sydney means getting to Thredbo or Perisher can take up to 7 hours of driving depending on traffic and how…
Preseason Snowfall Two – Resort Wrap Up And Photos

Preseason Snowfall Two – Resort Wrap Up And Photos

May 29, 2017
(Snow)Falls Creek last night. Image:: Falls Creek/Chris Hocking Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman We were all pretty excited when 20cm of snow blanketed the Australian resorts in early April, but we’re even more excited today. Not only has it happened again, but this dump should also stick around for opening weekend…
Opening Weekend Outlook 2017 – The Grasshopper

Opening Weekend Outlook 2017 – The Grasshopper

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

Snowboarding Takes Over Sydney – Next Week

May 25, 2017
Snowboarding inside a pub, only in Australia, mate. Image:: Provided If you’re a snowboarder, you should be saying “what a time to be alive”. Because, not only is winter fast approaching but snowboarders from all corners of the country (and the globe) are congregating in Sydney for the 2017 Hotel…
Win A Rip Curl Freeride Airbag Vest

Win A Rip Curl Freeride Airbag Vest

May 23, 2017
2017 marks 30 years since iconic Aussie surfwear brand Rip Curl started producing high quality mountainwear. To mark the occasion, Mountainwatch in collaboration with Rip Curl will be giving away a limited edition freeride airbag vest valued at $1200AUD. You can read the original article celebrating 30 years of Rip…
30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

May 16, 2017
Rip Curl’s evolved into a major player when it comes to mountainwear. Source:: Rip Curl Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman 2017 marks 30 years since iconic Aussie surfwear brand Rip Curl started producing high quality mountainwear. To mark the occasion, Mountainwatch in collaboration with Rip Curl will be giving away a…
Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

May 15, 2017
This will be the 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment! Image:: Warren Miller Entertainment Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman You know the chairs will start spinning soon when Warren Miller resurfaces with another classic ski film. The 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment, ‘Here, There & Everywhere’…
The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

May 9, 2017
Japans many Onsen’s are almost as famous as its powder. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Our last story on Tazawako focused on the skiing it offers advanced skiers and snowboarders, in particular the off piste areas and tree skiing available for those looking for some light Japanese…
Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

May 6, 2017
Replace the chairlift with a chopper and you’ll be skiing freshie’s like this all day long. Source:: Southern Lakes Heliski Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Any skiing is better than no skiing. However, there’s a big difference between getting four people on a quad chair and conversing on the way up…
Transfer – Issue 24 – Preview

Transfer – Issue 24 – Preview

May 3, 2017
Scotty James, by Derek Bahn Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Issue #24 Buy Transfer Issue #24 Now Subscribe To Transfer Snowboard Magazine From Just $45 The ‘then’, the ‘now’, the ‘future’ – this is snowboarding culture on paper. The Champ is Here: A ringside conversation with the new world champion, Scotty…
Transfer – Issue 24 – First Look

Transfer – Issue 24 – First Look

May 3, 2017
Scotty James, by Derek Bahn Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Issue #24 The ‘then’, the ‘now’, the ‘future’ – this is snowboarding culture on paper. The Champ is Here: A ringside conversation with the new world champion, Scotty James A cover fit for a champion, Scotty James isn’t just clapped into…
The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

May 2, 2017
One of the 900 drawings that make up the short film. Image:: Vimeo Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman The very best skiers toe the line between athlete and artist. Instead of leaving their mark on paper, their mark is left on snow. Racers draw pencil thin lines into corduroy whilst big…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – New Zealand – Party like it’s 2013

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – New Zealand – Party like it’s 2013

May 2, 2017
Across the ditch, 2017 is looking a little something like this. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper And so it begins, the nights are drawing in and there is a promising chill in the air. It won’t be long until we leave Middle Earth to make…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – Australia – Go Big or Go Home

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – Australia – Go Big or Go Home

May 1, 2017
Image:: Pre-season snow falls have got us kicking out the jams, but will this winter look more like 2006 than 1981? The Grasshopper reveals. Image:: Harro Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brrrr, those lazy days spent on the beach are now a distant memory. That can only mean…
R.I.P Noah Salasnek – An Inspiration

R.I.P Noah Salasnek – An Inspiration

April 20, 2017
Noah joined a whole host of other legendary riders on a Transworld trip back in ’92. Here he stamps his stylish mark at Thredbo. Image:: Jon Foster. Transfer | Louis Macindoe Today, Australian snowboarding joins the rest of the global shred community in paying homage to the life of the…
Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

April 14, 2017
Mammoth has had a record breaking season and now not just in terms of its snowfall. Image:: Mammoth Mountain Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman New developments in the Ski Resort arms race this week see Aspen skiing co., in partnership with KSL Capital Partners (Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows) announce plans to…
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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…
PERISHER & THREDBO – Hanno’s Photo Snow Reports

PERISHER & THREDBO – Hanno’s Photo Snow Reports

June 8, 2011
Supertrail getting ready for winter. Image:: Ben Hansen Photo Snow Report | Ben Hansen 10 June – “Snow guns were blasting and a few keen skiers and boarder were up early for first tracks on the first day. I also witnessed the new pass scanners being tested today.” Lover’s Leap…
AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Epic conditions leading into Opening Weekend

AUSSIE WEEKLY SNOW JOURNAL – Epic conditions leading into Opening Weekend

June 8, 2011
Aussie Weekly Snow Journal | Alex Horvath If you have checked the cams today you would have been greeted with some amazing sights this morning with some much welcomed snow on the ground ahead of opening weekend. For anyone lucky enough to wake up in the mountains this morning then…
Countdown to Winter – Snow and Snowmaking in Perfect Pre-Season Week

Countdown to Winter – Snow and Snowmaking in Perfect Pre-Season Week

June 6, 2011
Clucas family from Melbourne celebrate under the snow guns on Bourke Street run at Mt Buller this morning. Image:: Harro Snowmaking and Snowfalls | Tess Cook Perfect winter conditions have arrived in the Australian alpine regions, on cue, five days before the official opening of the winter 2011 season. All…
Countdown to Winter – Season-Starter Snowfall Expected Saturday

Countdown to Winter – Season-Starter Snowfall Expected Saturday

June 2, 2011
The NSW Snowies had a good pre-season snowfall at the end of May. Image:: Thredbo Countdown to Winter | Alex Horvath It’s 11 days until the kick-off of season 2011 and things are certainly starting to look interesting. If you’ve been paying attention to our 3-hourly forecast model you’ll have…
2011 SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – New Zealand

2011 SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – New Zealand

May 17, 2011
Whatever the outlook, snow has already come to the NZ alps. Image:: Treble Cone As I type a dominant south-westerly change is about to throw a white blanket over many brown, bare ski slopes across both the North and South Islands. It’s hard to say what’s in store for New…
2011 SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – Australia

2011 SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – Australia

May 16, 2011
looking towards Carruthers Peak from above Charlotte Pass, 15 May, following a week of wintry cold and consistent snow. Image:: Courtesy Perisher Snow Season Outlook 2011 | The Grasshopper Here we go. Mid-May and there’s already a few inches of snow on the ground. Perisher and Falls Creek have fired…
BULLER – Harro’s Photo Snow Reports

BULLER – Harro’s Photo Snow Reports

May 11, 2011
When the sun comes back up tomorrow, the season will begin! Image:: Harro Buller’s Winter Countdown | Harro Being based in Buller for the winter, we decided, made Harro our eyes on the ground for these final days before the season begins. He’ll be capturing the best of the next…
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