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Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

April 10, 2017
Tazawako’s powder is perfect for surfing the snow. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Japan is now fully on the radar for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. It’s hard to believe that only 15 years ago even Niseko was a basic Japanese resort with few…
Preseason Snowfall – Resort Wrap up and Photos

Preseason Snowfall – Resort Wrap up and Photos

April 10, 2017
Falls Creek at 7.15am this morning! Image:: Falls Creek/Hocking Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman The office is abuzz today with talk of the season’s first significant snowfall. A powerful cold front has swept through the nation’s southeast and delivered up to 20cm of fresh snow to New South Wales and Victorian…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – New Zealand – Well Oiled and Raring to Go

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – New Zealand – Well Oiled and Raring to Go

April 5, 2017
The gears are already turning on the NZ snow machine. A potent low off the east coast of the South Island is expected to deliver 20cm-50cm in the Canterbury region today, good news for Mt Hutt. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Last year’s neutral ENSO…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – Australia – Going Beyond The Myth

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – Australia – Going Beyond The Myth

April 2, 2017
From swinging rocks to kangaroo mating rituals, let the Grasshopper guide you past the myths and into turns like this in 2017. Image:: Provided Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It’s that time of the year again. The sun is getting weaker and our minds are starting to wonder…
Skiing Mt Buller in March

Skiing Mt Buller in March

March 23, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Making snow in marginal conditions is a reality for Australian ski resorts and the bread-and butter beginner areas are particularly vulnerable. With that in mind Buller Ski Lifts has bitten the bullet and invested in snowmaking technology that works in warm temperatures and the result will…
What Pass to Buy This Winter – Mountain Collective or Epic Australia

What Pass to Buy This Winter – Mountain Collective or Epic Australia

March 16, 2017
Navigating which pass to get might just be the trickiest thing you’ll do this season, but we’re here to help. Image:: Provided  Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe With last week’s announcement of the Mountain Collective Pass, sitting alongside Thredbo’s 365 pass, promising year-round thrills and Perisher’s Epic Pass that enables holders…
The Women Who Are Changing Snowboarding Right Now – Transfer Top Ten’s

The Women Who Are Changing Snowboarding Right Now – Transfer Top Ten’s

March 8, 2017
Desiree Melancon earned the right in productions like Videograss and Think Thank years ago. Transfer | Louis Macindoe James Brown once sang: “this is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl”. And JB was dead right, left to their own demise males would…
How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

March 3, 2017
Sugar Bowl is a hot bed for cool pow pow right now, here’s proof. Image:: Grant Barta Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe You may have heard on the grapevine that Tahoe is having a pretty good winter. And you’d be right, in fact, Tahoe’s looking 100%, actually, it’s 179% of its…
Scotty James Beats Shaun White At US OPEN

Scotty James Beats Shaun White At US OPEN

March 3, 2017
Winners are grinners, especially when they knock Shaun White for #1 spot Transfer | Louis Macindoe We warned you of the attack, but resistance is futile as Scotty James fired off a mind-melting run to take the win at today’s Pipe Semi’s at the Burton US Open Scotty not only…
Remembering Sam Kerr

Remembering Sam Kerr

March 2, 2017
Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s never easy to learn that a member of our tribe is no longer with us, it’s even harder to digest when you find out it’s someone as loved as Sam Kerr. Last Saturday, the Dunedin expat was taken by a significant slide in the Niseko…
Valentino Guseli Takes Second Place At Burton US Open Pipe Juniors

Valentino Guseli Takes Second Place At Burton US Open Pipe Juniors

March 1, 2017
Transfer | Louis Macindoe 11-year-old Valentino Guseli has just taken second place in today’s Halfpipe event at the US Open junior Jam, joining the ranks of countryman Scotty James as they continue their campaign for global domination 2017 has already solidified itself as a major catalyst in Australian Snowboarding, with…
Bronzed Aussies At The Baker Banked Slalom

Bronzed Aussies At The Baker Banked Slalom

February 16, 2017
Photo credit goes to Mike Yoshida. Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll The 31st Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom went down last weekend and it definitely lived up to its legendary status. In the days prior to the event, Mt. Baker turned it on as well as off, with a metre of…
Tess Coady – Making Her Mark

Tess Coady – Making Her Mark

February 10, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll You’ve probably never heard of Tess Coady before but it’s a name you’re going to start seeing and hearing a lot more of in the snowboard scene. Tess is a 16 year old snowboarder who bases herself in Jindabyne, NSW for the Australian winters and destroys…
Watch – Crab Grab’s Crunch Time, Nick Russell in Warp Wave, Jake Kuzyk in Deja Vu Encore & Scotty James in Oslo

Watch – Crab Grab’s Crunch Time, Nick Russell in Warp Wave, Jake Kuzyk in Deja Vu Encore & Scotty James in Oslo

February 10, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll What Snowboarding Gave The Internet This Week Crab Grab – Crunch Time The crew over at Crab Grab have released this real time masterpiece. Long gone are the days of waiting for 12 months to view some quality riding from semi-decent riders. Enjoy some of the…
Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

February 7, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull ripping through the incredibly light pow. Photo: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss After a long drive through the snow-covered flatlands of Northern Colorado and Wyoming, the first glimpse of the Teton Range is a welcome sight. The jagged peaks seem to climb straight out of the…
Snow Alert – Sierra To Be Hit Again

Snow Alert – Sierra To Be Hit Again

February 3, 2017
Mountainwatch |By Richie Carroll For those who are lucky enough to be in the Sierras or within reasonable travelling distance to it… lucky you! There’s another 50 to 100cm of fresh snow forecast to hit by Thursday this week and into early next week. All the resorts in Lake Tahoe…
Andy James Full Part, Ryland Bell Gets Gnarly In AK, Epic Hokkaido & More…

Andy James Full Part, Ryland Bell Gets Gnarly In AK, Epic Hokkaido & More…

February 3, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll What Snowboarding Gave The Internet This Week Andy James x Odd Folks Full Part Andy James is one of the best rail riders to come out of the Southern Hemisphere and is now making a name for himself in the international scene. Having filmed for months…
Aspen – An Experience you’ll want to have again

Aspen – An Experience you’ll want to have again

February 2, 2017
Joey Elliss is only 10, so he found plenty of waist-deep lines. Photo Jesse Hoffman Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Walking around Aspen at night makes you realise why it is one of the most famous ski destinations in the world. The atmosphere is magical, the fairy-lights in the trees…
Side Hit Euphoria, Mayhem In The Rockies, Ruprecht Destroys Powder Ridge, Afterhours Crew At Baker & Scotty James Is Still Awesome

Side Hit Euphoria, Mayhem In The Rockies, Ruprecht Destroys Powder Ridge, Afterhours Crew At Baker & Scotty James Is Still Awesome

January 25, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll What Snowboarding Gave The Internet This Week Side Hit Euphoria with Arthur Longo You don’t need constant park features or pillows in front of you to have a good day snowboarding. Arthur Longo paints a clear picture that, side hits are the perfect ingredient for a…
Snowiest Month EVER at Mammoth Mountain

Snowiest Month EVER at Mammoth Mountain

January 23, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll In your social feed over the weekend, amongst all the other painstaking images of people scoring pow, girls (and guys) in bikinis and POV beach cocktail shots you may have heard that Mammoth Mountain has just entered record breaking territory, boasting their snowiest month EVER! Another…
Video Review – Nicolas Muller ‘FRUITION’

Video Review – Nicolas Muller ‘FRUITION’

January 19, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll Nicolas Müller’s new film ‘FRUITION’ recently was released on iTunes for the public to feast their eyes upon. For those of you who don’t know who Nicolas is, then you should probably go and type his name into Google and study up for a couple of…
Thredbo Mountain Bike Park Trails Report

Thredbo Mountain Bike Park Trails Report

January 19, 2017
Mountainwatch | Tim Windshuttle It’s been a one hell of a summer so far at Thredbo Mountain Bike Park. With record numbers, new trails and the Cannonball MTB Festival, it has been a massive few months of non-stop action. We caught up with Thredbo MTB Operations Manager and all round…
Ultimate Guide to Spring Skiing in Nagano & Niigata

Ultimate Guide to Spring Skiing in Nagano & Niigata

January 16, 2017
Article provided by Nagano Tourism department Powder Snow meets with the Corn Snow of Spring When it comes to skiing in Nagano and Niigata look no further than Hakuba, Nozawa, Shiga Kogen, or Myoko Kogen. These resorts attract large numbers of skiers from around the world mainly travelling through January…
Checking In With Scotty James

Checking In With Scotty James

January 13, 2017
Transfer | Richie Carroll Scotty James has over the past few years infiltrated the international snowboard scene by storm, scoring himself a bronze medal in the 2016 Aspen X Games halfpipe event and winning the 2015 halfpipe world title in Austria. Recently Scotty has managed to find more time in…
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COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Early Snow, A Meteorologist’s Opinion

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Early Snow, A Meteorologist’s Opinion

May 9, 2011
Snow in Thredbo, Tuesday morning. Image thanks to Will Clifford Welcome to the Countdown to Winter 2011. Over the next five weeks we’ll keep you updated on the latest weather and snow information; the facts and the speculation, give you the rundown of what’s new in all the resorts for…
Northern Hemisphere Winter Reflection – Our LA NINA Forecasts Came True

Northern Hemisphere Winter Reflection – Our LA NINA Forecasts Came True

April 25, 2011
Whistler in March. The British Columbia resort barely seemed to see sunshine this season with fresh tracks almost every day. Image:: Coastphoto/Whistler Season Wrap up | Tess Cook, with The Grasshopper Season 2010-2011 began auspiciously in tandem with the rise of a significant La Nina weather pattern. Back in November…
World Snow Wrap up Vol 21, 4 April – Winter’s Last Week?

World Snow Wrap up Vol 21, 4 April – Winter’s Last Week?

April 6, 2011
Aspen is epic at the moment – 4 April. Image:: Jeremy Swanson This marks the last week of winter for a number of North American resorts. It’s been an amazing winter, lets hope we can do it all again next year! Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Colorado had a winter resurgence…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol 19, 21 March – Mammoth Snow!

World Snow Wrap Up Vol 19, 21 March – Mammoth Snow!

March 21, 2011
How’s the serenity? Vail, 18 March. Image:: Connor Walberg/courtesy Vail Stormwatch: The snowfall heros CALIFORNIA knows how to snow. We can barely believe it but it seems to be true, as much as 170cm has fallen over the weekend and there’s about that much again to come… winter’s not over…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol 18, 14 March – European Snow at Last!

World Snow Wrap Up Vol 18, 14 March – European Snow at Last!

March 14, 2011
Freshies in Vail on 8 March. Image:: Courtesy Vail Stormwatch: The snowfall heros The same old heros just keep popping up. We’ve been waiting all season for the snow to slow down in Whistler but it never has, Fernie just keeps raking in the powder, Arabba in Italy seems to…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol 17, 7 March – Winter is Going Strong

World Snow Wrap Up Vol 17, 7 March – Winter is Going Strong

February 27, 2011
Gorgeous conditions in Niseko. Image:: SkiJapan.com/Hotshots Stormwatch: The snowfall heros British Columbia had a great weekend, the whole state benefitted from a big snow dump, especially Fernie. It’s also good to see the snow returning to Europe after what seemed like an endless run of blue skies. Fernie, BC –…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 15, 7 February – it’s Cold Outside

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 15, 7 February – it’s Cold Outside

February 7, 2011
Rod White in Rusutsu, Japan. Image:: Randy Wieman/Hotshots Stormwatch: The snowfall heros It was all about Colorado last week. With some record cold days, getting down to about minus 30 degrees Celsius in most of the state, and some pretty good snowfalls. In fact, dropping temperatures were a bit of…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 14, 31 January – The Calm Before the (Next) Storm

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 14, 31 January – The Calm Before the (Next) Storm

February 1, 2011
The snowboard superpipe prelims in Aspen. Image:: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass Stormwatch: The snowfall heros California, Japan and Italy did us proud again last week, it’s looking like we can generally rely on them to deliver the pow. And Whistler of course. Niseko, Japan – with 150cm last week Mammoth, California…
World Snow Vrap Up Vol. 13, 24 January – There’s Always Powder Somewhere

World Snow Vrap Up Vol. 13, 24 January – There’s Always Powder Somewhere

January 24, 2011
Waist deep pow in Vail 23 January. Image:: Connor Walberg/Vail Stormwatch: The snowfall heros We knew it couldn’t last all season, though we hoped it would. The stupendous run of snow we saw before Christmas has petered off. We’re now into our second week of what we might call ‘ordinary’…
PHOTO SNOW REPORT – Fanstastic 48 Hours in BRECKENRIDGE & VAIL

PHOTO SNOW REPORT – Fanstastic 48 Hours in BRECKENRIDGE & VAIL

January 20, 2011
Filip Korngut has the right idea, fluro is a safeguard against loosing sight of your own limbs in the pow, Breckenridge January 18. Image:: Breckenridge Snow Journal 18 – 19 January A snow-bringing front swept across Northern Colorado on January 18 and 19 and Breckenridge and Vail resorts reaped the…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 12 – Tending to Snow

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 12 – Tending to Snow

January 17, 2011
Gordon Bronson in Aspen on January 13. Image:: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen-Snowmass Stormwatch: The snowfall heros This week the trophy goes to… Lake Louise. While everywhere else is just a little too warm to be making the lovely dry pow we all crave, Lake Louise’s temperatures are staying resolutely sub zero. Lake…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 11, 10 January – The Return of the Ja-Pow

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 11, 10 January – The Return of the Ja-Pow

December 23, 2010
Pyramid Peak, Aspen. Image:: Aspen/Snowmass Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Yeah Niseko! To reward devotees for their patience, Japan has delivered New Year snow with abandon. Other than the revived Ja-Pow it’s been a mixed bag this week, with some serious snow blessings and some spectacular bluebird. Temperatures have been universally…
PHOTO SNOW REPORT – MAMMOTH, The Snowiest Place in the World

PHOTO SNOW REPORT – MAMMOTH, The Snowiest Place in the World

December 22, 2010
Billy Anderson, 21 December. Image:: Mammoth Snow Journal 22 December | Mammoth Mountain California’s Mammoth Mountain is the world’s snowiest place this week, buried under a 5m – and counting – snow-dousing. Thanks to a weather phenomenon caused by a cold air vortex and precipitation travelling northwards from Hawaii the…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 9, 27 December – Happy Snow Year

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 9, 27 December – Happy Snow Year

December 22, 2010
Picture perfect Mammoth on 24 December. Image:: Mammoth Stormwatch: The snowfall heros We need to mention New York, which at the time of writing was in virtual shut down thanks to 60cm of snow. And by shut down we mean no traffic on the streets, airports closed… similar to the…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – Photo Snow Report LONDON Shocked By Snow

BOOTHY’S BLOG – Photo Snow Report LONDON Shocked By Snow

December 20, 2010
Londoners struggle without snow clearing infrastructure. No road clearing, no snow tires, few 4WDs means the city is at a standstill 20 December | Chris Booth It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a departing flight.On…
Amazing Season Beginning – Northern Hemisphere is Snowed Up

Amazing Season Beginning – Northern Hemisphere is Snowed Up

December 14, 2010
Gabe Taylor in Mammoth, where 177cm of snow is forecast for the week. Image:: Mammoth The world’s snow resorts are variously thanking Mother Nature, Ullr, La Nina, the Abominable Snowman and God himself for the lashings of snow that have made the first month of the 2010/2011 season one of…
PHOTO SNOW REPORT – Face Shots at ASPEN, MAMMOTH & SNOWBIRD

PHOTO SNOW REPORT – Face Shots at ASPEN, MAMMOTH & SNOWBIRD

December 14, 2010
Snowbird on 20 December. Image:: Snowbird Snow Journal 17 – 20 December, 2010 Photos from where we’d all rather be… The start to the snow season in the Western United States is one of the best on record, every day brings fresh news of fresh powder somewhere – or everywhere…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 7, 13 December – Yes, More Snow

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 7, 13 December – Yes, More Snow

December 13, 2010
Gabe Taylor at Mammoth. Image:: Mammoth Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Can we be getting a little tired of always waxing lyrical about the blessings of La Nina? well we’re not tired of it yet, luckily because our favourite little sister shows no sign of letting up Breckenridge cracked the 1m…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 8, 20 Dec – Santa’s Going to Need Rodolph’s Glowing Red Nose this Year

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 8, 20 Dec – Santa’s Going to Need Rodolph’s Glowing Red Nose this Year

December 13, 2010
Mammoth snowfalls in Mammoth 20 December. Image:: Mammoth Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Snow across the Australian Snowy Mountains a week before Christmas is pretty heroic so special credit to Mother Nature for that (though it could be a litter warmer in the cities please) But the real hero this week…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 6, 6 Dec – Snowiest Start to Season in 25 Years

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 6, 6 Dec – Snowiest Start to Season in 25 Years

December 6, 2010
Whister has commenced heli ski operations – who wants to be there? Image:: Whistler Stormwatch: The snowfall heros It’s been declared the ‘snowiest November on record’ by Steamboat. Whistler is claiming the snowiest opening in 25 years, Europe is practically buried and the people of Britain are thoroughly cold. Fernie…
PHOTO Snow Report – Face Shots at SNOWBIRD

PHOTO Snow Report – Face Shots at SNOWBIRD

November 30, 2010
From where you’d rather be. Image:: Snowbird Snow Journal 29 November With photos like these, are words necessary? Simple facts: Snowbird – 3m of snow so far this season, 1.5m base already, 20cm of snow over the weekend. Result – face shots. Hands up who wants to be the guy…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 5, 29 November – We Give Thanks for Snow

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 5, 29 November – We Give Thanks for Snow

November 29, 2010
Lonnie Kauk at Mammoth 24 November. Image:: Mammoth Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Amid a flurry of snowflakes many of the snow resorts of North America flicked the on switch early this week. Places like Jackson Hole opened ‘top to bottom, wall to wall’, which considering JH’s terrain is pretty astounding.…
USA WEATHER – Freak Colorado Cold Helps Epic Early Season

USA WEATHER – Freak Colorado Cold Helps Epic Early Season

November 25, 2010
Bruce Ruff in Breckenridge. Image:: Carl Scofield Coloardo Weather | Don St Pierre – Former US Freestyle Team Coach The entire North American continent, particularly Colorado ski resorts such as Breckenridge, has been experiencing an incredible cold snap this week. This extreme cold weather, along with snowfalls above the November…
PHOTO SNOW REPORT – COLORADO is Snow Blessed

PHOTO SNOW REPORT – COLORADO is Snow Blessed

November 24, 2010
Bruce Ruff in Breckenridge 17 November. Image:: Carl Scofield Snow Journal | Colorado The Colorado snow resorts are reveling in lashings of November powder at the moment and there’s more on the way thanks to the La Nina weather pattern, which will most likely make 2010/2011 a bumper snow year!…
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