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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…
Girls Go Ride as the Snow Dumps Down – Roxy Girls Go Ride Recap – Thredbo

Girls Go Ride as the Snow Dumps Down – Roxy Girls Go Ride Recap – Thredbo

September 6, 2017
Don’t stop, won’t stop. Despite formidable weather, the ultimate girl gang gathered at Thredbo on Monday for the Roxy Girls Go Ride Day. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Lulu Wilkinson The return of the “Blizzard of Oz” saw around 70 chicks hit Thredbo for a day of riding with Torah Bright…
The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

September 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss What a morning with 25cms of fresh snow, mixed in with wind-blown pow and continuous fresh turns thanks to continuous snowfalls filling in each run. The weather here in Thredbo is cold, still -6.1 on the mountain at midday with the wind-chill down at -19, so…
Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 5, 2017
While yesterday’s 2-star event might have been a pre-requisite for the 4-star later on in the week, competitors didn’t hold back, here’s proof. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier A hand full of Kiwis took advantage of home conditions to earn their way through to The North Face…
The Storm of The Year – Day 1 – Storm Journal

The Storm of The Year – Day 1 – Storm Journal

September 4, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Looking out the window here in Thredbo, the weather has closed in again, it is snowing and you can’t see 100 metres across to the mountain. After a slow start, the “storm of the year” has definitely arrived. This morning Mountainwatch’s snow reporters were talking about…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Backcountry Gear

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Backcountry Gear

August 30, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for all the backcountry gear you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x Sentinal Board Shop This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of The Sentinal Board Shop.…
Winter’s Last Hurrah – Snow Alert Australia

Winter’s Last Hurrah – Snow Alert Australia

August 27, 2017
Here’s hoping for at least a few more mornings like this before Spring really arrives Image:: Perisher SNOW ALERT FILED: August 27, 12:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— According to Reggae’s report, there’s light snow about today as we await the arrival of the next front. The question now is, how much…
The Mountainwatch Guide to Skiing in a Blizzard – Snow Journal

The Mountainwatch Guide to Skiing in a Blizzard – Snow Journal

August 26, 2017
Storm days are the best days – make the most of them! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Not all ski days look like a Warren Miller film – with bluebird skies, no wind and waist-deep powder. In reality, the best snow often comes with blizzard conditions. But, as Australian…
FREEbom Mt Buller – Putting the Free Back into Skiing – Recap

FREEbom Mt Buller – Putting the Free Back into Skiing – Recap

August 25, 2017
Freebom doesn’t just embrace the chaos, it encourages it. This event is single handily reinstating rad in the skiing subculture here in Australia. Image:: James Thompson Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss This year’s Freebom in Mount Buller was a big success last weekend, not surprising when the ingredients were 40cm of…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Accessories And Underlayers

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Accessories And Underlayers

August 24, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for all the accessories you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x The Mountain Garage This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of The Mountain Garage. Gear Guru:…
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…
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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…
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…
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