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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…
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…
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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!…
SEASON SNOW OUTLOOK – Japan

SEASON SNOW OUTLOOK – Japan

November 15, 2010
Charlie Timmins in Japan 2009. Image:: Ben Hansen Forecast | ‘The Grasshopper’ Konichiwa. Welcome to the snow outlook for Japan this winter. If you have read my earlier outlooks for the
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 3, 15 November – SNOW has arrived!

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 3, 15 November – SNOW has arrived!

November 15, 2010
Steamboat on 9 November. Image:: Steamboat Stormwatch: The snowfall heros Well if last week was dry, this week started to show the effects of the promised La Nina. Pretty much everywhere was snow-blessed but the standouts last week were: Breckenridge with around 50cm this week Around 30cm – 40cm for…
PHOTO Snow Report – Steamboat Storm

PHOTO Snow Report – Steamboat Storm

November 11, 2010
Snow covered skidoos. Image:: Steamboat Snow Journal 9 – 10 November Old Man Winter forcefully reminded Ski Town USA just who is in charge this winter dropping snow throughout the day and bringing colder temperature across the Yampa Valley. The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm warning and…
World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 2, 7 November – Pre-Season Waiting Game

World Snow Wrap Up Vol. 2, 7 November – Pre-Season Waiting Game

November 8, 2010
Whistler has been leading the snowfall race for the past two weeks, this image is from 1 November. Image:: Doug Burnett/Whistler Blackcomb Stormwatch: The snowfall heros It hasn’t been a heroic snow week around the world this week, no huge and awe-inspiring storms have popped up on the radar. Whistler…
PHOTO SNOW REPORT – A Pre-Season 70cm for WHISTLER

PHOTO SNOW REPORT – A Pre-Season 70cm for WHISTLER

November 3, 2010
Lunch anyone? Image:: Whistler/Doug Burnett Snow Journal 29 October – 1 November | Whistler Blackcomb Whistler Blackcomb is busy preparing for the upcoming ski and snowboard season with over 70 cm (28 in) of snow falling in the past week and over 50 cm (20 in) on the ground at…
SEASON SNOW OUTLOOK – Western United States

SEASON SNOW OUTLOOK – Western United States

November 2, 2010
Aspen’s Maroon Bells can expect more snow than usual this year. Image:: Aspen Snowmass Forecast | ‘The Grasshopper’ Ahhhh…. Winter. Here it comes. The year is streaming by. School has started. Thanksgiving is approaching. For sports fanatics the World Series is wrapping up and NFL and NBA are well under…
VIDEO 1m October Snowstorm for SNOWBIRD

VIDEO 1m October Snowstorm for SNOWBIRD

November 2, 2010
Pre-Halloween skiing, 28 October. Image:: Matt Crawley/Snowbird Video | Snowbird Opening is still 19 days away but a late October storm has buried Snowbird beneath a metre of famous Utah powder. Halloween is generally used as the marker point of the turn from summer to winter and pre-Halloween snow is…
Photo Snow Report – Steamboat’s 1ft Weekend

Photo Snow Report – Steamboat’s 1ft Weekend

October 26, 2010
The slopes are looking nice and white. Image:: Steamboat It’s been a white weekend in Steamboat, as Mother Nature paid a much anticipated visit to Ski Town, USA with 14.5 inches (37cm) of snow falling at Thunderhead, the resort’s mid-mountain location at 9,080 feet, in the past 72 hours. “Mother…
Best of 2010 – The Victorian Season Wrap Up

Best of 2010 – The Victorian Season Wrap Up

October 8, 2010
Image: Steve Lee grabbing some late afternoon August powder. Image:: Chris Hocking Video | Steve Lee & Chris Hocking Mountainwatch snow reporter and resident ski legend Steve Lee reflects on the season that was 2010 in Victoria. You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please…
Best of 2010 – The NSW Season Wrap Up

Best of 2010 – The NSW Season Wrap Up

October 6, 2010
Jordan Houghton on August 26 in Perisher. Image:: Harro Words | Reggae Elliss It is 4 October and I’ve just had another great morning, skiing perfect top to bottom groomers on the Supertrail and some fun spring snow in the Bluff. All the locals here are calling the past month…
Photo Snow Report – OHAU Backcountry Spring Fresh

Photo Snow Report – OHAU Backcountry Spring Fresh

October 1, 2010
Nick Brown and Robett Hollis enjoy a couple of late Spring pow turns in the afternoon. Snow Journal 28 – 30 September | Pablo Azocar Ahh Mother Nature, what are you up to? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the latest storms at all, it gave us plenty…
The Best of Winter 2010 – Top 5 Australian Snowfalls

The Best of Winter 2010 – Top 5 Australian Snowfalls

September 29, 2010
Johnny Lipzker creating his own snowstorm in Perisher on 22 August. Image:: Harro Words | Tess Cook In a season of contradictions we muddled through an almost dry July with record setting snowmaking and plunged nose first into the face shots of August. Every Australian skier and snowboarder will remember…
Weater Update – New Zealand’s Perfect Storm

Weater Update – New Zealand’s Perfect Storm

September 24, 2010
Fresh pow at SnowPark. Image:: Pablo Azocar New Zeleand Storm | Matt White – Snow Reporter Usually at this time of the season the resorts and the people are winding down from winter, enjoying the extended sun, spring slush and light crowds. This season has been much different! Usually you…
Photo Snow Report – Toyota One Hit Wonder Week in THREDBO

Photo Snow Report – Toyota One Hit Wonder Week in THREDBO

September 24, 2010
Charlie Timmins. Snow Journal 15 – 19 September | Andrew Fawcett You couldn’t have scripted better conditions for the Toyota One Hit Wonder in Thredbo. Despite a forecast week of snow the sun shone every day without fail on the 90ft mega-jump perched on the hill above Thredbo’s Cruiser lift.…
Photo Snow Report – FALLS CREEK Looking Good

Photo Snow Report – FALLS CREEK Looking Good

September 23, 2010
2010 has been a grand spring in Falls Creek Snow Journal 18 – 22 September | Chris Hocking No doubt this is best spring in six years with a hefty base still over 1m, the main trails are in great shape and terrain parks rocking. It’s hard to believe after…
Photo Snow Report – CARDRONA and SNOW PARK Back to Winter!

Photo Snow Report – CARDRONA and SNOW PARK Back to Winter!

September 21, 2010
You probably won’t think about Snowpark when I say powder turns … well, here Liam Peter Ryan proves you wrong Snow Journal 19 – 20 September | Pablo Azocar After a couple of weeks without any new snow and the temperature raising rapidly we all started to think about summer,…
New Zealand’s 2010 Spring Powder Storms Explained

New Zealand’s 2010 Spring Powder Storms Explained

September 21, 2010
Cardrona Valley road looking like mid July … but it’s mid September. Image:: Pablo Azocar Alpine Weather | Aaron Cook – Alpine Meteorologist As the residents of Southland in New Zealand continue to shiver their way through some of the most extreme weather in recent memory, it’s probably worth having…
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