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The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

April 9, 2018
 Shiga Kogen is a great ski and board destination in Japan offering a variety of terrain and off-piste options, minimal crowds and an authentic Japanese experience that’s becoming harder to find, as more and more international skiers and boarders flock to the favoured resorts, hakuba and Niseko during the…
Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

April 6, 2018
Olympic gold medallist Sage Kotsenburg recently travelled to hakuba, Japan to chase some of the steepest back country runs in Japan. Sage had previously filmed up North in Hokkaido but found it was flatter so him and his crew came to hakuba for the steep terrain. Sage won Gold in…
10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

April 4, 2018
If you go skiing and don’t Instagram it, did you really go skiing?… Get your vicarious Insta-shred on below. Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Autumn in Australia is really just an unwanted intermission between the Northern and Southern hemisphere ski seasons. If you’re not in the Alps or Alaska, then you…
Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

April 3, 2018
Nat having fun on a natural, but icy, quarter-pipe Mountainwatch | Natalie Segal It looks like we are in for a long winter here in Chamonix. I shouldn’t be complaining, I love winter, I love powder days, I love cold snow that blows up in my face at every turn.…
Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

March 29, 2018
Beginners having a fun day on Baw Baw’s gentler slopes Mountainwatch | Press Release Mt Baw Baw took delivery of its recently purchased Snow Factory yesterday, meaning the Victorian resort can guarantee snow for visitors on the opening weekend of the 2018 season. Mt Buller installed one last year, ensuring…
Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

March 28, 2018
Squaw local, Chuck Patterson, bursting through a pillow of fresh powder Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Photos by Tony Harrington The past month has been pretty amazing in Squaw Valley, “Miracle March” delivering almost 19 feet of snow – that’s 5.7 metres – thanks to three big multi-day storms. It has…
Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

March 20, 2018
Tami Razenger, Dylan Dipentima and Tim McLennan having a powder party run on an awesome day. Photo: Brooks Curran Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull The past week has been very good in Jackson Hole after the storm the masses had waited for all season finally showed up last weekend. Snow to…
Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

March 15, 2018
Melissa and Christian Geiger, her sighted guide and coach, celebrating on the course after winning the bronze medal. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Australia’s Melissa Perrine won her second Paralympic bronze in two days when she and her sighted guide and coach Christian Geiger finished in third…
Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

March 15, 2018
Sean in Canada earlier this year for team training. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Sean Pollard lined up in the start gate for the Paralympic snowboard cross on Monday, he had reached the summit of huge personal climb that started in life-changing circumstances just over three…
World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

March 13, 2018
Spring has sprung in some parts of the world, but there are more powder days in store for California and Europe. It was a return to powder in Niseko early this week and, as usual, it was pretty good. Photo: Oyuki/Aedan O’Donnell Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis Japan Given it is…
Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

March 13, 2018
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The 2018 Paralympics are now into the fourth day in PyeongChang and the Australian team has won its first medal after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross yesterday. Patmore beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final. Patmore’s victory has…
From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

March 9, 2018
Sam’s in PyeongChang now and ready to roll. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Paralympic sit-skier Sam Tait is about to compete in all five alpine skiing events in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games in South Korea. But his journey has not been easy. Sam was a keen,…
Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

March 8, 2018
The snow kept getting deeper each day. Bernie Rosow on a day he described as “nothing short of epic”. Photo Christian Pondella Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss After a slow winter with relatively weak and isolated storms, things finally kicked into gear last week in California, with a big storm dropping…
Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

March 7, 2018
The base area at Mt Hutt, looking god on a blue-bird day Mountainwatch | Press Release Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) Chair Marty Toomey says the industry has recorded the highest ever skier days for a season with 8% growth in 2017 and 1.6m visitors to New Zealand’s…
Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

March 2, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release hakuba Valley, Nagano, Japan today announced a long-term alliance with Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), the leading global mountain resort operator, Broomfield Colorado, USA. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass will offer five consecutive complimentary days with…
2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

March 2, 2018
We’re nearing the end of the season, right? Wrong. Let’s take a look at how March is shaping up in Colorado. After a dry December and January, regular storms started to filter through in late Feb and this day, Feb 23, was one of the best. Photo: Breckenridge Mountainwatch |…
Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

March 2, 2018
We’ve needed to break out the snorkels on more than one occasion this month. Image:: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman February certainly had its work cut out for it if it was going to top the snow that fell in either so-called ‘Deepcember’ or ‘Japanuary’. If…
The Ikon Pass – A Bargain for Travelling Australians

The Ikon Pass – A Bargain for Travelling Australians

February 28, 2018
Revelstoke is a partner resort, the Ikon Pass giving you seven days skiing at the legendary Canadian resort. Photo: Gabe Rogel Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss After weeks of speculation the details of the new IKON Pass were released last Friday. It is sure to create a lot of interest, taking…
Highs and Lows from Behind the Scenes at PyeongChang

Highs and Lows from Behind the Scenes at PyeongChang

February 26, 2018
Alex Parsons, as close as you get for the snowboard finals. Mountainwatch | Alex Parsons Did you watch the Winter Olympics? Of course, you did. I’m sure you’ve been thinking how awe-inspiring, how polished and impressive it all looks. And it is. TV really works its magic for the Olympics.…
Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

February 23, 2018
Furano’s backcountry looking amazing, but like anywhere in the back country, some common sense goes a long way. Photo: Caroline van’t Hoff Mountainwatch | Lucy Morrell, Alpine Backcountry Rental in Furano and Asahidake A couple of weeks ago six French backcountry skiers went missing in Furano. They split up around…
Moments from the Park and Pipe at the Winter Olympics

Moments from the Park and Pipe at the Winter Olympics

February 21, 2018
Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis All photos Boen Ferguson It has been a big week at the winter Olympics with some incredible action and Australian athletes were in the middle of it. After the success of Matt Graham winning silver in the moguls, the attention turned to the halfpipe, big air…
Myoko Forecast 14th February

Myoko Forecast 14th February

February 16, 2018
Mountainwatch The latest update from Myoko. The snow has been consistent throughout the season and looks like it will continue for the rest of the week. Follow Mountainwatch for more updates and head to Liquidsnowtours.com to book your last minute Japan ski trip. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

February 16, 2018
It may be a below average snow year, but Mammoth Mountain is living up to its reputation. Photo Feb 5, 2018. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The drive down from Tahoe to Mammoth Mountain is spectacular. Through the wide expanses of the Carson Valley, the mountains rising dramatically to the west…
Stranger Games

Stranger Games

February 16, 2018
Team SJ was in full force on finals day at Phoenix Park Mountainwatch | Chris Binns After three Olympic campaigns and after an immense half pipe showdown with a resurgent Shaun White and pint-sized Japanese future star Ayumu Hirano, Scotty “Still Only 23” James can finally call himself an Olympic…
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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…
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’…
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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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