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Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

January 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll So you’re thinking of heading to Japan? At first, most Southern Hemisphere powder hunters think Hokkaido, located on the North Island of Japan. However, the South Island, in particular the Niigata Prefecture, boasts a wide variety of terrain, just as much snow, better weather conditions and…less…
Snow Alert – Utah Off to a Good Start

Snow Alert – Utah Off to a Good Start

January 4, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll There’s snow currently falling all around the globe but our eyes are peeled on the epic dry snow heading straight for Utah! This week Utah is forecast to receive around 12-16 inches of fresh giving all skiers and boarders endless powder to enjoy heading in the…
Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

January 4, 2017
Photo taken January 2, 2017 at Alpine Meadows by SnowBrains Snow Likelihood rating: 100% confidence Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss As we reported yesterday, the resorts in California’s Sierra Mountains are entering an awesome cycle of snow-bearing storms and the expected snow levels have jumped significantly in the past 24 hours. The…
Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

January 3, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Whistler has welcomed in the New Year with a ton of new snow for all powder hounds to revel in! They’ve received 85cm of fresh this week alone, followed by a few epic bluebird days to top off a great week of skiing and snowboarding. The…
Snow Alert – Sierra Nevada About to Get Slammed

Snow Alert – Sierra Nevada About to Get Slammed

January 3, 2017
READ UPDATE SNOW ALERT HERE Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll The Sierra region is about to get absolutely dumped on throughout the course of this week with 1.5m to 2m of fresh forecast to fall by Sunday. Heavy snow will be falling all throughout the Lake Tahoe region as well as…
All Eyes on the Prize – Japan Snow Wrap

All Eyes on the Prize – Japan Snow Wrap

December 23, 2016
Niseko last week. Deep, epic pow and looking at the forecast there will be a lot more of this over the next seven days. Photo: Niseko Photography. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is that time of year again when Japan become the focus for many Australian skiers and snowboarders and…
Get Stoked On Japan

Get Stoked On Japan

December 21, 2016
Transfer | Richie Carroll You know that movie? The one that took snowboard cinematography to a new level? …Well Travis and Red Bull have just released the Japan segment (our favourite) of The Fourth Phase movie for all your eyes to feast over… for FREE. The upcoming Japan season is shaping…
Kirkwood – Tahoe’s Hidden Gem

Kirkwood – Tahoe’s Hidden Gem

December 21, 2016
Kirkwood comes into its own on a powder day. Photo Kirkwood Resort Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss To many people, Kirkwood Mountain resort is the hidden gem of the Tahoe resorts, offering some of the best skiing and snowboarding in California. Tucked away in the El Dorado national park, 56kms…
Meet Ride Snowboards Amazing Team

Meet Ride Snowboards Amazing Team

December 20, 2016
Transfer | Richie Carroll Ride Snowboards has had a major face lift recently with new innovative board designs, better product investment and one of the best AM teams going around at the moment. The team consists of Spencer Schubert, Dillon Ojo, Danimals, Alex Sherman and Derek lever! Checkout the team…
Watch – Alex Stewart’s Full Part 2016

Watch – Alex Stewart’s Full Part 2016

December 16, 2016
The crew from NZ, Rusty Toothbrush, are bringing out a new film soon called ‘A Not So Fairytale’. You would’ve seen these guys taking over the internet over the past couple of years with their humorous and gimmicky snowboard edits with tons of board talent in between. Well, now you’ll…
Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

December 9, 2016
Whistler locals have been enjoying generous early season snowfalls. Image:: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We are at the end of the first week of December and winter is well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere. After a slow but fairly typical start…
Update on Accident Involving Mountainwatch Editor

Update on Accident Involving Mountainwatch Editor

December 7, 2016
Louis and Tori. Photo: Instagram The Mountainwatch and Transfer office was struck with the sickening and tragic news last week that Mountainwatch/Transfer Magazine Editor, Louis Macindoe and his girlfriend Tori Van de Stadt suffered serious injuries in Bali after a hit and run incident. Much-loved and talented editor Louis and…
The Best Skis For Japan 2016-17

The Best Skis For Japan 2016-17

December 6, 2016
Chillfactor x Rhythm Snowboard Shop There was a time when skiing powder was hard work, a matter of multiple bouncy, short swing turns on straight, skinny flat-cambered skis which restricted the fun factor of powder to the most technical elite skiers. Fortunately, the late, great Shane McConkey came up with…
Ten Australian Pro Snowboarders We Wish Still Rode – Transfer Top Ten’s

Ten Australian Pro Snowboarders We Wish Still Rode – Transfer Top Ten’s

November 23, 2016
Transfer | Louis Macindoe Snowboarding, like surfing and skateboarding has always been susceptible to loosing some of its most promising and established talents to external influences, wavering interest or injury. I’m not talking about death here, but rather those riders who showed up, blowed up and then fled to the…
The Best Snowboards For Japan 2016-17

The Best Snowboards For Japan 2016-17

November 23, 2016
Please enable Javascript to watch this video Transfer x Rhythm Snowboard Shop A good tradesman never blames his tools, but that saying doesn’t offer much condolence when you go boots-up after burying-nose right before that life-altering turn. This scenario is all too familiar for those who’ve ever tried to ride…
Whistler Blackcomb Open For Winter This Wednesday – Travel

Whistler Blackcomb Open For Winter This Wednesday – Travel

November 21, 2016
The bull wheels will be turning for the 16/17 winter this Wednesday. Image:: Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | Travel Whistler Mountain will begin operations for the 2016.17 winter season one day ahead of schedule on Wednesday, November 23. The head start has been made possible by recent colder temperatures and…
Burton Turns 40 and Still Looks Good? – Brand Watch

Burton Turns 40 and Still Looks Good? – Brand Watch

November 21, 2016
Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day a snowboard company turns 40, that’s because Burton has just become the first snowboarding brand to do so. But unlike us humans, who by this age tend to become a little more out of touch with the youth of today. Burton has…
The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

November 21, 2016
Welcome to Snow Country – Yuzawa Valley, Japan. Image:: Nick Gregory Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.” This is the opening line of one of Japan’s most famous literary works, Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata and the snow country of…
Etheridge – A Backcountry Sit-Ski Adventure – Film of The Week

Etheridge – A Backcountry Sit-Ski Adventure – Film of The Week

November 18, 2016
A truly remarkable effort, Etheridge tells the story of Sit-Skier Michael Foti’s first expedition in the Australian Backcountry Mountainwatch | Film of The Week A few weeks ago we’d received word that Matt Deck from the Sentinal Boardstore had taken up former snowboarder Michael Foti on his proposition to become…
2017 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

2017 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 17, 2016
Are you planning on having a stint in Japan this winter? The Grasshopper has spoken and there’s a good chance you’ll be scoring some of this. Rider:: Troy Sturrock, Image:: Finnegan Laver Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Yukiguni, or Snow Country as it is more commonly known, is legendary. Drive a…
THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

November 17, 2016
50 years of innovation and exploration, this is a deserving celebration. Mountainwatch | The North Face When it comes to authenticity, few brands can live up to the legacy of The North Face. Founded on purposeful ideals, TNF and the the adventurist spirit are intrinsically connected and have been for…
The Shortcut To Landing Perfect Backside 540’s – Trick Tips

The Shortcut To Landing Perfect Backside 540’s – Trick Tips

November 14, 2016
Transfer x Burton | Trick Tips When it comes to breakthrough tricks, the backside 540 is the catalyst that’ll take your riding into the next dimension. Considerably one of the more timeless tricks a practitioner of freestyle snowboarding can have in their repertoire – the backside 540 is that next…
Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

November 14, 2016
It’s brown pow time at Thredbo Resort. Image:: Damian Breach photography Mountainwatch x Thredbo | Tim Windshuttle With the 2016 ski season well and truly wrapped up for Aussie resorts despite the main range still boasting a ski-able amount of snow coverage – it’s time to turn to Thredbo’s other…
Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

November 11, 2016
Top to bottom skiing already makes Mammoth a worthy destination on that spontaneous road trip across North America you’re about to pull. Image::Peter Morning/MMSA Mountainwatch | Travel Exciting times are ahead with Mammoth Mountain resort in Eastern California becoming opening its doors today for the 2016/17 season in front of…
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22 August, 2010 – The Day of the Season in Thredbo

22 August, 2010 – The Day of the Season in Thredbo

August 23, 2010
Boothy off the Bluff. Snow Journal | Dominic Kieler Combine the day of the season and Aussie freeskier Chris Booth and you get a day for the annals. After a solid 48 hours of snow, Sunday dawned bright and clear, with the fresh still light, dry and deep – perfect…
22 August, 2010 – VIDEO Powder at Falls Creek

22 August, 2010 – VIDEO Powder at Falls Creek

August 23, 2010
Steve Lee in the Falls Creek fresh. Snow Journal | Chris Hocking & Steve Lee The season is just getting better and better! At Falls Creek there was 20-30cm of fresh powder all over the mountain. All lifts are spinning including the locals favourite International Poma which allows quick laps…
22 August, 2010 – Perisher Powder

22 August, 2010 – Perisher Powder

August 23, 2010
Jono admiring the view. Snow Journal | Harro It’s being touted of the weekend of the season, after a solid 50 plus cms of snow at the end of the week, Sunday dawned clear and fresh across NSW and at last we were able to see why we love skiing…
13 August, 2010 – Blue skies on Black Friday at Hotham

13 August, 2010 – Blue skies on Black Friday at Hotham

August 19, 2010
Snow gum lace. Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray Black Friday for some…..blue skies and fresh lines for Hotham….I caught up with long time Hothamite, photographer and telemarker Andrew Barns for an afternoon session just out of bounds. With a solid base and some nice fresh snow we were set for…
17 August, 2010 – Fresh Backcountry Powder at Falls Creek

17 August, 2010 – Fresh Backcountry Powder at Falls Creek

August 19, 2010
Spectacular views and fresh pow Snow Journal | Chris Hocking We launched the Backcountry Tours with Steve Lee. The pics say it all bluebird, fresh pow and acres and acres of untracked… Day of the season – you bet. The first guests of Steve Lee’s Backountry Tours enjoyed perfect conditions…
12 – 13 August, 2010 – Powder at Thredbo

12 – 13 August, 2010 – Powder at Thredbo

August 16, 2010
Jordan Houghton. Image:: Ben Hansen Snow Journal | Ben Hansen & Mandy Lamont “Jordan Houghton , Alex Cameron and I headed up to Thredbo just as the weather started to settle. We cruised over to golf course which hasn’t really been skiable for the past few months of winter and…
14 August, 2010 – Sunshine in The Remarkables

14 August, 2010 – Sunshine in The Remarkables

August 16, 2010
McCune getting in some last minute turns. Snow Journal | Harro Four weeks of sunshine was followed by rain and then finally some snow for New Zealand’s South Island. All the resorts had some fun skiing to be had, although the majority of snow fell in the Canterbury resorts, Queesnstown…
7 – 8 August, 2010 – Hiking Mt Stirling

7 – 8 August, 2010 – Hiking Mt Stirling

August 12, 2010
The Hike begins. Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran Mt Stirling isn’t really known for its steep and deep power house skiing. Over the weekend however Mt Buller’s little sister mountain had just received a solid top up of snow, making the base big enough to ski. After a solid 7.4…
Early August – Fresh Snow and Blue Skies at Hotham

Early August – Fresh Snow and Blue Skies at Hotham

August 10, 2010
Steph Jaffray enjoying the rewards of a short hike. Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray The memories of Dry July are long past, days have been clear and nights cold and with two good snowfalls on the ground the conditions have been ideal and those bothering to hike have been well…
Early August 2010 – Rail Jam, Snow Park NZ and Hiking at The Remarkables

Early August 2010 – Rail Jam, Snow Park NZ and Hiking at The Remarkables

August 9, 2010
There is a really good rail line at Snow Park that’s plenty of fun. Snow Journal | Vaughn Brookfield It’s been pretty dry around NZ the last few weeks. We have had cold weather but clear skies. Not to worry though – there has been plenty of spots to go…
2 – 5 August, 2010 – VIDEO Powdermonium at Thredbo

2 – 5 August, 2010 – VIDEO Powdermonium at Thredbo

August 6, 2010
Image:: Andrew Fawcett Snow Journal | Video Courtesy Thredbo Media With over a metre of snow in under 72 hours earlier in the week, Thredbo has been enjoying a week of powdermonium. You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please click here to continue. Image::…
2 – 3 August, 2010 – New Snow Revitalises Buller

2 – 3 August, 2010 – New Snow Revitalises Buller

August 4, 2010
Watkin McLennan = angulation. Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran “It’s gonna be a BIG August” As the clock stuck 12 on Sunday the rain turned to snow. We couldn’t wait for freshies in the morning, so we hit ’em up at night. A bomb drop over a liquor sign made…
3 August, 2010 – 51cm at Mt Hotham Since Sunday

3 August, 2010 – 51cm at Mt Hotham Since Sunday

August 3, 2010
Buff on a fresh line. Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray The storm that just hit Hotham over the last two days was epic! Strong winds and heavy snow down to below 1000m. All told there was 51cm of fresh snow deposited over the resort and the snowmaking areas got a…
1 – 3 August, 2010 – VIDEO 1.2m of New Snow for Thredbo

1 – 3 August, 2010 – VIDEO 1.2m of New Snow for Thredbo

August 3, 2010
Pillow lines under Gunbarrel Chair. Image:: Mandy Lamont Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss Phenomenal snowfalls, which at their heaviest deposited 35cm in three hours, have blanketed Thredbo with over a metre of fresh snow in under 72 hours. As forecast on Mountainwatch last week, the snow first started to fall…
2 August, 2010 – 47cm of New Snow at Falls Creek

2 August, 2010 – 47cm of New Snow at Falls Creek

August 2, 2010
Chris Hocking pow turn. Image:: Matt Hull Snow Journal | Chris Hocking with Charlie Brown and Matt Hull On Sunday morning the groundhog day of cloud-free skies that was July broke and snow began falling in earnest at Falls Creek. The snow has continued to tumble and Mother Nature has…
21st July, 2010 – Treble Cone Breaks The Powder Drought

21st July, 2010 – Treble Cone Breaks The Powder Drought

July 26, 2010
Snow Journal | Tony Harrington, Treble Cone NZ The NZ storm track has been somewhat very unusual this season. The low pressure systems have been sitting much higher in the Tasman than normal, producing an easterly flow across the South Island, which isn’t too bad for the Canterbury fields, but…
23 – 24 July, 2010 – Falls Creek Sunny Days

23 – 24 July, 2010 – Falls Creek Sunny Days

July 25, 2010
Local skier Mac Taylor Snow Journal | Chris Hocking, Matt Hull & Charlie Brown Sun and the snowgun has been the story of season 2010 in Australia, this week was no exception with frigid overnight temperatures mostly -5 or -6C, massive snowmaking sessions and glowing sunshine throughout the day. It’s…
17 – 19 July, 2010 – Fresh Snow at Buller

17 – 19 July, 2010 – Fresh Snow at Buller

July 21, 2010
Anna Segal enjoying her time at the Chicks with Stix session Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran On the weekend Mt Buller was blessed with the presence of our very own Shred Princess, Anna Segal. She was up there tearing apart the park with all of her other Chicks with Stix.…
17 July, 2010 – VIDEO Falls Creek Snow Update with Steve Lee

17 July, 2010 – VIDEO Falls Creek Snow Update with Steve Lee

July 19, 2010
Steve Lee and family ripping at Falls Creek. Image:: Chris Hocking Snow Journal | Steve Lee/Chris Hocking Thanks to excellent snowfalls late last week, the cover at Falls Creek is looking great. Mountainwatch.com snow reporter and Olympic ski legend Steve Lee gives us a quick snow update and tests out…
16 – 17th July, 2010 – Snow Park Halfpipe Opening Day

16 – 17th July, 2010 – Snow Park Halfpipe Opening Day

July 19, 2010
Apparently Joram Makuru likes the upside down view of Snowpark from the pipe, backside handplant. Snow Journal | Pablo Azocar Snow Park has opened the first halfpipe in the Southern Hemisphere this winter when they unveiled their new 22-foot, Olympic size haflpipe. Mountainwatch.com’s Pablo Azocar spent Friday the 16th of…
11 – 13 July, 2010 – Mountaineering on Mt Ruapehu

11 – 13 July, 2010 – Mountaineering on Mt Ruapehu

July 19, 2010
Frozen crater lake at Mt Ruapehu Snow Journal | Krystle Wright Aussie sports and adventure photographer Krystle Wright trekked to the top of Mt Ruapehu last week and captured the spectacular winter panoramas. The Mt Raupehu ski fields Whakapapa and Turoa have kicked off for winter 2010 with Turoa already…
15 July, 2010 – 24cm in 24 hours at Hotham

15 July, 2010 – 24cm in 24 hours at Hotham

July 16, 2010
Snowboarder ‘Mexi’ on the powder hunt Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray How the mood of the whole mountain can change so quickly. Tuesday was a day we’d all prefer to forget… torrential rain. Then… heavy snow fell across Mt Hotham all day Wednesday until the early hours of Thursday morning,…
15 July, 2010 – Falls Creek gets 38cm of Fresh Snow

15 July, 2010 – Falls Creek gets 38cm of Fresh Snow

July 16, 2010
Mitch Smith gets some spray happening in the Falls Creek fresh. Image:: Charlie Brown Snow Journal | Chris Hocking with Matt Hull and Charlie Brown It’s the dump all Australian skiing and boarding fans have been waiting for, yes it might have taken a little while to get here but…
14-15 July, 2010 – Over 30cm at Falls Creek NSW

14-15 July, 2010 – Over 30cm at Falls Creek NSW

July 15, 2010
Chris Hocking powder carve late Wednesday afternoon 14th of July at Falls Creek. Photo: Charlie Brown. Snow Journal | Chris Hocking and Matt Hull An amazing 24hrs in the mountains. It’s taken until the second week in July for ULLR to deliver the goods, and deliver he did with 33cm…
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