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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…
Watch – Film of The Week – GLUE

Watch – Film of The Week – GLUE

November 11, 2016
Christian Haller released this outstanding short film (18+ minites) titled GLUE, starring snowboard heroes David Bertschinger Karg, Ben Ferguson, Scotty James, Jan Scherrer, Alex Tank, Gabriele Torriani and himself. The follow cam vision through some of the most mouth watering powder will blow your mind. Perfect unwind after a massive…
The Best Up-And-Coming Australian Snowboarders Right Now – Transfer Top Ten’s

The Best Up-And-Coming Australian Snowboarders Right Now – Transfer Top Ten’s

November 10, 2016
Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s quite easy to get annoyed by the current crop of young talent in Australian snowboarding especially when I look back to my youth and at a time when I spent my days riding into the front pannel of the only flat box in the country.…
Stronger – The Union Binding’s Movie Premiering Tonight and Friday

Stronger – The Union Binding’s Movie Premiering Tonight and Friday

November 9, 2016
Transfer | Louis Macindoe The highly anticipated Union Binding’s team movie – STRONGER is touring the country this week with premiere’s set for tonight in Melbourne and this Friday in Sydney. This is one movie you won’t want to miss. Starring the best team in snowboarding, the long awaited UNION…
Watch – 85 Foot Cliff Front Flip

Watch – 85 Foot Cliff Front Flip

November 7, 2016
 Mountainwatch Big mountain mad man Owen Leeper released this highly entertaining clip of himself destroying Jackson Hole last season. Highlight being a front flip off an 85 foot cliff aptly named Fat Bastard (3:29)! Five minutes well spent. Thanks Owen.
The Secret To Stomping The Perfect Frontside Bluntslide 270 – Trick Tips

The Secret To Stomping The Perfect Frontside Bluntslide 270 – Trick Tips

November 7, 2016
Transfer x Burton | Trick Tips You can’t call yourself a seasoned jibber without having the Frontside Bluntslide 270 on lock. Watch any urban video part or slopestyle run and you’ll be sure to see the Front-Blunt-Two-Sev in the mix. This trick not only allows riders to really emphasize their…
Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

November 7, 2016
Deep turns are aplenty in the Tohoku area. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours You don’t have to know much about skiing destinations to know that Japan just isn’t a secret anymore, with an increasing global contingent of skiers and snowboarders heading to the main resorts and regions –…
This Is How You Land The Perfect Frontside 360 – Trick Tips

This Is How You Land The Perfect Frontside 360 – Trick Tips

November 4, 2016
Transfer x Burton | Trick Tips If you’re a budding snowboarder, with aspirations of rich and fame or if you’re just content with having fun and learning new things, learning the frontside 360 is a mandatory stop on your journey to heightened freestyle learning. Along this path to frontside 360…
Dream Trip on The Powder Highway, British Columbia

Dream Trip on The Powder Highway, British Columbia

November 4, 2016
Mountainwatch Salomon took one lucky Canadian on his Dream Trip along the Powder Highway, British Columbia, Canada with team riders Mike Douglas, Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens. Over two weeks the team hit Revelstoke, Stellar Heliskiing, Whitewater, Selkirk Tangiers Heliskiing, and Blanket Glacier Chalet. It’s safe to say it was…
Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

November 4, 2016
Mountainwatch | Story by Jackson Hole Growing up as a ski patroller’s son, “daycare” was a term that loosely applied to Forrest Jillson. At just nine years old, going on avalanche reduction routes and skiing Corbet’s with his father was a normal part of growing up with Jackson Hole as…
Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

November 3, 2016
New Mexico True Stories- Deep.South. In late February 2015, the largest storm in a decade blanketed New Mexico with more than 70 inches of snow. We were ready with our skis and boards. Here’s how it all went down. CREDITS: Director: Ryan Heffernan Producer: Grayson Schaffer Director of Photography: Ben…
World Snow Wrap – Early Season Falls Getting People Excited

World Snow Wrap – Early Season Falls Getting People Excited

October 25, 2016
Boreal | October 21, 2016 EDITOR’S NOTE: This year we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features are your one-stop-shop that tells you where the snow’s falling, where it ain’t, and provide the usual snow porn just for…
One Of The Best Powder Clips You’ll Ever See

One Of The Best Powder Clips You’ll Ever See

October 21, 2016
Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss Last December a series of solid storms moved out of the North Pacific, consistent snowfalls dumping plenty of snow and providing some epic powder conditions for resorts in California, Oregon and British Columbia. Some places were deeper than others with interior BC really copping it from Dec…
Legendary Snowboard Crew – The Wildcats Premier New Movie Next Thursday in Sydney

Legendary Snowboard Crew – The Wildcats Premier New Movie Next Thursday in Sydney

October 20, 2016
Embrace yourselves for the antics of Snowboardings most boisterous crew. Image:: Supplied Transfer | Louis Macindoe Buckle up Australian Snowboarding because there’s a beast on the loose and it reeks of whiskey, two stroke fumes, and massive backcountry booters. That’s right, the legendary Canadian snowboarding crew; The Wildcats are bringing…
Red Bull’s Illume Contest Exhibits Some of the Most Stunning Snowboarding and Skiing Photo’s Ever.

Red Bull’s Illume Contest Exhibits Some of the Most Stunning Snowboarding and Skiing Photo’s Ever.

October 10, 2016
That’s not a Snapchat filter you’re seeing here, this is real life captured by the Enhance category finalist – Markus Rohrbacher. Image:: Markus Rohrbacher Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s been 3 years since Red Bull has hosted their Illume photography contest, so it’s no wonder why the fourth instalment in…
Late Season Boarding – A Guide to Getting It in October

Late Season Boarding – A Guide to Getting It in October

October 6, 2016
Don’t call it a comeback, the riding season hasn’t left us yet and The Ramshead Peaks are firing. Image:: Aedan O’Donnel Transfer | Louis Macindoe Well isn’t that funny? It’s the 6th of October and this month might just be the gift that keeps on giving. Take a quick scan…
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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…
15 July, 2010 – 30cm of Fresh at Thredbo

15 July, 2010 – 30cm of Fresh at Thredbo

July 15, 2010
Scott Kneller, getting some Thredbo tree pow action at last Snow Journal | Ben Hansen It started out as total devastation on Tuesday night, raining so hard you would think that there was going to be no snow left, but come approximately 4am Wednesday morning the torrential rain had turned…
5 – 7 July, 2010 – Freeride Days in NSW

5 – 7 July, 2010 – Freeride Days in NSW

July 9, 2010
Snowboarders enjoying the Perisher park Snow Journal | Ben Hansen While Mother Nature’s been holding off the pow, she’s been providing perfect conditions for some epic snowmaking and the NSW resorts are gleaming white under a bluebird sky – it’s just what you want for a day in the park…
VIDEO – Falls Creek update with Steve Lee

VIDEO – Falls Creek update with Steve Lee

July 8, 2010
Snow Journal | Chris Hocking and Steve Lee Resident Mountainwatch snow reporter, forecaster and 3x Olympic skier Steve Lee give you a brief look at the conditions right now at Falls Creek. They might be struggling for natural snow, but that doesn’t mean the skiing isn’t great! Take a look.…
3 July, 2010 – Night Riding at Falls

3 July, 2010 – Night Riding at Falls

July 5, 2010
  Snow Journal | Chris Hocking It was a special night at Falls Creek on Saturday – The inaugural night skiing on Wombat’s Ramble. The 2.2km run accessed by the Falls Express Quad Chair is mostly likely the longest night skiing/boarding run in Australia. Strong snowmaking efforts throughout the last…
3 – 4 July, 2010 – Bluebird Days at Coronet Peak

3 – 4 July, 2010 – Bluebird Days at Coronet Peak

July 5, 2010
  Snow Journal | Harro harroart.com As if we needed more inspiration to get excited about riding this winter. These pics from Coronet Peak remind us what it’s all about, bluebird skies and dry pow. It was the final weekend of the Queenstown Winter Festival. Which finished with a huge…
Record Snowmaking Makes for Winter Wonderland

Record Snowmaking Makes for Winter Wonderland

July 5, 2010
Night time snowmaking at Perisher. Image: Harro – harroart.com Words | Steve Lee with Aaron Cook & Tess Cook Last week snowmaking producing more than 1 million cubic metres of snow across NSW and Victoria as an extremely cold pool of Antarctic air smothered the Australian southeast bringing cold temperatures…
1 July, 2010 – Victoria Loves Snowmaking

1 July, 2010 – Victoria Loves Snowmaking

July 2, 2010
The guns haven’t stopped for days! Photo:: Jyothi Jaffray Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray @ Hotham /Chris Hocking @ Falls Creek Woke up today to the odd patch of blue sky flicking past, which was enough to get everyone out on the slopes. Today was by far the best conditions…
28 June, 2010 – Cloud Riding at Treble Cone

28 June, 2010 – Cloud Riding at Treble Cone

June 30, 2010
McKenzie Country taken near Tekapo Snow Journal | Harro Intrepid snow photographer Harro is in NZ capturing the early winter in all it’s glory. Here’s what he saw through the lens this week. “Shots from Treble Cone resort with a strong inversion layer. When you get a south-easterly air flow,…
29 June, 2010 – Buller Snow Vignettes

29 June, 2010 – Buller Snow Vignettes

June 30, 2010
Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran Its been super cold the last few days at Buller and snow making hasn’t stopped, creating a little slice of winter wonderland. Know when it’s snowing at Mt Buller – download the Mountainwatch iPhone app or visit the mobi site and get the Snow widget…
30 June, 2010 – Hotham Boxes, Village Chair and Snowmaking

30 June, 2010 – Hotham Boxes, Village Chair and Snowmaking

June 30, 2010
Morning crowds Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray The mercury plummeted on Saturday afternoon which got the snow makers very excited! They’ve been pumping out snow for four days straight, totaling over 8,000 truck loads! Top that up with some natural snow and we now have the Village Chair open. To…
24 – 26 June 2010 – Snow in Queenstown NZ and Cardrona Opening

24 – 26 June 2010 – Snow in Queenstown NZ and Cardrona Opening

June 27, 2010
Queenstown, NZ covered in Snow June 24th. Snow Journal | Photos by Vaughan Brookfield The snow started coming down across the South Island of New Zealand on the evening of the 23rd of June. It was the continuation of a pattern of snow storms that has left resorts from Mt…
23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

June 23, 2010
  Snow Journal | Chris Hocking/Steve Lee Just a week and a half into season 2010 and so far so good. Opening was one of the better ones we’ve seen for some time with several lifts running due to loads of snowmaking and a last minute top for from Huey.…
20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

June 22, 2010
Getting bourkers on Bourke St Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran With the best season opening in years, Mt Buller’s Bourke St beginners area is looking white, wonderful and covered in early season turners getting their snow legs. The action over the weekend, only the second of the season, showed everyone…
17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

June 17, 2010
Getting upside down is always fun. Rider: Steff Z Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfield It’s on – the New Zealand winter is kicking into full swing. You can feel the chill in the air and the winter punters are starting to pile into town. We have just had a further…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 15, 2010
Buff, lovin’ Sunshine and fresh on Sun Run Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray Mother Nature came to the party this weekend at Hotham, bringing 10cm+ of fresh and super cold temps for the Snowmakers to blast away. For the first time since 2003, three lifts were running at the resort…
Mt Hutt Swings into 2010 Season

Mt Hutt Swings into 2010 Season

June 15, 2010
Keen Mt Hutt goers waiting for 2010 first lifts | Image: Mt Hutt It was bubbles and smiles all round as skiers and boarders counted down to the opening of the season at Mt Hutt Ski Area. Keen skiers and boarders lined up from 3am for first on the chair…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 15, 2010
Brittney Cox Snow Journal | Chris Hocking There were plenty of good vibes around the mountain at Falls Creek this opening weekend, for one there’s snow on the ground for the first time since 2007, two the snowmakers are topping the snowpack up every night – that makes seven days…
12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

June 15, 2010
A nice dusting of snow around the Thredbo River Snow Journal | Ben Hansen NSW kicked off winter with a stunning weekend at both Perisher and Thredbo. Perisher hosted its second Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, which was widely popular, and Thredbo kept guests entertained with drumming shows, stilt walkers…
June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010
Ride Team Snowboarder Kieran McLaughlin enjoys favorable early season conditions at Falls Creek Snow Journal | Chris Hocking Constant sub zero temperatures have allowed Falls Creek’s advanced snowmaking system to make over 60,000 cubic metres of snow at the resort since Sunday with temperatures mostly between -3C and -5C with…
May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010
Sunrise over Snow Park NZ. Image – Snow Park NZ Snow Journal – Dylan Butt After playing the waiting game for most of this month everyone’s worst fears have been brushed aside, the ‘white gold’ has finally returned to NZ! The stoke level has stepped up a few notches as…
Winter has arrived at Mt Hutt New Zealand

Winter has arrived at Mt Hutt New Zealand

May 17, 2010
Assistant Ski Area Manager James McKenzie (6th in, back row) and the 2010 Mt Hutt winter crew celebrating the arrival of snow Press Release A cold snap on Sunday night has delivered a dump of 10cm of snow on Mt Hutt. Ski Area Manager, Dave Wilson, says the high country…
Aussie Snow as Northern Resorts Wind Down

Aussie Snow as Northern Resorts Wind Down

May 13, 2010
New Snow at Hotham 10 May Press Release Despite on-going cold weather in parts of Europe and ski areas still boasting a ski pack of many metres at most top resorts, less than 30 ski centres are currently open worldwide as most northern hemisphere ski areas have now closed and…
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