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Anticipation Builds Ahead of the The North Face Frontier Freeride World Qualifier – Video

Anticipation Builds Ahead of the The North Face Frontier Freeride World Qualifier – Video

August 18, 2016
Mountainwatch | Video Competitors are ready, the venues are primed and the wait is almost over – The North Face® Frontier Freeride World Qualifier events will take place at Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski area next week. As anticipated, the event has attracted entries from some of the world’s best skiers…
Travis Rice’s The Fourth Phase – Official 4K Trailer

Travis Rice’s The Fourth Phase – Official 4K Trailer

August 17, 2016
Transfer | Video Premieres globally October 2 on Red Bull TV, on sale October 3 From the creators of “The Art of FLIGHT,” Red Bull Media House presents “The Fourth Phase,” which tells the story of iconic snowboarder Travis Rice embarking on a journey to dreamlike landscapes around the North…
UPDATE Strong Winds And Blizzard Conditions To Arrive on Friday, 20 to 50cm Expected – Snow Alert

UPDATE Strong Winds And Blizzard Conditions To Arrive on Friday, 20 to 50cm Expected – Snow Alert

August 17, 2016
With a bit of luck there’ll be plenty of this on offer on Saturday morning. Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High Confidence Updated: August 19, 2016 The winds are blowing hard from the west at gale force as we type, and the models just updated…
90 Years Old and Still Skiing, Tommy Tomasi, An Australian Alpine Legend – Video

90 Years Old and Still Skiing, Tommy Tomasi, An Australian Alpine Legend – Video

August 17, 2016
Mountainwatch | Video Tommy Tomasi is an icon of Alpine Australia, he founded Thredbo Ski Patrol over 60 years ago and is still skiing today at the young old age of 90. READ MORE: Interview: Tommy Tomasi, An Australian Ski Legend Who’s Legacy Spans Six Decades in Chillfactor 2016
The Third Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Official Results, Video and Recap

The Third Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Official Results, Video and Recap

August 14, 2016
Quiksilver’s Austin Sweetin took the top spot in the Open Men’s category, narrowly edging out Aussie Olympian, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin. Image:: Aedan O’Donnell Transfer | Banked Slalom With the dust now settled on Transfer’s day of days, the Third Annual Transfer Banked Slalom has been etched in the memories of…
Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

August 11, 2016
With snow and terrain like that Aspen is a destination that should be on every skiers bucket list. Image:: Aspen Mountainwatch x Ski Max Holidays | Kate Allman Thinking about an overseas ski trip but not sure where to go? For Aussie travellers, the choice can often seem endless. However,…
Your Snow Outerwear Might be Doing More Harm Than You Think – Gear Locker

Your Snow Outerwear Might be Doing More Harm Than You Think – Gear Locker

August 10, 2016
The gear we wear enables us to go to some amazing places and environments, but have you stopped to consider the impact your gear has on those places? Image:: Burton Transfer x Burton | Alex Dillenbeck Do you ever wonder where the garment you’re wearing actually comes from? How the…
Chance To Jib A Bus, in Two Feet of Powder – Video

Chance To Jib A Bus, in Two Feet of Powder – Video

August 10, 2016
Transfer | Video It’s a pretty rare thing for a resort to welcome a crew of foreign snowboarders with open arms, let alone give them free reign to turn an old snow bus into the latest street feature in the local neighbourhood. But for the Rusty Toothbrush crew, that’s exactly…
Vail Resorts Acquires Whistler Blackcomb for CAD $1.4 Billion

Vail Resorts Acquires Whistler Blackcomb for CAD $1.4 Billion

August 9, 2016
Whistler is widely known as one of the premiere ski destinations in the world, but what does this deal mean for its future? Image:: Whistler Blackcomb Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath Vail Resorts has continued its plans for world ski-world domination this morning by announcing its plan to acquire internationally renowned…
The Transfer Banked Slalom FAQ – The 3rd Annual Tournament of Turns

The Transfer Banked Slalom FAQ – The 3rd Annual Tournament of Turns

August 9, 2016
Last year’s winner Matt Crepel is returning to defend his title. With speed like this he’ll be hard to beat. Image:: Fawcett Transfer | Banked Slalom It’s time to warm the waxing irons as the Transfer Banked Slalom is now only a few short days away. With snow on the…
Recent Snowfall Transforms Winter in the South Island – Gallery

Recent Snowfall Transforms Winter in the South Island – Gallery

August 5, 2016
Is there anything better than a heelside turn with a view like that? Image:: Vaughanbrookfield.com Mountainwatch | Gallery Unfortunately it’s been a long and stressful wait for those with ski trips booked to the South Island in August – can you imagine how the resorts were feeling? Thankfully all that…
Watch the Shredbots Absolutely Destroy Perisher Last Year – Video

Watch the Shredbots Absolutely Destroy Perisher Last Year – Video

August 3, 2016
Transfer | Video The guys over at Shredbots have just dropped the Aussie section from their feature length production that was edited by our local boy, Tom Hannam. This will get you hyped for spring! From ShredBots: SHREDTOPIA is the latest film from the Shredbots. The crew keeps building, with…
Australia Doesn’t Get Powder Snow, Or Does It? – Snow Journal

Australia Doesn’t Get Powder Snow, Or Does It? – Snow Journal

August 3, 2016
James Mort shreds fresh snow at Perisher. Does this look like powder to you? Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Kate Allman It’s an ongoing, seemingly never-ending debate: the question of whether Australia can claim “real” powder snow the likes of that which falls in Utah, Colorado, Japan or the European Alps.…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – New Zealand – Back in Business

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – New Zealand – Back in Business

August 2, 2016
Recent snow has improved conditions remarkably at Coronet Peak, but is there more on the way? Image:: Chris Hoopmann/NZSki New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores After a pessimistic start to the season, things are now looking much better in New Zealand. The…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – Australia – Finally Winning

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – Australia – Finally Winning

August 1, 2016
Aussie skiing is pretty great. Read on to discover how many more days like this we can expect in the next few weeks. Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta Just in case all…
The Chillfactor FreeBOM is Now Only A Few Weeks Away – Video

The Chillfactor FreeBOM is Now Only A Few Weeks Away – Video

July 28, 2016
Please enable Javascript to watch this video Mountainwatch | FreeBOM Snow is on the ground and the season is zig-zagging its way into the memory bank. The Chillfactor FreeBOM is back again this year. The event that started with a PA system, slushy bumps and a bunch of Buller’s most…
The Resurrection, A Storm Journal by Reggae Elliss

The Resurrection, A Storm Journal by Reggae Elliss

July 28, 2016
Harrison Mcinnes making the most of soft landings at Thredbo. Image:: Thredbo Resort Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A week ago the negative mood in the mountains was palpable, a week of warm winds and mild weather had eaten into the snow cover and the rain was just starting to fall.…
Tight Lines Returns in 2016 With the Addition of One Wildcard Entry

Tight Lines Returns in 2016 With the Addition of One Wildcard Entry

July 27, 2016
Transfer | Tight Lines Tight Lines is an invite-only online video competition, which offers ten of Australia’s best riders one day each to film their perfect non-stop park lap for a share of $5000 in prize money. After its successful debut in 2015, Tight Lines will once again return to…
How to Land a Perfect Frontside Boardslide With Jess Rich – Trick Tips

How to Land a Perfect Frontside Boardslide With Jess Rich – Trick Tips

July 25, 2016
Please enable Javascript to watch this video Transfer x Burton | Trick Tips The frontside boardslide has long been respected as one of the most stylish tricks in a rider’s arsenal. This staple rail trick has graced the front covers of countless magazines and been seen in so many iconic…
Oakley’s Prizm Powered Weekend Takes Over Thredbo – Recap

Oakley’s Prizm Powered Weekend Takes Over Thredbo – Recap

July 25, 2016
Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but will Oakley’s Prizm lens technology make you a better snowboarder? Transfer | Louis Macindoe Olympic medalists, professional snowboarders, celebrities and pretty people were all present for the Oakley Prizm weekend at Thredbo, but was the hype worth it? They say…
Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

July 21, 2016
Skiing above the Reischek Glacier with Methven Heli. This could be you. Image:: Kevin Boekholt Chillfactor x High Peak Heliski | Alex Horvath The Canterbury Club Fields are the last frontier of New Zealand skiing. Located far from the glitz and glamour of Queenstown – known more around the world…
Buller X Announces Contenders for Elite Competition

Buller X Announces Contenders for Elite Competition

July 21, 2016
Watkin McLennan in the Buller Chutes Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Press Release Ten elite Aussie skiers have been chosen as contenders in Australia’s most exciting new elite ski event – Buller X. The skiers are: Layla Lee (Falls Creek) Coen Bennie-Faull (Hotham) Sam Robertson (Thredbo) Anton Grimus (Mt Buller) Watkin…
Rip Curl Gromsearch Unearths Australia’s Best Junior Talent – Recap

Rip Curl Gromsearch Unearths Australia’s Best Junior Talent – Recap

July 21, 2016
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Rip Curl ran its first on-snow GromSearch event at Perisher last weekend with a clear sunny day and excellent snow conditions. Modeled on Rip Curl’s long-running junior surfing event, the snow version of the GromSearch was open to snowboarders and skiers 16 years and under and…
UPDATE – Cold Air Means More Snow as Storm Continues – Snow Alert

UPDATE – Cold Air Means More Snow as Storm Continues – Snow Alert

July 21, 2016
Christmas came early in the mountains over the weekend. Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Very High Confidence Updated: July 25, 2016 What a weekend! In Reggae’s own words, “After a weekend of fresh snow and awesome off piste skiing, last Friday’s rain is a…
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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…
VIDEO – May Snow at Falls Creek

VIDEO – May Snow at Falls Creek

May 13, 2010
Snow has been falling intermittently in Victoria all week, check out the vision from Falls Creek. Falls Creek forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
May 11, 2010 – Snowfalls Kick Off Winter

May 11, 2010 – Snowfalls Kick Off Winter

May 11, 2010
Victorian Journal – By Steve LeeAfter what can only be described (around Victoria) as a very pleasant autumn to date, some wintery weather has finally started to roll in. The last two days has seen a solid cold snap and some decent snow falls in the most southern Mts of…
2009 Flashback – The Best Snow of Last Year

2009 Flashback – The Best Snow of Last Year

May 5, 2010
< Australia’s snow resorts are receiving the first solid snowfalls of 2010 and we’ve all got snow on the mind. To get everyone excited for what’s ahead, here’s some shots from the best days of 2009. Got any great images from last season? Send them to us at info@mountainwatch.com with…
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