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Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – New Zealand – And We’re Off…

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – New Zealand – And We’re Off…

July 6, 2017
Cardrona could do with a little kickstart right now, but don’t sweat it, the snow is coming. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper ”Patience young Grasshopper” my master used to whisper when I was nothing but a mere larva with a twinkle in my oversized bug…
Burton Snowboards Announces the 12th Annual Cattleman’s Rail Jam

Burton Snowboards Announces the 12th Annual Cattleman’s Rail Jam

July 4, 2017
Grip the reins and get ready to kick in the spurs, ’cause Australia’s most prestigious rail rodeo is about to be let out of the gate. Image:: Burton Transfer | Press Release Burton Snowboards is pleased to announce the return of Australia’s premier rail event, the Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam,…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – Australia – Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – Australia – Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head

July 3, 2017
“Covfefe” that’s Trump’s term for … er who knows what … What’s a little more certain is the snow fall this week, but will it be enough to get this Aussie winter back on track? Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Despite the constant low amounts…
SNOW ALERT AUS – 15 to 60cm – The One We’ve Been Waiting For!

SNOW ALERT AUS – 15 to 60cm – The One We’ve Been Waiting For!

July 3, 2017
Coming soon, a little bit of this. Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Strong Confidence Australian Skiers and Boarders have remained resilient in the face of a seasonal start which can only be described as lacklustre and weak. With the driest June on record run and…
Buller X – Big Mountain Riding in Our Own Backyard – How To Vote

Buller X – Big Mountain Riding in Our Own Backyard – How To Vote

June 29, 2017
The Buller X battlegrounds. Big Mountain freeriding and skiing terrain sitting just over the backside of unsuspecting groomers. Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe Crank up those DIN settings and buckle down those ratchets as voting is ready to kick off for Buller X, Australia’s only big mountain event. Put…
Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Men’s Skis For Australia

Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Men’s Skis For Australia

June 29, 2017
Adam Kroenert jams one under the snow gums… It’s not skiing in Oz without gum trees after all! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman The snow is starting to fall and as more terrain opens up at your favourite resort, now is the time to think about…
We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

June 29, 2017
A picture might be worth a thousand words but these Factions will make you ski better. Source:: Proivded Mountainwatch | Lulu Wilkinson Your pic for a pair of Faction skis – how’s that for a trade? Thanks to our pals at Faction Skis , we have a fresh pair of…
Oakley Announces Prizm Palooza Tour – Brand Watch

Oakley Announces Prizm Palooza Tour – Brand Watch

June 27, 2017
Buckle up both NSW and VIC resorts because the Prizm Palooza is coming in hot. Image:: M Walsh Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe From the people who brought you their game-changing Prizm lens technology comes the Prizm Palooza. That’s right – Oakley is all in when it comes to celebrating something…
Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

June 22, 2017
Your first turns in Telluride could look something like this. Photo:: Telluride Ski Resort Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Well we shouldn’t have to tell you to ride Telluride, but we’re sure going to and here’s why… Remember those Victorian era houses that populate the inside of…
The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

June 20, 2017
Skiing Niseko’s world class pow all day is taxing on the body, at some point you’ll need to exit the white room and get some rest, here’s a guide to the best beds in the region. Image:: Niseko Photography Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss When I first went to Niseko…
Transfer – Issue 25 – First Look

Transfer – Issue 25 – First Look

June 15, 2017
Jye Kearney takes the leap of faith from one rail to another, by Aaron Jamieson Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Issue #25 The ‘then’, the ‘now’, the ‘future’ – this is snowboarding culture on paper. The Mark of The Underdog From the mean streets of Hokkaido, we’re we sit in on…
What Went Down At The First Snowboard Event Of The Season

What Went Down At The First Snowboard Event Of The Season

June 14, 2017
Let the games begin. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Louis Macindoe Although resorts have only just opened their operations, the union of Australia’s top snowboarders have already learned the benchmark of this seasons riding level. And according to the Hotel Steyne rail jam, boy did things get hot and heavy…
Custom Snowboard Manufacturer Savage Panda – The Q&A

Custom Snowboard Manufacturer Savage Panda – The Q&A

June 12, 2017
Savage Panda’s the new kid on the block and they’re letting sparks fly. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman There’s nothing unusual about a custom surfboard, they’ve been common for decades and are as old as surfing itself. Snowboards however, have by and large succumbed to mass factory production. It’s…
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…
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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…
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…
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