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Win a Trip To Jackson Hole – Mountainwatch’s Biggest Giveaway! – Enter Here

Win a Trip To Jackson Hole – Mountainwatch’s Biggest Giveaway! – Enter Here

September 4, 2018
Jackson Hole was arguably one of the best places to visit in North America last year... That's why we want to send two lucky people there this season!
Awesome August - the month that just kept on giving us powder runs, like this one being had by Russ Henshaw at Perisher. Photo:: Perisher

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

September 4, 2018
No snow on the horizon and climate indicators don't look favourable...
The 10 Most Underrated Moves in Skiing

The 10 Most Underrated Moves in Skiing

September 3, 2018
Chillfactor magazine's picks of the 10 most underrated moves in skiing. Get into them this Spring and you’ll be all the better for it!
Squaw Valley is part of the Mountain Collective. Photo: Tony Harrington

The Mountain Collective Announce Spring Deal for Australians and New Zealanders

August 31, 2018
During the month of September, the Mountain Collective will be offering the 18/19 Pass to Australians and New Zealanders in Australian dollars.
Ikon Pass holders now have 7 days access to Niseko's renowned powder. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership with Niseko

August 31, 2018
Ikon Pass holders will now have access to more than 72,000 skiable acres over three continents with the addition of Niseko United
Gear Guide: Capita Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide: Capita Snowboards Video Review

August 31, 2018
In this latest review, Joey gives us the rundown on three boards from Capita  - the Scotty Stevens Pro, the Outer Space Living and the D.O.A
6 Days, 4 Countries – All It Takes To Make One Of The Best Season Edits We’ve Seen – Video

6 Days, 4 Countries – All It Takes To Make One Of The Best Season Edits We’ve Seen – Video

August 30, 2018
American Freeride World Tour competitor Conor Pelton proves you can make an epic 'season edit' in less than a week's worth of skiing - just six days, to be exact.
The dog sled race will be kicking off spring in Baw Baw. Photo: Mt Baw Baw

Mt Baw Baw Dog Sled Dash

August 29, 2018
See Mt Baw Baw’s brilliant huskies in action or join the race this Father’s Day weekend with the mountain’s 4th annual Dog Sled Dash.
An easily overlooked and little known corner of the mountain. Straddling inbounds and out of bounds up on the summit.  Most hike right past on their way to look west and watch the sunset or to head over to challenging black runs off to the south.  But as a place to pause and take in the start of a new day, with Grimus Chairlift (the highest on the mountain honouring Hans Grimus) nestled below it gives a special perspective looking out to Stirling and Cobbler

‘BULLER WIDE”- Tony Harrington’s Latest Photo Exhibition In Buller

August 29, 2018
Australian snow and surf photographer Tony Harrington has just opened a new exhibition of his work in The Alpine Central building in Mt Buller.
New Film From Teton Gravity Starring Jeremy Jones: Ode To Muir – Video Trailer

New Film From Teton Gravity Starring Jeremy Jones: Ode To Muir – Video Trailer

August 28, 2018
‘Respect the exposure’ suggests Jeremy Jones as he and his buddies climb some seriously steep terrain in the Sierra Nevada... The latest from TGR promises to be profound.
Magic moments in the snow. Photo: Buller

Growing Up Snowy – Snow Holidays Make Lifetime Memories

August 27, 2018
A snow holiday is something kids always remember and for many, it is the start of a life-long love of the snow.
Set to open next month, Stubai Glacier (Stubaier Gletscher) has gotten in early for the first snow of the 2018/19 winter season… as it’s still summer. Image:: Stubai Glacier

Heavy Summer Snowfall in European Alps – Austria, Italy, Germany & Switzerland Receive Up To 40cm

August 27, 2018
Heavy snow fell above 1500 metres across the European Alps this weekend with a number of destinations reporting over 40cm of the fluffy white stuff.
Tanner Hall’s Hype Inducing Trailer For New Film “Here After” – Video

Tanner Hall’s Hype Inducing Trailer For New Film “Here After” – Video

August 27, 2018
Tanner Hall is undeniably one of skiing’s greatest and most polarising characters. His latest trailer for the film “Here After” coming October 2018, proves he’s definitely still got it and retains his title of ‘ski boss’.
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in the trees at Buller on Sunday, August 19. Photo: Tony Harrington

August – The Month That Keeps On Giving

August 25, 2018
This August has turned out to be one for the books with consistent snowfalls over the past three weeks
Anton Grimus, Australian ski cross team member and Buller local wlil be competing at Uni snow. Photo: Tony Harrington

UniSport Nationals Snow Attracts Australia’s Top Athletes To Mt Buller

August 24, 2018
More than 260 student-athletes from 17 universities will converge on Mt Buller, Victoria this weekend
Coen Bennie-Faull hooking into Buller's powder on his Atris on the weekend. Photo: Tony Harrington

Gear Guide Ski Review – Black Crows Atris

August 22, 2018
Black Crows is an independent French ski brand from Chamonix that was founded in 2006... This season is the first year they have had an Australian distributor
Gear Guide: Yes Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide: Yes Snowboards Video Review

August 22, 2018
In this review Joe gives you the rundown on three boards from the Yes snowboards range: the Basic, the Typo and the Jackpot.
FreeBom party run, a highlight of the day. Photo: Tony Harrington

The Blizzard Of Bom – Buller Turns On For FreeBom 2018

August 21, 2018
At this point the mogul field was filled with skiers, over 50 skied together. Colours flashed between the white mounds,
Pro Skier Duncan Adams – 2017 Self Edit – Video

Pro Skier Duncan Adams – 2017 Self Edit – Video

August 21, 2018
Professional skier Duncan Adams recently released a 'self-edit' he produced with 'offcuts'... and we think it's pretty epic.
Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

August 21, 2018
We might sound like a broken record when it comes to harping on about the proverbial Japow, but there’s a side to skiing and boarding in Japan that simply doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Thomas Waddell kicking up some cold smoke at Thredbo. One of our favourite images from earlier on in the season, taken during the first week of July. Image:: Aedan O’Donnell/Thredbo Resort

Our Favourite Photos From The 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part I

August 20, 2018
They say a picture tells a thousand words, and whilst we’ll always be the first to wax lyrically about Australian skiing and boarding, sometimes an image says it all.
Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Event Recap

Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Event Recap

August 18, 2018
Over 250 Boarders Hit the Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom at Thredbo Resort… A gathering of the tribe like no other!
A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This September. Outdoor brand Arc’teryx is taking over the Southern Alps Lodge in Charlotte Pass to bring a first of its kind experience to the Australian wilderness. The group adventure, exclusive to only 25 people,…
Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

August 16, 2018
Banff National Park, with its monolithic mountains, shimmering glaciers, deep-frozen lakes and equally deep powder, is perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.
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Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chronicling all the best snowfalls Australia’s ever seen
I love this shot. It’s got me pumped about opening weekend and all the skiing to be had this winter. Image: Hocking/Falls Creek

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 30, 2018
May has certainly been a month of feast and famine. Like little piggies, we gobbled up a three-day banquet of snowfall from May 10-12.
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

May 10, 2018
Brace yourself folks, snow is on the way, and sooner than you may think. In fact, it's arriving as we speak, Thursday the 10th of May! Yes folks, wait no longer. For the next three days, Thursday to Saturday, we’ll be seeing snowflakes falling from the sky.
2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 2, 2018
Want to learn more about snow forecasting? Download the FREE ‘Grasshoppers Guide To Snow Forecasting’ by filling out the information below… 16 pages of snow forecasting gold: how to read charts, typical snow systems, the when, where and why of snow forecasting and a full glossary of A-Z weather definitions.…
Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

April 11, 2018
50cms and road closures in April The snow hit the North Island overnight, with snow showers continuing today. The maintenance crew, loving it on the upper slopes of Turoa this morning. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres…
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

April 9, 2018
Models pointing to average temps and precipitation Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 21st of March marked the Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere, the time when the Sun passes over the equator to hang out in the northern hemisphere and when nights become longer than days. It also serves as…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

January 31, 2018
At 1898m, Mt Yotei is hard to miss when the sun comes out… Image:: Piotrek Drzastwa /Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well Japanuary has come to a close and it’s fair to say we’ve seen it all on the mountain this month. A mild start had us…
Japan – Weekly Snow Update

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head to www.liquidsnowtours.com for 25% March and April! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Myoko, Japan – Season Update

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 28, 2018
Picture perfect Cortina, Hakuba. Photo credit stillstoked.com. Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Ah Japan, the winter wonderland… and what a winter it has been! We are now into the business end of the season and the resorts are running full steam ahead. With above average snowfalls in November and December, the…
Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch We saw a mixed bag of weather this week but with up to 100cm expected next week, conditions are still all time. Head to www.hakubahotelgroup.com for 25% off accommodation in March and April. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

December 23, 2017
Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Presented by As we head into December, Japan’s ski resorts are starting to open, and it’s time we took another look at the conditions and prospects for the 2018 season. ENSO and seasonal forecast update Weak La Nina conditions have now officially developed, and Japan’s Meteorological…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

December 3, 2017
Mt Yotei on the weekend Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here are a selection…
2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 16, 2017
Early season snow storm at Whistler Blackcomb Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Justin Trudeau, maple syrup, poutine, and absolutely stunning mountains. What’s not to love about Canada? If you’re thinking of heading away for some northern hemisphere snow this season, then let me give you the lowdown on one of my…
Backcountry Condition Report – Spring – Australia

Backcountry Condition Report – Spring – Australia

September 28, 2017
Some monster cornice action on Mt Feathertop following recent blizzards. Image:: David Inabinet Australian Seasonal Update – Backcountry | David Inabinet With blizzards dumping metres of snow in the backcountry earlier this month, Australia is well and truly set up for a long and memorable spring skiing season, that go…
Winter’s Last Hurrah – Snow Alert Australia

Winter’s Last Hurrah – Snow Alert Australia

August 27, 2017
Here’s hoping for at least a few more mornings like this before Spring really arrives Image:: Perisher SNOW ALERT FILED: August 27, 12:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— According to Reggae’s report, there’s light snow about today as we await the arrival of the next front. The question now is, how much…
Backcountry Condition Report – August – Australia

Backcountry Condition Report – August – Australia

August 11, 2017
We’ve gone from zero to hero in just a matter of weeks, and the backcountry is now snow loaded but this influx makes for an unstable snowpack, which means there’s been no shortage of major slides this week, and places like Watson’s Craggs on the Western Face have been fraught…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – New Zealand – The Beast to the East

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – New Zealand – The Beast to the East

August 2, 2017
The definition of caked. Mount Hutt’s Mountain Operation team have had their work cut out for them with a base of 270cm, meaning plenty of chair lift dust-downs, dig-outs and avalanche control. Boom. Image:: Mt Hutt New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It’s no secret that The Canterbury…
Mountainwatch’s August Attack Package – Your Winter Ultimatum

Mountainwatch’s August Attack Package – Your Winter Ultimatum

August 1, 2017
If there’s one weekend you’re sure to score on, you can bet it’s this one. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Travel No self-respecting skier or snowboarder should ever need an excuse for a weekend run down to the snow. But we’re all guilty of living busy lives, and by the…
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Set to open next month, Stubai Glacier (Stubaier Gletscher) has gotten in early for the first snow of the 2018/19 winter season… as it’s still summer. Image:: Stubai Glacier

Heavy Summer Snowfall in European Alps – Austria, Italy, Germany & Switzerland Receive Up To 40cm

August 27, 2018
Heavy snow fell above 1500 metres across the European Alps this weekend with a number of destinations reporting over 40cm of the fluffy white stuff.
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in the trees at Buller on Sunday, August 19. Photo: Tony Harrington

August – The Month That Keeps On Giving

August 25, 2018
This August has turned out to be one for the books with consistent snowfalls over the past three weeks
Anton Grimus, Australian ski cross team member and Buller local wlil be competing at Uni snow. Photo: Tony Harrington

UniSport Nationals Snow Attracts Australia’s Top Athletes To Mt Buller

August 24, 2018
More than 260 student-athletes from 17 universities will converge on Mt Buller, Victoria this weekend
Coen Bennie-Faull hooking into Buller's powder on his Atris on the weekend. Photo: Tony Harrington

Gear Guide Ski Review – Black Crows Atris

August 22, 2018
Black Crows is an independent French ski brand from Chamonix that was founded in 2006... This season is the first year they have had an Australian distributor
FreeBom party run, a highlight of the day. Photo: Tony Harrington

The Blizzard Of Bom – Buller Turns On For FreeBom 2018

August 21, 2018
At this point the mogul field was filled with skiers, over 50 skied together. Colours flashed between the white mounds,
Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

August 21, 2018
We might sound like a broken record when it comes to harping on about the proverbial Japow, but there’s a side to skiing and boarding in Japan that simply doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Thomas Waddell kicking up some cold smoke at Thredbo. One of our favourite images from earlier on in the season, taken during the first week of July. Image:: Aedan O’Donnell/Thredbo Resort

Our Favourite Photos From The 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part I

August 20, 2018
They say a picture tells a thousand words, and whilst we’ll always be the first to wax lyrically about Australian skiing and boarding, sometimes an image says it all.
A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This September. Outdoor brand Arc’teryx is taking over the Southern Alps Lodge in Charlotte Pass to bring a first of its kind experience to the Australian wilderness. The group adventure, exclusive to only 25 people,…
Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

August 16, 2018
Banff National Park, with its monolithic mountains, shimmering glaciers, deep-frozen lakes and equally deep powder, is perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.
Baw Baw's rail jam in the Tank Hill park this Saturday. Photo: Mt Baw Baw

BAW BAW RAIL JAM ON THIS WEEKEND

August 15, 2018
Battle it out on the rails and put your tricks to the ultimate test at Mt Baw Baw’s Grand Ridge Brewery Rail Jam on Saturday 18 August.
Dropping in for the first ride. Photo: photostepfilms

Let’s Split, Trip Two, Guthega

August 15, 2018
The 2018 Let’s Split TRIP 2 was an incredible day for everyone who attended.  Not only did it see the largest group of Splitboarders
All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

August 15, 2018
The expedition was planned and led by freerider and Olympic athlete, Janina Kuzma, and the short film begins with a goal to climb and ski four volcanic peaks in the region: Mt Taranaki, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu...
The party run from FreeBom 2017. Epic.

FREEBOM 2018 – AUSTRALIA’S MOST FUN SKI EVENT ON AT BULLER THIS WEEKEND

August 14, 2018
Now, in its fifth year, FreeBOM 2018 is forecast to be blessed by bigger than normal bumps alongside bigger than normal smiles
The Ikon Pass has opened up endless possibilities for the US road trip.

The Ultimate US Road Trip – Aspen, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

August 13, 2018
The IKON pass makes a road trip through the US very easy and economical.
Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

August 10, 2018
Australia’s Capital has a lot more to offer than Question Time and Questacon... Here are some places worth checking out on your next snow commute.
The Blue Bullet is being replaced after 34 year's service.

MT BULLER ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRLIFT FOR 2019

August 10, 2018
The new lift replaces the legendary Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. 
Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

August 8, 2018
Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.
Snowboarders hitting the Supertrail after the big Kareela turn.

28th Thredbo Top To Bottom – A Season Highlight

August 8, 2018
Australia’s longest ski and snow board race, the Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11
Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

August 6, 2018
We are now midway through the southern hemisphere season with the best part still to come.
Perisher looking sensational on Wednesday August 1, cold temps and dry winter snow.

2018 MID-SEASON REVIEW – It’s All About Consistency

August 4, 2018
The first half of this winter has been very good, so much better than 2017 which didn’t really kick off until
Drew ripping another big turn lower down Avy Gully, you can see exposed icy blowouts above the Drift Cliffs in the upper  background, smokey heaven in the lower foreground. Not a good day to drop the cliffs. A great day to drop Avy.

Mount Hotham Photo Journal – It’s Been A Good Week

August 2, 2018
The best days in Mount Hotham were on Monday and Wednesday, both days having around 15cms of fresh snow in the morning.
There have been som pretty epic heliski days this year with regular storms followed by fine weather.

Southern Lakes Heliski – This Is The Season To Get The Goods

July 30, 2018
New Zealand has been getting plenty of quality snow this winter and while the in-resort skiing has been consistently good, it is fair to say the heliskiing in the Southern Alps has been consistently sensational. 
One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

July 30, 2018
While most powder edits take weeks if not an entire season to film, before enough pow days have accumulated, Niseko in Japan is another story entirely...
What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

July 30, 2018
What lengths do you go to in getting to the slopes? Some serious and some not-so serious suggestions within…
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Splitboarding to the top of Mt Stirling

Let’s Split Trip Up Mount Stirling – Splitboard Groups First Of Many For The Season

July 25, 2018
The crew of 13 Let’s Split participants met at Mt Stirling Car park at 7.30am on July 14th for a day on the skin track!
The Burton Cattlemans Rail Jam, no win its 13th year and one of the biggest event on the snowboard event calendar. Photo: Matt Hull/Burton

13th Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam – Astonishes At Mt Buller

July 24, 2018
A big crowd was on hand at Mount Buller last Saturday night to watch Jye Kearney win his sixth Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam.
Mt Kosi at sunset. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

Hike for POW – Launch Of Protect Our Winters Australia

July 20, 2018
As part of the official launch of POW Australia (Protect Our Winters) next week, Thredbo are hosting a hike to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko with big mountain freeskier Chris Davenport
The steeper slopes on the edge of the high country,

Victorian Backcountry Festival – Everything You Need To Know

July 19, 2018
There's no denying the world of winter sports has seen a paradigmatic shift when it comes to getting skiers and boarders out into the backcountry...
The Australian backcountry is unique and split boarding gets you there. Photo: Jakob Kennedy

Let’s Split – An Australian Splitboarding Community

July 18, 2018
Let’s Split is a grass roots initiative that was put in place to encourage people to start splitboarding in our vast and unique Australian Backcountry.  
This could be you on our 2019 guided tour to Jackson Hole

Mountainwatch Guided Tour To Jackson Hole

July 18, 2018
Fresh on the announcement of our Mountainwatch tours to Japan, we now have a Mountainwatch Tour to what many regard as the best ski resort in North America – Jackson Hole.
Torah's min-shred attracted a heap pf grommets. Photo: Thredbo

Torah Bright Mini-Shred

July 17, 2018
Torah Bright Mini-Shred The Torah Bright mini-shred was a huge success in Thredbo on Sunday, with over 300 kids having an awesome day
The groms came out in all shapes and sizes! Photo: Perisher

Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain Park in Perisher Valley this past weekend,
Perisher's Yabby Flat park, the perfect venue

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about having fun, showing off your skills in the park
Conrad Anker geared up and climbing out near the team's highest portaledge camp at over 20,000ft.

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, in southwestern Montana.
Coen Bennie-Faull on his way to winning last year's Buller X. Photo: Dan Warbrick

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017
Snow near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko in January 1969. Image:: Bruce Thomas/Flickr

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.
Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.
Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Australia this July...
Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018
Fresh-faced and free, people are excited and jittery and alive. Staff are trying extra hard with customers, lifties pull tees with aerobic energy, ski instructors don’t have goggle tans yet.
Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

June 8, 2018
A cursory look at the cams and you’d be aware there won't be a lot of natural snow on the ground at the resorts this weekend
Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chronicling all the best snowfalls Australia’s ever seen
Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

May 21, 2018
Opening weekend is set to officially kick off in less than three weeks, across the 9th - 11th of June - assuming the resorts don’t get into another ski lift arms race and start spinning chairs
Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19, 2018
We're giving away a double pass to the Air + Style Sydney Big Air event! Enter within
Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

April 26, 2018
The great Warren Miller may have passed away in January, aged 93, but his legacy will continue to live on through annual films released by Warren Miller Entertainment. When a Warren Miller film comes to town, it means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s always a good…
Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

April 17, 2018
From a small gathering of 60 people in Melbourne six years ago, the BCFF has grown into a significant event for the backcountry community, with more than 500 people attending shows. In 2018 there will be screenings in Sydney (April 21), Melbourne (May 9), Bright, in north east VIC (June)…
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…
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…
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Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

August 14, 2017
Smiles for miles … Geoff Brown’s isn’t the only happy customer when it comes to 3CS, just take a look at who’s wearing it at the local hill. Photo:: Todd Eaterbrook Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day that a Snowboarding company celebrates its 15th birthday, but for one…
Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Snowboard Boots

Transfer Guru’s Guide to Good Gear – Snowboard Boots

August 11, 2017
Check out Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide from Issue 24 for the boots you’d want if you were stuck on a desert island … Illustration:: Louis Macindoe Transfer x ESS Boardstore This article was originally published in Transfer’s 2017 Gear Guide. Guru courtesy of ESS Boardstore. Gear Guru: Joseph ‘Snow?Guru Joe’…
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Opening Weekend Outlook – The Grasshopper – UPDATED

Opening Weekend Outlook – The Grasshopper – UPDATED

May 25, 2015
The nights are cooling down and most resorts have commenced snowmaking, but is there natural snow on the way? The Grasshopper investigates Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Season 2015 is nearly here. On the 1st of June we’ll fire up our world famous daily detailed forecasts for the Australian…
Long Live The Weekend Warrior – Follow The Grasshopper’s Weekend Forecast

Long Live The Weekend Warrior – Follow The Grasshopper’s Weekend Forecast

April 29, 2015
Go on, load up that car and get out there… Image:: Burton Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath An extract From Chillfactor’s Ten Most Underrated Moves in Skiing: “That giddy Friday feeling knowing you’re about to get out of the city and embark on your adventure to the mountains. Crap playlists on…
WEATHER DEFINTIONS – The Grasshopper’s A to Z GLOSSARY

WEATHER DEFINTIONS – The Grasshopper’s A to Z GLOSSARY

April 23, 2013
S is for snow, S is for storm, S is for skiing, S is for snowboarding. Photo: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Weather Glossary Given the weather is the main topic of conversation for most people on most days throughout the world, it’s remarkable how little people actually know about it.…
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Swedish Team Riders Måns Hedberg and Ludvig Billtoft Throwing Down in Whistler

Swedish Team Riders Måns Hedberg and Ludvig Billtoft Throwing Down in Whistler

February 1, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprising what you can achieve in a day with a bit of sun and a perfect kicker line. Check out what Måns Hedberg or Ludvig Bilttoft got up to in a day in Whistler. Via Pilchard Productions in association with Snowboard Team Sweden.
Japan – Weekly Snow Update

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head to www.liquidsnowtours.com for 25% March and April! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Myoko, Japan – Season Update

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch We saw a mixed bag of weather this week but with up to 100cm expected next week, conditions are still all time. Head to www.hakubahotelgroup.com for 25% off accommodation in March and April. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

January 16, 2018
Eleanor steaming across Europe. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A strong storm front named Eleanor created all sorts of problems across Europe over the past three days as it moved out of the North Atlantic and tracked eastwards with winds over 150km/hr. Initially Eleanor caused havoc in areas on Ireland’s west…
Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

December 29, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in some Jackson pow on Christmas Day. Coen coaches at Hotham Freeski each winter, saving his dollars so he can get back to Jackson each season. Easy to see why. Photo – @malachiartice Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Coen Bennie-Faull has arrived in Jackson Hole for his fourth…
Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

December 20, 2017
Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s nearly Christmas and that infamous Aussie Summer Heatwave is belting the country like a regional cricket team. The beer has gone warm, the waves are reduced to wind-blown chop and your plans for having a ‘summer’ at home are slowly eroding. Your lungs long for crisp mountain…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

December 3, 2017
Mt Yotei on the weekend Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here are a selection…
Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

November 2, 2017
Press release provided by Burton Burton is proud to announce that snowboarding’s next evolution, the Step On™ boot-to-binding connection system will be available in select Australian and New Zealand retailers from November 2nd. By far the quickest and most intuitive snowboarding boot-to-binding interface ever created, Step On™ offers unprecedented convenience…
Fuelling the Tribe

Fuelling the Tribe

November 1, 2017
I spent one winter working the snowfields of Scotland, which involved pouring a ton of decent – and dodgy – belly warming whiskey and selling food to hungry humans throughout the day, ducking in for an escape from the weather. The biggest sellers we had were hot chips, slathered with…
Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

September 29, 2017
This might be just a mundane screenshot, but when you watch the footage you’ll know, trust us. Transfer | Louis Macindoe Having just watched Lib Tech’s latest instalment of their ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ series, aptly titled ‘Part Four: Staycation’ I can confirm that Phil Hansen is one of the…
Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ Clip

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ Clip

September 7, 2017
As we await both the weekend and T-rice’s highly anticipated ‘Depth Perception’ Project, the man himself points in the direction of this new clip courtesy of Lib Tech. Photo:: Tim Zimmerman Transfer | Louis Macindoe The string pullers at snowboarding’s most patriotic board manufacturer – Lib Tech read our minds.…
The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

September 6, 2017
Also see: The Storm Of The Year – Day 1 The Storm Of The Year – Day 2 Thredbo Morning snow report by Reggae Elliss Man, there is a lot of snow out there and today looks like it will be the best day of the year, if not the…
The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

September 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss What a morning with 25cms of fresh snow, mixed in with wind-blown pow and continuous fresh turns thanks to continuous snowfalls filling in each run. The weather here in Thredbo is cold, still -6.1 on the mountain at midday with the wind-chill down at -19, so…
Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

August 14, 2017
Smiles for miles … Geoff Brown’s isn’t the only happy customer when it comes to 3CS, just take a look at who’s wearing it at the local hill. Photo:: Todd Eaterbrook Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day that a Snowboarding company celebrates its 15th birthday, but for one…
Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Women’s Skis For Australia

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

July 13, 2017
Katya Crema finding a pocket of sweet Aussie snow at Perisher. Photo:: Dom Keiler Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman As promised here are the women’s ski’s best suited to transport you over the ever-changing Australian snow that is now finally blanketing resorts. Sego Gnarwhal (from Blackbird Bespoke Skis)…
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…
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…
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…
30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

May 16, 2017
Rip Curl’s evolved into a major player when it comes to mountainwear. Source:: Rip Curl Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman 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…
Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

May 15, 2017
This will be the 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment! Image:: Warren Miller Entertainment Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman You know the chairs will start spinning soon when Warren Miller resurfaces with another classic ski film. The 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment, ‘Here, There & Everywhere’…
The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

May 2, 2017
One of the 900 drawings that make up the short film. Image:: Vimeo Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman The very best skiers toe the line between athlete and artist. Instead of leaving their mark on paper, their mark is left on snow. Racers draw pencil thin lines into corduroy whilst big…
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…
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