Gear Guide – Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard Video review

July 3, 2019
"This board is really carvable, good transition in and out of turns and held a great edge at speed."
The front sitting on the South Island has almost finished its evil deeds there, but will go on to repeat them on Ruapehu later today. The front just to the west is much colder and will bring a sprinkling of the blessed white stuff to the Southern Lakes. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, July 3 – Settled Until The Weekend

July 3, 2019
The grotty looking front will give us a dousing of rain late Sunday and early Monday, with snow falling only about the tops.
The Remarkables this morning, July 3.

Grasshopper’s NZ Forecast, July 3 – Evil Front To Make Way For Cold Winds And a Little Snow

July 3, 2019
Meanwhile, cold air will come in from the west and drop a centimetre or two of snow over the Southern Lakes later today.
Hotham's fan guns working their magic on a cold clear night last week. Photo: Chris Hocking

Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 2, 2019
Could we see a second half revival this season, as we did in 2017? Or will this season be remembered as the season of the snow gun?
First Base getting the crowd pumped at Thredbo's Alpine bar

First Base Apres Series In Thredbo – A Vintage Après Soiree Featuring Owl Eyes

July 1, 2019
Thredbo’s après scene will be pumping this Saturday as the First Base Après series kicks off at the Thredbo's Alpine Bar
The big bully of a high to the north pushes that poor cold front too far south and we miss out on it’s snowfalls. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, July 1 – A Windy Couple of Days, Followed By a Couple of Calm, Sunny Ones

July 1, 2019
    Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Monday, July 1 Synoptic Outlook High pressure to the north will give us nothing but strong W-NW winds and a bit of cloud today and tomorrow as it fends off an approaching front; Vic resorts will see a snow flurry during Tuesday if they’re…
Chillfactor 2019 – Preview of The Latest Issue of Australia’s Premier Ski Magazine

Chillfactor 2019 – Preview of The Latest Issue of Australia’s Premier Ski Magazine

June 28, 2019
Chillfactor, Australia’s premiere ski magazine has just released its 20thanniversary issue
Another day of sweet sunshine as that plump high moves onto the country. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

The Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, Friday 28 June – Happy Hour Before a Stormy Weekend

June 28, 2019
After a week of amazing sunshine and snow making, change is in the air.
Photo: Mt Ruapehu

Final Testing of Ruapehu’s Sky Waka Gondola Underway

June 27, 2019
The final series of tests on the new Sky Waka gondola are underway and Mt Ruapehu has released a behind the scenes video
Distant Relatives – Sam Smoothy Shows His Friends Around NZ’s Spectacular Southern Alps. Video

Distant Relatives – Sam Smoothy Shows His Friends Around NZ’s Spectacular Southern Alps. Video

June 26, 2019
In this first episode, Kiwi skier Sam Smoothy shows Callum Pettit and Drew Tabke around his backyard in New Zealand's Southern Alps.
The week of sunshine continues as the high in the Tasman Sea drifts towards us. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 26 – Sunny Days Before A Stormy Weekend

June 26, 2019
Winds will go absolutely nuts on Saturday and rain will come bucketing down. However, that rain will turn to snow, temps will plummet
Cardrona yesterday. Sunny days are set to continue. Photo: Cardrona

Grasshopper’s NZ Forecast, June 26 – Crisp, Sunny Winter days

June 26, 2019
Our week of sunshine continues as a juicy, plump high in the Tasman Sea slowly drifts towards us
Treble Cone looking very low tide this afternoon.

Treble Cone Delays Opening Due to Low Snow

June 24, 2019
Due to low levels of natural snow fall during June, Treble Cone Ski Area has made the decision to delay its planned opening
Early season conditions in The Remarkable's Shadow Basin, but still some fun t be had. Photo: The Remarkables

New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 24, 2019
We may have to wait a bit longer for those storms, but once they come, we should be in for a treat.
High pressure and sunshine is lined up for this working week. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 24 – Sunny Days But Something Brewing Next Weekend

June 24, 2019
Cold westerlies behind the front will see that rain turn to snow and we can expect a light-moderate wad of it to fall.
Gear Guide – Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Video review

June 21, 2019
In this review Joey checks out the Flight Attendant from Burton.
Ruapehu is getting wet as the not-so-cold front passes over this morning. The low to the SW will slide north of the west coast tomorrow, then dump snow onto Ruapehu Sunday. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 21 – Last Snowflakes To Fall as Chilly Southerlies Wane This Weekend

June 21, 2019
A high lying to the SW of us continues to push cold S-SW winds our way. As has been the case over the last few days ...
Ruapehu is getting wet as the not-so-cold front passes over this morning. The low to the SW will slide north of the west coast tomorrow, then dump snow onto Ruapehu Sunday. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s New Zealand Forecast, June 21 – Wet on Ruapaehu today, Snow Sunday. Sun and cloud Elsewhere

June 21, 2019
A partly cloudy day for the Southern Lakes and there’ll be the odd snow flurry creeping over from the west later this afternoon.
GoPro: TOP 10 MOMENTS OF WINTER

GoPro: TOP 10 MOMENTS OF WINTER

June 20, 2019
From Travis Rice ripping pillow lines to Tom Wallisch’s urban skiing and a BC powder party line, it has it all.
Coen Bennie-Faull dropping into 400 metres of vertical in the NSWMain Range. Photo: Tim Clark

Australia – The Best Mountains In The World Are Right Here

June 19, 2019
I have been trying to convince my fiance that Australia has the best skiing in the world for two years now. Her name is Lene and she is Norwegian
Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 19 – A chilly, settled week ahead

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 19 – A chilly, settled week ahead

June 19, 2019
After a wee dusting of snow late yesterday we’re left in a nice, cold southerly flow today,
Coronet Peak. Snowfalls are forecast on Friday. Hopefully it will look like this on the weekend. Photo: Coronet Peak

Southern Lakes Locals ski for $20 While Supporting Region’s Youth

June 17, 2019
Queenstown and Wanaka residents have the chance to ski for $20 while supporting local youth at the NZSki Locals’ Day this Saturday (June 22).
A strong, cold SW flow lies over the country today. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s New Zealand Forecast, June 17 – Snow, Sunshine, Snow

June 17, 2019
A strong, cold SW flow is dropping snow onto ski fields in the Southern Lakes and Ruapehu. Queenstown fields stand to gain the most
A strong, cold SW flow lies over the country today. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 17 – A Dusting on Tuesday then Cold temps

June 17, 2019
A ridge of high pressure will keep things clear and calm today, then a weak cold front will give us a nice wee dusting of snow during the latter half of tomorrow
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Unfortunately the cold front isn't so cold, and we're in for a grotty day. Source: NZ Met Service (Vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 10 – Wet and Windy

June 10, 2019
Our lovely snowpack will take a hit this week as a couple of not-so-cold fronts cross the Aussie Alps
Falls Creek fireworks Aug 2017

Mountainwatch Guide To The Official Opening Weekend, Australia 2019 – What’s Open?

June 5, 2019
The Australian ski season is set to 'officially' kick off in just a few days… Read on to see what your favourite resort will have open!
Sneaking in a warm-up lap at perisher yesterday afternoon before today's opening. Photo: Perisher

This Week’s Storm Kicks Off The Season and More Snow Due Next Week

May 31, 2019
The storm of the past few days came through as forecast, dropping significant snow totals across the Aussie Alps over four days.
Hotham looking pretty for May 31. Photo: Chris Hocking

Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 31, 2019
For this outlook I’ll stick with idea that overall snowfalls will be a little below average.
Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
With over 60cm of snowfall in the past 3 days and much more in the forecast, Perisher has made the call to start the lifts turning for the 2019 season this Friday 31 May!
Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday –  Early Opening

Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
Mt Buller has announced today that the resort is opening early on Saturday 1 June to mark the first day of winter with free skiing and boarding on Bourke Street
After A Mild May, Snow Is On Its Way, the Grasshopper calling 30-50cms Next Week

After A Mild May, Snow Is On Its Way, the Grasshopper calling 30-50cms Next Week

May 24, 2019
“Two big and rather complex low systems, resulting in snowfalls totalling around the 30-50cm mark.
Freshies under the KT22 chair in Squaw Valley on May 17. Photo: Ben Arnst

Mammoth and Squaw Valley Enjoying Powder Days In May

May 22, 2019
There have been plenty of fresh tracks on offer in California after two storms in the past week, the latest dropping 17cms last night.
The chance of above average snowfalls for the Southern Lakes region could see some epic backcountry riding like Chris Rasman enjoyed last August. Photo: Tony Harrington/Rip Curl.

2019 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 8, 2019
Late next week is worth keeping an eye on for the first real snowfall of the year,
This was shot during the last big storm of 2018, on August 19. Hopefully we'll see a few big storms slide in under the high pressure systems this winter. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

2019 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update.

May 6, 2019
Since we last looked at it a month ago, the tropical Pacific has warmed in the east while the west has cooled off a little
Spring is when the action swings to the terrain parks. Revelstoke, April 1. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

World Snow Wrap, April 5 – Spring in the US, A Powder Week in Hakuba and Snowing in Whistler and Europe

April 5, 2019
While it is officially spring, winter hasn’t let go in many parts of the world with snow forecast this week in Europe, North America and Japan.
Cold, dry nights could set up optimum snowmaking conditions. Photo: Andrew Railton/Mt Buller

2019 Australian Snow Season Outlook – Another bumper down under less likely as climate turns a little sour

April 4, 2019
Winter is coming, and tales from the snowy north raise our hopes for another “bumper down under” like we experienced last season. But as we will see, the climate is turning a little sour on us.
World Snow Wrap – A Break In the Storms in the US, Winter Returns Briefly to Japan, Better Days in Canada and Good Snow On The Way For Europe

World Snow Wrap – A Break In the Storms in the US, Winter Returns Briefly to Japan, Better Days in Canada and Good Snow On The Way For Europe

March 15, 2019
After a month of consistently big snowfalls and some record-breaking snow totals across the US resorts there was a short break in the storms last week, before things kicked in again last weekend.
Telluride on March 3 and there's more snow on the way. What a winter in the US. Photo: Telluride resort

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Spring Snowfalls Continue and Canada Gets In On The Action

March 7, 2019
The second week of spring looks set to be a doozy with good snowfalls more evenly spread throughout North America compared to previous weeks.
The powder has returned to Hakuba with 20-30cms up top today. Photo: Hakuba.com

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Powder day for Honshu and Sunshine for Hokkaido before Mayhem Monday Hits.

March 7, 2019
Now that we’re in the thick of spring, we’ll see it all this week. Rain on Honshu will turn to snow tonight, with Friday set to offer up some good powder
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

February 28, 2019
Well, we did not see that one coming… From deluge to drought in a day, the Niseko powder tap hasn’t been turned off so much as it’s frozen then burst!
Erik Morrison making the most of 40cms of fresh snow in Big Sky, Montana this morning, Feb 27. Photo: Colton Stiffler Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – More Big Snowfalls In-line For For America

February 28, 2019
Two more lows will swing by this week on Saturday and Tuesday/Wednesday, giving most American resorts a hefty wad of fresh powder
There has been plenty of sunshine in Japan over th east two weeks - some reckon too much, but a tour into the Hakbua backcountry has been worth the effort. However, some sno wis finally on the way. Photo: hakubabackcountrytours

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Pack Your Bags kids, We’re Heading to Hokkaido

February 28, 2019
Spring is a more challenging time of year for forecasting compared to Winter, where NW winds and snowfalls are almost copied and pasted every day.
February has turned on sone awesome days in most US resorts and more storms are due in the first half of March. Arkie Elliss enjoying a classic powder day ion Squaw Valley last week. Photo: Tony Harrington

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – February Update

February 27, 2019
As we line dance our way into spring, so too are the storms lining up to bury a big chunk of the North American Cordillera in snow.
Blair Habenicht ripping into some freshie sat Crystal Mountain on Feb 14. Happy Valentines day! Photo: Scott Sullivan

World Snow Wrap – The Storms Continue in the US, Light Snow and Cold in Canada but Spring Conditions in Europe and Japan

February 22, 2019
Good snow for the US, snow showers in Canada and sunny spring days in Japan and Europe.
No big storms on the way, but plenty of opportunity this week to take in the view in Niseko. Photo: Matt Wiseman

The Grasshopper’s Japan Weekly Forecast – Switch into spring mode and cut some shapes in the sun

February 21, 2019
It looks as though spring has come a little early in Japan this year as the prevailing NW winds we see during winter appear to be faltering.
Amber Nelson having fun n Snowbird last week. Should be more of this in Utah over the next week. Photo: Chris Segal

The Grasshopper’s North American Forecast – A Good ol’ fashioned Snowdown in The American Northwest

February 21, 2019
There’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned snowdown in the American northwest over the next week or so, thanks to a front parking itself over the area.
Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

February 20, 2019
Like fine wine the Japanese snow season is now maturing nicely, and as we glide into spring the climate will take on a whole new flavour.
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

Squaw Snow Report, February Update

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
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The Fifty – Bonus Episode – Joffre Peak Accident and Rescue – Video

The Fifty – Bonus Episode – Joffre Peak Accident and Rescue – Video

April 11, 2019
In this bonus episode Cody and Bjarne go into a detailed account of what happened that day, the actions they took to help rescue the victim of the nearly fatal fall.
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in some February pow. Photo: Tony Harrington/harroart.com

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Reports Strongest Winter Season on Record – Press Release

April 10, 2019
The resort’s 715,100 skier visits marks the highest in resort history, surpassing the previous record set last year. The 2018/2019 season finished with 505 inches (12.82 metres) of total snowfall.
Aspen, just one of the many iconic resorts on the Mountain Collective pass.

Mountain Collective Offers Awesome Deal For Australians and New Zealanders

April 8, 2019
The Mountain Collective has a great deal on offer for Australian and New Zealand skiers and snowboarders with Pass available for a limited time at only $449AUD.
Spring is when the action swings to the terrain parks. Revelstoke, April 1. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

World Snow Wrap, April 5 – Spring in the US, A Powder Week in Hakuba and Snowing in Whistler and Europe

April 5, 2019
While it is officially spring, winter hasn’t let go in many parts of the world with snow forecast this week in Europe, North America and Japan.
Hotham is now a Vail resort. Photo: Hotham

It’s a Done Deal – Vail Resorts Closes on Its Acquisition of Falls Creek and Hotham – Press Release

April 5, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc, today announced that the Company has closed on its acquisition of the ski field leases and related infrastructure at Falls Creek Alpine Resort (“Falls Creek”) and Hotham Alpine Resort (“Hotham”) in Victoria, Australia.
This was Coen's fifth winter in Jackson and it was a good one. Plenty of powder, plenty of air and a fourth in the Kings and Queens of Corbet's.

In The Flow – Jackson Hole Enjoys a Winter to Remember

April 3, 2019
With just a week to go before Jackson Hole’s closes its lifts for the season, Coen Bennie Faull reflects on perhaps the best month's skiing he's ever had.
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Mount Buller Joins Mountain Collective – Press Release

April 3, 2019
Mt Buller and The Mountain Collective are delighted to announce Australia’s most accessible alpine resort as the newest member of the Mountain Collective in 2019/20.
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The Fifty Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 6, Aemmer Couloir, Mount Temple, Banff

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The Fifty Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 6, Aemmer Couloir, Mount Temple, Banff

March 29, 2019
In this episode Cody and filmmaker partner Bjarne Salen head to the Banff National Park in Alberta Canada to tackle Aemmer Couloir on Mt Temple.
The helicopter evacuation 90 mins later.

Hakuba Avalanche – A Fortunate Outcome Thanks To Evergreen Backcountry Guides Being First On The Scene

March 27, 2019
The incident described in this story happened just two weeks ago and the positive outcome was due to the  luck of an experienced backcountry guide being first on the scene.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Season Update –  15.8 metres of Snow and Lifts Open Until July

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Season Update – 15.8 metres of Snow and Lifts Open Until July

March 22, 2019
It has been an incredible winter in Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with consistent storms crossing California’s Sierras for the past two months and the season snowfall total now sits at 15.8 metres
Aspen, one of the many premiere resorts on the Mountain Collective Pass. Photo: Matt Power Photography

The Mountain Collective pass is on SALE for the 2019-2020 Season – Press Release

March 8, 2019
Starting today, a limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for only $449 AUD (Australian Dollars), a saving of almost $200 for Australians and New Zealanders.
Winterpark will be replacing the fixed triple Sunnyside lift with a high-speed six seater as part of Alterra's capital investment.

Alterra Mountain Company Announces $181 million In Capital Improvements for the 2019/20 Winter Season – Press Release

March 5, 2019
These capital projects are part of an ambitious improvement plan totaling more than half a billion dollars through the 2022/2023 season.
Red Mountain – Canada’s Anti-Beaver Creek

Red Mountain – Canada’s Anti-Beaver Creek

March 4, 2019
It has been described as the “best undiscovered ski resort in North America”. Although this statement is a flourish of marketing, Red isn’t like most international ski destinations.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

February 28, 2019
Well, we did not see that one coming… From deluge to drought in a day, the Niseko powder tap hasn’t been turned off so much as it’s frozen then burst!
February has turned on sone awesome days in most US resorts and more storms are due in the first half of March. Arkie Elliss enjoying a classic powder day ion Squaw Valley last week. Photo: Tony Harrington

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – February Update

February 27, 2019
As we line dance our way into spring, so too are the storms lining up to bury a big chunk of the North American Cordillera in snow.
Blair Habenicht ripping into some freshie sat Crystal Mountain on Feb 14. Happy Valentines day! Photo: Scott Sullivan

World Snow Wrap – The Storms Continue in the US, Light Snow and Cold in Canada but Spring Conditions in Europe and Japan

February 22, 2019
Good snow for the US, snow showers in Canada and sunny spring days in Japan and Europe.
JacksonHole, the perfect location for the Mindful Camp. Photo: Tony Harrington

Take Your Mind On A Ski Trip – Mindful Camp In Jackson Hole

February 22, 2019
  It blends mindfulness practices, a little morning meditation, delicious nutritious meals and a fresh approach to coaching on snow in small groups
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

Squaw Snow Report, February Update

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
Tony Harrington getting deep during Jackson Hole's deepest every February. Photo: Coen Bennie-Faull

Press Release – Jackson Hole: Deepest February Ever

February 15, 2019
With 97 inches (2.46m) of snowfall on the upper mountain since the start of the month, February 2019 is now the deepest February in Jackson Hole's history.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

February 15, 2019
Is February the new January when it comes to skiing in Japan? Find out how good conditions in Niseko have been so far this month...
Mammoth on Feb 9.There's been another metres since then and there is more on the way in the next 48 hours. Photo: Peter Morning

Press Release – Mammoth Mountain Announces It’s Staying Open Until July 4 As HUGE Snow Season Continues

February 13, 2019
Today Mammoth Mountain announced they will be staying open through to July 4th for skiing and riding (and possibly longer).
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.
A traditional Jaopanses meal at Washiya. Photo: Kate Allman

Insider Guide To Eating Out In Hakuba

February 11, 2019
Know before you go: these are the must-try places to fuel up in Hakuba.
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

World Snow Wrap – Massive Snow Totals In the US and Europe

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks in Europe.
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Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

January 4, 2019
 Winter 2019 is ready to launch with the upcoming Verbier Freeride Week starting on January 4th. A newly added 1-star event will attract further rookie riders, while the new generation of under-14s will surely continue to impress.
The Whip wars, always a crowd favourite. Photo: Thredbo

Thredbo’s Cannonball MTB Festival, Australia’s Biggest Mountain Biking Event, Dec 5-9, $100k Prize Purse

December 5, 2018
The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival kicks is set to again be Australia's biggest and richest mountain bike event
Travis Rice after last year's win in Hakuba. Photo: FWT

Snowboard Legend Travis Rice To Compete In Freeride World Tour 2019 First Stop In Hakuba Japan

November 30, 2018
Travis Rice will look to claim his first ever Freeride World Tour (FWT) podium in Hakuba, Japan, January 19-26.
The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

November 21, 2018
For Kiwi Big Mountain skier Sam Smoothy, his desire to climb the Mount Cook came from hearing his parents' stories about their experiences on the mountain.
Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

November 19, 2018
Chicks with Stix returned in 2018 with one session in Mt Buller and the other at Mt Hotham.
Photo: Thredbo

Thredbo Mountain Bike Season Starts this Weekend – Press Release

November 15, 2018
After an amazing winter, Thredbo is now ready to welcome the huge influx of mountain bikers for a massive summer of adrenaline fueled fun.
#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

October 10, 2018
The time has come to vote for your favourite #mountainwatchthis clip of the week! Check them all out again and vote within...
A different experience for Ben McIlroy spraying snow instead of dirt. Image: Matt Rousu

Unique Mountain Bike Race On Snow Closes 2018 Snow Season at Falls Creek

October 8, 2018
Falls Creek’s 2018 snow season finished with a bang over the weekend, closing lifts for the second year running with well over 1m of snow covering the slopes.
There is some good spring skiing to be had in Hotham this weekend. Photo: Chris Hocking

The Not-Quite-End-of-Season Weekend What’s On

September 28, 2018
This weekend is when we usually celebrate the end of the season and this year we are celebrating  an awesome winter.
Pond Skim Makes A Big Splash At Buller

Pond Skim Makes A Big Splash At Buller

September 24, 2018
A spectacular line-up of skimmers took on the famous Mt Buller pond on Bourke Street on Saturday, Sept 22 in elaborate costumes including a strawberry with a needle through it, a reusable Coles shopping bag, unicorns, Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball, brides, animals and superheroes.
Buller Chairlift Auction Raises $100,000 for Mansfield Hospital

Buller Chairlift Auction Raises $100,000 for Mansfield Hospital

September 24, 2018
Buller Ski Lifts auctioned chairs from the Blue Bullet chairlift over the weekend on the Bourke Street ski run and raised a total of $100,000 for the Mansfield District Hospital.
Tristan Rowley, skied with power and style to take out the U15s ski. Photo: Chris Hocking

Hotham Junior Big Mountain Freeride Event – Wrap Up

September 18, 2018
The last major junior event of the season was held in Hotham on Sunday when the Junior Big Mountain Freeride ran in good conditions
Taking in the Ramshead Range on a perfect day

Let’s Split – Trip Four, The Main Range

September 14, 2018
For TRIP 4 of Let’s Split, a large and very enthusiastic group of shredders met at Dead Horse Gap car park
Mt Baw Baw’s Japan Weekend

Mt Baw Baw’s Japan Weekend

September 10, 2018
It gets even better this weekend with Mt Baw Baw's inaugural Japan Weekend,
The whole crew atop Rainbow Mountain. Image:: Thredbo

The Queens Have Conquered Thredbo… A Sparkling And Glittery Inaugural Rainbow Mountain

September 10, 2018
  Mountainwatch | Press Release Rainbow Mountain – A Heaps Gay Snow Week made its debut last week and it’s safe to say that all those in attendance will be finding glitter in their snow gear over the next few days.  The Heaps Gay team and Absolut proved the ultimate…
Blue Bullet Chairlift Auction At Mt Buller

Blue Bullet Chairlift Auction At Mt Buller

September 10, 2018
Buller Ski Lifts will auction 61 chairs from the Blue Bullet chairlift ahead of the lift’s retirement at the end of the 2018 snow season.
Australian Junior Freeride Championships at Perisher

Australian Junior Freeride Championships at Perisher

September 5, 2018
The biggest junior event of the winter season wrapped up on Monday in Perisher!
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!
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.
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
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,
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,…
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Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

November 15, 2018
In this review Joey check out  the Greats, a true twin from Yes snowboards, and he loves it.
Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

November 2, 2018
In this review Joey checks out the Salomon Sick Stick, a one board quiver that is an excellent "travel" board.
A predictable life in corporate law in a Sydney office block or an adventurous  life in the French Alps?

Black Crows – The French Ski Brand with an Australian Connection

October 25, 2018
Chris Booth on moving to Chamonix, Black Crows’ growing success as an international ski brand and the state of the ski industry in 2018
GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

October 18, 2018
In his latest review, Joey checks out three boards from Nitro – the T1, the Team and the Beast.
#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

October 10, 2018
The time has come to vote for your favourite #mountainwatchthis clip of the week! Check them all out again and vote within...
Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

October 4, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Burton – the Process, the Custom and Custom X.
30 Of The Best And Most Bizarre Upcycled Skis And Snowboards

30 Of The Best And Most Bizarre Upcycled Skis And Snowboards

October 2, 2018
Can one skier’s trash be another skier’s treasure?
10 Years Of The Atomic Bentchetler – The Pinnacle Of A Playful Ski – Video

10 Years Of The Atomic Bentchetler – The Pinnacle Of A Playful Ski – Video

September 25, 2018
There's selling a ski. And then there's selling a ski. This video from Atomic is firmly situated in the latter category and if I didn't already own a pair of the 2016 Atomic Bentchetler's I'd be racing out to get some... 
Burning Sidewall – The Film (+ Ski) From Line That’ll  Make You Want To Go Skiing – Video

Burning Sidewall – The Film (+ Ski) From Line That’ll Make You Want To Go Skiing – Video

September 24, 2018
LINE put it best when they said, "this film is less of an explanation of the ski but rather a celebration of skiing."
Spring is all about the groomers early and off piste once it softens. All you need are the right skis. Hotham, Sept 18. Photo: Chris Hocking.

SLUSH PUPPIES – Get on the right skis and spring snow is a lot of fun

September 21, 2018
Spring snow is fun, even when it gets soft and slushy, you just need the right equipment and a good warm temperature base wax.
A park with a difference. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

Thredbo’s Antons Park – A Skate Park On Snow

September 21, 2018
Thredbo’s Anton’s Park is unique and a lot of fun at the moment with a variety of transitions as well as the usual jump line and rail set-ups.
Gear Guide – Salomon Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Salomon Snowboards Video Review

September 17, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Salomon - the Villain, Assassin and the Ultimate Ride.
Taking in the Ramshead Range on a perfect day

Let’s Split – Trip Four, The Main Range

September 14, 2018
For TRIP 4 of Let’s Split, a large and very enthusiastic group of shredders met at Dead Horse Gap car park
The 2018 Lange XT 130 Freetour

Gear Guide – Lange XT 130 Freetour Boot

September 12, 2018
Lange's XT Free 130 is the flagship boot of the range, the 130 flex gives the response and control you expect
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
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.
A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

August 7, 2018
“Go ice climbing” they said, “It’ll be fun” they said. That’s what kept running through Nathan’s mind every time he had to force himself to leave his tent to shovel snow in the blistering cold and gale force winds.
Nate Johnstone, wears La Ben base layers and a Rip Curl 2.5L Ultimate shell, very day he hits the mountains, even in deep Hokkaido pow. Photo: Rip Curl

Gear Guide: Layering – No Need To Wear A Doona

August 2, 2018
The building blocks for warmth and insulation are in the fabrics you wear on your body and the order in which you layer them.
Gear Guide: Nitro Quiver Treehugger Video Review

Gear Guide: Nitro Quiver Treehugger Video Review

July 31, 2018
Known to some as “Snow Guru Joe”, Joe Stanco has a passion for snow, snowboarding and everything that goes with it. Joey is an expert boot fitter, amateur snowboarder and product tester with “a passion for helping others find the right gear.”
Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

July 17, 2018
Gear Guide: The Ski Mojo Video Review The Ski Mojo is brace that uses spring recoil technology to take of 30% of the strain off the kegs and knees while skiing or snowboarding.
Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

July 13, 2018
Jones snowboards – Mountain Twin When he’s not fitting boots and giving expert advice to customers at Joeys Myoko, Joe Stanco is on the mountain every day doing a bit of “R&D” on the latest snowboards. Whether you are into pow, park or shredding the groomed, Joey can recommend the…
Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

July 12, 2018
Backcountry skiing has seen an exponential increase in the last decade, evident not only in the number of skiers you’ll see on a trailhead or whose skin tracks you’ll cross but also reflected in the marketing and...
Britteny Cox of Australia competes in the Moguls Qualifying round during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, Friday, February 9, 2018. Image:: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 9, 2018
During the early part of the season when we're all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big soft moguls it's a good time to work on a few skills that will help tune us up for when the bumps take shape.
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The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America.Episode Four – Hypodermic Needle, Wasatch Range,Utah

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America.Episode Four – Hypodermic Needle, Wasatch Range,Utah

March 1, 2019
This series is something you don't want to miss and episodes will drop every two weeks. You can keep up to date on Cody's progress via The Fifty's instagram.
Big Cliffs, Straightlines and Backflips – Two days in Jackson with Owen Leeper

Big Cliffs, Straightlines and Backflips – Two days in Jackson with Owen Leeper

February 26, 2019
Last week Owen returned to Jackson after a trip to Switzerland, and conditions were perfect in Jackson's backcountry
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

February 14, 2019
In this episode Cody heads to Nevada to climb and ski a couloir known as Terminal Cancer, accompanied by his wife, Elyse  Saugstad and fellow Squaw shredder Connery Lundin.
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.

Scotty James Wins Third Consecutive World Championship – Watch His Winning Run

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6, 2019
This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies avalanches for us with 5 absolute red flags for snow instability. 
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

February 2, 2019
The latest challenge Cody has set for himself is a big one,  a three-year project to ski all 50 lines listed in the book, the 50 Classic Ski Descents Of North America.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Candide Thovex’s Film Ski The World – Video

A Behind the Scenes Look at Candide Thovex’s Film Ski The World – Video

January 31, 2019
Candide Thovex has dropped the first edit of his Behind The Scenes webs series, which documents the filming of his 2018 release, Ski The World.
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

January 30, 2019
Riley Leboe, Mike Henitiuk, and Matt Margetts use their snowmobiles to access some stellar backcountry skiing outside Stewart, BC, but they take nothing for granted and keep their eye on the recent storm snow and a buried surface hoar layer.
The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

January 22, 2019
Filmed at Sass Fee in Switzerland during the Stomping Grounds session last October, Parkitects is a “behind the scenes” look at the work of three of the world’s leading park and pipe builders
Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

January 18, 2019
The latest ski poetry in motion from Nicolas Vuignier in collaboration with filmer Jules Guarneri, sees six talented freeride skiers descend on the dark slopes of Valais, Switzerland, lit-up by an elusive fireball...
Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

January 16, 2019
“I love this place. It’s been 20-something years of living here and I’m still finding new places to go, explore and enjoy.”  Brian Iguchi, on Jackson.
ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

January 6, 2019
From the visionary that brought us The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding, comes a similarly mind-bending film - an incredible freeride expedition into the unlikely peaks of Pakistan and the imposing Karakoram range. 
IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

January 3, 2019
Snowboard extraordinaire Travis Rice is out of the spotlight in his latest film, instead placing friend and Japanese snowboarder Shin Biyajima at the fore in an intimate portrait of Shin, his snowboarding and his culture. 
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

January 2, 2019
Given a lot of people are heading overseas with plans to head into the back country, this series from BCA is a timely reminder to be prepared when you head outside the resort boundaries.
Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

December 31, 2018
In this episode free skiers Cody Townshend and Chris Rubens head to Tibet to ski a 22,000 foot peak in the Himalaya
Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

December 28, 2018
In this episode Mark Carter reflects on growing up and working on his family’s cattle ranch, his first time in the Tetons as a 21-year-old and why he never left.
Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

December 10, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Video Home, is a new series from Arbor Snowboards, which delves “deeper into the lives and homes of the individuals that have come together to build the Arbor brand.” This is the first of three episodes that features Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter, both of whom call…
DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

December 8, 2018
DPS Cinematic's fifth season is underway and the second episode takes us behind the lens of legendary ski photographer, Oskar Enander. 
The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

December 5, 2018
The Sky Piercer is a film about three skiers and one snowboarder taking on the exposed, technical terrain of Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain.
The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

December 3, 2018
With no ropes, no pistes and no one telling you where you can and can’t go, La Grave represents a very special type of freedom rarely found in other alpine ski areas.
Rejoice – Sammy Carlson getting Creative in the BC Backcountry – Video

Rejoice – Sammy Carlson getting Creative in the BC Backcountry – Video

November 26, 2018
Sammy taking his incredible skills into natural terrain where his creative approach to pillow lines and powder has almost redefined backcountry skiing.
DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 1 – ‘The Abbey’ – Video

DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 1 – ‘The Abbey’ – Video

November 26, 2018
DPS Cinematic's fifth season of 'The Shadow Campaign' is finally here and their first ethereal episode - The Abbey - paints skiing as a religious experience. 
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