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Perisher First to Start Snowmaking in 2015 – Countdown To Winter

Perisher First to Start Snowmaking in 2015 – Countdown To Winter

May 6, 2015
It might be man-made, but it’s snow. Who can’t get excited about that? Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It’s that time of the year again. Look outside: the air is cold, the surf is good, and The Grasshopper is already sticking his finger in the air and delivering his…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – New Zealand

May 5, 2015
Autumn snow on Autumn trees in Arrowtown, New Zealand Image:: Vaughan Brookfield New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores April’s snow has come and gone, like we knew it would. But now we’re in May and we’re allowed to hope that soon something…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – Australia – Wrong’un’s Revival

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – Australia – Wrong’un’s Revival

May 4, 2015
June 30, 2014 – far too cold for work. Winter beckons. Image:: Mt Buller Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Every good story needs a hero, a villain, a joker, and a few twists along the way. This month’s seasonal forecast update sure…
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…
BoM Signals Imminent El Niño – Countdown to Winter

BoM Signals Imminent El Niño – Countdown to Winter

April 16, 2015
That needle shifted from ‘Watch’ to ‘Alert’ with today’s announcement Image:: BoM Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath In today’s updated El Niño Southern Oscillation wrap-up, The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has signalled that due to increasing average ocean temperatures across the tropical Pacific Ocean and a decrease in trade-wind activity, an…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – New Zealand – The Bledisloe of Snow

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – New Zealand – The Bledisloe of Snow

April 3, 2015
Last winter was less than disappointing in New Zealand, although there were still quite a few good days if you were there for them. Locals will be hanging for an improvement in 2015. The outlook is positive. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Australia won…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – Australia – El Nino Dos Awaits

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – Australia – El Nino Dos Awaits

March 31, 2015
It was the ‘Wrong’un’ of last year that delivered the epic falls of late June and early July. As you’ll read below, it could possibly happen again Image:: Thredbo Resort Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper If this were a movie I guess they’d be calling it El Nino Dos.…
Vail Resorts Wants You – What the Deal Really Means – Explainer

Vail Resorts Wants You – What the Deal Really Means – Explainer

March 31, 2015
Just think, this is what Perisher looked like before it became ‘EPIC’. What do you think they’re going to have in store for the future? Image:: Andrew Fawcett Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Vail Resorts just bought Perisher for $176.6 million, or roughly 431 million Lil’ Orbitz donuts. This is a…
Touring the Selkirks – Sunrise Lodge, British Columbia with Volkl – Video

Touring the Selkirks – Sunrise Lodge, British Columbia with Volkl – Video

March 27, 2015
Christina Lusti skiing the steep and deep in the Selkirk Range Image:: Adam Clarke Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss Ski marque, Volkl, has been sending their big mountain ski teams to some of the world’s best locations. In this episode Ingrid Backstrom, Ian MacIntosh, Stian Hagen, Austin Ross and Christina Lusti…
Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

March 25, 2015
Northern B.C heli outfitter, Last Frontier Heli, offer one of the most impressive heli tenures in the world Image:: Last Frontier Heli Mountainwatch | Claudie Linke Heliskiing; it’s the epitome of the ski experience for many. Further, faster, higher and longer than any resort or ski-tour world can offer, but…
Red Bull’s Double Pipe, From Three Perspectives – Video

Red Bull’s Double Pipe, From Three Perspectives – Video

March 19, 2015
Matt Ladley and Scotty James sessioning the Double Pipe Spine in Aspen, Colorado Image:: Chris Garrison/Red Bull Content Pool Transfer | Video In only its second year, Red Bull’s Double Pipe has once again transcended the boundaries of the traditional ‘halfpipe’ contest format and delivered an event that continues to…
The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

March 18, 2015
Nick Hill and Watkin ventured off to suss some terrain out beyond the Highlands bowl. Image:: Nic Stevens Mountainwatch | Watkin McLennan I first met Joerg in the hotel lobby at breakfast. He had long, bleached, blond hair and a smile that reflected a life well spent. He wore Ed…
Maori History and Live Volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island – Salomon Freeski TV S8 E11 – Video

Maori History and Live Volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island – Salomon Freeski TV S8 E11 – Video

March 18, 2015
 Chillfactor | Freeski TV Episode 11 of 12, from the eighth season of Salomon’s Freeski TV. Over the coming weeks we will bring you each new episode as it drops. Back for yet another season of envy inducing imagery, the series tells the story of the Salomon team as…
Aussie Buried by Swiss Avalanche, Incredible Rescue Captured on GoPro – Video

Aussie Buried by Swiss Avalanche, Incredible Rescue Captured on GoPro – Video

March 11, 2015
Mountainwatch | Video The 2014/2015 Winter has been one of the worst seasons on record for Avalanche incidents in the European Alps. To date, more than 50 people have lost their lives across the region. In this incredible video Australian skier, James Mort, and two friends were descending an off-piste…
In Memory of Kyota Miyake – Video

In Memory of Kyota Miyake – Video

March 5, 2015
Transfer | Video Last week, Transfer had the pleasure and privilege of riding and shooting amongst the Hakuba Valley for Transfer 2015. Sadly, on arrival we heard the news of the death of local Hakuba Legend, Kyota Miyake. Kyota had been snowboarding with friends when he fell off a large…
27-year-old Australian Woman Killed in Avalanche in Austria

27-year-old Australian Woman Killed in Avalanche in Austria

March 5, 2015
Austria’s Tyrol offers one of the most incredible mountain playgrounds anywhere on earth. However, the European attitude to off-piste skiing is markedly different to Australia, New Zealand, or North America. If you ski off-piste, you are entirely responsible for managing your own exposure to risk. Always ski with proper avalanche…
Californian Pow Drought Breaks, Europe Gets Covered – World Snow Wrap

Californian Pow Drought Breaks, Europe Gets Covered – World Snow Wrap

March 4, 2015
This has been a very welcome sight in California over the last few days Image:: Mammoth Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We may now be in early Spring, but it seems Ullr is stuck firmly in the groove of Winter; at least for a little while longer. The western states…
Limestone Dolomite Couloirs with The Good Times Crew – Salomon Freeski TV S8 E10 – Video

Limestone Dolomite Couloirs with The Good Times Crew – Salomon Freeski TV S8 E10 – Video

March 4, 2015
Chillfactor | Freeski TV Episode 10 of 12, from the eighth season of Salomon’s Freeski TV. Over the coming weeks we will bring you each new episode as it drops. Back for yet another season of envy inducing imagery, the series tells the story of the Salomon team as they…
There’s New School Skiing, and Then There’s Glen Plake – Throwback – Video

There’s New School Skiing, and Then There’s Glen Plake – Throwback – Video

February 26, 2015
Mountainwatch | Via Unofficial Networks Glen Plake; he was then, and still is, a voice of Skiing. Back in 1995, he laid out what he really thought about all these “hourglass” and “fat skis”. “It’s time to say goodbye to all the gimmicks…” – Glen Plake, 1995
Powder, Pillows and Pocky, Winter in Niseko – Photo Journal

Powder, Pillows and Pocky, Winter in Niseko – Photo Journal

February 25, 2015
January 21, 2015; An Aussie skier shreds some typical Niseko white-gold Image:: Niseko Photography Mountainwatch | Photos While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is struggling through an up-and-down season, Japan continues to prove that it truly is the ultimate destination for deep, dry and consistent snowfall. Temps across both…
The Art of Being a Ski Bum, Teton Style, Salomon Freeski TV S8 E09 – Video

The Art of Being a Ski Bum, Teton Style, Salomon Freeski TV S8 E09 – Video

February 20, 2015
Chillfactor | Freeski TV Episode 9 of 12, from the eighth season of Salomon’s Freeski TV. Over the coming weeks we will bring you each new episode as it drops. Back for yet another season of envy inducing imagery, the series tells the story of the Salomon team as they…
Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

February 17, 2015
The Californian snow drought broke on Feb 5, which was a few days late for poor Reggae Image:: Jeff Engerbretson Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss If there is one destination in California that can truly stack up to other international ski resorts it is Squaw Valley. It was first put on…
Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

February 10, 2015
South Korea is a ski destination that’s attracting an increasing amount of international attention thanks to the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. High1 Resort, pictured here, is Korea’s newest resort, having opened just six years ago in 2009 Image:: High1 Resort For athletes and fans it feels like the hype…
The Siberian Flow Returns – Japan Snow Wrap

The Siberian Flow Returns – Japan Snow Wrap

February 6, 2015
Evergreen guide Dave Enright lays an edge in some perfect Cortina powder Image:: Mark Tsukasov Mountainwatch | Japan Snow Wrap January’s consistent run of big snowfall took a brief break over the last two weeks. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t snowing, just not with the same ferocity as it…
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