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Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

August 10, 2018
Deeper, Further, Higher, Glidier? Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones knows how to make hard-core progressive snowboard movies, but his latest project, ‘Life of Glide’...
Fast forward a few frames and the slab has well and truly released, the crown line/fracture line of the avalanche visible as it snakes around the trees, particularly clear in the top right of the frame. Image:: Mark Tsukasov

Avalanche Danger High – Multiple Reports of Skier Triggered Avalanches In Bounds

August 8, 2018
While there are many reasons to celebrate the new snow that’s blanketed the Australian resorts this week, let’s not forget the very real and deadly avalanche danger that such heavy snowfall often brings...
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
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.
Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

August 6, 2018
The 8th annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic was held to a huge audience in Slalom Plaza at Falls Creek on Saturday evening. One of the most popular events on the winter calendar, the event attracted over 500 spectators lining the course, all eager to cheer on the action provided…
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
My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

August 2, 2018
Last winter, We Are Explorers ventured deep into the Aussie backcountry with pro skier Coen Bennie-Faull to discover what fuels his fire. What they captured was the Australian Alps as you’ve never seen them before.
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.
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.
The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

August 1, 2018
Australia has developed a reputation for putting together some of the best terrain parks in the world, and certainly the best during the southern hemisphere winter, one man is particularly responsible...
Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

July 31, 2018
As today marks roughly the mid-point of the 2018 Australian ski season, we wanted to get an idea on where the current snowpack ranks in comparison to the last 10 years.
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…
Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

July 28, 2018
The Rip Curl GromSearch heads to Mount Buller this Sunday, July 29
Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

July 27, 2018
Yes you read that correctly... Snow on the last continent you'd expect and a lot of it!
Valentino Gueseli on his way to winning the snowboard youth division. Photo: Perisher

Perisher Parks Showdown – Progression In The Front Valley Park

July 25, 2018
The Perisher Parks Showdown, the first major slopestlye event of the Australian season, was held at Perisher’s Front Valley park on Sunday, July 22,
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.
The historic Kosciuszko Chalet at dawn.

Charlotte Pass Announces $10 Million Dollar, 10 Year Investment

July 24, 2018
The operators of Charlotte Pass today announced a significant capital expenditure for the resort over the next 10 years.
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...
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Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – Australia – Line by Line…Wiggle by Wiggle

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – Australia – Line by Line…Wiggle by Wiggle

July 31, 2017
Despite no major league snow falls of yet, the 2017 season has been chipping steadily away at that peak depth forecast of 160cm and the main range isn’t looking too shabby considering the challenges faced thus far. Image:: Falls Creek Australia Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper “The man who…
Backcountry Condition Report – July – Australia

Backcountry Condition Report – July – Australia

July 12, 2017
Beyond the resort boundary, it’s been a slow start in the Australian backcountry but things are starting to pick up. Image:: David Inabinet Australian Seasonal Update – Backcountry | David Inabinet Despite a slow start to the backcountry season this year, things have finally gotten started outside the resorts with…
Jackson Hole – Is This The Best Ski Resort in North America?

Jackson Hole – Is This The Best Ski Resort in North America?

July 10, 2017
The best ski resort in North America, that’s a big claim. But Jackson Hole’s status is undeniable. It is a legend in every sense of the word. Image:: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Located in Wyoming near the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole is…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – New Zealand – And We’re Off…

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

July 6, 2017
Cardrona could do with a little kickstart right now, but don’t sweat it, the snow is coming. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper ”Patience young Grasshopper” my master used to whisper when I was nothing but a mere larva with a twinkle in my oversized bug…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – Australia – Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head

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

July 3, 2017
“Covfefe” that’s Trump’s term for … er who knows what … What’s a little more certain is the snow fall this week, but will it be enough to get this Aussie winter back on track? Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Despite the constant low amounts…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – New Zealand – Keeping us in Suspense

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – June Update – New Zealand – Keeping us in Suspense

June 2, 2017
The waiting game begins. While the radio silence might have you worrying, this NZ winter is still set to provide places like Mt Ruapehu with the goods. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A welcomed cold snap a couple of weeks ago had early season snow…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – New Zealand – Party like it’s 2013

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – New Zealand – Party like it’s 2013

May 2, 2017
Across the ditch, 2017 is looking a little something like this. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper And so it begins, the nights are drawing in and there is a promising chill in the air. It won’t be long until we leave Middle Earth to make…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – Australia – Go Big or Go Home

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – May Update – Australia – Go Big or Go Home

May 1, 2017
Image:: Pre-season snow falls have got us kicking out the jams, but will this winter look more like 2006 than 1981? The Grasshopper reveals. Image:: Harro Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brrrr, those lazy days spent on the beach are now a distant memory. That can only mean…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – New Zealand – Well Oiled and Raring to Go

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – New Zealand – Well Oiled and Raring to Go

April 5, 2017
The gears are already turning on the NZ snow machine. A potent low off the east coast of the South Island is expected to deliver 20cm-50cm in the Canterbury region today, good news for Mt Hutt. Image:: Provided New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Last year’s neutral ENSO…
Snow Season Outlook 2017 – Australia – Going Beyond The Myth

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – Australia – Going Beyond The Myth

April 2, 2017
From swinging rocks to kangaroo mating rituals, let the Grasshopper guide you past the myths and into turns like this in 2017. Image:: Provided Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It’s that time of the year again. The sun is getting weaker and our minds are starting to wonder…
Storm Journal – Atmospheric River Delivers Huge Snowfalls To The USA

Storm Journal – Atmospheric River Delivers Huge Snowfalls To The USA

January 12, 2017
The is Chair 14 in Mammoth on the morning of Jan 11. Mammoth has received 10-15 feet in the past week and now has the deepest base in North America. Photo courtesy Mammoth Mountain Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The snow cycle continues in the US and there have been consistent…
Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

January 4, 2017
Photo taken January 2, 2017 at Alpine Meadows by SnowBrains Snow Likelihood rating: 100% confidence Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss As we reported yesterday, the resorts in California’s Sierra Mountains are entering an awesome cycle of snow-bearing storms and the expected snow levels have jumped significantly in the past 24 hours. The…
Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

December 9, 2016
Whistler locals have been enjoying generous early season snowfalls. Image:: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We are at the end of the first week of December and winter is well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere. After a slow but fairly typical start…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – September Update – New Zealand – Sportsman-like September

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – September Update – New Zealand – Sportsman-like September

September 5, 2016
Spring doesn’t get much better than blue bird mornings and sunny park laps! Source:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The 2016 season in New Zealand has matured like a fine wine. After a mild and wet start to the…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – September Update – Australia – Settling for Bronze

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – September Update – Australia – Settling for Bronze

August 31, 2016
Spring’s almost here which means sunny days and groomed corduroy ahead. Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta The days are starting to lengthen, the temperatures are on the up and the birds are singing.…
Snowboarding Sustainably, Boardcraft and the Environment – Gear Locker

Snowboarding Sustainably, Boardcraft and the Environment – Gear Locker

August 25, 2016
Mikkel knows the value of eco-friendly construction, do you? Image:: Supplied Transfer x Burton | Alex Dillenbeck As snowboarders, we depend on nature to be able go out and do what we love to do. We rely on the mountains, precipitation and weather systems that create the ideal riding conditions,…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – New Zealand – Back in Business

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

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

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

August 1, 2016
Aussie skiing is pretty great. Read on to discover how many more days like this we can expect in the next few weeks. Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta Just in case all…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – July Update – Calling Out an SOS

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – July Update – Calling Out an SOS

July 4, 2016
Thanks to the snowmaking and grooming teams there is still some great skiing on offer at Mt Hutt, but both islands are in need of some natural snow ASAP Image:: Mt Hutt New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Last month was a…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – July Update – Australia – From Zero to Hero

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – July Update – Australia – From Zero to Hero

June 30, 2016
Last week’s storm brought on a few calls of “best day ever” and the season has only just started! Image:: Thredbo Resort Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta The World is going topsy-turvy. The UK voted…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – June Update – Come Out Fighting

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – June Update – Come Out Fighting

May 31, 2016
The snow that has fallen over the last two weeks has left the South Island resorts looking ready to go, but will it continue? Image:: Ski Porters New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, now. Winter arrived with a bang over the last two weeks. A determined series…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – June Update – Australia – Crunch Time

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – June Update – Australia – Crunch Time

May 30, 2016
It was the Victorian alps that fared best out the snow that did arrive last week. Since then all resorts have been turning on snowmaking systems at every opportunity Image:: Hotham Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and…
Snow Alert New Zealand – Canterbury Snow on the Way

Snow Alert New Zealand – Canterbury Snow on the Way

May 20, 2016
Expect to see that snow-line dropping fast come Monday morning. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Confidence is high Updated:May 20, 2016 Welcome to our first official Snow Alert of 2016. It’s New Zealand’s South Island that’s the first cab off the rank this year, with…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

May 3, 2016
Will Jackways pops through another powder day at Treble Cone, August 2015 Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It is that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning golden, morning mist is forming; all signs point to the imminent…
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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.
Unlike most Australian resorts, Hotham Village is on top of the mountain. Photo: Hocking/Lave/Hotham Alpine Resort

Mountainwatch Guide To Mount Hotham

July 13, 2018
Mountainwatch Guide to Mount Hotham Situated in the heart of the Victorian Alps, Hotham Alpine Resort is a ‘must visit’ for anyone
The enticing bowls of Soho Basin will be added to Cardona's skiable terrain. Photo: Danny Warley

Cardrona Set to Double In Size

July 12, 2018
Some big news out of New Zealand today with the announcement that Cardrona is going to double in size...
The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

July 11, 2018
If I had a spare month, a good snow-base, and a bit of good weather, here’s my must do backcountry hit list...
How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...
Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 29, 2018
One of the misconceptions about heli skiing is that it is all about gnarly terrain, cliff drops and steep spines and is for expert skiers. Throw in the idea that you’ll encounter
No doubt you’ve driven past countless wineries on your way to the Snowy Mountains, but have you ever taken the time to stop and investigate one of them? Image:: Lerida Estate

Where To Stop On Your Way To The Snow This season – Lerida Estate

June 28, 2018
Perched on the shores of Lake George, Lerida Estate is a well positioned stop-over, halfway between the Snowy Mountains and Sydney, nicely removed from the bustle of inner city Canberra.
Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

June 27, 2018
It was announced yesterday that Thredbo is now part of the Ikon Pass, meaning Ikon Pass holders receive up to 7-days lift access to Thredbo as one of the benefits.
Josh Daiek skiing at Shiga Kogen

Where To Ski Overseas For First-Timers

June 23, 2018
Australian skiers and snowboarders are renowned travellers and at many resorts in the US, Canada and Japan, Australians top the count when it comes to visitors from overseas
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.
Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 22, 2018
It’s no secret New Zealand has been revelling in some pretty special early season skiing and boarding. It’s also no secret they’ve got some of the best heli-skiing terrain...
Mountainwatch Want To Take You To Japan! – Introducing Mountainwatch Tours

Mountainwatch Want To Take You To Japan! – Introducing Mountainwatch Tours

June 21, 2018
A first for us, we’re excited to announce a tailor-made tour to the powder paradise that we’ve put together and will be offering to our faithful readers for the coming 2018/19 season.
South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

June 21, 2018
Resorts across South America are revelling in fresh snow, and just in the nick of time with the official opening weekend only a day away...
5 Reasons You Should Try A New Resort This Season

5 Reasons You Should Try A New Resort This Season

June 20, 2018
The mountains are unique. They're one of the few places where we can take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air while enjoying a seemingly untouched landscape a world away from cities and traffic.
Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

June 15, 2018
Some of our countries best riders explore the contrasts of Japan in a brand new film from Finnegan Laver...
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.
Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

June 4, 2018
Not only is Perisher a dominant force among Australian ski resorts, it is the largest ski resort in the entire Southern Hemisphere
Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

May 24, 2018
The home of the Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Olympics is the perfect base from which to explore what is known
Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

May 17, 2018
Niseko undeniably receives a great deal of attention in the snow world. Attention from professional athletes. Attention from powder punters. Attention from Australian’s. And attention
The Mountainwatch Guide To Wanaka – New Zealand

The Mountainwatch Guide To Wanaka – New Zealand

May 2, 2018
After reading this we’re quietly confident you’ll wanna go to Wanaka. So Mountainwatch has partnered with
Southern Lakes Heliskiing – One of the best days of your life

Southern Lakes Heliskiing – One of the best days of your life

May 1, 2018
The views are incredible Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss For most skiers and boarders, the idea of heliskiing is very appealing. It is something we all want to do but it just seems out of reach. Yes, multi-day heli operations based out of a wilderness lodge in Canada or Alaska are…
Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

April 27, 2018
Adam Kroenert slicing some beautiful snow on Mount Etheridge Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Thredbo has announced it will be offering guided backcountry tours this winter, ranging from short three and half hour tours to Signature Hill, just outside the resort boundary, to all-day seven-hour tours to Leatherbarrel Creek, Mount Etheridge,…
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Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

December 21, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is only six weeks until the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and after recent World Cup results, Australia should be in the mix for a few medals, including gold. Last weekend saw Australians win two World Cup gold medals — Jarryd Hughes in the…
Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 8, 2017
Held in the formidable and infamous Alta Chutes at The Remarkables, there’s no easy way out, which means competitors like Sam Lee held fast and rode hard, being rewarded with a 2nd place finish in Men’s Ski. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier Kiwi’s shine on their home…
Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 5, 2017
While yesterday’s 2-star event might have been a pre-requisite for the 4-star later on in the week, competitors didn’t hold back, here’s proof. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier A hand full of Kiwis took advantage of home conditions to earn their way through to The North Face…
Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

August 23, 2017
They came for the Banks but stayed for the Powder. Austen Sweetin deferring from what was set to be another podium finish at this year’s Transfer Banked Slalom. Photo: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Louis Macindoe With what was set to be the weekend of the Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom,…
Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

August 12, 2017
In the thick of it… Low visibility didn’t manage to slow anyone down today. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Australia’s most iconic downhill race just wrapped up and there’s only one word to describe it… FAST! Competitors were greeted with challenging conditions this morning with howling winds, below zero…
A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

August 8, 2017
Top to bottom in less than 120 seconds requires speeds up to 120km/h… Safe to say this isn’t a race for the faint of heart. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Australia’s longest race, the G.H Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11,…
Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

July 27, 2017
Calling all shred betties, the Roxy Girls Go Ride Day is your chance to join the ultimate girl gang. Image:: Provided There’s no better feeling than teaming up with your crew and taking on the whole mountain in good company. But imagine rolling deep with X-games and Olympic champions by…
Rip Curl’s GromSearch Snow – Stop One Wrap – Perisher

Rip Curl’s GromSearch Snow – Stop One Wrap – Perisher

July 20, 2017
Big Dog pro’s might of been in town, but it was the kids turn to speak and boy, the riding wasn’t the only thing doing the talking. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Rip Curl This past weekend over 120 grommets under the age of 17 came out on Sunday morning to…
Torah Bright Mini Shred – Thredbo – Wrap Up

Torah Bright Mini Shred – Thredbo – Wrap Up

July 10, 2017
The queen of the kids, Torah took a completely hands on approach to her event. Image:: Provided The Torah Bright Mini Shred, held in Thredbo Sunday, saw the biggest ever line-up of snow grommets yet, with 250 kids turning out for a big day out with Torah. The weather turned…
Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

June 7, 2017
XTM is giving snow goers a chance to pay it forward. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch x XTM | Louis Macindoe If you were to take a quick look at the snow sports industry as a whole, it’s evident that there’s no shortage of well-intended companies. From those striving to lower emissions…
THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

November 17, 2016
50 years of innovation and exploration, this is a deserving celebration. Mountainwatch | The North Face When it comes to authenticity, few brands can live up to the legacy of The North Face. Founded on purposeful ideals, TNF and the the adventurist spirit are intrinsically connected and have been for…
World Heli Challenge – Canon Shootout Slideshow and Official Edit

World Heli Challenge – Canon Shootout Slideshow and Official Edit

September 30, 2014
It doesn’t get much better… WHC 2014. Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath If there’s one thing the World Heli Challenge has always done well, it’s capturing the majestic New Zealand Southern Alps in all their glory. Huge mountain peaks, stunning river deltas, hanging alpine glaciers and the Aoraki region’s…
World Heli Challenge teams getting it done at Mt Cook

World Heli Challenge teams getting it done at Mt Cook

September 15, 2014
Heli’s, steeps, cameras. You do the math. Image:: Supplied If you were given a week of free heliskiing in New Zealand with a chance to win $10,000, and all you had to do was make a video about your experience, what story would you tell? That’s the decision facing two…
Joey Corcoran Crowned National Pond Skimming Champion

Joey Corcoran Crowned National Pond Skimming Champion

September 15, 2014
Winner of the Pond Skim Best Dressed, Alex Stumpf. Image:: Andrew Railton Mountainwatch | Press Release Mt Buller hosted the National Pond Skimming Championships on Saturday afternoon attracting an enthusiastic crowd and close to 100 competitors for the inaugural event. Presented by James Boag’s Draught, a star studded celebrity panel…
Charlie Lyons & Janina Kuzma Take Out Finals at The North Face® Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain

Charlie Lyons & Janina Kuzma Take Out Finals at The North Face® Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain

September 4, 2014
Mountainwatch | Press Release The Alta Chutes at The Remarkables Ski Area provided a picture perfect venue for today’s finals of The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand Big Mountain. With an international line up including Freeride World Tour (FWT) podium winners, Olympians and a host of young up…
3rd Annual Burton High Fives Confirms Top Snowboarders

3rd Annual Burton High Fives Confirms Top Snowboarders

August 27, 2014
Last year’s High Fives event showcased some of the best snowboarding the Southern Hemi has ever seen. Kelly Clark, Image:: Moran Mountainwatch | Press Release Today Burton Snowboards announced the list of top invited riders confirmed to attend the 3rd annual High Fives presented by MINI, including Mark McMorris (CAN),…
The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

June 11, 2014
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | Press Release The World Heli Challenge is shaking things up this winter with the launch of a new format, featuring a worldwide “Call Up” to all freeriders and filmers who would like a piece of…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

August 27, 2013
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge is a gathering of big mountain free-riding folk who love skiing and boarding big lines in the backcountry. They came together for two weeks in majestic Wanaka in…
EVENT – The 2013 Cattleman’s Rail Jam

EVENT – The 2013 Cattleman’s Rail Jam

July 15, 2013
Sam Neumann impressed the crowd with his solid style Image:: Matt Hull Transfer Snowboard Magazine The premiere event in Australian jibbing hit Mt Buller on Saturday 13 July. Luckily the incoming rain held off just long enough, bringing good vibes and good times to the famed Cattleman’s Stair Set. Huge…
GALLERY – Red Bull Ultra Natural 2013

GALLERY – Red Bull Ultra Natural 2013

February 19, 2013
Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Mueller and Bryan Fox celebrate their 1st, 2nd & 3rd place wins at the Red Bull Ultra Natural at Baldface Lodge in Nelson, BC Canada on February 17th, 2013 Image:: Tim Zimmerman/Red Bull Content Pool Transfer | Photo Gallery The biggest and most anticipated freeride snowboard event…
Design Unlikely Features Winner Announced

Design Unlikely Features Winner Announced

June 18, 2012
Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Alex Cameron Analog is proud to announce Adam Morretti from NSW as the winner of Analog’s inaugural Australian ‘Design Unlikely Features’ contest. Moretti’s winning feature, the ‘Fuller Karl’ was selected as the winning park feature design, beating over 100 other custom designs. The winning feature, the…
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

May 30, 2012
The Chicks with Stix coaches. Image:: Lorraine Lock Lorraine Lock Chicks with Stix Returns for 2012 Season Chicks with Stix, a snow-sports program designed exclusively for the girls, is returning to the Australian snowfields in 2012 with some exciting new initiatives. The highly successful grass-roots program, which started at Mt…
VIDEO JENNY OWENS Claims Australia’s Second X Games Bronze in ASPEN

VIDEO JENNY OWENS Claims Australia’s Second X Games Bronze in ASPEN

January 30, 2012
Winter X Games Australia’s veteran ski cross racer Jenny Owens claimed X Games bronze, finishing just a few hundredths of a second in front of France’ss Marielle Berger in an exciting final that saw Norwegian Marte Gjefsen hold on through several crashes to take the gold. Fellow Norwegian Nedd Berntsten…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Fuel TV Special PROMO VIDEO

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Fuel TV Special PROMO VIDEO

October 24, 2011
Ted Davenport pushing the limits on Freestyle Day World Heli Challenge | Fuel TV Special Fuel TV teamed up this year with Harro and the World Heli Challenge crew to showcase a new addition to the competition “The Shootout”. Seven cinematographers were chosen to document and produce a 5 minute…
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Backcountry – Split or Snowshoes, Ultimate Solution?

Backcountry – Split or Snowshoes, Ultimate Solution?

July 13, 2014
Will Jackways knows his way around the backcountry, he also knows his way around the Southern Alps pretty damn well, too. Here he’s scoring some nice early season Kiwi blower Image:: Riley Bathurst Mountainwatch | Riley Bathurst There’s no disputing that touring is easier than walking in fresh snow. The…
Boothy’s Blog – Weekend at Bernie’s

Boothy’s Blog – Weekend at Bernie’s

July 13, 2014
  Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Bernie Rosow is on the cover of this year’s Chillfactor Magazine. It’s a great shot from one of Thredbo’s classic August days last winter: it’s dry, light, and bluebird. As a skier, a photo on the cover of a magazine doesn’t happen all that often,…
Boothy’s Blog – Do it like the Kavos this winter

Boothy’s Blog – Do it like the Kavos this winter

July 7, 2014
Welcome to 2014’s first instalment of Boothy’s blog. Penned each week by the discerning pro-skier with a hell of a beard. Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Last winter, the Mountainwatch office received an email from 16 year-old, Nick Kavo. It went like this:  Hi Mountainwatch, After reading Chris Booth’s article on…
Boothy’s Blog – Checking in with your 12-year-old self

Boothy’s Blog – Checking in with your 12-year-old self

July 6, 2014
  Illustration by Russell Smith Mountainwatch | Chris Booth The other day I was going through some boxes at home and came across my grade 6 yearbook, on page 5 I saw this: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cringe when I read this. I mean, check out…
Boothy’s Blog – 5 Ideas to Make Skiing in Australia Better

Boothy’s Blog – 5 Ideas to Make Skiing in Australia Better

June 27, 2014
  Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Every self-respecting skibum has a big idea to make skiing in Australia better, so I thought I’d ask 5 people from different backgrounds for theirs. Here’s what they came up with. Illustration by Russell Smith 1. Steve Osborn – Make skiing a sport for foodies…
Boothy’s Blog – Pretty Alright

Boothy’s Blog – Pretty Alright

June 27, 2014
  Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Vernon high school in British Columbia produced Josh Bibby, TJ Schiller, Riley Leboe, Josh Stack and Joe Schuster. They shared classes and skied together, and today they all happen to feature in the industry’s major ski films. Kye Peterson and Callum Pettit were in the…
Boothy’s Blog – Let’s buy Charlotte Pass

Boothy’s Blog – Let’s buy Charlotte Pass

June 23, 2014
Mountainwatch | Chris Booth The head lease held by Charlotte Pass Village Pty Ltd (CPV) is up for renewal at the end of the week. So if you’ve ever bemoaned the Australian ski resort experience, now’s your chance. This wasn’t something you could really do before, because the resort operators,…
Boothy’s Blog – More than turns down a hill

Boothy’s Blog – More than turns down a hill

June 15, 2014
Mountainwatch | Chris Booth When I ask myself why I go to the ‘snow’, my natural response is ‘turns down a hill’. So when faced with the prospect of going to the ‘snow’ over opening weekend and not being able to actually make turns down a hill, I had a…
The Countdown — Five training tips for winter

The Countdown — Five training tips for winter

May 29, 2014
  Training for the right kind of fitness is the key to staying injury-free on-snow Image:: Red Bull Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid Remember the agony of your first few days on the snow last year? Burning thighs, tight calves and aching feet? Skiing and snowboarding are both so much fun…
Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

March 1, 2014
Please click here to continue. Words | Mark Amadio Photos & Video | Andy Lloyd Andy and I have been fortunate enough to tick-off a large list of snowboard travel destinations over the years. So when it came time to choose a spot for our next trip, we quickly agreed…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – POW on The Last Frontier

BOOTHY’S BLOG – POW on The Last Frontier

February 20, 2014
The perfectly framed heli-view, only known by those who’ve had the priviledge Image:: Chris Booth Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Canada and the Northwest USA have had a rough start to their winter. Up until last week, resorts were desperately moving snow around their lower slopes to keep them open, while…
Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

February 4, 2014
The group comes together for a moment of reflection, “How’s the serenity?” Image:: Booth Mountainwatch | Luke Kneller Mountainwatch is no stranger to the Hakuba Valley. We’ve spilled our emotions over this place before. But at the risk of sounding self-serving, last week in Hakuba I experienced one of the…
Luggage – How to pack and pay

Luggage – How to pack and pay

September 23, 2013
Heading to Europe? Emirates tops our list for baggage allowances and getting direct flight time Image:: Mallaun Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Let’s face it, the golden days of air travel are over. Gone are the days when you could wrangle an upgrade with a smooth smile and a nice shirt.…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

September 2, 2013
After a fairly solid snowfall last week, and then more snow on the way this week, the Southern Lakes are in fine form for spring Image:: Courtesy of Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores A month or so to go…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – August Update

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – August Update

August 6, 2013
July really didn’t deliver too much in the way of fresh snow, what it did deliver is blue sky and warm days, often making it feel like Spring already Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s same old, same…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – The real cost of honest reporting

BOOTHY’S BLOG – The real cost of honest reporting

July 30, 2013
For the worst season ever that looks pretty good to us Image:: Steve Cuff/Thredbo Mountainwatch | Chris Booth If the general vibe in Sydney is true, this is the worst season ever. Like, ever. I’ve been wondering why this is the case. Why are people so glum about the ski…
PHOTOS – Backcountry Pow in Falls Creek

PHOTOS – Backcountry Pow in Falls Creek

July 29, 2013
Loading up the sleds and heading up, it might not be earning-your-turns but it is damn fun Mountainwatch | Words by Alex Horvath, Photos by Chris Hocking You probably heard by now, last week in the mountains was all time. A 70cm snow storm hit, unloading incredibly dry snow with…
New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

June 30, 2013
Over three feet of fresh snow at the turn off for Mt Olympus, if you know the area you will be able to grasp the ridiculous amount of snow at this spot, it is only at about 400 masl! Image:: Nick Johnson Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath This year in Australia,…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

June 27, 2013
The Crown Range looking epic after the snow last week, with a few decent top ups the South Island will be skiing into October. Image:: Ace Media New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There’s nowhere to hide with this seasonal forecast. At…
SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

May 27, 2013
Digging out the car at The Remarkables this morning, about 50cm has fallen and the access road is closed due to the amount of snow! Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Let’s go. Daily forecasts have…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

May 7, 2013
Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It’s officially time to get excited, winter is just around the corner! Over the next five weeks we’ll be keeping the content flowing to stimulate your stoke in the lead up to winter 2013. Expect the latest photos and news about snowfall and weather, whats happening…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

April 30, 2013
The way things are shaping up we might just end up seeing that old sign flick to green for 2013 sooner than we thought Image:: Camilla Stoddart New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Well I was wrong about one thing in last…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand

April 3, 2013
A slow start reminiscent of 2012 could mean the hordes will be waiting a while for turns like this, time will tell… Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores I’m going to keep this short and sharp because I don’t…
PHOTOS – Shredding Sidecountry in Alta

PHOTOS – Shredding Sidecountry in Alta

March 7, 2013
  Local telemark skier Kate Hourihan, also my guide for the day Image:: Mandy Lamont Mountainwatch | Mandy Lamont Inspired by the previous nights showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival and 7 inches of fresh pow overnight, I met up with Kate Hourihan at Little Cottonwood Canyon Park and…
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