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Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

September 5, 2018
The follow up to our first photo journal documenting the epicness of the 2018 ski season thus far. We were inundated with so many quality images we simply could not leave them unseen…
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!
Awesome August - the month that just kept on giving us powder runs, like this one being had by Russ Henshaw at Perisher. Photo:: Perisher

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

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

The 10 Most Underrated Moves in Skiing

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

The Mountain Collective Announce Spring Deal for Australians and New Zealanders

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

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership with Niseko

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

Gear Guide: Capita Snowboards Video Review

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

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

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

Mt Baw Baw Dog Sled Dash

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

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

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

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

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

Growing Up Snowy – Snow Holidays Make Lifetime Memories

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

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

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

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

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

August – The Month That Keeps On Giving

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

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

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

Gear Guide Ski Review – Black Crows Atris

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

Gear Guide: Yes Snowboards Video Review

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

The Blizzard Of Bom – Buller Turns On For FreeBom 2018

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

Pro Skier Duncan Adams – 2017 Self Edit – Video

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

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

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

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

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

Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom – Event Recap

August 18, 2018
Over 250 Boarders Hit the Fifth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom at Thredbo Resort… A gathering of the tribe like no other!
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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…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

May 2, 2016
The elements aligned during an El Nino dominated August in 2015. As you’ll read below that El Nino is dead and buried. Can we hope for plenty of this in 2016? Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper In true Johnny Depp, Pistol and Boo style, it can…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

April 1, 2016
June last year turned it on in New Zealand, will this year be the same? Image:: Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper The first thing to know about this season is that El Nino is dying a slow and painful death. If you missed my Australian…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

March 31, 2016
Wondering how much of this we can expect this winter? The Grasshopper has the answer. Image:: Finnegan Laver Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, well, well, here we are again. The Footy season is heating up and there’s a cool bite to the breeze in the mornings –…
Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

January 15, 2016
A unique point of view and dazzling snowflakes in Jackson Hole yesterday Image:: Jackson Hole Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap As we steam ahead from the holiday period and quickly into mid-January the big news is out of the European Alps where the drought has broken and the snow continues…
Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

October 23, 2015
The author and her crew on expedition in Greenland. While there they carried out some key research that informed important climate studies. Image:: KT Miller Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Signing petitions and letters has never been something that I take much notice of. I’ll occasionally sign an online letter calling…
Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

October 20, 2015
November 26, 2014 in Vail. With the strong El Nino tipped to favour Colorado and its southern neighbours, perhaps things are looking up? Image:: Vail Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath A few days ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the looming El Nino in the Pacific Ocean…
How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

October 1, 2015
Chris Booth and Jason Robinson look out onto The Sentinel and on towards Jagungal and Watson’s Crags. The Main Range’s Western Faces are among some of the most spectacular landforms on the Australian continent. Very few people get to experience them up close. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Paul Pearce…
Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

September 29, 2015
Mountainwatch | Video In March of 2014 six women set sail from Isafjordur, Iceland with the intention of sailing across the Denmark Straight and up the west coast of Greenland. They hoped to explore the remote coastline, pioneer new ski descents and collect scientific data in some of the most…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

September 2, 2015
Where else can you get that good a view? Stunning South Island scenery Image:: NZSki/Coronet Peak New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores After July was dominated by northerly winds, some of the resorts in the rain shadow of the divide were starting…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

August 31, 2015
There’s still at least four weeks of skiing left, and as Reggae Elliss once said: “Skiing spring corn can be just as good as skiing powder!” Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s that time of year again…
Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

August 31, 2015
While it might not be this drastic, there’s some great powder days on their way to the Canterbury Clubbies this week Image:: Nick Johnson SNOW ALERT FILED: August 31, 4:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— Tomorrow may officially be the first day of Spring, but the South Island will need to wait…
UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

August 24, 2015
In Thredbo snow fell down to the Ranger Station – about 1000masl Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT UPDATED: August 26, 5:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— UPDATE Storm totals so far are sitting between 45-50cm in NSW, with only only 7-10cm falling in Victoria. There has been some fluctuation in the models today,…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

August 3, 2015
Treble Cone is close enough to the divide to make the most of the northerly feeds, yet well-exposed to the southerly storms too. Will Jackways finds a little airtime on a recent TC powder day Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

July 31, 2015
The last two storms have done alot to fill in terrain and open up new areas. Jess Rich looks out across the NSW Main Range from Perisher Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The El Nino saga of…
UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

July 28, 2015
Last weekend will be long remembered as one of the best days of 2015. Will this weekend be better? Ryan Tiene sends it off a Golf Course bowl pillow on Sunday Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: It’s already started. UPDATED: July 31, 11:00am There has been a slight…
Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

July 21, 2015
By the afternoon on Friday 10 July it was absolutely puking in Perisher Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss I’ve just come in from another stunning morning on the hill, there was perfect dry top-to-bottom corduroy on the groomed runs first thing, followed by dry, chalky snow and wind-drifts around…
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Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

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

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

July 30, 2018
What lengths do you go to in getting to the slopes? Some serious and some not-so serious suggestions within…
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!
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...
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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…
SoO AIRTIME – Open Air Winners Announced

SoO AIRTIME – Open Air Winners Announced

October 20, 2011
Simon Platzer’s winning photo – Infinity SoO Airtime The OPEN AIR is SoO Airtime’s user generated video/photo competition. It is a super progressive grassroots Australian snow film and photography competition. Entrants are invited to submit a film or photo captured in the Australian snowfields. There are no constraints only no…
Team NSW Takes out SoO AIRTIME 2011

Team NSW Takes out SoO AIRTIME 2011

October 4, 2011
Lack of snow lead to increased creativity. Image:: Joey Corcoran SoO AirTime A few weeks ago 30 odd friends met at Mt Buller, Australia for five days of intense riding, shooting and a whole lot of other fun activities like dice, dancing and loopy conversations in front of a fire.…
2011 Subaru Australian Interschools Championships

2011 Subaru Australian Interschools Championships

September 14, 2011
2011 Champ, Joshua Vagne of Jindabyne Central School Image:: Charlie Brown 2011 Subaru Australian Interschools Championships | By Don St.Pierre Winter kicked in last week to coincide with the biggest event on snow in Australia; The Australian Interschool Championships, which sees the top school-aged skiers and riders from around Australia…
Voting Now Open for Toyota One Hit Wonder

Voting Now Open for Toyota One Hit Wonder

September 13, 2011
Nixon Peer Performance award winner and youngest One Hit Wonder competitor Jesse Houghton. Image:: Jordan Sell Toyota One Hit Wonder With the final curtain call on an awe-inspiring week of big-air style at Thredbo Resort, the competing athletes breathed a collective sigh of relief as the final day of shooting…
SoO AIRTIME Finished Edits – NSW vs VIC

SoO AIRTIME Finished Edits – NSW vs VIC

September 12, 2011
SoO Livin. Image:: Nick Parkinson SoO AirTime After a season of spoiled expectations, early snow, warm winds, rain and a September storm that never came, the tease is over! Here is SoO Airtime 2011. Between the 29th August and 2nd September 30 odd skiers, snowboarders, filmers and photographers gathered atop…
World’s Best Freeskiers Fire Up All Engines on Day Three of the Toyota One Hit Wonder

World’s Best Freeskiers Fire Up All Engines on Day Three of the Toyota One Hit Wonder

September 11, 2011
The skiers hitching a ride. Image:: Darren Teasdale Toyota One Hit Wonder No one but Al Roker could have predicted better conditions to get down and dirty in Thredbo on day three. When the athletes turned up under breathless sunny skies, they all knew this might be their last chance…
VIDEO Day 2 at the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under

VIDEO Day 2 at the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under

September 9, 2011
Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under With day one swept under the rug due to weather, the finalists could hardly be contained as overnight the rain turned to snow and they woke to a bluebird day at Thredbo Resort, and a perfectly groomed, seen-to-be-believed jump. As the athletes stood at…
SoO AIRTIME Day 3 – Grass and…

SoO AIRTIME Day 3 – Grass and…

September 2, 2011
Team VIC. Image:: Charlie Payne SoO AirTime | Watkin McLennan It was the first day of spring and creativity was in the air. Today was about tying it all together. Both teams have been dreaming up concepts over the past few days. With the last day of filming on hand…
VIDEO SoO AIRTIME Day 2 – MultiFUNctional

VIDEO SoO AIRTIME Day 2 – MultiFUNctional

September 1, 2011
Watkin McLennan and audience at the SoO Airtime. Image:: Ben Hansen SoO Airtime | Joey Corcoran Exclamation mark. We totally got our Airtime on today. The whole crew headed up summit way to hit the long awaited multifunctional skate park inspired feature. After a doozy at The Whitt everyone was…
SoO AIRTIME Day 1 – Urban to the Outback

SoO AIRTIME Day 1 – Urban to the Outback

August 31, 2011
Jumping the gums – Andre Bennett obliges with a quintessential Aussie image. Image:: Ben Hansen SoO AirTime | Joey Corcoran It’s official; the morning meeting at Cattleman’s said so. Everyone gathered for a coffee and we set out the guidelines. Two teams – Vic and NSW, one week and a…
Victorian and NSW State Interschools 2011

Victorian and NSW State Interschools 2011

August 31, 2011
Britt Cox wins Div 1 Girls Moguls. Image:: Mt Buller From State Interschool Champs to National Championships | By Don St.Pierre The NSW and Victorian Interschools Championships, held at Perisher and Buller respectively, marked the final selection for skiers and riders to qualify for the 2011 Subaru Australian Interschools Snowsports…
VIDEO SoO AIRTIME Day Zero – Setting the Scene

VIDEO SoO AIRTIME Day Zero – Setting the Scene

August 30, 2011
SoO is all about super creative shred, no divisions between skiers and snowboarders exist here, all are working together. Image:: Joey Corcoran SoO AirTime | Joey Corcoran Last night, some of Australia’s best Snowboarders, Skiers, Filmers, Cinematographers and Photographers summited this beautiful lady that is Mt Buller. Today…all of them…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Clear Skies Coming

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Clear Skies Coming

August 29, 2011
At the media launch in Wanaka. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST FOR MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK – Thursday 28 July 2011 By The Grasshopper – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist ORGANISER’S NOTE: Conditions depending, the freestyle day will take place Sunday 31 July. This will be the first…
SoO AIRTIME Kicking off Monday at Buller

SoO AIRTIME Kicking off Monday at Buller

August 26, 2011
Johnny Lipsker exhibiting the kind of creativity SoO is all about. Image:: Joey Corcorcan SoO AirTime Lights, Camera, Action…sports. Next week, the best Australian skiers and snowboarders will ascend on Mt Buller to represent their state in the State of Origin of snowsports – SoO Airtime. The industry’s brightest young…
Let’s Get it On PHOTO EXHIBITION a Huge Success

Let’s Get it On PHOTO EXHIBITION a Huge Success

August 23, 2011
The Camera Club. Image:: Courtesy of The Camera Club Photography Exhibition On Thursday the 18th of August, The Camera Club hosted ‘Let’s Get It On,’ the fifth installment in it’s ongoing series of community-minded photographic exhibitions. Collaborating with Mountainwatch.com and Transfer Snowboard Magazine, the exhibtion featured images captured by some…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Official Video

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Official Video

August 17, 2011
<br” /> Winner of the WHC Shootout- best Corona branded heli shot. Image:: Miles Holden World Heli Challenge The runs have been run, the event’s been won and now here it is – the World Heli Challenge official video. Being an event that takes place in high mountains and remote…
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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…
BLOG – Anna Segal – Time To Slow My Roll

BLOG – Anna Segal – Time To Slow My Roll

March 4, 2013
  Right 7 safety at Copper Mountain The Copper World Cup Image:: Annasegal.com Chillfactor | Anna Segal It’s been 2 months since I last wrote a blog. Eeek! I guess the pace of this winter just got the better of me. The last few months have felt like a whirlwind…
EDITOR’S BLOG – Choosing Your Travel Luggage Set Up

EDITOR’S BLOG – Choosing Your Travel Luggage Set Up

February 13, 2013
If you can’t tell from the photo, this is the gear of 4 snowboarders, one of whom is a photographer – with full kit, including flashes all jammed into a tiny little Ford Escape. This pack was no easy feat! Image:: Alex Horvath Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath If you have…
BLOG – Nat Segal – FWT Stop in Chamonix

BLOG – Nat Segal – FWT Stop in Chamonix

February 5, 2013
All set and ready to go, on top of the course Image:: Nat Segal Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Chamonix, a place of ice and rocks; where fondue is the norm ; Scandinavia’s youth will cram small communities into miniature apartments and your next après ski will most likely be full…
BLOG – Nat Segal – Shredding the Freeride World Tour

BLOG – Nat Segal – Shredding the Freeride World Tour

January 20, 2013
Bam! 10% on the bar Nat? Image:: FWT Mountainwatch | Nat Segal ED: Nat managed to pull off a very impressive 3rd place in the recent FWT stop in Revelstoke, B.C, Canada. For anyone who missed her run, Nat had to overcome an extremely tracked out snow pack and managed…
BLOG – Jordan Houghton – Yesterday Did Not Go As Expected

BLOG – Jordan Houghton – Yesterday Did Not Go As Expected

January 15, 2013
The Copper jump line with boen in the foreground Chillfactor | Jordan Houghton Yesterday did not go as expected. Actually it sucked. During the first few runs in training I was feeling good, my run was coming together nicely and the course and I seemed to get along for the…
BLOG – JORDAN HOUGHTON – Leaving Tahoe

BLOG – JORDAN HOUGHTON – Leaving Tahoe

January 8, 2013
Chillfactor | Jordan Houghton Firstly, happy new year and all that. One good thing about new years day is the usual crowds and holiday makers that takeover the mountain were down to a minimum, in turn leaving the parks here at Northstar somewhat untouched. The last two days on snow…
STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

December 12, 2012
Under a warming climate, opening days like this one at Mt Baker will become a thing of the past Image:: Mt Baker Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It doesn’t take a climate scientist to realise that the impact of a warmer world is bad news for snow. However, despite the seemingly…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

September 30, 2012
Sunny spring days in Cardrona Image:: Courtesy of Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Its hard to believe that another season is coming to an end, looking out my window there is still so much snow on the mountains, a crying shame! A lot of rain has…
BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

September 15, 2012
Starting at Guthega, Twynam and the peaks beyond are over the furthest visible ridge 8km away Blog | Thomas Pinzone I have been itching to get out to the western faces of the Snowy Mountains all winter. Apart from an early season mission in May, to date, work, weather and…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

September 13, 2012
Chinese downhill for 60cm in the Treble Cone saddle Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Wow what a week it has been… I have never seen so much snow come this late in the season, after many days of storming over the weekend the skies…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

September 7, 2012
This is what 65cm fresh at TC looks like! Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Well what a week its been, just when we all thought spring was over mother nature decided to offload a whopping 65 cm of fresh onto Treble Cone and on…
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