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Henry Holdsworth getting very deep at Alpine Meadows on Feb 11. The Sierra's have been going off and another one to two metres is on the way. Photo: Ben Arnst/SquawValley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Sierras About to Pop and Southern Rockies Burgeoning, While Canada Goes Hungry

February 14, 2019
In a similar story to last week, the Sierras will continue to pig-out on massive snowfalls with ten-day accumulations maxing out around the 1.5-2m mark, most of which will fall over the next few days during the current storm
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

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

February 14, 2019
In this episode Cody heads to Nevada to climb and ski a couloir known as Terminal Cancer, accompanied by his wife, Elyse  Saugstad and fellow Squaw shredder Connery Lundin.
Mammoth on Feb 9.There's been another metres since then and there is more on the way in the next 48 hours. Photo: Peter Morning

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

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

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

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

Insider Guide To Eating Out In Hakuba

February 11, 2019
Know before you go: these are the must-try places to fuel up in Hakuba.

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

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

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

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks in Europe.
Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

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

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
Sun Valley, one of the world's legendary resorts, now a partner with the Epic Pass. Photo: Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley and Snowbasin Join the Epic Pass

February 7, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort jointly announced today that both resorts will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance
Kevin Quinn deep in the trees at Squaw Valley yesterday. The last storm dropped 2-3 metres across the Californian resorts and there is more on the way this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Cascades and Sierras to Cop Big Snowfalls as “Little Foot” follows in the steps of big brother

February 7, 2019
As Big Foot stomps off to the east, the trail of powder he left measures between 2-3m in the Sierras where we have already seen roughly three times the amount of snow fall than what we saw for the entire month last year, and the madness has only just begun
The next couple of days in Myoko should be like this. Looks pretty good.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Consistent Top-ups and Cold Temps For a Great Week

February 7, 2019
We saw a mid-season blip last week, whereby heinously warm temperatures dropped a whole swag of rain over Honshu, while wet snow and sleet fell over Hokkaido.
Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

February 6, 2019
The world’s best took advantage of perfect freeride conditions in the Purcell Mountains for an exceptional second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour.
The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6, 2019
This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies avalanches for us with 5 absolute red flags for snow instability. 
Cody Townsend and Le Bent have created to ultimate touring sock.

Le Bent Wins Awards at Outdoor Retailer/ SSA Trade Show in Denver – Press Release

February 5, 2019
Le Bent, the Australian sock and base layer company, is making in-roads into North America and the growing brand received a boost last week, winning a couple of awards
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

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

February 2, 2019
The latest challenge Cody has set for himself is a big one,  a three-year project to ski all 50 lines listed in the book, the 50 Classic Ski Descents Of North America.
Gabe Taylor, threading Mammoth's trees a couple of weeks ago. More of this on the way with 80cms in the forecast for Mammoth. Photo: Pete Morning

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Snow Aplenty During West-wide “Big Foot” Storm

January 31, 2019
The Sierras will strike back with a vengeance this week after last week left resorts there snowless. Ten-day snow accumulations show 1m-1.5m will fall along its main spine.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st 2019

January 31, 2019
The fabled 'Japanuary' has come to an end but the powder skiing sure hasn’t… Check out the latest wrap-up from Niseko
Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow Falling Into Saturday, Then Rain On Honshu Late Sunday/Monday

January 31, 2019
After Japanuary goes out with a bang, the first week of February is looking a little slower. That’s by Japanese standards of course, and most resorts will still receive snowfalls in the 40cm-80cm range over the next ten-days
A Behind the Scenes Look at Candide Thovex’s Film Ski The World – Video

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

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

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

January 30, 2019
Riley Leboe, Mike Henitiuk, and Matt Margetts use their snowmobiles to access some stellar backcountry skiing outside Stewart, BC, but they take nothing for granted and keep their eye on the recent storm snow and a buried surface hoar layer.
Kicking Horse is one on the athletes' favourite venues - easy to see why. Photo: Daher/FWT

FWT Heads To Kicking Horse For Event Two of 2019 World Tour, Feb 2-8

January 29, 2019
After an epic start to the 2019 winter in Hakuba, Japan, the world’s best are making their way to North America for the second competition of FWT19 in the legendary resort of the Canadian Rockies, Kicking Horse, Golden BC.
Niseko, Jan 19. There have been plenty of days like this after 1.4m in the past 7 days. Photo: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography

World Snow Wrap – Things Calm Down After Some Big Storms

January 25, 2019
Huge snow totals in California, the powder cycle resumes in Japan and things have calmed down in Austria
Snowbird has had 1.7 metres in the past week and more is forecast in the next 24 hours before things calm down! Photo: Chris Segal

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Rockies Will Do Well Amidst a Subdued Wild West

January 24, 2019
The Rockies look set to make the most of a bad situation with ten-day accumulations between 25-45cm for a lot of resorts there, and double that for northern parts of the Canadian Rockies.
Evelina Nilsson finding some awesome hakuba power last week and there is more to come. Photo: Zoya Lynch

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast, Jan 24 – Honshu Going Through The Roof

January 24, 2019
Japanuary will go out with a bang with snowfalls going through the roof on Honshu. Yet again, snowfall accumulations will be getting up near the 1.5m mark for the next ten days
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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
A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This September. Outdoor brand Arc’teryx is taking over the Southern Alps Lodge in Charlotte Pass to bring a first of its kind experience to the Australian wilderness. The group adventure, exclusive to only 25 people,…
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...
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.
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.
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!
Bella Hackworth hooking into some prime Hotham pow on Sat, July 7. Photo: Chris Hocking

Australian Storm Journal – July 9th – A Well-timed 35cm Top-up

July 9, 2018
The past week has been a classic example of the ups and downs of an Australian snow season, how fragile our snowpack can be and how quickly it can be repaired. 
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...
2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 3, 2018
After a fruitful June, the slopes are looking as healthy as ever with Spencer’s Creek recording a snow depth of about 70cm...
Snow near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko in January 1969. Image:: Bruce Thomas/Flickr

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.
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...
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...
Looking a little chilly for Al Fresco dining in Buller. Photo: Buller

Australian Snow Journal: Season Starter Storm Drops 80cms Of Snow

June 19, 2018
The first big storm of the year dropped 70-100cms of snow across the Australian Alps in the past 6 days.
Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Australia this July...
Cardrona ripe and ready to be gobbled up. Opening day is 16th June and there is already 50-90cm of snow lying on the ground. Go fill your boots. Source: Cardrona

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 12, 2018
With opening weekend done and dusted at a few of New Zealand’s ski fields and epic amounts of snow, the Kiwi season has kicked off with a hiss and a roar.
Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

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

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

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

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

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

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

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

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

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

Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

April 11, 2018
50cms and road closures in April The snow hit the North Island overnight, with snow showers continuing today. The maintenance crew, loving it on the upper slopes of Turoa this morning. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres…
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Madarao Kogen – A Powder Mecca In Its Own Right And A Perfect Base To Access The Best Of Nagano – Travel

Madarao Kogen – A Powder Mecca In Its Own Right And A Perfect Base To Access The Best Of Nagano – Travel

November 20, 2018
Madarao, or rather ‘Madapow’, as the nickname suggests, has plenty of pow to go round... but it's also the perfect base to explore some of Honshu's best resorts.
Iced Tor
Rams Head Range

I thought of this shot all season, just waiting for the snow to melt enough for there to be plenty of water in the pools in front of the Tor but still with some snow and ice along the sides.
I had headed up on a scouting mission two weeks earlier to check up on it and see how the thaw was going, but the foreground was still totally covered in snow. Two other mates and I gave it two weeks and I think we timed it perfectly.

Photographer’s Choice – Luke Hasaart’s Alpine Landscapes

November 16, 2018
Luke is still a passionate skier, but since picking up a camera a few years ago he sees the mountains in a different light.
Mt Hutt, now an Ikon Pass partner.

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt

November 16, 2018
Ikon Pass has announced a partnership with Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt on New Zealand’s South Island.
Kai Jones:  You Don’t See Many 11-Year-Olds Ski Like This – Video

Kai Jones: You Don’t See Many 11-Year-Olds Ski Like This – Video

November 14, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Jackson Hole-based production company Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has just released its latest film, Far Out, and it is another good one, not surprising as they have been making ski/snowboard films for 22 years. The film features incredible skiing and snowboarding from some of…
Models are indicating there could be a few more sunny days this year. Sophia Rouches, Suginohara. Photo: Grant Gunderson

2018-2019 Japan November Snow Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 13, 2018
The overall vibe I’m getting is that we can expect average snowfalls on Hokkaido and 5-10% less on Honshu
The Faction Crew Ripping A Backcountry Powder Paradise in British Columbia – Video

The Faction Crew Ripping A Backcountry Powder Paradise in British Columbia – Video

November 12, 2018
The first of a three-part series for the 2018/19 winter from the Faction Collective this video takes Faction skiers, Todd McChesney, Duncan Adams and Antti Ollila deep into the BC backcountry.
Josh Daiek skiing at Shiga Kogen

Guide To Shiga Kogen – Japan’s Highest and 2nd Largest Ski Resort*

November 9, 2018
Shiga Kogen is perhaps more European than Japanese when it comes to the scale of its interconnected resort, however, the amount of snow that it receives proves it is unequivocally Japanese. All 18 of the interconnected Shiga Kogen resorts on the one trail map. It’s big.
Sunset at Valle Nevado

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership with Valle Nevado, Chile

November 7, 2018
Ikon Pass has announced Valle Nevado in Chile as its newest partner, the pass now offering access to 37 premier mountain destinations across the planet.
Sunday morning freshies at Loveland. Photo: Casey Day

Weekend Storms Set Up More Early Openings In Colorado

November 6, 2018
Some resorts in the US have enjoyed further early season snow over the past few days as a series of storms delivered significant snowfalls across the Rocky Mountains.
The Doolans, some of th best terrain in the Southern Lakes area. Photo: Nick Hyne

$35m Development plans announced for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables

November 1, 2018
Queenstown skiing is about to get a whole lot better with Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields proposing major upgrades to the mountains
Passio Stelvio in Italy received a metre of snow when a huge snow storm hit the Alps

World Snow Wrap – Winter Kicks Off In The Northern Hemisphere

November 1, 2018
Huge storm in the Alps, good snowfalls in the Rockies and the first snowfall in Japan.
Witnessing this incredible sunrise was well worth the pre-dawn hike to South Ramshead

Photographer’s Choice – Aedan O’Donnell’s Top 10 picks from 2018

October 31, 2018
Aedan O’Donnell has been working for Thredbo Media since the start of the 2016 winter and like all resort photographers he is out there each day, regardless of conditions.
Crystal following the snow down from Audux Point

One Last Lap – Mt Bogong Spring Tour

October 30, 2018
It might be a long walk between the slushy remains of the winter but with a with a can-do attitude you’ll see that almost anything is skiable.
Niseko – Inside Out – Everything You Could Possibly Know About The Powder Paradise*

Niseko – Inside Out – Everything You Could Possibly Know About The Powder Paradise*

October 25, 2018
By now, it’s probably safe to say you’ve heard of the once quaint, pow filled ski town of Niseko... But here's everything you could possibly want to know!
The Stomping Grounds – Australian Team Training with World’s Best  in Saas Fee

The Stomping Grounds – Australian Team Training with World’s Best in Saas Fee

October 19, 2018
The latest session of the Stomping Grounds is currently underway in Saas Fee, Switzerland and it has attracted a who’s who of international skiers and snowboarders.
Sunrise + powder skiing = heaven? Photo:: Grant Gunderson

Guide To Shizukuishi: One Of Japan’s Most Underrated Resorts – Travel

October 19, 2018
Located in the beautiful Iwate Prefecture, Shizukuishi is a true Japanese hidden gem.
Micah Evangelista experiencing the

Mountainwatch Guide To Furano

October 17, 2018
Furano resort has a steep vertical drop, volcano views, and the unimaginably dry, light snow only found in the coldest parts of central Hokkaido
China Building World’s Largest Indoor Ski Resort – Gondola’s And All…

China Building World’s Largest Indoor Ski Resort – Gondola’s And All…

October 16, 2018
We can now add ‘ski resort’ to the increasingly long list of things ‘made in China’ after it was announced the global powerhouse would begin work on the world’s largest indoor ski resort.
Have You Heard About Whistler Blackcomb’s 3 New Lifts For 2018-19?

Have You Heard About Whistler Blackcomb’s 3 New Lifts For 2018-19?

October 9, 2018
If you thought Whistler Blackcomb couldn’t get any bigger and/or better, think again…
A different experience for Ben McIlroy spraying snow instead of dirt. Image: Matt Rousu

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

October 8, 2018
Falls Creek’s 2018 snow season finished with a bang over the weekend, closing lifts for the second year running with well over 1m of snow covering the slopes.
The day after the storm clears, the terrain re-shaped by the wind and snow light, dry and untouched. Seriously, you can almost hear the hoots from Buff Farnell and Drew Jolowicz as they drop into a backcountry line. Photo: Dylan Robinson

Hotham – A Season in Photos

October 5, 2018
In a season like this Hotham comes into its own, the steep terrain and trees the perfect set up for powder days
Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

October 4, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Burton – the Process, the Custom and Custom X.
No mucking around! The t-bar towers are out and construction is underway on the new quad chair.

Perisher Begins Construction of New Leichhardt Chairlift

October 3, 2018
Today we saw the first step in the construction of the new Leichhardt Quad Chair
Plenty to be happy about on a day like this at Treble Cone

Wanaka – A Season of Plenty

October 3, 2018
Wanaka was the place to be for the 2018 season. Huge early snowfalls set up Treble Cone and Cardrona with a deep base
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Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

March 13, 2018
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The 2018 Paralympics are now into the fourth day in PyeongChang and the Australian team has won its first medal after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross yesterday. Patmore beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final. Patmore’s victory has…
From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

March 9, 2018
Sam’s in PyeongChang now and ready to roll. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Paralympic sit-skier Sam Tait is about to compete in all five alpine skiing events in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games in South Korea. But his journey has not been easy. Sam was a keen,…
Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

December 30, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Britteny Cox skied in the mogul event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver she was only 15-years-old, the youngest athlete competing at those Olympics. For the Falls Creek born and bred skier it was a dream come true and a sign of great things to come, something…
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…
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Japan – Weekly Snow Update

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

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

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

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

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

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

Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

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

Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

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

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

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

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

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

Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

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

Fuelling the Tribe

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

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

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

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

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

The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

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

The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

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

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

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

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

July 13, 2017
Katya Crema finding a pocket of sweet Aussie snow at Perisher. Photo:: Dom Keiler Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman As promised here are the women’s ski’s best suited to transport you over the ever-changing Australian snow that is now finally blanketing resorts. Sego Gnarwhal (from Blackbird Bespoke Skis)…
Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Men’s Skis For Australia

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

June 29, 2017
Adam Kroenert jams one under the snow gums… It’s not skiing in Oz without gum trees after all! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman The snow is starting to fall and as more terrain opens up at your favourite resort, now is the time to think about…
We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

June 29, 2017
A picture might be worth a thousand words but these Factions will make you ski better. Source:: Proivded Mountainwatch | Lulu Wilkinson Your pic for a pair of Faction skis – how’s that for a trade? Thanks to our pals at Faction Skis , we have a fresh pair of…
Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

June 8, 2017
Feature provided by Thredbo For the 3rd installment of the 60 Years of Stoke video series, we take a look at Thredbo in the 90s/2000s and today through the eyes of Thredbo Ambassador and Olympic Gold medallist Torah Bright. Torah takes us on her journey from her first days on…
Snowboarding Takes Over Sydney – Next Week

Snowboarding Takes Over Sydney – Next Week

May 25, 2017
Snowboarding inside a pub, only in Australia, mate. Image:: Provided If you’re a snowboarder, you should be saying “what a time to be alive”. Because, not only is winter fast approaching but snowboarders from all corners of the country (and the globe) are congregating in Sydney for the 2017 Hotel…
30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

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

May 16, 2017
Rip Curl’s evolved into a major player when it comes to mountainwear. Source:: Rip Curl Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman 2017 marks 30 years since iconic Aussie surfwear brand Rip Curl started producing high quality mountainwear. To mark the occasion, Mountainwatch in collaboration with Rip Curl will be giving away a…
Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

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

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

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

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

Watch the Shredbots Absolutely Destroy Perisher Last Year – Video

August 3, 2016
Transfer | Video The guys over at Shredbots have just dropped the Aussie section from their feature length production that was edited by our local boy, Tom Hannam. This will get you hyped for spring! From ShredBots: SHREDTOPIA is the latest film from the Shredbots. The crew keeps building, with…
Essay – Nat Segal – Skiing in the face of Climate Change

Essay – Nat Segal – Skiing in the face of Climate Change

August 30, 2014
Nat and her family at Mt Buller. “This is what I remember winter being like as a kid, they became less and less regular the older I became.” “If the ski industry is to save itself – not to mention help save snow, alpine habitat and ecosystems downstream of the…
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