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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...
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.
Torah's min-shred attracted a heap pf grommets. Photo: Thredbo

Torah Bright Mini-Shred

July 17, 2018
Torah Bright Mini-Shred The Torah Bright mini-shred was a huge success in Thredbo on Sunday, with over 300 kids having an awesome day
Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

July 17, 2018
Gear Guide: The Ski Mojo Video Review The Ski Mojo is brace that uses spring recoil technology to take of 30% of the strain off the kegs and knees while skiing or snowboarding.
The groms came out in all shapes and sizes! Photo: Perisher

Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain Park in Perisher Valley this past weekend,
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
Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

July 13, 2018
Jones snowboards – Mountain Twin When he’s not fitting boots and giving expert advice to customers at Joeys Myoko, Joe Stanco is on the mountain every day doing a bit of “R&D” on the latest snowboards. Whether you are into pow, park or shredding the groomed, Joey can recommend the…
Perisher's Yabby Flat park, the perfect venue

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about having fun, showing off your skills in the park
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...
Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

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

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

Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 9, 2018
During the early part of the season when we're all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big soft moguls it's a good time to work on a few skills that will help tune us up for when the bumps take shape.
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...
Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

July 4, 2018
The Search Series is the latest line in Rip Curl’s mountainwear and after 30 years producing mountainwear this range shows Rip Curl’s mountainwear division knows its stuff...
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...
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
Conrad Anker geared up and climbing out near the team's highest portaledge camp at over 20,000ft.

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, in southwestern Montana.
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.
Coen Bennie-Faull on his way to winning last year's Buller X. Photo: Dan Warbrick

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017
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.
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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…
UPDATED – The Weekend Storm, up to 40cm Expected – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Weekend Storm, up to 40cm Expected – Snow Alert Australia

July 21, 2015
Haig Burbury lays out a super-casual powder turn through some fine Thredbo snow last weekend. Here’s hoping for plenty more of this next week Image:: Alister Buckingham SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High UPDATED: July 22, 12:00pm Last week turned this season around, this next storm should set us up…
Season-Starter Delivers up to 50cm – The Storm in Photos

Season-Starter Delivers up to 50cm – The Storm in Photos

July 13, 2015
Mt Buller awoke to a very welcome blanket of snow on Sunday morning. Image:: Mt Buller Mountainwatch | Storm Gallery A few have called it “Snownami”, others coined it the Antarctic Vortex; but no matter what you call it, the last few days have finally delivered what every Aussie skier…
UPDATED – The Wait Is Over, up to 50cm inbound – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Wait Is Over, up to 50cm inbound – Snow Alert Australia

July 4, 2015
If everything goes to plan, this week’s cold fronts will turn our season around Image:: Perisher SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: The force is strong. Snow due to arrive from Friday Updated: July 8, 2015 The wait is over. Finally, it has arrived: The very first Australian Snow Alert of…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – New Zealand

June 30, 2015
The Remarkables delayed their opening due to ongoing construction of their new base building. Once they did kick things off, both the building and the mountain were looking spectacular Image:: NZSki New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The South Island’s ski season…
UPDATED Powder Delivery to the South Island to Continue – NZ Snow Alert

UPDATED Powder Delivery to the South Island to Continue – NZ Snow Alert

June 30, 2015
South Island skiers are in for a treat this week, with 10-20cm of fresh snow due to arrive from tomorrow Image:: NZSki SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High Confidence, be ready. Updated: July 3 2015 UPDATE Well, as promised the powder has arrived. South Island resorts are reporting up to 20cm…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – Australia – El Nino’s Iron Grip

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – Australia – El Nino’s Iron Grip

June 29, 2015
There may not be much natural snow, but there’s definitely snow. Zahra Kell rip through some man-made pow Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – July update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores We’ve been Nino’ed. June started with a rush of cold air, but that was…
New Zealand Scores – The Storm in Photos

New Zealand Scores – The Storm in Photos

June 20, 2015
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak was among the first to open, snow totals were less than the Canterbury Region yet still impressive Image:: Coronet Peak Mountainwatch | Storm Watch Well New Zealand has pulled away from Australia in the Bledisloe of snow with a strong first quarter lead after the metre snow…
UPDATED – 48 Hours of Snow – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – 48 Hours of Snow – Snow Alert Australia

June 17, 2015
The calm before the storm, June 17, 2015 Image:: Thredbo Snow Likelihood rating:
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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,…
The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

April 24, 2018
It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean tourists flock there year after year – crowds are actually beginning to turn some people off. As a result, many riders who travel to…
The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

April 13, 2018
Liquid Snow Tours have been sending their clients to hakuba for over ten years. Naturally, you’d assume that over that time they’ve gained quite a bit of local knowledge and they want to share it with you. If you’re thinking of heading to hakuba this season, have a read to…
The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

April 9, 2018
 Shiga Kogen is a great ski and board destination in Japan offering a variety of terrain and off-piste options, minimal crowds and an authentic Japanese experience that’s becoming harder to find, as more and more international skiers and boarders flock to the favoured resorts, hakuba and Niseko during the…
Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

April 6, 2018
Olympic gold medallist Sage Kotsenburg recently travelled to hakuba, Japan to chase some of the steepest back country runs in Japan. Sage had previously filmed up North in Hokkaido but found it was flatter so him and his crew came to hakuba for the steep terrain. Sage won Gold in…
Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

March 20, 2018
Tami Razenger, Dylan Dipentima and Tim McLennan having a powder party run on an awesome day. Photo: Brooks Curran Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull The past week has been very good in Jackson Hole after the storm the masses had waited for all season finally showed up last weekend. Snow to…
World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

March 13, 2018
Spring has sprung in some parts of the world, but there are more powder days in store for California and Europe. It was a return to powder in Niseko early this week and, as usual, it was pretty good. Photo: Oyuki/Aedan O’Donnell Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis Japan Given it is…
Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

March 8, 2018
The snow kept getting deeper each day. Bernie Rosow on a day he described as “nothing short of epic”. Photo Christian Pondella Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss After a slow winter with relatively weak and isolated storms, things finally kicked into gear last week in California, with a big storm dropping…
Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

March 7, 2018
The base area at Mt Hutt, looking god on a blue-bird day Mountainwatch | Press Release Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) Chair Marty Toomey says the industry has recorded the highest ever skier days for a season with 8% growth in 2017 and 1.6m visitors to New Zealand’s…
Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

March 2, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release hakuba Valley, Nagano, Japan today announced a long-term alliance with Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), the leading global mountain resort operator, Broomfield Colorado, USA. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass will offer five consecutive complimentary days with…
2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

March 2, 2018
We’re nearing the end of the season, right? Wrong. Let’s take a look at how March is shaping up in Colorado. After a dry December and January, regular storms started to filter through in late Feb and this day, Feb 23, was one of the best. Photo: Breckenridge Mountainwatch |…
Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

March 2, 2018
We’ve needed to break out the snorkels on more than one occasion this month. Image:: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman February certainly had its work cut out for it if it was going to top the snow that fell in either so-called ‘Deepcember’ or ‘Japanuary’. If…
Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

February 23, 2018
Furano’s backcountry looking amazing, but like anywhere in the back country, some common sense goes a long way. Photo: Caroline van’t Hoff Mountainwatch | Lucy Morrell, Alpine Backcountry Rental in Furano and Asahidake A couple of weeks ago six French backcountry skiers went missing in Furano. They split up around…
Myoko Forecast 14th February

Myoko Forecast 14th February

February 16, 2018
Mountainwatch The latest update from Myoko. The snow has been consistent throughout the season and looks like it will continue for the rest of the week. Follow Mountainwatch for more updates and head to Liquidsnowtours.com to book your last minute Japan ski trip. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

February 16, 2018
It may be a below average snow year, but Mammoth Mountain is living up to its reputation. Photo Feb 5, 2018. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The drive down from Tahoe to Mammoth Mountain is spectacular. Through the wide expanses of the Carson Valley, the mountains rising dramatically to the west…
Whistler Micro Adventures

Whistler Micro Adventures

February 5, 2018
It doesn’t have to be a massive expedition to have some fun in the BC Backcountry Anna scoping some lines during the skin above the tree line. Photo: Guy Fattal Mountainwatch | Anna Segal One of my favourite things about living in Whistler is the access to countless opportunities to…
Jackson Hole Update – A Week of Fresh Tracks and More on the Way

Jackson Hole Update – A Week of Fresh Tracks and More on the Way

February 2, 2018
A bluebird day with 40cms of fresh snow on Jackson’s renowned terrain is something special. Jan 24, 2018. Photo Chris Figenshau Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Winter seems to have made a resurgence here in Jackson Hole, with three major falls within the last two weeks and some powder days. Last…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

January 31, 2018
At 1898m, Mt Yotei is hard to miss when the sun comes out… Image:: Piotrek Drzastwa /Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well Japanuary has come to a close and it’s fair to say we’ve seen it all on the mountain this month. A mild start had us…
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.
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

October 22, 2017
Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Presented by As the ski season draws to a close down here in Australia and New Zealand, it is time to turn our antenna to the approaching northern hemisphere winter. With upwards of 500 ski-jo (literally “ski place”) to choose from, and a reputation for some…
Asahikawa – The gateway to Central Hokkaido’s Powder Belt – Travel

Asahikawa – The gateway to Central Hokkaido’s Powder Belt – Travel

September 26, 2017
Reggae Ellis goes in search of Hokkaido’s endless powder belt. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss If you are looking for a Japanese destination that has the snow without the crowds and is authentically Japanese with minimal western influence, then a road trip around the resorts of rural Central…
Buller X – Proof of Big Mountain Freeriding in Our Backyard – Event Recap

Buller X – Proof of Big Mountain Freeriding in Our Backyard – Event Recap

September 22, 2017
Coen Bennie navigating just one of the coight-clenching chutes on Thursday’s finals. Photo:: Harro Mountainwatch | Buller X After a tantalizing wait all winter for snow and weather conditions to align the first “Buller X” extreme freeride competition got underway at Mt Buller yesterday afternoon in superb spring conditions. Australia’s…
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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…
RIP CURL FREERIDE PRO Run & Won Today!

RIP CURL FREERIDE PRO Run & Won Today!

August 16, 2011
Rip Curl rider and Thredbo local grom Sam Tomasi. The under-lights night time ThrowDown gives the riders the chance to show some impressive manoeuvres. Image:: Rip Curl Rip Curl Freeride Pro The 2011 Rip Curl FreeRide Pro and ThrowDown events presented by Nature Valley are set to run at the…
RIP CURL FREERIDE PRO – Watkin, Pete, Wiki, Zoe Win Freeride Pro

RIP CURL FREERIDE PRO – Watkin, Pete, Wiki, Zoe Win Freeride Pro

August 16, 2011
Mens open snowboard winner Pete Long Rip Curl Freeride Pro Sunshine when you expected rain is an auspicious beginning to any day, on this day, the day in which the 2011 Rip Curl Freeride Pro was to be ‘run and won’, it was glorious. Diligent weather-study by The Grasshopper had…
Rip Curl THROWDOWN – Double Whammy for Zoe & Wiki

Rip Curl THROWDOWN – Double Whammy for Zoe & Wiki

August 16, 2011
Men’s snowboard winner Ryan Tiene makes the most of the pole jump. Image:: Rip Curl Rip Curl Freeride Pro Jordan Houghton’s just done a 1080. The crowd appreciates it. Backflips, multiple spins and falling head first down the staircase feature all elicit extra exuberance from the couple of hundred strong…
PHOTO EXHIBITION – Lets Get It On Showcases Big Mountain Photography

PHOTO EXHIBITION – Lets Get It On Showcases Big Mountain Photography

August 15, 2011
Big mountain photography and alpine landscapes are celebrated in the Lets Get It On Exhibition. Image: Jeff Curtes Photo Exhibition Mountainwatch and Transfer Snowboard Magazine have collaborated with the Camera Club to create Lets Get It On, an exhibition of top shelf big mountain and alpine landscape photography launching this…
Dragon FALLS CREEK Big Air After Party & APX Goggle Pre-Release

Dragon FALLS CREEK Big Air After Party & APX Goggle Pre-Release

August 12, 2011
Press Release The Frying Pan Inn and Dragon are teaming up again to deliver the Big Air After Party! Dragon are Pre-Releasing their 2012 APX goggle for all to check out and are handing out plenty of prizes and pomo gear! The Falls Creek All Stars will being playing a…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Inaugural Shootout Photo & Video Comp Winners

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Inaugural Shootout Photo & Video Comp Winners

August 12, 2011
Lake Wanaka Tourism Best Wanaka’s Backyard Photo – Mitch Stubbs World Heli Challenge For the first time ever the World Heli Challenge this year incoporated a competition for photographers and filmers. The Shootout called for images and film capturing the action and the lifestyle surrounding the WHC. Who won the…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Sam, Janina, Benny, Abby Win!

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Sam, Janina, Benny, Abby Win!

August 12, 2011
World Heli Challenge Winners of the 2011 World Heli Challenge, Sam Smoothy, Janina Kuzma, Benny Bright and Abby Lockhart took centre stage last night at the World Heli Challenge Showcase. Athletes, media and the general public filled the Lake Wanaka Centre and were treated to an amazing evening last night…
Tonteri and Anderson Win 2011 Billabong Slope-style

Tonteri and Anderson Win 2011 Billabong Slope-style

August 6, 2011
Finland’s Antti Autti spinning a huge frontside 1080 tail grab over the third and largest kicker on the course. Antti was unlucky to be pipped into third in the Open Men’s Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Russell Holt | Photography by Johnny McCormack Roopi Tonteri of Finland and Jamie Anderson of…
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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…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

August 31, 2012
early morning ski racing at Coronet Peak Image:: NZSKI.com Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Spring is well and truly upon us now, its warmed up a lot in the past week and that makes for some slushy on and off piste fun! If only the NZ winters…
NAT AND HANNA ‘SEND THE DITCH’ – Episode 1

NAT AND HANNA ‘SEND THE DITCH’ – Episode 1

August 29, 2012
    Nat and Hanna Send the Ditch | Nat Segal Nat Segal and Hanna Fisher, two bad-ass Australian freeriders, are ‘Sending the Ditch’ and taking on the Freeride World Qualifier Series in New Zealand. Nat from Melbourne and Hanna from Sydney, met as teenagers while meandering through the Australian…
BLOG One Aspen Winter – A New Year Update

BLOG One Aspen Winter – A New Year Update

January 23, 2012
Epic Aspen. Image:: Aspen Blog | George Raptis An update from One Aspen Winter So much has been happening in Aspen since I last got in touch with the readers of Mountainwatch. December saw our base slowly deteriorate under unseasonal warm temperatures, and while most of North America was waiting…
EDITOR’S BLOG – Don’t Hedge Your Snow Bets

EDITOR’S BLOG – Don’t Hedge Your Snow Bets

January 12, 2012
  You want column b, not column a… Breckenridge in December looking rather bare and then again in early January. Images:: Breckenridge Editor’s Blog | Tessa Cook One more Powder Alert press release in my inbox may see me hurl my computer out the window. All credit to the conscientious…
Will’s Blog – the JULIAN CARR Interview

Will’s Blog – the JULIAN CARR Interview

August 25, 2011
  Interview blog | Will Stolk G’day again, In this instalment of my blog I continue to showcase the different views and style of fellow snow sliders. First it was Xavier Del Rue and now this week I’ve interviewed a friend of mine, world Record cliff jumper (for biggest flip…
STEVE LEE REVIEWS – Women’s Skis

STEVE LEE REVIEWS – Women’s Skis

July 20, 2011
Kerry testing the flex Equipment Review | Steve Lee Overview There is plenty going on in the world of women’s skis and rightly so with the sport being enjoyed by the fairer half as much as by us blokes. To capture that important sector, manufactures work hard on the look…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Miracle Snow Storm

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Miracle Snow Storm

July 18, 2011
Turoa post storm Battler Image:: Mt Ruapehu Snow Journal | Matt White Hi all, I trust that everyone has been getting plenty of freshies both in NZ and Aussie over the last week!! I have never seen a weather cycle like the one we have just had over here, EVERY…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – The Best Day Ever

BOOTHY’S BLOG – The Best Day Ever

July 11, 2011
  First tracks under Snowgums. Image:: Chris Booth Blog | Chris Booth Thursday the 7th of July was the best day I’ve ever skied in Australia. I’m not kidding: I had a classic day in 2003, another one in late July 2008, and a ripper as young bloke in 2000.…
STEVE LEE REVIEWS – Skis for the First Time Purchase

STEVE LEE REVIEWS – Skis for the First Time Purchase

June 28, 2011
Steve putting the skis through their paces on the green runs. Image:: Chris Hocking Equipment Review | Steve Lee With rental playing such a major roll in the industry these days, it’s a wonder people buy skis at all anymore. However they do and after boots, which are the very…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Seven Year Hope

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Seven Year Hope

June 20, 2011
Mt Hutt Tuesday afternoon Image:: Mt Hutt cam Snow Journal | Matt White They say the weather works in a 7 year cycle.. Hopefully this time round they are right. Still no snow across the ditch here in NZ, but I remembered the other day about winter 2004, a season…
THE TSC BLOG – Grom Snowboarders at Mt Buller Over the Long Weekend!

THE TSC BLOG – Grom Snowboarders at Mt Buller Over the Long Weekend!

June 14, 2011
Transition Snowboard Camp (TSC) in Mt Buller is THE training programme for Australia’s young snowboarders, providing both a 30 day weekend and a 70 day full season training camp for developing teenage snowboarders along with an elite 12 month training squad. This season the TSC Blog here on Mountainwatch will…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Getting the Goods!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Getting the Goods!

June 11, 2011
Cardrona on the weekend, what a difference a week makes! Image:: Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Hi everyone, well it has been quite an exciting week here in NZ, we have been getting nailed by what you could call ‘the perfect storm’… it has been snowing since Thursday and…
PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 7 – Jackson ‘AWESOME’ Hole

PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 7 – Jackson ‘AWESOME’ Hole

March 2, 2011
Our crew (find Charlie) plus a few others we encountered wandering around in the backcountry Words & Images | Tess Cook Aching knees, sore heads, general exhaustion and long-drive apathy; fresh snow in Jackson Hole cures them all. In another of those T for timing moments the trip kept throwing…
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