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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.
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.
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...
Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

June 20, 2018
Hotham’s Coen Bennie-Faull is a ski instructor, coaches at Hotham Freeski and is also Australia’s premier big mountain freeskier. He spends the northern hemisphere winter in Jackson Hole, where he competes occasionally, but focuses on film/photo projects.
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.
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...
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...
A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

June 14, 2018
Did you know your brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb? Well, it does, and it’s just one of the reasons you should protect it with a brain bucket this season.
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.
The Countdown – Five Training Tips For Snow Season

The Countdown – Five Training Tips For Snow Season

June 12, 2018
Do you hate having to stop mid ski run because your legs burn
Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018
Fresh-faced and free, people are excited and jittery and alive. Staff are trying extra hard with customers, lifties pull tees with aerobic energy, ski instructors don’t have goggle tans yet.
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
Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

June 4, 2018
Not only is Perisher a dominant force among Australian ski resorts, it is the largest ski resort in the entire Southern Hemisphere
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.
What To Watch Out For This Season – The Roads And The Roos

What To Watch Out For This Season – The Roads And The Roos

May 25, 2018
Getting to and from the skifields is part of the adventure – planning your day, recapping and exaggerating stacks and achievements and trying to get a decent enough reception
Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

May 24, 2018
The home of the Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Olympics is the perfect base from which to explore what is known
Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

May 21, 2018
Opening weekend is set to officially kick off in less than three weeks, across the 9th - 11th of June - assuming the resorts don’t get into another ski lift arms race and start spinning chairs
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Snow on the Way in the South – Snow Alert NZ

Snow on the Way in the South – Snow Alert NZ

June 16, 2015
Coronet Peak turned it on for Opening Day last weekend, but if this storm comes through that powder shape could be mighty handy Image:: Coronet Peak SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Uncertain and complex, but it’s coming. Updated: June 16 2015 After a promising start, followed by a great snowmaking window,…
Snow Alert NZ – UPDATED – Large Front Inbound, Possibility of 70cm

Snow Alert NZ – UPDATED – Large Front Inbound, Possibility of 70cm

June 5, 2015
There’s going to be some rain first, but areas close to the divide could be in for up to 70cm above 2000m. Image:: Treble Cone SNOW ALERT – UPDATED Snow Likelihood rating: It’s raining, but snow is coming Updated: June 9 2015 As promised, the rain is currently settling in, but…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – June Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – June Update – New Zealand

June 2, 2015
The winter buzz is strong in the South Island thanks to last week’s dump. But what’s instore for the month ahead? Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Less than a month to go, and confidence is sky high for…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – June Update – Australia – Welcome to Winter

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – June Update – Australia – Welcome to Winter

June 1, 2015
Welcome to Winter. Lake Jindabyne, June 1, 2015 Image:: Lucas Wilkinson Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores El Nino is here and for the next six months it’s going to get blamed for anything weird that happens with the weather.…
Snow Alert NZ – Weekend snow in the South Island?

Snow Alert NZ – Weekend snow in the South Island?

May 28, 2015
#stormlife up at The Remarks Image:: The Remarkables SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: It’s a crap shoot. Roll the dice and watch in wonder. Updated: May 28 2015 The Southern Lakes got hit by a classic southerly snow storm on Sunday/Monday just gone. Some of the snow drifts that collected would…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – May Update – New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – Australia – El Nino Dos Awaits

March 31, 2015
It was the ‘Wrong’un’ of last year that delivered the epic falls of late June and early July. As you’ll read below, it could possibly happen again Image:: Thredbo Resort Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper If this were a movie I guess they’d be calling it El Nino Dos.…
The Wait is Over, Niseko Expects Heavy Snow – Snow Alert

The Wait is Over, Niseko Expects Heavy Snow – Snow Alert

December 1, 2014
Just a tease, you know this is coming… Dec 2013, Niseko Image:: Niseko Photography SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High confidence Filed: December 1, 2014 Nervous Christmas holiday-makers can rest easy, the freezing line has flat-lined, the storm has already hit neighbouring Korea, and Hokkaido is bunkering down for the first significant…
Snow Alert NZ – Consistent top-ups on the way down south

Snow Alert NZ – Consistent top-ups on the way down south

September 15, 2014
Cardrona’s carpark this afternoon. Reports indicate about 7cm has fallen through the day. Image:: Cardrona SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: The force is strong. Filed:September 15, 2014 It’s been a slow winter in New Zealand. Sure, there’s been snow, and there’s been some powder days, but it kinda feels like it…
Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – New Zealand

September 2, 2014
While the powder days have been few and far between, this mid-August dump was perfect. Harry Pettit getting after it at The Remarkables Image:: Vaughan Brookfield New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper We got lucky in August with some heavy falls to start the month, and that’s allowed us…
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…
Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – Australia

August 29, 2014
Spring in the high country, does it get any better? Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s time for our final seasonal outlook of the season, and I have to admit this is probably my favourite one to write. We…
Opinion – Can Snowboarding Go Green?

Opinion – Can Snowboarding Go Green?

August 26, 2014
The guilt-free boarder. Is enviro misrepresentation rife in snowboarding? Or are there those who are doing their bit? Illustration:: Louis Macindoe This Global Conscience piece was originally published in Transfer #17. You can find all our back issues HERE. Transfer | Alex Horvath Snowboarding, as a lifestyle, is inextricably linked…
Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – New Zealand

August 5, 2014
The South Island received a healthy 25cm top-up over the weekend, this week is shaping up well, too. Could this be the turning point of the season? Image:: NZSki New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper We’re nearly at the halfway point in the New Zealand season, so why does…
Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – Australia

August 4, 2014
While they don’t bring snow, high pressure systems ain’t all bad. A groomer scores the sunrise over Thredbo Valley Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores All right, bring it in tight. We’re at the halfway point in the season, but there’s…
Snow Alert Aus – 15 to 30cm inbound

Snow Alert Aus – 15 to 30cm inbound

July 29, 2014
The storm that hit around the 18th July delivered some incredible snow to Mt Hotham, if temps stay low then we can expect a rinse and repeat this weekend Image:: Mark Tsukasov SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Moderate, but increasing confidence. Updated:July 29 2014 Just in time for August, a healthy…
Opinion – Avalanches, The Darker Side of the Storm

Opinion – Avalanches, The Darker Side of the Storm

July 25, 2014
Recent snow conditions have brought avalanche danger to the forefront of backcountry user’s minds. As you can see from this shot, it’s for very good reason Image:: Le Bent/Blondel Mountainwatch | Zack Wasson The thought of avalanches occurring in Australia is a strange concept in the mind of most backcountry…
Gallery – The South Island So Far

Gallery – The South Island So Far

July 22, 2014
South Island skier, Harry Pettit, enjoying some fresh pow at the Remarkables. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath Over in New Zealand, winter has been progressing a little slowly… But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any good riding on offer. In order to kill the bad vibes, and…
Snow Alert – 10 to 30cm inbound for Australia next week

Snow Alert – 10 to 30cm inbound for Australia next week

July 17, 2014
Snow continued to fall last night in Falls Creek, we can expect a short break of mostly fine weather over the weekend before more natural snow falls early next week. Image:: Hocking SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating:High confidence Filed: June 17 2014 Updated:June 18 2014 The Grasshopper‘s jumping up and down…
Snow Alert Aus – 30 – 40cm inbound – Updated

Snow Alert Aus – 30 – 40cm inbound – Updated

July 6, 2014
Dhanu Sherpa slashes some perfect Aussie pow in Thredbo over the weekend. No doubt this week will offer plenty of turns like this. Image:: Gareth Christian SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: The force is strong with this one. Updated:July 9 2014 UPDATE Unfortunately the totals have been dropped to the lower…
Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – New Zealand

July 4, 2014
Opening day at The Remarkables yesterday saw blue sky, a new chairlift and some fresh snow. Not bad, right? Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A few days ago this seasonal would have been a lot harder to write. Things were starting to look a bit…
Storm Journal – The Superstorm

Storm Journal – The Superstorm

July 3, 2014
Far too cold for work. Mt Buller looking its best. Image:: Andrew Railton Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss There is no denying that the mountains were shrouded with an air of pessimism just over a week ago. The media had been relentless in its dire predictions for the Australian snow season,…
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Buller X Gets the Green Light – it’s on – Australia’s first Freeride Competition

Buller X Gets the Green Light – it’s on – Australia’s first Freeride Competition

September 20, 2017
The call has been made, tomorrow is the day that Australia’s first big-mountain freeride type event will take place, at the formidable Buller summit. Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Buller X Australia’s best freeriders are cranking up their DIN settings and getting ready to clamp down those ratchets in preparation for…
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…
Girls Go Ride as the Snow Dumps Down – Roxy Girls Go Ride Recap – Thredbo

Girls Go Ride as the Snow Dumps Down – Roxy Girls Go Ride Recap – Thredbo

September 6, 2017
Don’t stop, won’t stop. Despite formidable weather, the ultimate girl gang gathered at Thredbo on Monday for the Roxy Girls Go Ride Day. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Lulu Wilkinson The return of the “Blizzard of Oz” saw around 70 chicks hit Thredbo for a day of riding with Torah Bright…
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…
Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

August 9, 2017
Click clack front and back ‘cause we’re jumping the border and going boardin’, and checkin’ out everything in between both NSW and VIC resorts. Photo:: MW Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s Friday afternoon, and the mad dash down the M7 onto the M5 is reduced to a crawling pace while…
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,…
Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

August 4, 2017
Pro Skier Johnny Collinson approaching snorkel worthy depths at Alta. Image:: Adam Clark/Ski Utah Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Drive around Utah and you’ll notice they have “The Greatest Snow On Earth®”. It won’t be the snow piled up on the side of the road that leads…
Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

July 28, 2017
As what can only be described as a catalyst in the operations of Australian resorts, Thredbo’s partnership with Protect Our Winters is a step in the right direction. And everyone in this room knew it. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Thredbo Last night marked a great step forward for skiing and…
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…
Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

June 22, 2017
Your first turns in Telluride could look something like this. Photo:: Telluride Ski Resort Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Well we shouldn’t have to tell you to ride Telluride, but we’re sure going to and here’s why… Remember those Victorian era houses that populate the inside of…
The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

June 20, 2017
Skiing Niseko’s world class pow all day is taxing on the body, at some point you’ll need to exit the white room and get some rest, here’s a guide to the best beds in the region. Image:: Niseko Photography Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss When I first went to Niseko…
The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

May 9, 2017
Japans many Onsen’s are almost as famous as its powder. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Our last story on Tazawako focused on the skiing it offers advanced skiers and snowboarders, in particular the off piste areas and tree skiing available for those looking for some light Japanese…
Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

May 6, 2017
Replace the chairlift with a chopper and you’ll be skiing freshie’s like this all day long. Source:: Southern Lakes Heliski Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Any skiing is better than no skiing. However, there’s a big difference between getting four people on a quad chair and conversing on the way up…
Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

April 14, 2017
Mammoth has had a record breaking season and now not just in terms of its snowfall. Image:: Mammoth Mountain Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman New developments in the Ski Resort arms race this week see Aspen skiing co., in partnership with KSL Capital Partners (Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows) announce plans to…
Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

April 10, 2017
Tazawako’s powder is perfect for surfing the snow. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Japan is now fully on the radar for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. It’s hard to believe that only 15 years ago even Niseko was a basic Japanese resort with few…
How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

March 3, 2017
Sugar Bowl is a hot bed for cool pow pow right now, here’s proof. Image:: Grant Barta Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe You may have heard on the grapevine that Tahoe is having a pretty good winter. And you’d be right, in fact, Tahoe’s looking 100%, actually, it’s 179% of its…
Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

February 7, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull ripping through the incredibly light pow. Photo: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss After a long drive through the snow-covered flatlands of Northern Colorado and Wyoming, the first glimpse of the Teton Range is a welcome sight. The jagged peaks seem to climb straight out of the…
Japan Insider – Nagano Prefecture – Shiga Kogen Ski Area

Japan Insider – Nagano Prefecture – Shiga Kogen Ski Area

January 13, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll 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…
Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

January 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll So you’re thinking of heading to Japan? At first, most Southern Hemisphere powder hunters think Hokkaido, located on the North Island of Japan. However, the South Island, in particular the Niigata Prefecture, boasts a wide variety of terrain, just as much snow, better weather conditions and…less…
Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

January 4, 2017
Photo taken January 2, 2017 at Alpine Meadows by SnowBrains Snow Likelihood rating: 100% confidence Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss As we reported yesterday, the resorts in California’s Sierra Mountains are entering an awesome cycle of snow-bearing storms and the expected snow levels have jumped significantly in the past 24 hours. The…
Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

January 3, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Whistler has welcomed in the New Year with a ton of new snow for all powder hounds to revel in! They’ve received 85cm of fresh this week alone, followed by a few epic bluebird days to top off a great week of skiing and snowboarding. The…
Japan and North America Enter a Storm Cycle – World Snow Wrap

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

December 9, 2016
Whistler locals have been enjoying generous early season snowfalls. Image:: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We are at the end of the first week of December and winter is well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere. After a slow but fairly typical start…
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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…
Snow Park NZ Turns On for Slope-Style 2011 – Day 1

Snow Park NZ Turns On for Slope-Style 2011 – Day 1

August 4, 2011
Snow Park is back to its former glory and then some. The new 22-foot halfpipe opened today along with the airbag and new jump line. Photo: Woody Sedgman Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Russell Holt We are sitting here with Robbie Walker – one of Australia’s best-known snowboard slopestyle riders looking…
World Heli Challenge Kicks off on the Shores of Lake Wanaka

World Heli Challenge Kicks off on the Shores of Lake Wanaka

July 25, 2011
The WHC crew 2011. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The 2011 World Heli Challenge kicked off today with a media launch at Lake Wanaka where athletes, event organisers, media and the general public gathered to watch two of Aspiring Helicopters birds fly across the lake and land on the foreshore…
Sydney Division Interschools Snowsports Wrap Up

Sydney Division Interschools Snowsports Wrap Up

July 18, 2011
Course officials work hard maintaining the course Sydney Division Interschools Snowsports Wrap Up | By Don St.Pierre The Travelplan Ski & Westpac Sydney Interschools Snowsports Championships took place last week in Thredbo on ideal conditions. With bluebird days and better than average snow, 40 Sydney schools competed in moguls, alpine,…
Cattleman’s Replica Rail Launch, Mt Buller

Cattleman’s Replica Rail Launch, Mt Buller

July 16, 2011
Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Alex Cameron The Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam event is one of the highlights of the Australian winter season. The atmosphere in Mt Buller’s village square on a cold Saturday night each July is electric. The top snowboarders in the country hurl themselves at a series of…
Cattleman’s 2011 Rail Jam Wrap-Up & PHOTOS

Cattleman’s 2011 Rail Jam Wrap-Up & PHOTOS

July 16, 2011
Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Alex Cameron Cattleman’s is over for another year, and what an event! The level of riding surpassed previous years, as has become the nature of the event. Jye Kearney walks away champion, and $4000 richer, with Mitch Williams second and Pete Long third. Tim Laidlaw was…
Send Nat to the Heli Challenge

Send Nat to the Heli Challenge

July 13, 2011
Nat, serious big mountain talent! Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge | Nat Segal ‘Send me to the Heli Challenge’ is a status that has frequented Facebook over the last few weeks, well at least on my news feed. The Heli Challenge is not an off the wall battle of aircrafts,…
Australia’s Hottest Snow Battle – Dew Hut Jam 3

Australia’s Hottest Snow Battle – Dew Hut Jam 3

July 12, 2011
Image:: Rory Gardner TEAMS SIGN ON THEIR BEST SNOWBOARDERS IN AIM TO TRUMP THE COMPETITION AT AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST SNOW BATTLE: DEW HUT JAM 3 SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY JULY 30th 2011 Mt Buller The country’s top freestyle snowboarding competition for Australian and New Zealand riders, the Dew Hut Jam hits…
Transfer Photo Exhibition Mt. Buller

Transfer Photo Exhibition Mt. Buller

July 12, 2011
Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Alex Cameron Cover: Ryan TienePhotographer: Jake McBrideLocation: Perisher Key Information What Transfer Photo Exhibition and Drinks Where Apres Bar, Mt Buller Chalet When Friday 15 June, 6pm Who Everyone welcome Why Because we love snowboarding down under Transfer was conceived with the primary objective of documenting…
Northern Division NSW Interschools Snowsports Enjoys Perfect Conditions

Northern Division NSW Interschools Snowsports Enjoys Perfect Conditions

July 11, 2011
Moguls Course 2011 NSW Interschools | By Don St.Pierre The Travel Plan / Westpac Northern NSW Interschools took place last week in ideal conditions at Perisher. This week the Sydney Champs Interschools rolls into Thredbo. With fresh dry snow falling last week the Northern NSW Interschools events on Wednesday to…
Cerebral Palsy Alliance skiing with Liberty Skis Pro Team

Cerebral Palsy Alliance skiing with Liberty Skis Pro Team

July 8, 2011
Thredbo and Disabled Wintersport Australia have a long and proud history, and on Tuesday they furthered their goal to share the joy of skiing by hosting eighteen teenagers from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Liberty Skis organized their brand ambassador Murray Bartram, a freeskier with cerebral palsy, as well as their…
World Heli Challenge Launch Parties Presented by Corona

World Heli Challenge Launch Parties Presented by Corona

July 5, 2011
World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch offers you the chance to win a World Heli Challenge long sleeve T Shirt. The first four people to email Tony Harrington on harro@worldhelichallenge.com and say they read this post on Mountainwatch will receive a free long sleeve World Heli Challenge T Shirt. The first of…
Boxes at Selwyn Snowfields

Boxes at Selwyn Snowfields

July 4, 2011
It is fair to say the Boxes For Days concept works; it didn’t feel like a contest, but people were winning free product. The riding was old-fashioned fun, without the pressure to try technical tricks or hitting features that were too challenging. Pro riders were riding against weekend warriors, and…
Ryan Cooke and Daniel Klein Win First Junior Urban Pro at Buller

Ryan Cooke and Daniel Klein Win First Junior Urban Pro at Buller

July 4, 2011
Henry Bessell on the “Flat Box” feature. Image:: Harro Junior Urban Pro Forty talented young skiers and snowboarders converged on a specially built slopestyle course at Mt Buller last night in the first Junior Urban Pro with skier Ryan Cooke from Cooma and snowboarder Daniel Klein from Mt Buller taking…
GO SEEK Sydney Premiere Party & Photos

GO SEEK Sydney Premiere Party & Photos

July 1, 2011
Transfer Snowboard Magazine | Russell Holt The Sydney snowboard crowd gathered at The Steyne Hotel in Manly last night for the Sydney stop of the Australian & NZ snowboard film premiere GO SEEK. Jake McCarthy one of the featured rider in GO SEEK made the trek from the mountains for…
Thredbo Freeride Series – Rails

Thredbo Freeride Series – Rails

June 28, 2011
A Skier high above the rail Image:: Courtesy Of Ace @ Hot Shots, Thredbo Thredbo Freeride Series Rails | Saturday June 25th The Thredbo Freeride Series is back for 2011 and with 5 different competitions this season and the Rails were the first round of the event to kick off…
GO SEEK Melbourne Premiere Photos

GO SEEK Melbourne Premiere Photos

June 23, 2011
Photos by Robbie Warden & John Waddell, Text by Robbie Warden Captain Catsburg, Robbie Walktheplank Walker, n dudes. Wednesday night saw the premier of Transfer Magazine’s new film Go Seek featuring Australia and New Zealand shredders across the northern-hemi winter at Thousand Pound Bend, deep in Melbourne’s CBD alley ways.…
Jindabyne Parties Hard for Go Seek Premiere

Jindabyne Parties Hard for Go Seek Premiere

June 16, 2011
Go Seek, the 2011 movie from Transfer and Reason Films, premiered at the Jindabyne Cinema last night to a full house of excited Australians. The crowd hung off every shot, and the anticipation that has been building over the past few weeks overflowed into hoots and hollers as each trick…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Young Guns Winning VIDEO Entries

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Young Guns Winning VIDEO Entries

June 15, 2011
  World Heli Challenge After much anticipation, World Heli Challenge organisers today announced the winners of its first ever Young Gun competition. 12-year-old skier Mark Hendrickson (Calgary, Canada) and 12-year-old snowboarder Lyon Farrell (Hawaii) have taken the honours. “Given that this was our first time doing this contest, we were…
Go Seek Queenstown Premiere Goes Off

Go Seek Queenstown Premiere Goes Off

June 13, 2011
The world premiere of Go Seek, the new down under snowboard flick from Transfer and Reason Films, went down at Revolver Bar in Queenstown on Friday night. There was a great turnout, as the kiwi shred community came together to enjoy the home grown movie and celebrate the start of…
The DJ KNOWS Alpine Tour 2011 and Free Mixtape

The DJ KNOWS Alpine Tour 2011 and Free Mixtape

June 9, 2011
This winter, the DJ KNOWS Alpine Tour will be bringing you Australia’s finest snow culture hip hop, electro and funk mixed by live DJs. The tour kicks off on Friday 10 June in Melbourne at the Capital 17 store, before traveling around the snow communities of south eastern Australia and…
Warren Miller Film Premiere

Warren Miller Film Premiere

June 6, 2011
Movie Premiere | Warren Miller In a genre aimed at core legitimacy, the Warren Miller films go in for mainstream appeal, with obvious success. For years the early June film screenings in the east coast cities have formed part of a winter kick-off tradition, an integral marker in the pre-season…
VIDEO Icy Plunge at Falls Creek to Bargain for Good Season

VIDEO Icy Plunge at Falls Creek to Bargain for Good Season

June 1, 2011
Plunging into Rockey Valley Lake. Image: Chris Hocking Press Release Each year Falls Creek Alpine Resort celebrates the first day of winter with a mass Ice Plunge into the mile-high Rocky Valley Lake. Between 150-200 resort residents and any guests (who were ‘persuaded’ to take part in this somewhat bizzare…
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BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 3 – Road Trip

BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 3 – Road Trip

February 15, 2011
Road Trip! Words & Images | Tess Cook Next time someone asks me where they should take their next snow trip, I’m going to answer, without hesitation, go to Crested Butte and Telluride. There’s a million and one reasons, the top ones: These places are the new frontier. I love…
VIDEO PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 2 – Epic Day

VIDEO PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 2 – Epic Day

February 11, 2011
  Behind the lens, the long range lens Blog | Tess Cook As days in the office go, this was one of the all time. After a night of solid snowfalls, Crested Butte hooked us up with ski patroller ‘H-Bomb’ to head into all the extreme zones before they were…
TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

September 15, 2010
Punta De Lobo is a mechanical left hand point break that’s 10 minutes south of Chile’s famous beach town Pichelemu. The point is covered in cacti. Sep 8 – Sept 11, 2010 | Words Russell Holt Photos Johnny McCormack Chile and Argentina have always been on the ‘hit-list’, the size…
Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

September 7, 2010
Steve Lee’s Backcounty Tours. Image:: Chris Hocking Words | Tess Cook Springtime in the snow, endless bluebird, warm enough to eat lunch in the sunshine sans jacket, with any luck a good serving of spring corn snow and, as if you needed another reason to hit the slopes, accommodation and…
Zoe’s Blog – Road Trip

Zoe’s Blog – Road Trip

September 1, 2010
Nat Segal in the Rip Curl Pro. Image:: Hanno Words | Zoe Jaboor The first day back at work after a 10 day road trip around the Victorian and NSW snowfields is a massive reality check. It all started the a few Fridays ago, I raced up the Princess FWY…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – Blue Lake

BOOTHY’S BLOG – Blue Lake

August 31, 2010
Ben and Simon contemplate. Image:: Courtesy Chris Booth Words | Chris Booth Henry Ford once wrote that obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. At 4pm Saturday I was sitting in traffic in South Sydney when I received a phone call, it…
Zoe’s Blog – Chick of the Week

Zoe’s Blog – Chick of the Week

August 24, 2010
Olympian and all round champion chick with stix Katya Crema. Image:: Elle Cook Blog | Zoe Jaboor Chicks with Stix is all about shredding and having fun together, and these girls have been doing both. I get a real buzz out of seeing girls pushing the limits and taking the…
Taking the Piste – Australia’s Quintessential Snow Runs

Taking the Piste – Australia’s Quintessential Snow Runs

August 21, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Rachael and her ski porter. Image:: Alexander Evans You don’t need skins and alpine tour bindings to get amongst the backcountry gum trees of Australia as some of the best runs are accessible from resort lifts. Thredbo’s Dead Horse Gap is accessible from…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Climate change and the snow sports community

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Climate change and the snow sports community

August 17, 2010
  The Snow Greenie – Cam Walker Melting snow is a symptom of climate change. Image:; Elle Cook Blog | Cam Walker This has been the winter of on again, off again snow. Thankfully we are back in a good cycle at present and it is easy – and probably…
BOOTHY”S BLOG – Skiing the Tasman Glacier

BOOTHY”S BLOG – Skiing the Tasman Glacier

August 16, 2010
View of Mt Cook from the Hermitage Lodge. Blog | Chris Booth Images | Courtesy Chris Booth New Zealand had a fairly ordinary July. The one or two snow falls didn’t deliver much to the South Island and the alpine conditions were more or less below average. Then as August…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – Heli Skiing at Mt Cook

BOOTHY’S BLOG – Heli Skiing at Mt Cook

August 16, 2010
  Chris Booth finding some late-afternoon pow.. Image:: Courtesy Chris Booth Blog | Chris Booth After a ripper of a day up at the Tasman Glacier playing in the ice fields, we were ready to get in the heli. We were after some safe mini-golf lines to ski. Mini-golf lines…
The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

August 11, 2010
Joey getting in front of the lens for a turn. Image:: Watkin McLennan. So AirTime | Watkin McLennan A couple of weeks ago Joe Corcoran, myself and our never seen snow token girl Hannah Gooley headed north behind enemy lines. Our aim was to promote SoO AirTime and the Open…
Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

August 2, 2010
Me unnatural 360 on the set up jump. Image:: Charlie Timmins Blog | Chris Booth My roomie for the World Heli Challenge, Charlie Timmins, and I joined Russ Henshaw up at SnowPark for some practice the other day. When the snow is not fresh in the ‘proper’ ski resorts SnowPark…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

July 13, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Powder perfect days at Thredbo must be just around the corner. Image:: Thredbo Taking the Piste | Rachael Oakes-Ash It is considered poor form to talk about the season before it’s finished. Mention ‘snow drought’ and prepare to be booed off the stage and…
BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 7, 2010
  2010 Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada (left) and Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith – 2010 Olympic silver medalist Blog | Don St Pierre – Former USA Freestyle Ski Team Head Coach During the early part of the season when we’re all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

June 25, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Anna Segal Blog | Rachael Oakes-Ash Do you mock your mates with a ‘you ski or ride like a girl’ comments on Facebook when they upload their latest snow pics? Well we’ve got news for you, they should be so lucky. If your mate…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

June 17, 2010
Mt Hotham, Opening weekend 2010. Image:: Cam Walker Cam Walker | Alpine Environmentalist So, Winter is finally here, and its time to get out amongst it. I just got my first fix: a quick ski out to Mount Loch and a half day at Hotham with my kids. It was…
BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

June 16, 2010
Snowflakes in detail Aaron Cook | Alpine Meteorologist There’s a special white powder that I love which is sometimes very hard to come by. It occurs naturally and is very abundant in certain parts of South America, but it’s very expensive. It can take over your life, but there are…
BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

June 15, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash The endless quest for the perfect turn… Image: Gallup Photography/gallupphoto.com Rachael Oakes-Ash If the dried saliva on the corners of your snow obsessed mate’s mouth didn’t give it away then we’re here to tell you, it’s been snowing. Web forums, page three news…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

June 4, 2010
  A Thredbo Sunrise. Mother Nature’s Beauty is well worth protecting. Image – Thredbo Cam Walker – Alpine Environmentalist With a couple of good dustings across the Alps in May, everyone is getting impatient for winter. Thoughts turn to the big questions: when will we get that first serious dump?…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

May 27, 2010
Skiing pow in the gum trees at Thredbo. Image – Thredbo Rachael Oakes-Ash I always feel in limbo at this time of year. Caught between a summer daze of late night rooftop dancing flashbacks and the new snow season imprints yet to be made. Sure, the weather is cold. Cold…
Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

October 23, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash This view now on sale, care of a strengthening Aussie dollar. Black Tusk from Whistler Mountain, Canada. By Rachael Oakes Ash Maths has never been my forte. I struggle when skiing in the USA where vertical metres is measured in feet and tipping…
Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

September 30, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash By Rachael Oakes-Ash Australia loves an underdog, so theoretically we should have loved this winter. There were moments of greatness when the snow came early in May and Mt Buller won the competition for headlines by opening for a weekend and Perisher turned…
Taking The Piste – Final Blog from inside The World Heli-Challenge

Taking The Piste – Final Blog from inside The World Heli-Challenge

September 14, 2009
By Rachael Oakes-Ash Photos By Camilla Stoddart The World Heli-Challenge comes to an end for 2009 After two years of false starts the legendary event finally got off the ground in 2009 with athletes salivating at the premium conditions. They were lucky, in a winter that featured serious avalanche safety…
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