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The party run from FreeBom 2017. Epic.

FREEBOM 2018 – AUSTRALIA’S MOST FUN SKI EVENT ON AT BULLER THIS WEEKEND

August 14, 2018
Now, in its fifth year, FreeBOM 2018 is forecast to be blessed by bigger than normal bumps alongside bigger than normal smiles
The Ikon Pass has opened up endless possibilities for the US road trip.

The Ultimate US Road Trip – Aspen, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

August 13, 2018
The IKON pass makes a road trip through the US very easy and economical.
Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

August 10, 2018
Australia’s Capital has a lot more to offer than Question Time and Questacon... Here are some places worth checking out on your next snow commute.
The Blue Bullet is being replaced after 34 year's service.

MT BULLER ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRLIFT FOR 2019

August 10, 2018
The new lift replaces the legendary Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. 
Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

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

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

August 8, 2018
While there are many reasons to celebrate the new snow that’s blanketed the Australian resorts this week, let’s not forget the very real and deadly avalanche danger that such heavy snowfall often brings...
Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

August 8, 2018
Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.
Snowboarders hitting the Supertrail after the big Kareela turn.

28th Thredbo Top To Bottom – A Season Highlight

August 8, 2018
Australia’s longest ski and snow board race, the Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11
A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

August 7, 2018
“Go ice climbing” they said, “It’ll be fun” they said. That’s what kept running through Nathan’s mind every time he had to force himself to leave his tent to shovel snow in the blistering cold and gale force winds.
Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

August 6, 2018
The 8th annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic was held to a huge audience in Slalom Plaza at Falls Creek on Saturday evening. One of the most popular events on the winter calendar, the event attracted over 500 spectators lining the course, all eager to cheer on the action provided…
Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

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

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

August 4, 2018
The first half of this winter has been very good, so much better than 2017 which didn’t really kick off until
My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

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

August 2, 2018
Last winter, We Are Explorers ventured deep into the Aussie backcountry with pro skier Coen Bennie-Faull to discover what fuels his fire. What they captured was the Australian Alps as you’ve never seen them before.
Drew ripping another big turn lower down Avy Gully, you can see exposed icy blowouts above the Drift Cliffs in the upper  background, smokey heaven in the lower foreground. Not a good day to drop the cliffs. A great day to drop Avy.

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

August 2, 2018
The best days in Mount Hotham were on Monday and Wednesday, both days having around 15cms of fresh snow in the morning.
Nate Johnstone, wears La Ben base layers and a Rip Curl 2.5L Ultimate shell, very day he hits the mountains, even in deep Hokkaido pow. Photo: Rip Curl

Gear Guide: Layering – No Need To Wear A Doona

August 2, 2018
The building blocks for warmth and insulation are in the fabrics you wear on your body and the order in which you layer them.
The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

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

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

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

July 31, 2018
As today marks roughly the mid-point of the 2018 Australian ski season, we wanted to get an idea on where the current snowpack ranks in comparison to the last 10 years.
There have been som pretty epic heliski days this year with regular storms followed by fine weather.

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

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

One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

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

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

July 30, 2018
What lengths do you go to in getting to the slopes? Some serious and some not-so serious suggestions within…
Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

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

Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

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

Perisher Parks Showdown – Progression In The Front Valley Park

July 25, 2018
The Perisher Parks Showdown, the first major slopestlye event of the Australian season, was held at Perisher’s Front Valley park on Sunday, July 22,
Splitboarding to the top of Mt Stirling

Let’s Split Trip Up Mount Stirling – Splitboard Groups First Of Many For The Season

July 25, 2018
The crew of 13 Let’s Split participants met at Mt Stirling Car park at 7.30am on July 14th for a day on the skin track!
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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:
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…
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Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

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

The Mountainwatch Guide To Wanaka – New Zealand

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

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

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

Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

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