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The Australian backcountry is unique and split boarding gets you there. Photo: Jakob Kennedy

Let’s Split – An Australian Splitboarding Community

July 18, 2018
Let’s Split is a grass roots initiative that was put in place to encourage people to start splitboarding in our vast and unique Australian Backcountry.  
This could be you on our 2019 guided tour to Jackson Hole

Mountainwatch Guided Tour To Jackson Hole

July 18, 2018
Fresh on the announcement of our Mountainwatch tours to Japan, we now have a Mountainwatch Tour to what many regard as the best ski resort in North America – Jackson Hole.
Torah's min-shred attracted a heap pf grommets. Photo: Thredbo

Torah Bright Mini-Shred

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

Gear Guide – The Ski Mojo

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

Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain Park in Perisher Valley this past weekend,
Unlike most Australian resorts, Hotham Village is on top of the mountain. Photo: Hocking/Lave/Hotham Alpine Resort

Mountainwatch Guide To Mount Hotham

July 13, 2018
Mountainwatch Guide to Mount Hotham Situated in the heart of the Victorian Alps, Hotham Alpine Resort is a ‘must visit’ for anyone
Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

Gear Guide: Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin Video Review

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

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about having fun, showing off your skills in the park
The enticing bowls of Soho Basin will be added to Cardona's skiable terrain. Photo: Danny Warley

Cardrona Set to Double In Size

July 12, 2018
Some big news out of New Zealand today with the announcement that Cardrona is going to double in size...
Backcountry Dream Ski Set-Up – Chillfactor’s Picks For Heading Out The Back

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

July 12, 2018
Backcountry skiing has seen an exponential increase in the last decade, evident not only in the number of skiers you’ll see on a trailhead or whose skin tracks you’ll cross but also reflected in the marketing and...
The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

July 11, 2018
If I had a spare month, a good snow-base, and a bit of good weather, here’s my must do backcountry hit list...
Bella Hackworth hooking into some prime Hotham pow on Sat, July 7. Photo: Chris Hocking

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

July 9, 2018
The past week has been a classic example of the ups and downs of an Australian snow season, how fragile our snowpack can be and how quickly it can be repaired. 
Britteny Cox of Australia competes in the Moguls Qualifying round during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, Friday, February 9, 2018. Image:: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 9, 2018
During the early part of the season when we're all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big soft moguls it's a good time to work on a few skills that will help tune us up for when the bumps take shape.
How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...
2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...
Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

Gear Guide – Rip Curl Search Series

July 4, 2018
The Search Series is the latest line in Rip Curl’s mountainwear and after 30 years producing mountainwear this range shows Rip Curl’s mountainwear division knows its stuff...
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 3, 2018
After a fruitful June, the slopes are looking as healthy as ever with Spencer’s Creek recording a snow depth of about 70cm...
Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 29, 2018
One of the misconceptions about heli skiing is that it is all about gnarly terrain, cliff drops and steep spines and is for expert skiers. Throw in the idea that you’ll encounter
Conrad Anker geared up and climbing out near the team's highest portaledge camp at over 20,000ft.

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, in southwestern Montana.
No doubt you’ve driven past countless wineries on your way to the Snowy Mountains, but have you ever taken the time to stop and investigate one of them? Image:: Lerida Estate

Where To Stop On Your Way To The Snow This season – Lerida Estate

June 28, 2018
Perched on the shores of Lake George, Lerida Estate is a well positioned stop-over, halfway between the Snowy Mountains and Sydney, nicely removed from the bustle of inner city Canberra.
Coen Bennie-Faull on his way to winning last year's Buller X. Photo: Dan Warbrick

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017
Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

June 27, 2018
It was announced yesterday that Thredbo is now part of the Ikon Pass, meaning Ikon Pass holders receive up to 7-days lift access to Thredbo as one of the benefits.
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
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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,…
Snow Alert NZ – Revised – Up to 40cm to Fall Down South

Snow Alert NZ – Revised – Up to 40cm to Fall Down South

June 30, 2014
Powder days in the Southern Lakes have been few and far between so far, but this one coming up will be particularly special. Don’t miss it. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield UPDATE Slight revisions are necessary today, so we’re revising the snow alert. In today’s forecast The Grasshopper said: “Unfortunately Sunday for…
Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – Australia

June 30, 2014
The last few days will be remembered for many seasons to come. A truly epic snowfall. Fingers crossed the “wrong’un” continues to deliver a good bounce. Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With the most epic of Julys ahead, this seasonal…
Storm Watch – Dump and Dumper

Storm Watch – Dump and Dumper

June 25, 2014
Now that’s what you call a season-starter Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Storm Wrap There’s a famous blues musician I’m reminded of. His name is Seasick Steve. He started life as a hobo, but was discovered and signed onto a record label who gave him what he needed to find fame.…
Snow Alert Aus – Another 60cm expected

Snow Alert Aus – Another 60cm expected

June 25, 2014
Bam. June 2014 Powder day – Check Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Have you looked on those cams? They’re nearly buried…  Updated: June 25 2014 This storm is the gift that keeps on giving… An update on the snow alert, plus another front in the distance… So it’s safe…
Snow Alert Aus – Updated – Up to 85cm expected this week

Snow Alert Aus – Updated – Up to 85cm expected this week

June 23, 2014
Snowmaking has been the key to any skiing so far, but it’s all going to change this week with the storm of the season due, and then more on the weekend Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating:It’s on the way Updated:June 23 2014 The Grasshopper has found another cold…
The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

June 11, 2014
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | Press Release The World Heli Challenge is shaking things up this winter with the launch of a new format, featuring a worldwide “Call Up” to all freeriders and filmers who would like a piece of…
Snow Alert – 20-50cm on the way for Canterbury

Snow Alert – 20-50cm on the way for Canterbury

June 6, 2014
Will Canterbury see another cold outbreak like the one last June? Time will tell, but all signs are positive Image:: Nick Johnson SNOW ALERT UPDATE, June 07: “Holy crap. Mount Hutt might not be opening tomorrow but they’ve got a season starter on the way.” More here Snow Likelihood rating:…
Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – New Zealand

June 4, 2014
Last week’s snowfall brought the snow level right down to the lake in Queenstown. It has also meant Coronet Peak will open on schedule this weekend. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A month is a long time in forecasting. Snow that we had on the…
Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – Australia

May 31, 2014
Monday’s front left a few cms up high in Thredbo, though the warm air that followed meant it didn’t hang around very long Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Welcome to winter folks. We’re getting close now and we’ve just hit…
Forecast – New Zealand – Extended Outlook

Forecast – New Zealand – Extended Outlook

May 20, 2014
The end of April saw some significant snow hit the Queenstown resorts, here’s hoping the end of May sees the cold weather return. Image:: Coronet Peak Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Tuesday 20 May 2014 Kia Ora folks. Yesterday we published an extended outlook for the Aussie Alps, just to give…
The Countdown – The outlook for Opening Weekend

The Countdown – The outlook for Opening Weekend

May 19, 2014
Cold temps and dry air will be opening weekend’s saving grace, but as you’ll read below, the outlook isn’t favourable Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Hey Folks. Regular forecasts are going to start in another week’s time, but I just couldn’t resist laying…
Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – New Zealand

May 7, 2014
Not such a bad view for April 30th Image:: Cardrona New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, I have to admit I didn’t see that one coming, clearly I wasn’t paying attention while I was preparing my nest for winter. Early May and we’ve already had a very decent…
Snow Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – Australia

Snow Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – Australia

May 2, 2014
You could feel the excitement emanate from the mountains as those first flakes fell. Season 2014 is just around the corner. Image:: Falls Creek/Hocking Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There has never been a better time to release an updated seasonal outlook for…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2014 – New Zealand

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2014 – New Zealand

April 10, 2014
Last season started with a bang, a three metre bang that covered the South Island Image:: Nick Johnson New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopperh I’m stoked to announce that this season we’re enhancing our New Zealand Snow Outlooks. Over the last few seasons we’ve struggled to provide the same…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2014 – Australia

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2014 – Australia

April 1, 2014
Another year, another snow season. After the winter of 2013 it won’t be hard to improve this year, but here’s hoping it’s a marked improvement Image:: Falls Creek/Hocking Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Here we are releasing the first snow outlook for the…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – POW on The Last Frontier

BOOTHY’S BLOG – POW on The Last Frontier

February 20, 2014
The perfectly framed heli-view, only known by those who’ve had the priviledge Image:: Chris Booth Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Canada and the Northwest USA have had a rough start to their winter. Up until last week, resorts were desperately moving snow around their lower slopes to keep them open, while…
PHOTO JOURNAL – A Pilgrimage to Temple

PHOTO JOURNAL – A Pilgrimage to Temple

September 27, 2013
The crew starting the hike out back, the majority of Temple’s best terrain is hike-accessed, sensibilities and BC experience – mandatory Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Transfer | Alex Horvath Decent snow storms have been few and far between this year. New Zealand’s season started well, but unfortunately the snow just didn’t…
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Buller X – Proof of Big Mountain Freeriding in Our Backyard – Event Recap

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

September 22, 2017
Coen Bennie navigating just one of the coight-clenching chutes on Thursday’s finals. Photo:: Harro Mountainwatch | Buller X After a tantalizing wait all winter for snow and weather conditions to align the first “Buller X” extreme freeride competition got underway at Mt Buller yesterday afternoon in superb spring conditions. Australia’s…
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…
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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…
2011 ESS Billy Rail Jam Video

2011 ESS Billy Rail Jam Video

May 24, 2011
  Saturday saw the annual ESS Billy rail jam go down at Erina, NSW with thousands of people turning out for this all-day family celebration of snow event consisting of skateboarding, snowboarding and even some pie throwing contests. The main event was the snowboarding rail jam which was taken out…
Go Seek Queenstown Premiere

Go Seek Queenstown Premiere

May 23, 2011
    The world premiere of Go Seek, the new film from Reason Films and Transfer Snowboard Magazine, will take place on June 10 at Revolver Bar in Queenstown. The show kicks off at 8:30, so get on down early to get a good view. Go Seek is a continuation…
Boxes For Days Comes Down Under

Boxes For Days Comes Down Under

May 20, 2011
  Lib Tech & GNU tour ‘Boxes for Days’ Down Under ‘Boxes for Days’ is a fun new contest format that has been successfully launched in America this past summer. Consisting of lining up terrain park boxes to create one uber-long ‘super-box,’ Boxes For Days was devised by the forward…
A Close Up of the Athletes of Light the Wick and Deeper

A Close Up of the Athletes of Light the Wick and Deeper

May 13, 2011
  With the Australian premiere screenings of both Teton Gravity Research’s “Deeper” and “Light the Wick” just under a week away it is time to take a brief look at some of the films’ most notable athletes. Jeremy Jones: In a career that has spanned nearly 20 years, Jeremy Jones…
Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards 2011 Honour World Champions

Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards 2011 Honour World Champions

May 3, 2011
Holly, Nate and Chumpy with their Athlete of the Year awards. Image:: Nick Parkinson SSA Awards 2011 It began with footage of our World Champions and ended when ski legend Steve Lee found his way to bed at 4am; the 2011 Suzuki SSA Awards at the Royce Hotel, Melbourne were…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Heavy Wind and Snow Expected

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Heavy Wind and Snow Expected

April 27, 2011
At the WHC launch day, 26 July. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Forecast | The Grasshopper WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST FOR MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK – 27 July Summary: Everyone is amping up for the World Heli Challenge and as always there’s a chance the weather will play a big…
Groundbreaking TGR Films to Premiere in Sydney this May

Groundbreaking TGR Films to Premiere in Sydney this May

April 18, 2011
  Words | Pat Morrow In their latest films (that is Light the Wick and Deeper), Teton Gravity Research have, once again, found a pair of undeniable epics. Once again, TGR have definitively proven that if you leave a talented man with skis or board to his own devices at…
World Heli Challenge Announces a Worldwide Search for 2011 Young Guns

World Heli Challenge Announces a Worldwide Search for 2011 Young Guns

April 12, 2011
2010 World Champion Freeskier Jossi Wells had his first taste of international acclaim when, at age nine, he was invited to ski alongside the world’s best at the World Heli Challenge World Heli Challenge For the first time in the history of the World Heli Challenge, event organisers are welcoming…
SoO AirTIme OPEN AIR Call For Entries – Show Your Snow Experiences

SoO AirTIme OPEN AIR Call For Entries – Show Your Snow Experiences

April 10, 2011
 SoO Airtime The OPEN AIR, formerly OPEN EDIT, is a super progressive, grassroots film and photography competition. SoO Airtime invites you to submit films or photos captured in the Australian Snowfields. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and this year more than just votes decide who wins.…
ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up

ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up

April 2, 2011
Enjoying some practice runs on the corduroy ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up | By Don St.Pierre 800 competitors from 65 schools in Canberra and Southern NSW competed this past week in Perisher in excellent conditions. Students competed in snowboard, snowboard cross, cross country, alpine racing, skier cross and freestyle…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Freeride Day Perfect Except for Injured Davenport

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Freeride Day Perfect Except for Injured Davenport

April 2, 2011
Competitors waiting to board the helicopter on a barge in the middle of Lake Wanaka. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Ideal conditions and epic skiing marked the freeride day of the World Heli Challenge but defending champion Ted Davenport’s serious crash marred an otherwise perfect day. Two-time champion, Ted Davenport,…
Online Judging, Photographer & Filmer Shootouts, Gala Awards Night – World Heli Challenge 2011 Bigger than Ever

Online Judging, Photographer & Filmer Shootouts, Gala Awards Night – World Heli Challenge 2011 Bigger than Ever

March 28, 2011
Chris Booth at the 2010 World Heli Challenge. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The 2011 World Heli Challenge kicks off on July 27th this year and will culminate in a red carpet, black and white attire Gala Awards night in downtown Wanaka on August 27th. This year introduces a number…
WINTER X EUROPE Guldemond wins Winter X Europe Slope

WINTER X EUROPE Guldemond wins Winter X Europe Slope

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN On a day that finally saw blue skies after nearly a week of stormy, sticky weather, the men of snowboard slopestyle were actually able to see where they were going on a course that has been the cause of much consternation throughout the…
WINTER X EUROPE Burke wins Women’s SuperPipe

WINTER X EUROPE Burke wins Women’s SuperPipe

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe| Source – ESPN At the top of her third and final run in Friday’s Women’s Ski Superpipe at Winter X Europe, Canadian Sarah Burke called her dad. “I was a little nervous,” said Burke, who was in sixth place after her second run. “So I called him…
WINTER X EUROPE Vito Wins First X Event Gold

WINTER X EUROPE Vito Wins First X Event Gold

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN If you ever want to hear an expressive crowd of SuperPipe fans, watch an event at Tignes, France. With every hit of Friday night’s final event of the Winter X Games Europe, something between a roar and a sigh went up from the…
WINTER X EUROPE Houle 1St, Henshaw 4th in Ski Slopestyle

WINTER X EUROPE Houle 1St, Henshaw 4th in Ski Slopestyle

March 18, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN.com Canadian JF Houle took first in Thursday’s ski superpipe at European X Games in Tignes, Frane, followed by Norway’s Andreas Hatveit in second and England’s James Woods in third – claiming britains first freestyle medal in a major event. Australia’s Russ Henshaw finished…
WINTER X EUROPE Clark wins Snowboard Superpipe

WINTER X EUROPE Clark wins Snowboard Superpipe

March 18, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN The Women’s SuperPipe finals went down amidst a storm that has been wreaking havoc on the European Winter X competition. In what competitors have described as one of the best halfpipes they’ve ever ridden, warm, sticky snow made riding conditions challenging at best.…
WINTER X EUROPE Kaya Turski Takes Women’s Ski Slope, Anna Segal 4th

WINTER X EUROPE Kaya Turski Takes Women’s Ski Slope, Anna Segal 4th

March 17, 2011
Winter X | Women’s Slopestyle Canadian Kaya Turski earned her fourth Winter X gold medal — two Winter X golds and now two Winter X Europe golds — in the Women’s Slopestyle finals on Wednesday in Tignes, France. Keri Herman took second place and Kim Lamarre was third. Australia’s Anna…
WINTER X EUROPE Kevin Rolland Wins Ski Superpipe

WINTER X EUROPE Kevin Rolland Wins Ski Superpipe

March 17, 2011
Winter X Games | Mens Superpipe Of the 22,500 people in attendance at Wednesday night’s Men’s Ski SuperPipe finals in Tignes, France, a majority of them (including the 120 friends and family Rolland bussed in) seemed to be cheering from local boy Kevin Rolland, who’s from nearby La Plagne. Rolland…
WINTER X 15 History Making Finish for Shaun White

WINTER X 15 History Making Finish for Shaun White

February 1, 2011
Shaun White doing what he does best. Image:: X Games Source – ESPN First Shaun White failed to qualify for the SlopeStyle Finals. Then, a year after he’d ridden in a pipe contest, or really a year after he’d ridden pipe much at all, White landed near the flat bottom…
WINTER X 15 Highlights – VIDEO Horgmo Tiple Cork, Henshaw Silver, Clark 1080

WINTER X 15 Highlights – VIDEO Horgmo Tiple Cork, Henshaw Silver, Clark 1080

January 30, 2011
Snowboard big air winner Torstein Horgmo. Image:: X Games Winter X Games UPDATE: Sunday’s Competition Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle 1st Sebastien Toutant 2nd Mark McMorris 3rd Tyler Flanagan Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle 1st Enni Rukajavl 2nd Jenny Jones 3rd Jamie Anderson Men’s Ski Cross 1st John Teller 2nd Chris Del Bosco 3rd…
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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…
Taking The Piste – Blog 2 from Inside The World Heli-Challenge

Taking The Piste – Blog 2 from Inside The World Heli-Challenge

September 8, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash By Rachael Oakes-Ash Photos by Camilla Stoddart It’s Over – It’s Done, but who won? Not a bad place to hang out a with other competitors waiting to drop in to a contest line. Aspenite, Ted Davenport, is psyched. It’s his first time…
Taking The Piste – The Cheapest Heli-skiing in NZ

Taking The Piste – The Cheapest Heli-skiing in NZ

September 4, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash By Rachael Oakes-Ash All Photos by: Ted Sealey (www.me-ted.com) & Rachael Oakes-Ash When the chopper rolls out its time to drop in. Christchurch is the epicentre of some of New Zealand’s truly unique snow experiences. Queenstown may have the bling of an Aspen-esque…
Taking The Piste – NZ Travel Blog

Taking The Piste – NZ Travel Blog

August 18, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Part 1 – Mt Ruapehu, North Island By Rachael Oakes Ash Ohakune is a place designed to drink the sky blue. Who knew this 1400 folk town at the base of Mt Ruapehu in the belly button of New Zealand’s North Island was…
Taking The Piste – Following The Tracks Of Your Favourite Big Name Skier

Taking The Piste – Following The Tracks Of Your Favourite Big Name Skier

August 10, 2009
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash With Rachael Oakes Ash Ski legend and Warren Miller Ski Portillo veteran, Chris Anthony , is heading to Portillo in Chile this month for the annual Ski With The Superstars camp with Chris Davenport , Mike Douglas , Wendy Fisher , and Ingrid Backstrom…
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