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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
Antarctic Air Brings a Taste of Winter

Antarctic Air Brings a Taste of Winter

May 14, 2018
Want to learn more about snow forecasting? Download the FREE ‘Grasshopper Guide To Snow Forecasting’ by filling out the information below… 16 pages of snow forecasting gold: how to read charts, typical snow systems, the when, where and why of snow forecasting and a full glossary of A-Z weather definitions.…
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update

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

The Mountainwatch Guide to Jackson Hole

May 8, 2018
Joey Elliss finding a nice drop on a powder day. Photo: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Jackson Hole has a reputation for being among the best resorts in North America and after visiting there with my family last year it is easy to understand why. Located in Wyoming near…
Australian Screening Dates Announced for Finding the Line

Australian Screening Dates Announced for Finding the Line

May 8, 2018
Anna, Nat and Morgan Salen, Chamonix. Photo: Linus Meyer Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The Australian dates for Natalie and Anna Segal’s film, Finding the Line have been announced, with the film screening in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from May 29-June 1. The film was a two-year project for Nat and…
5 Reasons To Ski Mt Buller This Year

5 Reasons To Ski Mt Buller This Year

May 4, 2018
Mt Buller from above sure is a sight to behold. Image:: Andrew Railton/Mt Buller Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman The first thing you see on Mt Buller’s website is the number of days until the season starts. Today it reads 36. So in celebration of the fast encroaching 2018 season, we…
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
2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 2, 2018
Want to learn more about snow forecasting? Download the FREE ‘Grasshoppers Guide To Snow Forecasting’ by filling out the information below… 16 pages of snow forecasting gold: how to read charts, typical snow systems, the when, where and why of snow forecasting and a full glossary of A-Z weather definitions.…
The North Face Launches Global Campaign Celebrating Female Explorers – ‘Move Mountains’

The North Face Launches Global Campaign Celebrating Female Explorers – ‘Move Mountains’

May 1, 2018
The North Face athletes Evelina Nillson, Janina Kuzma and Anna Segal conquering gender stereotypes and volcanic peaks one step at a time. Image:: Mark Watson Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman At the start of April, The North Face launched their “Move Mountains” initiative to celebrate and share the stories of adventurous…
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,…
Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

April 26, 2018
The great Warren Miller may have passed away in January, aged 93, but his legacy will continue to live on through annual films released by Warren Miller Entertainment. When a Warren Miller film comes to town, it means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s always a good…
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…
Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

April 17, 2018
From a small gathering of 60 people in Melbourne six years ago, the BCFF has grown into a significant event for the backcountry community, with more than 500 people attending shows. In 2018 there will be screenings in Sydney (April 21), Melbourne (May 9), Bright, in north east VIC (June)…
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…
Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

April 11, 2018
50cms and road closures in April The snow hit the North Island overnight, with snow showers continuing today. The maintenance crew, loving it on the upper slopes of Turoa this morning. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres…
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

April 9, 2018
Models pointing to average temps and precipitation Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 21st of March marked the Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere, the time when the Sun passes over the equator to hang out in the northern hemisphere and when nights become longer than days. It also serves as…
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…
10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

April 4, 2018
If you go skiing and don’t Instagram it, did you really go skiing?… Get your vicarious Insta-shred on below. Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Autumn in Australia is really just an unwanted intermission between the Northern and Southern hemisphere ski seasons. If you’re not in the Alps or Alaska, then you…
Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

April 3, 2018
Nat having fun on a natural, but icy, quarter-pipe Mountainwatch | Natalie Segal It looks like we are in for a long winter here in Chamonix. I shouldn’t be complaining, I love winter, I love powder days, I love cold snow that blows up in my face at every turn.…
Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

March 29, 2018
Beginners having a fun day on Baw Baw’s gentler slopes Mountainwatch | Press Release Mt Baw Baw took delivery of its recently purchased Snow Factory yesterday, meaning the Victorian resort can guarantee snow for visitors on the opening weekend of the 2018 season. Mt Buller installed one last year, ensuring…
Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

March 28, 2018
Squaw local, Chuck Patterson, bursting through a pillow of fresh powder Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Photos by Tony Harrington The past month has been pretty amazing in Squaw Valley, “Miracle March” delivering almost 19 feet of snow – that’s 5.7 metres – thanks to three big multi-day storms. It has…
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…
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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…
SNOW JOURNAL – A month of extremes

SNOW JOURNAL – A month of extremes

September 10, 2013
August 15 in Thredbo, easily one of the best days of the season Image:: Steve Cuff Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Driving back into Thredbo this afternoon, the car thermometer was reading 13 degrees, and while there’s still plenty of snow above 1600 metres, the lower mountain is all but gone.…
PHOTO JOURNAL – Hunting Pow at The Remarkables

PHOTO JOURNAL – Hunting Pow at The Remarkables

September 3, 2013
The crew hiking to the top of the ridge line, the typical pow day race, where fitness pays dividends Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Mountainwatch | Photo Journal When a storm like that of last week rolls into Queenstown, everyone gets excited. That means the resorts are usually tracked before all the…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

September 2, 2013
After a fairly solid snowfall last week, and then more snow on the way this week, the Southern Lakes are in fine form for spring Image:: Courtesy of Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores A month or so to go…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – September Update

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – September Update

August 29, 2013
Reggae snapped this shot looking out to Charlottes Pass this morning, still lots of snow for some awesome spring skiing Image:: Reggae Elliss Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Sit down. Take a deep breath, maybe a sip of water. What I have to say won’t…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

August 27, 2013
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge is a gathering of big mountain free-riding folk who love skiing and boarding big lines in the backcountry. They came together for two weeks in majestic Wanaka in…
STORM WRAP – August’s Revival

STORM WRAP – August’s Revival

August 26, 2013
This storm really excelled in delivering snow to Falls Creek, Tom Costa out making the most of it Image:: Hocking/Falls Creek Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper You know it’s been a big fortnight when you completely lose track of how much snow has fallen. It seems like ages ago that we…
UPDATED – SNOW ALERT AUS – Party like it’s 1992?

UPDATED – SNOW ALERT AUS – Party like it’s 1992?

August 9, 2013
Wolfgang Platzer shredding some Mt Buller pow earlier this week Image:: Andrew Railton SNOW ALERT Brought to you by ESS Boardstores UPDATED August 14 2013 Snow Likelihood rating: It’s happening AUGUST 14 UPDATE: Wind is blowing hard and there has been a little activity out there this morning. The Grasshopper…
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The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

The Snow Country – Exploring Japan’s Niigata Prefecture – Travel

November 21, 2016
Welcome to Snow Country – Yuzawa Valley, Japan. Image:: Nick Gregory Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.” This is the opening line of one of Japan’s most famous literary works, Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata and the snow country of…
Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

Mountain Biking Season Officially Open at Thredbo – MTB Trail Report

November 14, 2016
It’s brown pow time at Thredbo Resort. Image:: Damian Breach photography Mountainwatch x Thredbo | Tim Windshuttle With the 2016 ski season well and truly wrapped up for Aussie resorts despite the main range still boasting a ski-able amount of snow coverage – it’s time to turn to Thredbo’s other…
Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

Mammoth Mountain Is Officially Open For Skiing and Boarding – Travel

November 11, 2016
Top to bottom skiing already makes Mammoth a worthy destination on that spontaneous road trip across North America you’re about to pull. Image::Peter Morning/MMSA Mountainwatch | Travel Exciting times are ahead with Mammoth Mountain resort in Eastern California becoming opening its doors today for the 2016/17 season in front of…
Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

Exploring Japan’s Remote Ski Resorts in Tohoku – Travel Guide

November 7, 2016
Deep turns are aplenty in the Tohoku area. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours You don’t have to know much about skiing destinations to know that Japan just isn’t a secret anymore, with an increasing global contingent of skiers and snowboarders heading to the main resorts and regions –…
Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

Freeskiing Champion Breaks Femur – Corbet’s Couloir, Jascson Hole

November 4, 2016
Mountainwatch | Story by Jackson Hole Growing up as a ski patroller’s son, “daycare” was a term that loosely applied to Forrest Jillson. At just nine years old, going on avalanche reduction routes and skiing Corbet’s with his father was a normal part of growing up with Jackson Hole as…
Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

Who’s Heard Of Snow In New Mexico?

November 3, 2016
New Mexico True Stories- Deep.South. In late February 2015, the largest storm in a decade blanketed New Mexico with more than 70 inches of snow. We were ready with our skis and boards. Here’s how it all went down. CREDITS: Director: Ryan Heffernan Producer: Grayson Schaffer Director of Photography: Ben…
The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley – Travel

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley – Travel

September 14, 2016
Mountainwatch x Liquid Snow Tours | Travel Partner Content 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…
Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

Here’s Five Reasons You Should Ski Aspen This Year – Travel

August 11, 2016
With snow and terrain like that Aspen is a destination that should be on every skiers bucket list. Image:: Aspen Mountainwatch x Ski Max Holidays | Kate Allman Thinking about an overseas ski trip but not sure where to go? For Aussie travellers, the choice can often seem endless. However,…
Lifehacking The Weekend Warrior Roadtrip – The QT Stopover

Lifehacking The Weekend Warrior Roadtrip – The QT Stopover

August 2, 2016
The pull of the mountains and the allure of the open road – every Weekend Warrior’s dream Image:: Horvath Mountainwatch x Thredbo | Alex Horvath My friend Chris Booth once summed up the weekly affliction of the weekend warrior perfectly: “It’s that giddy Friday feeling knowing you’re about to get…
Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

Discovering the Ultimate South Island Short Break at High Peak Heliski – Travel

July 21, 2016
Skiing above the Reischek Glacier with Methven Heli. This could be you. Image:: Kevin Boekholt Chillfactor x High Peak Heliski | Alex Horvath The Canterbury Club Fields are the last frontier of New Zealand skiing. Located far from the glitz and glamour of Queenstown – known more around the world…
Paradise Found, the Search for the Honey Badger at CMH Bobbie Burns – Travel

Paradise Found, the Search for the Honey Badger at CMH Bobbie Burns – Travel

July 10, 2016
Ryan smacks the lip on his way down to meet the group Image:: Alex Horvath Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath In early April 1965, Austrian ski guide and mountaineer, Hans Gmoser, bushwhacked his way through thawing snow, across fluvial flood plains and along the well-worn paths of early colonial fur trappers…
The Do’s and Do Nots of Backcountry skiing in Japan – Travel

The Do’s and Do Nots of Backcountry skiing in Japan – Travel

April 13, 2016
Seek and you shall find. Image:: Boen Ferguson Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Hiking for your turns has become the cool the new thing in the ski and snowboard industry. Why shouldn’t it be? It makes riding more fun, as not only do you get to have the feeling of controlled…
5 Reasons You Should Try a New Resort This Season – Travel

5 Reasons You Should Try a New Resort This Season – Travel

April 11, 2016
Who knows what you’ll find if you venture off the beaten path this season. Why not try something new? Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Omar Elkadi 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…
Thredbo, Is it Becoming Australia’s Mountain Bike Mecca? – Travel

Thredbo, Is it Becoming Australia’s Mountain Bike Mecca? – Travel

March 18, 2016
The Kosi chair runs all summer, now with brand new racks for the bikes. Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath As a small child – and keen skier – I‘d be verging on tears as our car rolled around the last corner and into Thredbo Village in the summer months…
Finding the Real Mammoth Experience – Snow Journal

Finding the Real Mammoth Experience – Snow Journal

February 11, 2016
Yeah, it really was that deep last week. Image:: Mammoth Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A year ago I was in Mammoth with my family and California was in its fourth year of drought and the Sierra Mountains were suffering with a well-below average snowfall. However, thanks to a few early…
After a Few Lean Years, El Nino Turns on a Trip to Remember – Squaw Valley

After a Few Lean Years, El Nino Turns on a Trip to Remember – Squaw Valley

January 29, 2016
I bet the Californians don’t hate El Nino. Image:: Squaw Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When your nine-year-old son tells you he just had the best day’s skiing of his life, you know the destination you’ve chosen for a family ski holiday is the right one. When that destination is Squaw…
5 Gear Essentials for Your Next Ski Trip – Gear Locker

5 Gear Essentials for Your Next Ski Trip – Gear Locker

November 11, 2015
Having the right gear can be the difference between a great day and a bad day Image:: The North Face Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath You’ve decided where you’re going, booked the flight, dusted off your board bag and started dreaming of your upcoming powder-fueled dream trip. What’s next? It’s time…
Hakuba Valley – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Hakuba Valley – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 30, 2015
Alex Horvath in the Tsugaike backcountry. If you’re in Japan, get in contact with Steve Lee’s Backcountry Tours. He knows the place like the back of his hand. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well…
Nozawa Onsen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Nozawa Onsen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 23, 2015
Words don’t do justice to the quality of Japanese pow, especially not in Nozawa Onsen. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll 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…
Myoko Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Myoko Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 10, 2015
All five resorts in the Myoko area are connected with one pass to access nearly all of them. The lift infrastructure is fast and efficient. Image:: Nick Gregory Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted…
What I Learned on a Failed Ski Expedition in Tasmania – Boothy’s Blog

What I Learned on a Failed Ski Expedition in Tasmania – Boothy’s Blog

September 8, 2015
The road less travelled. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Editor’s Note: We haven’t heard much from Chris Booth this year – if you missed any of his blogs last year you should start here: Is Skiing Killing Snowboarding?. Reason being, he traded up his Sydney law job for…
Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 3, 2015
Charles Beckinsale lays out a huge pow turn on the backside of Shiga’s main face. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll 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…
Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

July 15, 2015
There is nothing as satisfying as getting out into the backcountry under your own steam. Read on to discover how you could do it yourself Image:: Supplied Partner Content Mountainwatch x Whiteroom Tours | Graeme Heald The Canterbury Club Fields are legendary. These mountains are the hidden gems of the…
Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

July 6, 2015
Idea #5: Skijoring, it’s a sure thing. Come on! As if that doesn’t look like fun. We’d have Red Bull & Monster Energy knocking on our doors with offers of corporate sponsorship in no time at all Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Chris Booth & Alex Horvath One of the hidden…
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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…
Cuche Sets New Record with 4th Hahnenkamm Win

Cuche Sets New Record with 4th Hahnenkamm Win

January 25, 2011
Source – PlanetSki The Swiss racer, Didier Cuche, won the Hahnenkamm race in style on Saturday. He has now won it four times, the first in 1998 and then, after a 10 year gap, again in 2008 and 2010. He is also the oldest man to win a World Cup…
VIDEO Louie Vito And Kelly Clark Win Dew Tour Superpipe Finals

VIDEO Louie Vito And Kelly Clark Win Dew Tour Superpipe Finals

January 24, 2011
Winter Dew Tour Louie Vito, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, won his second straight snowboard superpipe Winter Dew Tour final, further securing his lead in overall rankings heading into the final stop of the 2010-11 season and putting him as one of the leading contenders for Toyota Athlete of the Year. On…
VIDEO Kevin Rolland Wins Dew Tour Freeski Superpipe

VIDEO Kevin Rolland Wins Dew Tour Freeski Superpipe

January 24, 2011
Winter Dew Tour France’s Kevin Rolland has consistently landed on the podium throughout his Winter Dew Tour career, but during the men’s freeski superpipe final at Killington Resort, the 21-year-old finally earned the top podium position for the first time. The victory also secured Rolland as a lead Dew Cup…
VIDEO Bobby Brown Wins Dew Tour Freeski Slopestyle

VIDEO Bobby Brown Wins Dew Tour Freeski Slopestyle

January 24, 2011
Winter Dew Tour Bobby Brown of Breckenridge, Colo. pulled out a win in the freeski slopestyle final today at the Winter Dew Tour at Killington Resort. The last rider to drop in, 19-year-old Brown wowed the crowd with his final run of the competition to take the top position on…
VIDEO Torstein Horgmo and Jamie Anderson Win Dew Slopestyle

VIDEO Torstein Horgmo and Jamie Anderson Win Dew Slopestyle

January 24, 2011
Winter Dew Tour Norway’s Torstein Horgmo and Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., each won their second consecutive snowboard slopestyle final today, making them undefeated in the men and women’s disciplines respectively on the 2010-11 season. Horgmo and Anderson’s wins further secure them in the lead positions in overall…
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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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