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Coen Bennie-Faull on his way to winning last year's Buller X. Photo: Dan Warbrick

Buller X Goes International

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

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Thredbo

June 27, 2018
It was announced yesterday that Thredbo is now part of the Ikon Pass, meaning Ikon Pass holders receive up to 7-days lift access to Thredbo as one of the benefits.
Snow near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko in January 1969. Image:: Bruce Thomas/Flickr

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skiers it would seem, are a pretty nostalgic bunch – we thought we’d follow it up with a look at the 5 best Australian snow years on record, as per snow depth measured at Spencers Creek.
Josh Daiek skiing at Shiga Kogen

Where To Ski Overseas For First-Timers

June 23, 2018
Australian skiers and snowboarders are renowned travellers and at many resorts in the US, Canada and Japan, Australians top the count when it comes to visitors from overseas
Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

Air & Style – Jindabyne to Sydney – Mountainwatch Tour

June 22, 2018
Mountainwatch have made getting to the historic event far easier, by putting together an all-inclusive package that will prepare you for the event, short of having to compete yourself.
Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

Heliski Season Kicks Off In New Zealand – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 22, 2018
It’s no secret New Zealand has been revelling in some pretty special early season skiing and boarding. It’s also no secret they’ve got some of the best heli-skiing terrain...
Mountainwatch Want To Take You To Japan! – Introducing Mountainwatch Tours

Mountainwatch Want To Take You To Japan! – Introducing Mountainwatch Tours

June 21, 2018
A first for us, we’re excited to announce a tailor-made tour to the powder paradise that we’ve put together and will be offering to our faithful readers for the coming 2018/19 season.
South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

South American Season Starts With Powder – And Plenty Of It

June 21, 2018
Resorts across South America are revelling in fresh snow, and just in the nick of time with the official opening weekend only a day away...
Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

June 20, 2018
Hotham’s Coen Bennie-Faull is a ski instructor, coaches at Hotham Freeski and is also Australia’s premier big mountain freeskier. He spends the northern hemisphere winter in Jackson Hole, where he competes occasionally, but focuses on film/photo projects.
5 Reasons You Should Try A New Resort This Season

5 Reasons You Should Try A New Resort This Season

June 20, 2018
The mountains are unique. They're one of the few places where we can take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air while enjoying a seemingly untouched landscape a world away from cities and traffic.
Looking a little chilly for Al Fresco dining in Buller. Photo: Buller

Australian Snow Journal: Season Starter Storm Drops 80cms Of Snow

June 19, 2018
The first big storm of the year dropped 70-100cms of snow across the Australian Alps in the past 6 days.
Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Australia this July...
Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

Mountainwatch Must Watch – ‘Elsewhere – Winter in Japan’

June 15, 2018
Some of our countries best riders explore the contrasts of Japan in a brand new film from Finnegan Laver...
A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

June 14, 2018
Did you know your brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb? Well, it does, and it’s just one of the reasons you should protect it with a brain bucket this season.
Cardrona ripe and ready to be gobbled up. Opening day is 16th June and there is already 50-90cm of snow lying on the ground. Go fill your boots. Source: Cardrona

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 12, 2018
With opening weekend done and dusted at a few of New Zealand’s ski fields and epic amounts of snow, the Kiwi season has kicked off with a hiss and a roar.
The Countdown – Five Training Tips For Snow Season

The Countdown – Five Training Tips For Snow Season

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

Boothy’s Blog – Why I Love Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018
Fresh-faced and free, people are excited and jittery and alive. Staff are trying extra hard with customers, lifties pull tees with aerobic energy, ski instructors don’t have goggle tans yet.
Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

June 8, 2018
A cursory look at the cams and you’d be aware there won't be a lot of natural snow on the ground at the resorts this weekend
Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

Historic Snowfalls – A Look Back At The Biggest Snowfalls Australia’s Ever Seen

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chronicling all the best snowfalls Australia’s ever seen
Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

Mountainwatch Guide To Perisher

June 4, 2018
Not only is Perisher a dominant force among Australian ski resorts, it is the largest ski resort in the entire Southern Hemisphere
I love this shot. It’s got me pumped about opening weekend and all the skiing to be had this winter. Image: Hocking/Falls Creek

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 30, 2018
May has certainly been a month of feast and famine. Like little piggies, we gobbled up a three-day banquet of snowfall from May 10-12.
What To Watch Out For This Season – The Roads And The Roos

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

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

Mountainwatch Guide to Park City

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

Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

May 21, 2018
Opening weekend is set to officially kick off in less than three weeks, across the 9th - 11th of June - assuming the resorts don’t get into another ski lift arms race and start spinning chairs
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SNOW 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…
SNOW JOURNAL – The Season of Discontent

SNOW JOURNAL – The Season of Discontent

August 9, 2013
This season has had its ups and downs, the ups have been high and the downs have been low Image:: Falls Creek/Hocking Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Well, it’s August 9 and we’re on the half way mark for this winter and what a weird winter it has been. Talk about…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – August Update

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – August Update

August 6, 2013
July really didn’t deliver too much in the way of fresh snow, what it did deliver is blue sky and warm days, often making it feel like Spring already Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s same old, same…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – August Update

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – August Update

August 2, 2013
Sunny days and corduroy has been the pick in the low tide first half Image:: Mark Tsukasov Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s a simple equation, but sometimes it’s a hard ask. There are really only three things you need for a…
STORM WRAP – Australia scores 70cm snow storm

STORM WRAP – Australia scores 70cm snow storm

July 25, 2013
This shot doesn’t even need a caption, Tuesday was a picture perfect day Image:: Falls Creek Mountainwatch | Storm Wrap This time last week Aussie skiers across the country were in a state of panic! The rain was torrential and on the cams we were literally watching the base that…
PHOTOS – The back face of Cardrona

PHOTOS – The back face of Cardrona

July 18, 2013
Fraser McDougall working hard to score some busy season snow Image:: Riley Bathurst Mountainwatch | Riley Bathurst In New Zealand, the school holidays are filled with the most snow shredding a lot of kids will do for their entire year, but what if you’re a big kid that has finished…
SNOW JOURNAL NZ – Bluebird in the South Island

SNOW JOURNAL NZ – Bluebird in the South Island

July 12, 2013
Fraser McDougall slashing some early July pow in Treble Cone Image:: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid After an exceptional first month of the season, New Zealand’s South Island mountains are completely coated in snow. Powder days already? Definitely. With 15 cm of fresh covering The Remarkables on Monday, riders…
AUSSIE SNOW JOURNAL – New snow means new terrain

AUSSIE SNOW JOURNAL – New snow means new terrain

July 10, 2013
Corduroy dreams at Falls Creek on July 10 Image:: Falls Creek Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When the Grasshopper suggested we all circle July 5 for the first proper storm of the season, I don’t think anyone was optimistic of up to 50cm. Our forecasting guru made the call on June…
NZ SNOW JOURNAL – Sensational snow in the Southern Lakes

NZ SNOW JOURNAL – Sensational snow in the Southern Lakes

June 27, 2013
The Crown Range covered with fresh pow, in all its glory Image:: Ace Media Mountainwatch  | Caitlin Reid Fortunately, or possibly unfortunately dependant on your perspective; the huge storm which ravaged the Canterbury region at the end of last week only nudged the Southern Lakes. This meant only half metre…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – July Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – July Update

June 27, 2013
Snow to low levels earlier this week eased the anxiety in the last week of June, things are better but we could do with more Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores This is an interesting seasonal outlook to write. Not only…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – July Update

June 27, 2013
The Crown Range looking epic after the snow last week, with a few decent top ups the South Island will be skiing into October. Image:: Ace Media New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There’s nowhere to hide with this seasonal forecast. At…
STORMWATCH NZ – A polar blast lashes the South Island

STORMWATCH NZ – A polar blast lashes the South Island

June 21, 2013
The snowsports office is completely snowed in, do you think they mind? Image:: Mt Hutt Mountainwatch | Storm Watch We are entering the third quarter of this match of matches. Over 1 m of snow has hammered the Canterbury region and is still working its magic across the New Zealand…
WRAP UP – Opening Weekend In Thredbo

WRAP UP – Opening Weekend In Thredbo

June 13, 2013
The first chair of 2013! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss ED: Many people would scoff at the idea of a snow-less opening weekend, not those in Thredbo, live music, fireworks, good company, good food and even some skiing meant the weekend went off in style, Head Snow Reporter and…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Queenstown Awaits Opening Day

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Queenstown Awaits Opening Day

June 6, 2013
Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager Ross Copland can’t wait to welcome skiers and boarders to the mountain on Saturday Image:: NZSki Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid Heavy snow over the past week plus tireless snow making efforts mean amazing conditions for the opening of Coronet Peak (June 8th) and The Remarkables…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Rain Signals Time to Panic? – No way

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Rain Signals Time to Panic? – No way

June 2, 2013
We have gone from this, to nothing… The rain has broken hearts across the country Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Over the last few seasons we’ve become accustomed to snow-making allowing us to have a few lifts turning on or before opening weekend.…
SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – June Update

SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – June Update

May 28, 2013
Perisher have been working hard to make snow whenever possible, unfortunately rain this week may damage any chance of an early opening Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Let’s go. Daily forecasts start today and I’m hyped to…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Snow Storms Hammer New Zealand

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Snow Storms Hammer New Zealand

May 28, 2013
Staff at The Remarkables chill out and watch the snow accumulate, 50 cm has fallen so far Image:: The Remarkables Mountainwatch | Countdown to Winter Winter is just around the corner! Over the next three weeks we’ll be keeping the content flowing to stimulate your stoke in the lead up…
SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

SEASONAL OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – June Update

May 27, 2013
Digging out the car at The Remarkables this morning, about 50cm has fallen and the access road is closed due to the amount of snow! Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook – June update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Let’s go. Daily forecasts have…
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Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

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

Whistler Wrap – Over 40cm in 24 Hours

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

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

December 9, 2016
Whistler locals have been enjoying generous early season snowfalls. Image:: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap We are at the end of the first week of December and winter is well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere. After a slow but fairly typical start…
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…
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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…
French Dominate First Stage of Freeride World Tour 2011

French Dominate First Stage of Freeride World Tour 2011

January 24, 2011
Image:: FreerideWorldTour.com / C. Margot Freeride World Tour The Nissan Freeride de Chamonix Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch went off in Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc today. A strong field of freeriders were surprised by the quality of both the snow and the number of features. As a…
DEW TOUR – Stop 2, Killington, Begins Friday

DEW TOUR – Stop 2, Killington, Begins Friday

January 19, 2011
Winter Dew Tour Over 140 of the best freeski and snowboard athletes will compete this weekend at Killington Resort on the second stop of the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season. Welcoming the Tour for the first time, Killington Resort will host the four-day event that features competitions with the top…
VIDEO Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin – Snowboard Cross WORLD CHAMPION

VIDEO Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin – Snowboard Cross WORLD CHAMPION

January 19, 2011
Snowboard Cross Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin from Mansfield, Victoria became Australia’s latest World Champion in La Molina, Spain on Tuesday, winning the 2011 Snowboard Cross World Championships, claiming his first ever major title and in the process beating out two of the sports biggest superstars – 2010 Olympic gold medalist Seth…
TTR WORLD TOUR Tanteri, Anderson Victorious in Burton European Open Slopestyle

TTR WORLD TOUR Tanteri, Anderson Victorious in Burton European Open Slopestyle

January 17, 2011
TTR Burton European Open 2011 Slopestyle Highlights from ttrworldtour on Vimeo.   TTR World Tour Roope Tonteri (FIN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) were victorious in Friday’s slopestyle finals at the 12th annual 6Star Burton European Open taking place in Laax, Switzerland. With her win earning 1000 TTR ranking points, Jamie…
TTR WORLD TOUR Piiroinen, Clark Claim Victory in Burton European Open Halfpipe

TTR WORLD TOUR Piiroinen, Clark Claim Victory in Burton European Open Halfpipe

January 17, 2011
TTR Burton European Open 2011 Halfpipe Highlights from ttrworldtour on Vimeo.   TTR World Tour The final day of the 12th annual Burton European Open went off on Saturday with Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Kelly Clark (USA) taking home the halfpipe titles, earning themselves 1000 Swatch TTR Ranking points, a…
TTR WORLD TOUR Toutant, Anderson, Haller, Clark Win O’Neill Evolution

TTR WORLD TOUR Toutant, Anderson, Haller, Clark Win O’Neill Evolution

January 10, 2011
Press Release The 6Star O’Neill Evolution wrapped up in Davos, Switzerland with Sebastien Toutant (CAN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) winning the slopestyle titles today and Christian Haller (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA) taking top honors in halfpipe on the weekend January 8 – 9. The winners were awarded a piece…
VIDEO – WINTER DEW TOUR Nike 6.0, Breckenridge Begins Friday

VIDEO – WINTER DEW TOUR Nike 6.0, Breckenridge Begins Friday

December 15, 2010
Breckenridge Team Rider Banks Gilberti testing out the Dew Tour superpipe. Image:: Breckenridge Winter Dew Tour Over 380 of the best freeski and snowboard athletes from 18 different countries will compete this weekend at Breckenridge Ski Resort at the Nike 6.0 Open. The Winter Dew Tour will be televised in…
Vito, Farrington, Dorey and Groenewoud Win Grand Prix

Vito, Farrington, Dorey and Groenewoud Win Grand Prix

December 13, 2010
Byron Wells at the USA Halfpipe Grand Prix, Copper Mountain. Image:: Courtesy Snowsports NZ USA Halfpipe Grand Prix The USA’s Louie Vito and Kaitlyn Farrington claimed the USA Halfpipe Grand Prix snowboarding top spots at Copper Mountain on the weekend 11 – 12 December while Canadians dominated the skiing with…
Ski Halfpipe’s Olympic Journey Steps up With Inaugural Grand Prix

Ski Halfpipe’s Olympic Journey Steps up With Inaugural Grand Prix

December 9, 2010
Big Air champion Bobby Brown, who visited Australia earlier this year, will make his halfpipe debut at Copper Mountain. IMage:: Darren Teastale Ski Halfpipe Ski Halfpipe is taking another step in the journey to Olympic inclusion this week with the inaugural International Skiing Federation (FIS) sanctioned Grand Prix ski halfpipe…
Sebastien Toutant Wins 6star Oakley Shaun White Air & Style In Beijing, China

Sebastien Toutant Wins 6star Oakley Shaun White Air & Style In Beijing, China

December 6, 2010
Press Release Canadian rider, Sebastien Toutant, was the winner of the Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing snowboard competition – a 6Star Swatch TTR event – in China over the weekend 4 – 5 December. Toutant walked away with a large share of the $100,000 USD prize purse, the…
VIDEO – The WORLD HELI CHALLENGE 2010 Highlights – Part 2

VIDEO – The WORLD HELI CHALLENGE 2010 Highlights – Part 2

November 18, 2010
This is part two of the World Heli Challenge, the essential viewing. Featuring all the action from the 2010 competition and the down day shenanigans, including good ole-fashioned paddock rally car racing, this is a must watch, so check it out!   You need to have the Adobe Flash Player…
Winter Dew Tour – New Names added to Confirmed Athletes List

Winter Dew Tour – New Names added to Confirmed Athletes List

November 10, 2010
Winter Dew Tour 10/11 Scotty Lago, Tom Wallisch and Australia’s own Anna Segal have been named on the second round pre-qualified and open qualified list for the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour 2010/2011, the Nike 6.0 Open at Breckenridge, Colorado on 16 – 19 December 2010. The Open…
A Mountain of a Cycle – the 7 Peaks Challenge

A Mountain of a Cycle – the 7 Peaks Challenge

November 10, 2010
The downhill run at Hotham. Image:: Courtesy 7 Peaks Challenge Alpine Summer The Seven Peaks Challenge is an at-your-own-pace cycling challenge run in the Victorian High Country, through the summer cyclists will summit Victoria’s most challenging peaks, earning themselves stamps in their special Seven Peaks boarding passes and the possibility…
CHILL Perisher Snowboarding Trip 2010

CHILL Perisher Snowboarding Trip 2010

November 9, 2010
The 2010 CHILL group. Image:: Thanks to CHILL CHILL Snow Program 2010 CHILL is a not-for-profit, learn to ride board sport program for at-risk youth. Through the medium of board sports CHILL aids young people to accomplish goals they never thought possible, while teaching some of the most important lessons…
VIDEO – The WORLD HELI CHALLENGE 2010 Highlights – Part 1

VIDEO – The WORLD HELI CHALLENGE 2010 Highlights – Part 1

November 9, 2010
  You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please click here to continue.   World Heli Challenge This is part one of the World Heli Challenge, the essential viewing. Featuring all the action from the 2010 competition and the down day shenanigans, including good ole-fashioned…
Freeride World Tour Qualifier Events Announced

Freeride World Tour Qualifier Events Announced

November 4, 2010
Competitors waiting for the start, Chaminox 2010. Image:: C Margot/Freeride World Tour Freeride World Tour The Freeride World Qualifier Events (FWQ) is a series of qualifying competitions in which highly-skilled skiers and snowboarders compete with the ultimate goal of grabbing a spot on the Freeride World Tour (FWT). With the…
TEASER The Freeride World Tour 2011

TEASER The Freeride World Tour 2011

November 4, 2010
The world’s best freeriders captured by the world’s best photographers. Image:: C Margot/Freeride World Tour Freeride World Tour Northern Hemisphere winters produce plenty of froth-inspiring events for us to follow but we’re going to say the Freeride World Tour may be the ultimate. Six of the world’s most incredible freeride…
Photo Snow Report – Toyota One Hit Wonder Week in THREDBO

Photo Snow Report – Toyota One Hit Wonder Week in THREDBO

September 24, 2010
Charlie Timmins. Snow Journal 15 – 19 September | Andrew Fawcett You couldn’t have scripted better conditions for the Toyota One Hit Wonder in Thredbo. Despite a forecast week of snow the sun shone every day without fail on the 90ft mega-jump perched on the hill above Thredbo’s Cruiser lift.…
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