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Scotty James – Ready for Next Week’s Olympics

Scotty James – Ready for Next Week’s Olympics

February 1, 2018
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is only a week until the start of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and all of Australia are ready to cheer Scotty James on to a win in the snowboard half-pipe. Fresh off a silver in last week’s X Games in Aspen, Scotty is one…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

January 31, 2018
At 1898m, Mt Yotei is hard to miss when the sun comes out… Image:: Piotrek Drzastwa /Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well Japanuary has come to a close and it’s fair to say we’ve seen it all on the mountain this month. A mild start had us…
Japan – Weekly Snow Update

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head to www.liquidsnowtours.com for 25% March and April! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Myoko, Japan – Season Update

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 28, 2018
Picture perfect Cortina, Hakuba. Photo credit stillstoked.com. Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Ah Japan, the winter wonderland… and what a winter it has been! We are now into the business end of the season and the resorts are running full steam ahead. With above average snowfalls in November and December, the…
Torah Bright Pulls Out Of Olympics

Torah Bright Pulls Out Of Olympics

January 25, 2018
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss In a blow to the Australian team and the Winter Olympics, three-time Olympian and former gold medal winner Torah Bright has announced she will not be competing in PyeongChang. In a social media post today, Torah said injuries she sustained last week while competing in the…
Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch We saw a mixed bag of weather this week but with up to 100cm expected next week, conditions are still all time. Head to www.hakubahotelgroup.com for 25% off accommodation in March and April. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Quiksilver Sign US Skier Sammy Carlson

Quiksilver Sign US Skier Sammy Carlson

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Quiksilver have announced the signing of US skier Sammy Carlson to its international snow team. Carlson is one of the most progressive skiers on the planet the Oregon native making his name in park and pipe comps where he won a number of X Games medals.…
Three Weeks to Pyeongchang 2018 – All Your Questions Answered

Three Weeks to Pyeongchang 2018 – All Your Questions Answered

January 18, 2018
Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Alpensia ski resort in Pyeongchang Set your phone alerts and tell your housemates you’ve shotgunned the TV, folks. This Friday marks exactly three weeks until the Winter Olympics. It’s a glorious few weeks that only come around once every four years, in which the Australian TV…
Anna and Natalie Segal’s New Film Set for Release

Anna and Natalie Segal’s New Film Set for Release

January 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Finding The Line Trailer from Finding the Line Film on Vimeo.   Anna and Natalie Segal are two of Australia’s leading international skiers, Anna making her mark as a slopestyle skier while Nat was a long-term competitor on the FWT big mountain tour. Both had some…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th

January 15, 2018
Look out below! Clearing snow is something of a daily chore here in Niseko. Image:: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Heli-skiing and Alaska, Perisher and Lil Orbits, Japan and January… Iconic duos of the ski world, the last of which can be enjoyed right now. Japanuary,…
World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

January 12, 2018
Japan is pumping, Europe’s amazing and things are about to get a lot better in America. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Nothing like a powder day in Aspen Highlands. This was shot on Jan 8 and there is more snow due next week. Photo: Jeremy Swanson Japan There’s no doubt the…
Finding a Hidden Line in Whistler

Finding a Hidden Line in Whistler

January 8, 2018
There’s something special about a blue-bird powder day. Mountainwatch | Anna Segal Whistler had a good early start to the season, but snowfalls were few and far between in December so when a decent storm set up a powder day on December 30, there was big crew on hand to…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 31st

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 31st

December 31, 2017
One of Niseko Photography & Guiding’s guests Alberto unwrapping a belated christmas present on the 27th. Image:: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman December. Where do I begin. Last time I checked in on the 20th we’d had over 5m of snowfall since the season kicked off,…
Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

December 30, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Britteny Cox skied in the mogul event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver she was only 15-years-old, the youngest athlete competing at those Olympics. For the Falls Creek born and bred skier it was a dream come true and a sign of great things to come, something…
Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

December 29, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in some Jackson pow on Christmas Day. Coen coaches at Hotham Freeski each winter, saving his dollars so he can get back to Jackson each season. Easy to see why. Photo – @malachiartice Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Coen Bennie-Faull has arrived in Jackson Hole for his fourth…
2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

2018 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

December 23, 2017
Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Presented by As we head into December, Japan’s ski resorts are starting to open, and it’s time we took another look at the conditions and prospects for the 2018 season. ENSO and seasonal forecast update Weak La Nina conditions have now officially developed, and Japan’s Meteorological…
Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

December 21, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is only six weeks until the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and after recent World Cup results, Australia should be in the mix for a few medals, including gold. Last weekend saw Australians win two World Cup gold medals — Jarryd Hughes in the…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 20th

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 20th

December 20, 2017
Japember? Move over Japanuary because December has been all time in Hokkaido… and we’re not even done yet! Image:: Darren Teasedale/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Well folks, we’ve got boots on the ground in Niseko this season, namely mine, a fake pair of size 11 sorels which…
Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

December 20, 2017
Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s nearly Christmas and that infamous Aussie Summer Heatwave is belting the country like a regional cricket team. The beer has gone warm, the waves are reduced to wind-blown chop and your plans for having a ‘summer’ at home are slowly eroding. Your lungs long for crisp mountain…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

December 3, 2017
Mt Yotei on the weekend Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here are a selection…
Transfer Delivers Their Definitive Travel Guide

Transfer Delivers Their Definitive Travel Guide

November 29, 2017
The Aussie snow season may be all wrapped up but the snow is just starting to fall elsewhere and if you’re already feeling the need for a slide underfoot, then the team at Transfer have you covered. Check The Transfer Travel Special Now They’re put together a monster Travel Special,…
2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

2018 Canada Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 16, 2017
Early season snow storm at Whistler Blackcomb Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Justin Trudeau, maple syrup, poutine, and absolutely stunning mountains. What’s not to love about Canada? If you’re thinking of heading away for some northern hemisphere snow this season, then let me give you the lowdown on one of my…
2018 USA Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

2018 USA Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 6, 2017
Photo: @jacksonhole Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper With almost 500 resorts, spread across a 3000 mile wide country it’s hard to talk simply about America’s mountains or conditions. The mountains can be divided into three broad areas. Starting out west in California, the Pacific tectonic plate pushes under the North American…
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SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia

April 2, 2013
In a good snow year skiing back home is like nowhere else, can we expect bluebird pow days this year? Read on to see what our resident Guru thinks is in store… Image:: Perisher/Andy Lloyd Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores And it…
VIDEO – Ten Days in Japan With Luke Kneller, Chris Booth and Tim Myers

VIDEO – Ten Days in Japan With Luke Kneller, Chris Booth and Tim Myers

March 23, 2013
Mountainwatch | Chris Booth In early February Luke kneller, Tim Myers and I went on vacation. Armed with Contours, a fresh copy of Monocle Alpino and a few Turtlenecks, we broke ourselves off from the rotten humidity of Sydney and went to Hakuba. It was very emotional. Over about 10…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Never-ending Pow

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Never-ending Pow

January 15, 2013
A Snow cat perched high above Hakuba Village Image:: Hakuba Village Japan Snow Wrap A new format for the Japan Snow Wrap this week, a quick rundown on conditions in Hakuba and Niseko followed by a selection of the best photos from the last week. Miss the old format? Leave…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Snowy Resolutions

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Snowy Resolutions

January 9, 2013
br />A herd of moose chilling in the morning frost, Jackson Hole January 6 Image:: Jackson Hole Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be a…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Niseko Breaks 8m Mark

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Niseko Breaks 8m Mark

January 3, 2013
Another gratuitous pow shot from Niseko, 2 January Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Superb Snow For The Holiday Season

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Superb Snow For The Holiday Season

December 26, 2012
Chamonix, looking fresh and tasty on December 22 Image:: Chamonix Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be a one-stop-shop to give you an idea where…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Relentless Pow Continues

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Relentless Pow Continues

December 18, 2012
A rare bluebird day in Niseko last Wednesday enabled the locals to get out and enjoy all the new snow, it was quite deep… Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts…
STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

STUDY – NRDC and POW Examine Climate Change and the U.S Ski Industry

December 12, 2012
Under a warming climate, opening days like this one at Mt Baker will become a thing of the past Image:: Mt Baker Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It doesn’t take a climate scientist to realise that the impact of a warmer world is bad news for snow. However, despite the seemingly…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Kicking Into Gear

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – Kicking Into Gear

December 11, 2012
When Hakuba is good, it is REALLY good. This weekend was all time Image:: Phoenix Hotel Hakuba Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ more than deserves its on snow wrap… With a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow…
WORLD SNOW WRAP – Winter Has Begun

WORLD SNOW WRAP – Winter Has Begun

November 27, 2012
By all accounts opening day in Whistler was EPIC! Certainly looks like they told the truth! Image:: Coastphoto.com Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap EDITOR’s NOTE: This season we will once again bring you the fortnightly World Snow Wrap and the weekly Japan Snow Wrap. These regular features aim to be…
TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

November 1, 2012
Chris Booth popping off a classic Niseko pillow Image:: Joey Corcoron Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath The island nation of Japan has undergone some tumultuous times in recent years, the environmental catastrophe brought on by the 2011 tsunami disaster led to a feeling of great unease in the international snow industry……
2012 SEASON WRAP UP – One to remember

2012 SEASON WRAP UP – One to remember

October 2, 2012
Just one of many incredible days in August, Olympic t-bar Perisher Image:: Perisher Words | Reggae Elliss It’s October 2, the day after the usual season closing weekend, and I have just had another morning of fun spring snow. That comes after a couple of days of good winter powder…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

September 30, 2012
Sunny spring days in Cardrona Image:: Courtesy of Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Its hard to believe that another season is coming to an end, looking out my window there is still so much snow on the mountains, a crying shame! A lot of rain has…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – So Much Snow And So Little Time

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – So Much Snow And So Little Time

September 21, 2012
Now thats a view you cant get tired of! Image:: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Its been a lovely warm week this week, a bit of fresh snow on the weekend but I think its safe to say that the cold and stormy weather is…
BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

September 15, 2012
Starting at Guthega, Twynam and the peaks beyond are over the furthest visible ridge 8km away Blog | Thomas Pinzone I have been itching to get out to the western faces of the Snowy Mountains all winter. Apart from an early season mission in May, to date, work, weather and…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

September 13, 2012
Chinese downhill for 60cm in the Treble Cone saddle Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Wow what a week it has been… I have never seen so much snow come this late in the season, after many days of storming over the weekend the skies…
SNOW JOURNAL – Two Weeks of Everything

SNOW JOURNAL – Two Weeks of Everything

September 12, 2012
Finding some fresh way out wide from Thredbo on Saturday Image:: Mandy Lamont Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss When I wrote the last snow journal two weeks ago, little did I know that we were in for another 60-70 cm of snow over the next two weeks. August went out…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

September 7, 2012
This is what 65cm fresh at TC looks like! Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Well what a week its been, just when we all thought spring was over mother nature decided to offload a whopping 65 cm of fresh onto Treble Cone and on…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

August 31, 2012
early morning ski racing at Coronet Peak Image:: NZSKI.com Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Spring is well and truly upon us now, its warmed up a lot in the past week and that makes for some slushy on and off piste fun! If only the NZ winters…
SNOW JOURNAL – August Keeps On Delivering

SNOW JOURNAL – August Keeps On Delivering

August 28, 2012
Steep and deep in Thredbo on Friday Image:: Mandy Lamont Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss There are a lot of superlatives being thrown around about the winter so far, but the consensus is it is the best since 2000. Unlike last year when it snowed all July, but not in…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An early spring

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An early spring

August 25, 2012
Somewhere under the rainbow theres pow pow at Broken River Image: Broken River Snow Journal| Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Well it wasn’t quite the snow filled week we were all hoping for, all the fields accumulated a couple of CM of fresh but by no means was it substantial.…
SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm Of The Season

SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm Of The Season

August 19, 2012
Tom Costa slaying some in Falls Creek Image:: Courtesy of Falls Creek Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss Well, what a week we have had in the mountains – for that matter what a month August is turning into. Last week I was writing about 15 to 40 cm across the…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – High Fives All Round

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – High Fives All Round

August 17, 2012
Who says NZ is having a lean snow year?! Image:: NZSKI.com Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the new snow that has fallen upon us over the past week, its been great to get some powder turns in finally! Some really heavy rain…
SNOW JOURNAL – The Cold Smoke Continues

SNOW JOURNAL – The Cold Smoke Continues

August 13, 2012
Craig Branch hooking into the light windblown pow in Thredbo Image:: Reggae Ellis Snow Journal | Reggae Ellis We are two weeks into August and the snow has been sensational so far. The month started off well with cold sunny days, cold nights and dry mid-winter snow backed up with…
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TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

TRAVEL JAPAN – Niseko – Imaginary Flying Machines

November 1, 2012
Chris Booth popping off a classic Niseko pillow Image:: Joey Corcoron Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath The island nation of Japan has undergone some tumultuous times in recent years, the environmental catastrophe brought on by the 2011 tsunami disaster led to a feeling of great unease in the international snow industry……
Dirt Track to Powder – The Barry Way to Mt Hotham

Dirt Track to Powder – The Barry Way to Mt Hotham

July 31, 2012
The impressive bowls below the Hotham Peak are officially out of bounds, but tempt many with some of the best powder turns you can grab in Australia. Words & Photos by Russell Holt The Barry way is a shortcut 4WD track from Jindabyne to Mt Hotham. Appealing? Hell yes, who…
An Insider’s Guide To A Budget Ski Trip

An Insider’s Guide To A Budget Ski Trip

June 25, 2012
These tips could save you hundreds on your next ski holiday! Resident Ski Bum | Alex Cameron The inspiration for writing this article has come from a couple of conversations that I have had recently. The word is spreading about Australia’s great early season conditions and in the bars and…
SNOW DEALS – Australian Resorts Packages, Bargains and Specials 2012

SNOW DEALS – Australian Resorts Packages, Bargains and Specials 2012

April 17, 2012
Plenty of ways to get your friends or family together for a snow trip. Image:: Perisher 2012 deals | Tessa Cook Here’s a rundown of the best deals and packages the Australian resorts are offering in 2012. Remember, this is just a sample of the packages on offer, and the…
GLOBAL RESCUE – Rescue Security for the Adventurous

GLOBAL RESCUE – Rescue Security for the Adventurous

April 12, 2012
Medical transports. You hope you never need them but it’s good to know they’re available if you do. Image:: Global Rescue Global Rescue | Tessa Cook The Transfer Snowboard Mag guys discovered this gem of a service while planning a pretty amazing but extreme snowboarding trip. It sounded almost too…
VIDEO JA-POW 16 Epic Metres and Counting

VIDEO JA-POW 16 Epic Metres and Counting

January 31, 2012
Super creative. Image:: Aaron Jamieson Ja-POW Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran Aaaaaaaahhhhh Japan. She’s just SoO good to be true, I cant take my camera off you. I`m not into overly huge media hypes but Japan over the last two months deserves it. I stopped counting a few meters ago…
Europe Snow Wrap – The Drought Breaks, but Don’t Grab the Pow Skis Yet

Europe Snow Wrap – The Drought Breaks, but Don’t Grab the Pow Skis Yet

December 7, 2011
Chamonix Tuesday 6 December. Image:: Chamonix Weekly Snow Wrap Snow depth, top five in Europe: 1 – Saas Fee, Switzerland with 211cm, 2 – Ghiacciaio Presena, Italy with 200cm, 3 – Pitztaler Gletscher, Austria with 164cm, 4 – Cervinia, Italy with 160cm and 5 – Stryn, Norway with 140cm Recent…
North America Snow Wrap – Winter Arrives with Arctic Temps

North America Snow Wrap – Winter Arrives with Arctic Temps

December 5, 2011
Whistler on 3 December. Image:: Whistler Weekly Snow Wrap Weekend snowfalls, top 5 in North America: 1 – Wolf Creek, Colorado with 88cm, 2 – Alyeska, Alaska with 73cm, 3 – Angel Fire, New Mexico with 71cm, 4 – Brian Head, Utah with 69cm and 5 – Echo, Colorado with…
USA Weekly Snow Wrap Up – Season’s Beginnings

USA Weekly Snow Wrap Up – Season’s Beginnings

November 30, 2011
Jackson Hole 24 November, three days before opening. Image:: Jackson Hole Weekly Snow Wrap Stormwatch: The snowfall heros It’s been a sunny week all round, but first prize goes to Jackson Hole – already at 2m for the season. The Cottonwood Canyon resorts in Utah are at around 190cm for…
EDITOR’S BLOG – Fat Skis for Everyone

EDITOR’S BLOG – Fat Skis for Everyone

November 29, 2011
Liberty team rider Simon Blondel in the Australian powder. Image:: Dominic Kieler Editor’s Blog Myth: Fat skis are hard, and only for expert types Fact: With modern shaping, fat skis are more than easy to manage, some ski easier than the traditional piste-ski Myth: If you’re a serious skier you…
TRAVEL INSPIRATION CANADA – Chatter Creek Cat Skiing

TRAVEL INSPIRATION CANADA – Chatter Creek Cat Skiing

October 31, 2011
58 000 acres of terrain. Image:: Mark Gallup, gallupphoto.com If you haven’t already booked your northern hemisphere snow-sliding adventure for this coming winter, time to get cracking. Having trouble choosing a destination? The Mountainwatch archives are an inspirational goldmine. These next few weeks we’ll be reaching in and plucking out…
ASPEN – An Aussie Expat’s Local Guide

ASPEN – An Aussie Expat’s Local Guide

October 24, 2011
Winter creeping up on Autumn at Snowmass, 19 October 2011. Image:: Jeremy Swanson Living Aspen | Christian Manie Do you have three friends with a little spare cash willing to take advantage of a flagging greenback dollar? You want to drop into some gnarly chutes and float soul arcs through…
VIDEO TRAVEL INDIA – Freeski Girls in KASHMIR

VIDEO TRAVEL INDIA – Freeski Girls in KASHMIR

October 21, 2011
Lena Stoffel turning on some on an amazing slope Image:: Roman Lanchner Skiing Kashmir | Caja Schoepf In February 2011 German freeski ladies Caja Schoepf – Fiat Freestyle Team and Lena Stoffel – Roxy – journeyed to India, capturing their experiences in a short film by Felix Urbauer. “Looking for…
TRAVEL TIPS – Put Compression Gear on Your Snow Trip Shopping List

TRAVEL TIPS – Put Compression Gear on Your Snow Trip Shopping List

October 21, 2011
No one wants sore muslces to bring them down on a powder day. Image:: Carl Scofield Travel Tips | Tessa Cook If you’re running a pair of four-year-old Skins tights, or worse, some saggy thermals , put ‘new compression gear ‘ on your overseas-snow-trip-shopping-list. There’s a lycra revolution going on.…
Aspen Snowmass – Book Now While Dollar is High

Aspen Snowmass – Book Now While Dollar is High

October 20, 2011
Press Release Aspen/Snowmass skiers have just saved 10% on their ski vacation by waiting to book while watching the Australian dollar surge from 93 USD to $1.02 USD in the past fortnight. But skiers are urged to book their Aspen/Snowmass vacations now, as international economic factors send the Australian dollar…
TRAVEL KOREA – An Olympic Host Country with a Growing Snow Industry

TRAVEL KOREA – An Olympic Host Country with a Growing Snow Industry

October 12, 2011
Night skiing at Youngpyeong Ski Resort. Many Korean ski resorts run night skiing late into the evening. Image:: Korea Tourism Travel Korea With the announcement recently that South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games comes a growing interest in the country’s snow resorts. It’s not the first place…
TRAVEL INSPIRATION JAPAN – Honshu, Nagano Prefecture

TRAVEL INSPIRATION JAPAN – Honshu, Nagano Prefecture

October 11, 2011
If you haven’t already booked your northern hemisphere snow-sliding adventure for this coming winter, time to get cracking. Having trouble choosing a destination? The Mountainwatch archives are an inspirational goldmine. These next few weeks we’ll be reaching in and plucking out some of the best of our previous travel adventures……
TRAVEL INSPIRATION Off the Beaten (ski) Track – The Haute Route

TRAVEL INSPIRATION Off the Beaten (ski) Track – The Haute Route

September 30, 2011
  If you haven’t already booked your northern hemisphere snow-sliding adventure for this coming winter, time to get cracking. Having trouble choosing a destination? The Mountainwatch archives are an inspirational goldmine. These next few weeks we’ll be reaching in and plucking out some of the best of our previous travel…
SKIING & SNOWBORDING JAPAN 2012 – is it Safe? The Q&A

SKIING & SNOWBORDING JAPAN 2012 – is it Safe? The Q&A

September 28, 2011
Hakuba powder… so very tempting. Image:: Chris Hocking Travel Japan | Tessa Cook Should you visit Japan? It’s the big question for skiers and boarders in the face of the ongoing radiation crisis. If simple answer has to be given it would be yes. All official reports, from Australia’s Department…
TRAVEL CHILE – Luxury in The Andes at PORTILLO

TRAVEL CHILE – Luxury in The Andes at PORTILLO

September 27, 2011
“Insert epic quote here” Skiing Portillo | Chris Booth Travel can be roughly divided into two categories: holidays and experiences. Holidays are easy to find, most of them can be bought online, have simple directions and come at a price that is reasonable for the services offered. Holidays are what…
TRAVEL INSPIRATION – Jackson ‘Awesome’ Hole

TRAVEL INSPIRATION – Jackson ‘Awesome’ Hole

September 22, 2011
The infamous Corbets Coulior. Image:: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort If you haven’t already booked your northern hemisphere snow-sliding adventure for this coming winter, time to get cracking. Having trouble choosing a destination? The Mountainwatch archives are an inspirational goldmine. These next few weeks we’ll be reaching in and plucking out…
A NEW ZEALAND Spring Fling

A NEW ZEALAND Spring Fling

September 21, 2011
Spring snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Image:: Mt Ruapehu Rachael Oakes-Ash Is there anything better than spring skiing? T-shirts and ski pants, sunnies not goggles and cocktails on a mid mountain deck come mid afternoon. Winter may be winding her way north in search of alps to play with but there’s…
TRAVELLER’S LIST – Top 10 Best Snow Travel Tips

TRAVELLER’S LIST – Top 10 Best Snow Travel Tips

September 21, 2011
Get it right and snow-travel is as easy as lying on the couch… Travel Tips | Tessa Cook You only make the mistake of trying to snow-travel with a matched set of monogrammed trunks once before you realise, when it comes to getting to mountains in order to slide down…
TRAVEL INSPIRATION – Colorado’s Hidden Gem CRESTED BUTTE

TRAVEL INSPIRATION – Colorado’s Hidden Gem CRESTED BUTTE

September 16, 2011
Local telemarker Max Mancini through the trees If you haven’t already booked your northern hemisphere snow-sliding adventure for this coming winter, time to get cracking. Having trouble choosing a destination? The Mountainwatch archives are an inspirational goldmine. These next few weeks we’ll be reaching in and plucking out some of…
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VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Two – Rain Day Stratergy

VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Two – Rain Day Stratergy

September 2, 2010
Ben Hanson and Doodle getting it done. Image:: Sean Balmer 1 September | Sean Balmer & Lucas Wilkinson RAIN! The day was all about team strategy. Each state attempted to give their edit ‘the edge’. Some ran off to drop some cliffs in the deep deep slush, while others played…
VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Official Day One

VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Official Day One

September 1, 2010
Nick Breheny loving the burnt hut. Image:: Joey Corcoran 31 August | Joey Corcoran We woke to another beautiful day of Buller paradise. Our hopes diminished as the clouds came in and progressively blanketed the mountain. Luckily we were in the trees getting airtime around a recently abandoned chairlift. Burnt…
SoO AirTime Day One – Big Air Testing

SoO AirTime Day One – Big Air Testing

August 31, 2010
Waktin McLennan flying off in to the sunset 30 August | Joey Corcoran It has Begun! With a wee bit of bad weather forecast for later in the week, we decided to capitalise on today’s as good as it gets conditions. WOW! Buller put it on. We ‘tested’ the air…
SoO AirTime – Team NSW Announced

SoO AirTime – Team NSW Announced

August 27, 2010
Charlie Timmins. Image:: Ben Hansen Words | Watkin McLennan NSW gets the snow, it gets the parks and it has the riders. Team NSW is a who’s who of Australian skiing, comprising of Luke Kneller, Chris Booth, Charlie Timmins, Max Timmins, Jordan Houghton and the myth, the man the legend…
INTERSCHOOLS Harrison O’Connor, Q&A

INTERSCHOOLS Harrison O’Connor, Q&A

August 25, 2010
Harry O’Connor. Image:: Good Times Photography Blue Cow The Interschools snowsports competitions are arguably Australia’s most important grass roots snowsports event, kids from all over the country have the chance to participate in skiing and snowboarding. There’s no selectivity, all school kids can have a go, either in a school…
SoO AirTime – Team Victoria Announced

SoO AirTime – Team Victoria Announced

August 25, 2010
Christian Sirianni reaching for the sun. Image:: Rory Gardiner Words | Watkin McLennan Victoria is flexing it’s muscle for SoOAirTime 2010. Team Victoria consists of Christian Sirianni, Dom Thompson, Nick Breheny, Johnny Lipzker, Dre Bennett and Watkin McLennan. The team has the the home ground advantage, all being local Buller…
PHOTO GALLERY – Perisher King of the Mountain

PHOTO GALLERY – Perisher King of the Mountain

August 23, 2010
Jono Lipzker took out third place in the superpipe. Photos | Harro On a picture perfect day at Perisher, some of Australia’s brightest freestyle skiing stars turned it on in the King of the Mountain Series. Kicking off in the PlayStation Superpipe, competitors in Men’s, Women’s and Grommet’s categories took…
VIDEO – Rip Curl Throwdown in Thredbo

VIDEO – Rip Curl Throwdown in Thredbo

August 19, 2010
Image:: Dominic Kieler Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Once again the under-lights Rip Curl Throwdown expression session offered up some spectacular tricks as Australia’s best brought their best to the Charles Beckinsale built mega-feature for the no-rules, rider-judged event. Skiing Wunderkind Russ Henshaw was named top men’s skier and Australia’s freeski…
From the Sidelines at the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro – Wrap Up

From the Sidelines at the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro – Wrap Up

August 19, 2010
Jordan Houghton and Luke Kneller in a tandem flip. Image:: Dan Warbrick Words | Tess Cook What began on Tuesday as such a promisingly sunshine blessed event deteriorated quickly into rain, hail and general mayhem; the final two days of the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro were one long squelchy shoe…
From the Sidelines at the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro

From the Sidelines at the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro

August 18, 2010
Chris Booth. Image:: Ben Hansen Rip Curl FreeRide Pro | Tess Cook Is there anything more crucial to the formula for a successful snow event than good weather? With the picture perfect blue skies Mother Nature laid out in Thredbo on Tuesday the first day of the Rip Curl FreeRide…
VIDEO Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1 Highlights

VIDEO Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1 Highlights

August 18, 2010
US Olympic snowboarder Andy Finch is one of the finalists in the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro. The qualification day of the Rip Curl pro was a series of show-stopping performaces as competitors made the most of the perfect weather to throw down the biggest tricks in their repertoires. You need…
PHOTO GALLERY – Russ Henshaw, Anna Segal, Kieran McLachlan & Saph Farrell Win Rip Curl Throwdown

PHOTO GALLERY – Russ Henshaw, Anna Segal, Kieran McLachlan & Saph Farrell Win Rip Curl Throwdown

August 18, 2010
Jordan Houghton. Image:: Dan Warbrick Rip Curl FreeRide Pro There was triumph and tragedy at the Rip Curl Throwdown in Thredbo on Wednesday night with Australian freestyle Queen Anna Segal collecting the $300 prize for the women’s ski but most likely breaking her leg in the process. Russell Henshaw and…
PHOTO GALLERY – Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1

PHOTO GALLERY – Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1

August 17, 2010
Rip Curl pro competitors watch Karinya Turnbull Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Thredbo turned on perfect weather and perfect snow conditions for the qualifying day of the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro on Tuesday. Under a bluebird sky and with 15cm of dry fresh and light windblown snow, Thredbo’s Bluff area was…
VIDEO – World Heli Challenge Highlights

VIDEO – World Heli Challenge Highlights

August 16, 2010
Quentin Robbins. Image:: Cam Spencer World Heli Challenge The eight days of the 2010 World Heli Challenge have come to an end and, despite extremely challenging weather conditions, this year’s event was a resounding success. The world’s top skiers and snowboarders have promised they’ll be back again in 2011. “No…
Behind the Lens at the World Heli Challenge

Behind the Lens at the World Heli Challenge

August 12, 2010
Charlie Timmons soaring through the NZ sky. Words & Images | Camilla Stoddart – Photographer I always have a bad night sleep before a big day. My gear list runs through my dozing brain, have I got everything? Will I wake up to my alarm? Will I get ‘the shot’?…
The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

August 11, 2010
Joey getting in front of the lens for a turn. Image:: Watkin McLennan. So AirTime | Watkin McLennan A couple of weeks ago Joe Corcoran, myself and our never seen snow token girl Hannah Gooley headed north behind enemy lines. Our aim was to promote SoO AirTime and the Open…
Taylor Seaton Wins Volkl NZ Freeski Halfpipe

Taylor Seaton Wins Volkl NZ Freeski Halfpipe

August 9, 2010
Halfpipe men’s winner Taylor Seaton. Image:: Camilla Stoddart Vollkl NZ Freeski Open Challenging, snowy conditions didn’t prevent the world’s top halfpipe riders from raising the bar in the finals of the Volkl NZ Freeski Open halfpipe competition Saturday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Taylor Seaton of the United States narrowly edged…
Pullin Unbeatable in Continental Cup at Hotham

Pullin Unbeatable in Continental Cup at Hotham

August 9, 2010
Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin. Image:: Jyothi Jaffray The Australian FIS New Zealand Continental Cup (FIS ANC) The Australian New Zealand Snowboard Continental Cup took place in Hotham with two Boardercross (SBX) events over the weekend 7 – 8 August. Both local and international competitors took to the Hotham Rider Cross course…
World Heli Challenge Extreme Day – Winners 2010

World Heli Challenge Extreme Day – Winners 2010

August 6, 2010
Quentin Robbins. Image:: Cam Spencer Competitors at the 2010 World Heli Challenge woke up to a heavy inversion layer yesterday morning and there was question about whether the Extreme Day would run. Determined to make the day a success, event founder Tony Harrington (Harro) and technical director, Nick Mills, headed…
Rossignol Ladies Day at Mt Buller

Rossignol Ladies Day at Mt Buller

August 5, 2010
Rossignol National Sales Manager Rob Fuleky shows the Rossignol skis. Image:: Elle Cook Words | Tess Cook Any day that begins with pastries and coffee and finishes with champagne and chocolates is going to leave a girl smiling, add in the chance to test drive a selection of the latest…
World Heli Challenge – Expression Session Freestyle Day

World Heli Challenge – Expression Session Freestyle Day

August 4, 2010
Australia’s Chris Booth upside down, down under. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge At any resort in the world, the conditions that presented themselves on Tuesday would mean no event, but not at The World Heli Challenge. The weather was perfect for the first day of the Challenge with blue skies…
FORECAST World Heli Challenge – Clear Weather Tuesday

FORECAST World Heli Challenge – Clear Weather Tuesday

August 2, 2010
The Extreme Day 2009. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Forecast | Aaron Cook – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist Summary:When the weather clears Monday we will find out exactly what effect Sunday’s storm has had on the terrain. The terrain will be assessed for avalanche danger and hopefully things will be looking…
World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

July 30, 2010
2009 equal third place winner Ryan McCune, Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge will officially begin today, friday 30 July with the Firestarter Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel before the competitor bib draw takes place on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow the 40 competitors, including the two wild…
FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

July 30, 2010
The helis will need good weather to fly. Image:: Harro Forecast | By Aaron Cook – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist Summary:On your marks: Get set: Wait. That’s likely to be the story for the World Heli Challenge’s first day of scheduled competition on Sunday as a good old fashioned West Coast…
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