Getting powdered from above and below at Vail in the latest storm a couple of days ago. Colorado has benefited from storms rolling off the Pacific and resorts there have more snow than average. Photo: Scott Bellow

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – Mid-January Update

January 21, 2019
After reports of 1.5m or more of snow falling during the recent storm that rolled off the Pacific, resorts in the Sierras are reveling in deeper than average snow. So too are the southern half of the American Rockies
Blue skis and incredible sunrises over the last couple of weeks in Hakuba photo: @jacksmitharthur

Hakuba Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 3rd-18th 2019

January 18, 2019
The last two weeks have brought us lots of beautiful bluebird days with the occasional big dump thrown in, but not much snow...
Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

Heatseeker – Must Watch Ski Film Wizardry From The Skier Who Brought You ‘Centriphone’ – Video

January 18, 2019
The latest ski poetry in motion from Nicolas Vuignier in collaboration with filmer Jules Guarneri, sees six talented freeride skiers descend on the dark slopes of Valais, Switzerland, lit-up by an elusive fireball...
Mikael Landlord enjoying some sunshine in Myoko this week, but the weather has turned wiht more snow on the way.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Goodness gracious me, snow for the next nine days

January 17, 2019
After a settled sunny week, we are now back in business. It’s going to be a week of big snowfalls, especially on Honshu where a series of troughs each brings heavy falls.
Road clearing at Alpine Meadow this morning and another 1.5 metres forecast by the weekend. Photo: Squaw valley Alpine Meadows

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Plenty going on with plenty of Snow for everyone

January 17, 2019
It’s a fairly stormy week ahead with lots going on; some days almost turned into an essay. Again, the Sierras stick out with ten-day accumulations up over the metre mark.
Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Presents, Home, Episode 3 – Jackson with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

January 16, 2019
“I love this place. It’s been 20-something years of living here and I’m still finding new places to go, explore and enjoy.”  Brian Iguchi, on Jackson.
The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

January 15, 2019
The 2019 Freeride World Tour (FWT) begins in just four days in Hakuba, Japan with the competition weather window running from January 19-26th.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

January 15, 2019
‘Japanuary’ as they say, is well and truly underway... Find out how the first two weeks of 2019 have looked in Niseko!
2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

January 14, 2019
The Japanese snow season is now ticking along nicely, and generally speaking, snowfalls are tracking along average lines.
Coen Bennie-Faull has made his annual movie from Hotham to jackson Hole and hooked right in to some classic

World Snow Wrap, January 11 – Snowfalls continue in Europe, Canada, the US and, of course, Japan

January 11, 2019
It has been snowing British Columbia, the western states of the US, Japan and Austria. More to come and much-needed snowfalls on the way for France.
St Anton has had over two metres of snow it past two weeks. Photo: St Anton

16-Year-Old Australian Boy Dies in Avalanche in St Anton

January 11, 2019
A 16-year-old Australian boy died in an avalanche in St Anton, Austria on Wednesday afternoon.
It has been a big week for snow in California's Sierras and there is more to come. Bernie Rosow making the most of 60cm of fresh snow on Jan 7. Photo: Peter Morning

North America Forecast – The Big Calm, followed by big snowfalls in the Sierras

January 10, 2019
The ten-day snow accumulation chart paints a rather different picture this week with the southern half of North America inline to score the bonanza, while the northern half clocks up some sunshine hours during the “Big Calm”.
Hakuba on Jan 9, was mighty fine. Photo courtesy @skiingwithstevelee

 The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – A relatively settled and sunny week ahead, but another storm due mid-week.

January 10, 2019
We have yet another very healthy looking ten-day accumulation chart on the forecast. However, it belies the fact that apart from good snowfalls tonight and another bigger dump on Tuesday into Wednesday,
While there's been some good skiing in the resorts, this much snow brings its own challenges to the day to day living. Overturn, Jan 6.

Massive Snow Storms Continue In Austria and the Northern Alps

January 9, 2019
There has been a huge amount of snow falling across the northern European Alps over the past couple of weeks with resorts in Austria bearing the brunt of the storm.
Gear Guide –  Nitro Pow 2019 Video Review

Gear Guide – Nitro Pow 2019 Video Review

January 8, 2019
In this review Joey check out the Nitro Pow a board that, as the name suggests,  rips in deep snow but also performs well  in resort.
Mark Abma getting among Whistler's powder fest on January 4. Photo: Eric Berger Photo

Whistler Blackcomb Had Its Snowiest December On Record and the Snow Just keeps coming!

January 7, 2019
Whistler Blackcomb has been in the firing line again this week, receiving 124cms of snow in the past seven days and there is more on the way.
ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

ZABARDAST – An Incredible Freeride Expedition Into Karakoram, Pakistan – Full Movie

January 6, 2019
From the visionary that brought us The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding, comes a similarly mind-bending film - an incredible freeride expedition into the unlikely peaks of Pakistan and the imposing Karakoram range. 
Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

January 4, 2019
 Winter 2019 is ready to launch with the upcoming Verbier Freeride Week starting on January 4th. A newly added 1-star event will attract further rookie riders, while the new generation of under-14s will surely continue to impress.
IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story – New Short Film By Travis Rice Shows Hakuba At Its Best – Video

January 3, 2019
Snowboard extraordinaire Travis Rice is out of the spotlight in his latest film, instead placing friend and Japanese snowboarder Shin Biyajima at the fore in an intimate portrait of Shin, his snowboarding and his culture. 
Some cold and sunny weather in Whistler Backcomb this week, but that is about to change with a big storm set to hit the next 24 hours. Photo: Mitch Winton Photography

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North America Forecast – Still Up To Their Necks in Canada and Sierras Making Up For Lost Time

January 3, 2019
It’s looking like a good old stormy week ahead with several systems coming off the Pacific likely to reach the Sierras where between 50-90cm of snow should fall along its main spine.
The past week has been sensational In Niseko with 121cms in seven days. Good news is there is more snow on the way. Photo: Matt Wiseman/ Niseko Photography and Guiding

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls This Saturday, More Mid-week and Another Dump Next Weekend!

January 3, 2019
After great snowfalls from the past week welcoming us into 2019, Japanese ski resorts are now running at full steam. Climatologically, the bell shaped curve of snowfalls reaches a peak around mid-late January.
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series – Video

January 2, 2019
Given a lot of people are heading overseas with plans to head into the back country, this series from BCA is a timely reminder to be prepared when you head outside the resort boundaries.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 31st 2018

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 31st 2018

January 1, 2019
What a fortnight it’s been here in Niseko, Japan, where since my last report on December 18thwe’ve seen 1.65m of snowfall down at village level and a good deal more up on the hill!
Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

December 31, 2018
In this episode free skiers Cody Townshend and Chris Rubens head to Tibet to ski a 22,000 foot peak in the Himalaya
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Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

May 3, 2016
Will Jackways pops through another powder day at Treble Cone, August 2015 Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It is that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning golden, morning mist is forming; all signs point to the imminent…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

May 2, 2016
The elements aligned during an El Nino dominated August in 2015. As you’ll read below that El Nino is dead and buried. Can we hope for plenty of this in 2016? Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper In true Johnny Depp, Pistol and Boo style, it can…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

April 1, 2016
June last year turned it on in New Zealand, will this year be the same? Image:: Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper The first thing to know about this season is that El Nino is dying a slow and painful death. If you missed my Australian…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

March 31, 2016
Wondering how much of this we can expect this winter? The Grasshopper has the answer. Image:: Finnegan Laver Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, well, well, here we are again. The Footy season is heating up and there’s a cool bite to the breeze in the mornings –…
Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

January 15, 2016
A unique point of view and dazzling snowflakes in Jackson Hole yesterday Image:: Jackson Hole Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap As we steam ahead from the holiday period and quickly into mid-January the big news is out of the European Alps where the drought has broken and the snow continues…
Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

October 23, 2015
The author and her crew on expedition in Greenland. While there they carried out some key research that informed important climate studies. Image:: KT Miller Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Signing petitions and letters has never been something that I take much notice of. I’ll occasionally sign an online letter calling…
Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

October 20, 2015
November 26, 2014 in Vail. With the strong El Nino tipped to favour Colorado and its southern neighbours, perhaps things are looking up? Image:: Vail Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath A few days ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the looming El Nino in the Pacific Ocean…
How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

October 1, 2015
Chris Booth and Jason Robinson look out onto The Sentinel and on towards Jagungal and Watson’s Crags. The Main Range’s Western Faces are among some of the most spectacular landforms on the Australian continent. Very few people get to experience them up close. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Paul Pearce…
Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

September 29, 2015
Mountainwatch | Video In March of 2014 six women set sail from Isafjordur, Iceland with the intention of sailing across the Denmark Straight and up the west coast of Greenland. They hoped to explore the remote coastline, pioneer new ski descents and collect scientific data in some of the most…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

September 2, 2015
Where else can you get that good a view? Stunning South Island scenery Image:: NZSki/Coronet Peak New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores After July was dominated by northerly winds, some of the resorts in the rain shadow of the divide were starting…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

August 31, 2015
There’s still at least four weeks of skiing left, and as Reggae Elliss once said: “Skiing spring corn can be just as good as skiing powder!” Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s that time of year again…
Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

August 31, 2015
While it might not be this drastic, there’s some great powder days on their way to the Canterbury Clubbies this week Image:: Nick Johnson SNOW ALERT FILED: August 31, 4:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— Tomorrow may officially be the first day of Spring, but the South Island will need to wait…
UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

August 24, 2015
In Thredbo snow fell down to the Ranger Station – about 1000masl Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT UPDATED: August 26, 5:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— UPDATE Storm totals so far are sitting between 45-50cm in NSW, with only only 7-10cm falling in Victoria. There has been some fluctuation in the models today,…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

August 3, 2015
Treble Cone is close enough to the divide to make the most of the northerly feeds, yet well-exposed to the southerly storms too. Will Jackways finds a little airtime on a recent TC powder day Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

July 31, 2015
The last two storms have done alot to fill in terrain and open up new areas. Jess Rich looks out across the NSW Main Range from Perisher Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The El Nino saga of…
UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

July 28, 2015
Last weekend will be long remembered as one of the best days of 2015. Will this weekend be better? Ryan Tiene sends it off a Golf Course bowl pillow on Sunday Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: It’s already started. UPDATED: July 31, 11:00am There has been a slight…
Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

July 21, 2015
By the afternoon on Friday 10 July it was absolutely puking in Perisher Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss I’ve just come in from another stunning morning on the hill, there was perfect dry top-to-bottom corduroy on the groomed runs first thing, followed by dry, chalky snow and wind-drifts around…
UPDATED – The Weekend Storm, up to 40cm Expected – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Weekend Storm, up to 40cm Expected – Snow Alert Australia

July 21, 2015
Haig Burbury lays out a super-casual powder turn through some fine Thredbo snow last weekend. Here’s hoping for plenty more of this next week Image:: Alister Buckingham SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High UPDATED: July 22, 12:00pm Last week turned this season around, this next storm should set us up…
Season-Starter Delivers up to 50cm – The Storm in Photos

Season-Starter Delivers up to 50cm – The Storm in Photos

July 13, 2015
Mt Buller awoke to a very welcome blanket of snow on Sunday morning. Image:: Mt Buller Mountainwatch | Storm Gallery A few have called it “Snownami”, others coined it the Antarctic Vortex; but no matter what you call it, the last few days have finally delivered what every Aussie skier…
UPDATED – The Wait Is Over, up to 50cm inbound – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Wait Is Over, up to 50cm inbound – Snow Alert Australia

July 4, 2015
If everything goes to plan, this week’s cold fronts will turn our season around Image:: Perisher SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: The force is strong. Snow due to arrive from Friday Updated: July 8, 2015 The wait is over. Finally, it has arrived: The very first Australian Snow Alert of…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – New Zealand

June 30, 2015
The Remarkables delayed their opening due to ongoing construction of their new base building. Once they did kick things off, both the building and the mountain were looking spectacular Image:: NZSki New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The South Island’s ski season…
UPDATED Powder Delivery to the South Island to Continue – NZ Snow Alert

UPDATED Powder Delivery to the South Island to Continue – NZ Snow Alert

June 30, 2015
South Island skiers are in for a treat this week, with 10-20cm of fresh snow due to arrive from tomorrow Image:: NZSki SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: High Confidence, be ready. Updated: July 3 2015 UPDATE Well, as promised the powder has arrived. South Island resorts are reporting up to 20cm…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – Australia – El Nino’s Iron Grip

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – July Update – Australia – El Nino’s Iron Grip

June 29, 2015
There may not be much natural snow, but there’s definitely snow. Zahra Kell rip through some man-made pow Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – July update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores We’ve been Nino’ed. June started with a rush of cold air, but that was…
New Zealand Scores – The Storm in Photos

New Zealand Scores – The Storm in Photos

June 20, 2015
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak was among the first to open, snow totals were less than the Canterbury Region yet still impressive Image:: Coronet Peak Mountainwatch | Storm Watch Well New Zealand has pulled away from Australia in the Bledisloe of snow with a strong first quarter lead after the metre snow…
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The enticing bowls of Soho Basin will be added to Cardona's skiable terrain. Photo: Danny Warley

Cardrona Set to Double In Size

July 12, 2018
Some big news out of New Zealand today with the announcement that Cardrona is going to double in size...
The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

The Big 3: Best Winter Backcountry Trips In Australia

July 11, 2018
If I had a spare month, a good snow-base, and a bit of good weather, here’s my must do backcountry hit list...
How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

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

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...
Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

Girl’s Day Out To Remember – Southern Lakes Heliski

June 29, 2018
One of the misconceptions about heli skiing is that it is all about gnarly terrain, cliff drops and steep spines and is for expert skiers. Throw in the idea that you’ll encounter
No doubt you’ve driven past countless wineries on your way to the Snowy Mountains, but have you ever taken the time to stop and investigate one of them? Image:: Lerida Estate

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

June 28, 2018
Perched on the shores of Lake George, Lerida Estate is a well positioned stop-over, halfway between the Snowy Mountains and Sydney, nicely removed from the bustle of inner city Canberra.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Niseko – All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

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

The Mountainwatch Guide To Wanaka – New Zealand

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

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

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

Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

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

The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

April 24, 2018
It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean tourists flock there year after year – crowds are actually beginning to turn some people off. As a result, many riders who travel to…
The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

April 13, 2018
Liquid Snow Tours have been sending their clients to hakuba for over ten years. Naturally, you’d assume that over that time they’ve gained quite a bit of local knowledge and they want to share it with you. If you’re thinking of heading to hakuba this season, have a read to…
The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

April 9, 2018
 Shiga Kogen is a great ski and board destination in Japan offering a variety of terrain and off-piste options, minimal crowds and an authentic Japanese experience that’s becoming harder to find, as more and more international skiers and boarders flock to the favoured resorts, hakuba and Niseko during the…
Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

April 6, 2018
Olympic gold medallist Sage Kotsenburg recently travelled to hakuba, Japan to chase some of the steepest back country runs in Japan. Sage had previously filmed up North in Hokkaido but found it was flatter so him and his crew came to hakuba for the steep terrain. Sage won Gold in…
Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

March 20, 2018
Tami Razenger, Dylan Dipentima and Tim McLennan having a powder party run on an awesome day. Photo: Brooks Curran Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull The past week has been very good in Jackson Hole after the storm the masses had waited for all season finally showed up last weekend. Snow to…
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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…
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…
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The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

August 11, 2010
Joey getting in front of the lens for a turn. Image:: Watkin McLennan. So AirTime | Watkin McLennan A couple of weeks ago Joe Corcoran, myself and our never seen snow token girl Hannah Gooley headed north behind enemy lines. Our aim was to promote SoO AirTime and the Open…
Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

August 2, 2010
Me unnatural 360 on the set up jump. Image:: Charlie Timmins Blog | Chris Booth My roomie for the World Heli Challenge, Charlie Timmins, and I joined Russ Henshaw up at SnowPark for some practice the other day. When the snow is not fresh in the ‘proper’ ski resorts SnowPark…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

July 13, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Powder perfect days at Thredbo must be just around the corner. Image:: Thredbo Taking the Piste | Rachael Oakes-Ash It is considered poor form to talk about the season before it’s finished. Mention ‘snow drought’ and prepare to be booed off the stage and…
BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 7, 2010
  2010 Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada (left) and Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith – 2010 Olympic silver medalist Blog | Don St Pierre – Former USA Freestyle Ski Team Head Coach During the early part of the season when we’re all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

June 25, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Anna Segal Blog | Rachael Oakes-Ash Do you mock your mates with a ‘you ski or ride like a girl’ comments on Facebook when they upload their latest snow pics? Well we’ve got news for you, they should be so lucky. If your mate…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

June 17, 2010
Mt Hotham, Opening weekend 2010. Image:: Cam WalkerCam Walker | Alpine Environmentalist So, Winter is finally here, and its time to get out amongst it. I just got my first fix: a quick ski out to Mount Loch and a half day at Hotham with my kids. It was most…
BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

June 16, 2010
Snowflakes in detail Aaron Cook | Alpine Meteorologist There’s a special white powder that I love which is sometimes very hard to come by. It occurs naturally and is very abundant in certain parts of South America, but it’s very expensive. It can take over your life, but there are…
BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

June 15, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash The endless quest for the perfect turn… Image: Gallup Photography/gallupphoto.com Rachael Oakes-Ash If the dried saliva on the corners of your snow obsessed mate’s mouth didn’t give it away then we’re here to tell you, it’s been snowing. Web forums, page three news…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

June 4, 2010
  A Thredbo Sunrise. Mother Nature’s Beauty is well worth protecting. Image – Thredbo Cam Walker – Alpine Environmentalist With a couple of good dustings across the Alps in May, everyone is getting impatient for winter. Thoughts turn to the big questions: when will we get that first serious dump?…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

May 27, 2010
Skiing pow in the gum trees at Thredbo. Image – Thredbo Rachael Oakes-Ash I always feel in limbo at this time of year. Caught between a summer daze of late night rooftop dancing flashbacks and the new snow season imprints yet to be made. Sure, the weather is cold. Cold…
Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

October 23, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash This view now on sale, care of a strengthening Aussie dollar. Black Tusk from Whistler Mountain, Canada. By Rachael Oakes Ash Maths has never been my forte. I struggle when skiing in the USA where vertical metres is measured in feet and tipping…
Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

September 30, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash By Rachael Oakes-Ash Australia loves an underdog, so theoretically we should have loved this winter. There were moments of greatness when the snow came early in May and Mt Buller won the competition for headlines by opening for a weekend and Perisher turned…
Taking The Piste – Final Blog from inside The World Heli-Challenge

Taking The Piste – Final Blog from inside The World Heli-Challenge

September 14, 2009
By Rachael Oakes-Ash Photos By Camilla Stoddart The World Heli-Challenge comes to an end for 2009 After two years of false starts the legendary event finally got off the ground in 2009 with athletes salivating at the premium conditions. They were lucky, in a winter that featured serious avalanche safety…
Taking The Piste – Blog 2 from Inside The World Heli-Challenge

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

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

Taking The Piste – The Cheapest Heli-skiing in NZ

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

Taking The Piste – NZ Travel Blog

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

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

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