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All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

August 15, 2018
The expedition was planned and led by freerider and Olympic athlete, Janina Kuzma, and the short film begins with a goal to climb and ski four volcanic peaks in the region: Mt Taranaki, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu...
The party run from FreeBom 2017. Epic.

FREEBOM 2018 – AUSTRALIA’S MOST FUN SKI EVENT ON AT BULLER THIS WEEKEND

August 14, 2018
Now, in its fifth year, FreeBOM 2018 is forecast to be blessed by bigger than normal bumps alongside bigger than normal smiles
The Ikon Pass has opened up endless possibilities for the US road trip.

The Ultimate US Road Trip – Aspen, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

August 13, 2018
The IKON pass makes a road trip through the US very easy and economical.
Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

August 10, 2018
Australia’s Capital has a lot more to offer than Question Time and Questacon... Here are some places worth checking out on your next snow commute.
The Blue Bullet is being replaced after 34 year's service.

MT BULLER ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRLIFT FOR 2019

August 10, 2018
The new lift replaces the legendary Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. 
Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

August 10, 2018
Deeper, Further, Higher, Glidier? Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones knows how to make hard-core progressive snowboard movies, but his latest project, ‘Life of Glide’...
Fast forward a few frames and the slab has well and truly released, the crown line/fracture line of the avalanche visible as it snakes around the trees, particularly clear in the top right of the frame. Image:: Mark Tsukasov

Avalanche Danger High – Multiple Reports of Skier Triggered Avalanches In Bounds

August 8, 2018
While there are many reasons to celebrate the new snow that’s blanketed the Australian resorts this week, let’s not forget the very real and deadly avalanche danger that such heavy snowfall often brings...
Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

August 8, 2018
Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.
Snowboarders hitting the Supertrail after the big Kareela turn.

28th Thredbo Top To Bottom – A Season Highlight

August 8, 2018
Australia’s longest ski and snow board race, the Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11
A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

A Raw Intro To Aussie Ice Climbing

August 7, 2018
“Go ice climbing” they said, “It’ll be fun” they said. That’s what kept running through Nathan’s mind every time he had to force himself to leave his tent to shovel snow in the blistering cold and gale force winds.
Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

Huge Turnout For The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic 2018

August 6, 2018
The 8th annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic was held to a huge audience in Slalom Plaza at Falls Creek on Saturday evening. One of the most popular events on the winter calendar, the event attracted over 500 spectators lining the course, all eager to cheer on the action provided…
Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

August 6, 2018
We are now midway through the southern hemisphere season with the best part still to come.
Perisher looking sensational on Wednesday August 1, cold temps and dry winter snow.

2018 MID-SEASON REVIEW – It’s All About Consistency

August 4, 2018
The first half of this winter has been very good, so much better than 2017 which didn’t really kick off until
My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

My Wild Home – A Moving Look At The Australian Backcountry – Video

August 2, 2018
Last winter, We Are Explorers ventured deep into the Aussie backcountry with pro skier Coen Bennie-Faull to discover what fuels his fire. What they captured was the Australian Alps as you’ve never seen them before.
Drew ripping another big turn lower down Avy Gully, you can see exposed icy blowouts above the Drift Cliffs in the upper  background, smokey heaven in the lower foreground. Not a good day to drop the cliffs. A great day to drop Avy.

Mount Hotham Photo Journal – It’s Been A Good Week

August 2, 2018
The best days in Mount Hotham were on Monday and Wednesday, both days having around 15cms of fresh snow in the morning.
Nate Johnstone, wears La Ben base layers and a Rip Curl 2.5L Ultimate shell, very day he hits the mountains, even in deep Hokkaido pow. Photo: Rip Curl

Gear Guide: Layering – No Need To Wear A Doona

August 2, 2018
The building blocks for warmth and insulation are in the fabrics you wear on your body and the order in which you layer them.
The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

The Man Behind Some Of The Worlds Best Parks – Charles Beckinsale – Video Interview

August 1, 2018
Australia has developed a reputation for putting together some of the best terrain parks in the world, and certainly the best during the southern hemisphere winter, one man is particularly responsible...
Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

July 31, 2018
As today marks roughly the mid-point of the 2018 Australian ski season, we wanted to get an idea on where the current snowpack ranks in comparison to the last 10 years.
There have been som pretty epic heliski days this year with regular storms followed by fine weather.

Southern Lakes Heliski – This Is The Season To Get The Goods

July 30, 2018
New Zealand has been getting plenty of quality snow this winter and while the in-resort skiing has been consistently good, it is fair to say the heliskiing in the Southern Alps has been consistently sensational. 
One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

July 30, 2018
While most powder edits take weeks if not an entire season to film, before enough pow days have accumulated, Niseko in Japan is another story entirely...
What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

July 30, 2018
What lengths do you go to in getting to the slopes? Some serious and some not-so serious suggestions within…
Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

Rip Curl GromSearch Heads To Mount Buller

July 28, 2018
The Rip Curl GromSearch heads to Mount Buller this Sunday, July 29
Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

July 27, 2018
Yes you read that correctly... Snow on the last continent you'd expect and a lot of it!
Valentino Gueseli on his way to winning the snowboard youth division. Photo: Perisher

Perisher Parks Showdown – Progression In The Front Valley Park

July 25, 2018
The Perisher Parks Showdown, the first major slopestlye event of the Australian season, was held at Perisher’s Front Valley park on Sunday, July 22,
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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…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – Mid May Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – Mid May Update

May 16, 2013
May snowfalls currently hitting the alps may be an early indication of what’s to come. Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – 16 May update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There’s a little something brewing in the Indian Ocean that we think you should know…
COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER – Cold Temps Herald Winter’s Arrival

May 7, 2013
Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath It’s officially time to get excited, winter is just around the corner! Over the next five weeks we’ll be keeping the content flowing to stimulate your stoke in the lead up to winter 2013. Expect the latest photos and news about snowfall and weather, whats happening…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – Australia – UPDATE

April 30, 2013
Aussie skiers are holding their breath to find out if this season will deliver days like this Image:: Courtesy of Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Where the heck did April go? It feels like about two days ago that we published…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – UPDATE

April 30, 2013
The way things are shaping up we might just end up seeing that old sign flick to green for 2013 sooner than we thought Image:: Camilla Stoddart New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Well I was wrong about one thing in last…
P.O.W. and Patagonia present the 2013 Backcountry Film Festival

P.O.W. and Patagonia present the 2013 Backcountry Film Festival

April 30, 2013
Mountainwatch | Press Release Non-profit environmental organisation Protect Our Winters and Patagonia have teamed up to host the Australian premiere of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival this May. Winter Wildlands Alliance created the Backcountry Film Festival in 2005 to help grassroots and professional filmmakers show audiences their love…
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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…
Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

Shiga Kogen – Honshu, Japan – The Definitive Guide

September 3, 2015
Charles Beckinsale lays out a huge pow turn on the backside of Shiga’s main face. Image:: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Words by Richie Carroll It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean…
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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…
Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

July 28, 2010
Jordon Houghton in Thredbo 2009. Image:: Harro Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under The battle is on for spots in the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under 2010 and the Salomon Spotlight is touring the resorts, catching up with the riders hoping to earn themselves a place in the Big…
World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – 2009 WINNER Ted Davenport

World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – 2009 WINNER Ted Davenport

July 10, 2010
Ted Daveport. Image:: Krystle Wright Rider Interview | Tess Cook Big Mountain skier Ted Davenport took out the skiing overall Mens Champion title at the 2009 World Heli Challenge, dominating the big mountain day and the Chinese Downhill – where his ski racing background gave him the edge. It’s been…
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