Snow News

The Grasshopper’s North American Forecast – A Good ol’ fashioned Snowdown in The American Northwest

February 21, 2019
There’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned snowdown in the American northwest over the next week o

Arapahoe Basin Ends Partnership With Vail Resorts – Press Release

February 20, 2019
In order to continue to build on this spirit and the experience we have created, Arapahoe Basin and

Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

February 20, 2019
Like fine wine the Japanese snow season is now maturing nicely, and as we glide into spring the clim

Squaw Snow Report, February Update

February 18, 2019
February kicked off with a bang here in Squaw Valley, with a storm the Grasshopper labelled as “Bi

Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

February 16, 2019
The 2nd Victorian backcountry festival will be held at Mt Hotham over the weekend of September 7 and

Press Release – Jackson Hole: Deepest February Ever

February 15, 2019
With 97 inches (2.46m) of snowfall on the upper mountain since the start of the month, February 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 2019

February 15, 2019
Is February the new January when it comes to skiing in Japan? Find out how good conditions in Niseko

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Good Snowfalls Saturday, Warm Temps and Rain Tuesday and Wednesday

February 14, 2019
 Ten day totals this week should lie in the range of 25-45cm for most resorts, with up to 60cm on m

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Sierras About to Pop and Southern Rockies Burgeoning, While Canada Goes Hungry

February 14, 2019
In a similar story to last week, the Sierras will continue to pig-out on massive snowfalls with ten-

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

February 14, 2019
In this episode Cody heads to Nevada to climb and ski a couloir known as Terminal Cancer, accompanie

Press Release – Mammoth Mountain Announces It’s Staying Open Until July 4 As HUGE Snow Season Continues

February 13, 2019
Today Mammoth Mountain announced they will be staying open through to July 4th for skiing and riding

Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

February 12, 2019
Patagonia’s latest film ‘Treeline’ is a long-awaited celebration of trees and the skiing they

Insider Guide To Eating Out In Hakuba

February 11, 2019
Know before you go: these are the must-try places to fuel up in Hakuba.

Scotty James Wins Third Consecutive World Championship – Watch His Winning Run

February 9, 2019
Scotty James is on a roll, the Australian snowboarder winning his third consecutive  halfpipe World

World Snow Wrap – Massive Snow Totals In the US and Europe

February 8, 2019
Huge Snow totals in California and Utah, a mixed bag in Japan and Canada and a good couple of weeks

Kiwi Skier Craig Murray’s Winning Freeride World Tour Run – Video

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podi

Sun Valley and Snowbasin Join the Epic Pass

February 7, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort jointly announced today that

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Cascades and Sierras to Cop Big Snowfalls as “Little Foot” follows in the steps of big brother

February 7, 2019
As Big Foot stomps off to the east, the trail of powder he left measures between 2-3m in the Sierras

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Consistent Top-ups and Cold Temps For a Great Week

February 7, 2019
We saw a mid-season blip last week, whereby heinously warm temperatures dropped a whole swag of rain

Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

February 6, 2019
The world’s best took advantage of perfect freeride conditions in the Purcell Mountains for an exc

The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6, 2019
This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies avalanches for us with 5 a

Le Bent Wins Awards at Outdoor Retailer/ SSA Trade Show in Denver – Press Release

February 5, 2019
Le Bent, the Australian sock and base layer company, is making in-roads into North America and the 

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents  In North America – video

February 2, 2019
The latest challenge Cody has set for himself is a big one,  a three-year project to ski all 50 lin

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Snow Aplenty During West-wide “Big Foot” Storm

January 31, 2019
The Sierras will strike back with a vengeance this week after last week left resorts there snowless.
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Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 18th 2018

December 18, 2018
Ohayou gozaimasu from snowy Niseko Japan! A place that provided so much pow on a silver platter last

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Forecast For Japan – Hakuba In The Firing Line

December 13, 2018
Looking at the overall picture for the next ten days, the Hida and Echigo Mountains of southern Hons

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – 2 metres for Canada’s Coast Mountains

December 13, 2018
Looking at the overall picture for the next ten days, storms rolling in from the Pacific should dump

World Snow Wrap – The Best Early Season Conditions Are In The US

December 7, 2018
Massive snow totals last week in California, snow on the way for Europe and Canada and things starti

Inbounds Avalanche Buries 5 Skiers At Jackson Hole Over The Weekend, No Major Injuries Reported

December 3, 2018
The slide occurred in the 'expert chutes' area of the resort that was open to the public at the time

Storm Of The Week – Big Snowfalls In California’s Sierra Mountains

November 30, 2018
The storm is set to intensify tonight with another 50-75cms likely by tomorrow morning.  One to 1.5

World Snow Wrap – Seems To Be Snowing Everywhere

November 23, 2018
Good snowfalls for California, the Rockies and Whistler, more snow for Europe, a kick start in japan

2018-2019 North American Snow Season November Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 20, 2018
We can expect plenty of storms to track over the southern half of the US, and less over the top half

2018-2019 Japan November Snow Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 13, 2018
The overall vibe I’m getting is that we can expect average snowfalls on Hokkaido and 5-10% less on

Weekend Storms Set Up More Early Openings In Colorado

November 6, 2018
Some resorts in the US have enjoyed further early season snow over the past few days as a series of

World Snow Wrap – Winter Kicks Off In The Northern Hemisphere

November 1, 2018
Huge storm in the Alps, good snowfalls in the Rockies and the first snowfall in Japan.

Perisher 2018 Season Wrap – Epic Comes To Mind…

October 9, 2018
What an awesome season Perisher has had... You could even say it was epic!

One For The Books – 2018 Australian Season Wrap Up

October 8, 2018
The resorts called last lifts on the 2018 season yesterday and the consensus is it was one of the be

Wanaka – A Season of Plenty

October 3, 2018
Wanaka was the place to be for the 2018 season. Huge early snowfalls set up Treble Cone and Cardrona

The Last Hurrah – Time To Squeeze In A Few More Turns

October 2, 2018
We are into the last week of the 2018 Australian ski season and if you are keen to squeeze in a more

Over Half A Metre Of Spring Powder For New Zealand Today – Photo Wrap Up

September 18, 2018
70cm fell on Treble Cone in the past 48hrs, 60cm fell on Cardrona, 60cm fell on Coronet Peak and 50

Ode To Slush – A Celebration Of Spring Skiing & Why You Should Do It

September 10, 2018
Winter has come and gone and although it most certainly put on a show for us in Australia this year,

Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

September 5, 2018
The follow up to our first photo journal documenting the epicness of the 2018 ski season thus far.

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

September 4, 2018
No snow on the horizon and climate indicators don't look favourable...

Heavy Summer Snowfall in European Alps – Austria, Italy, Germany & Switzerland Receive Up To 40cm

August 27, 2018
Heavy snow fell above 1500 metres across the European Alps this weekend with a number of destination

August – The Month That Keeps On Giving

August 25, 2018
This August has turned out to be one for the books with consistent snowfalls over the past three wee

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This

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 thi

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.
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The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Snow To Fall Every Day!

December 27, 2018
This week's forecast for Japan is the real deal. The Japow machine will be working overtime with fre

Hakuba Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 24th 2018

December 25, 2018
I type this it's currently snowing outside with the Grasshopper calling for 1 to 1.5 metres of snow

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – December update

December 24, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Grasshopper Models suggest El Nino will show up with good snowfalls down south

Mountainwatch Guide To Revelstoke

December 19, 2018
You know the name, you may have skied the powder but there is a lot more to Revelstoke than what you

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 18th 2018

December 18, 2018
Ohayou gozaimasu from snowy Niseko Japan! A place that provided so much pow on a silver platter last

Top 10 Ski Resorts In North America For 2019 | According To Forbes Magazine

December 11, 2018
For the last several years, Forbes magazine, known for its business heavy reporting, have somewhat o

Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

December 10, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Video Home, is a new series from Arbor Snowboards, which delves ̶

World Snow Wrap – The Best Early Season Conditions Are In The US

December 7, 2018
Massive snow totals last week in California, snow on the way for Europe and Canada and things starti

Kicking Horse Leading Canada’s Biggest Terrain Expansion for 2018/19

December 6, 2018
The expansion of terrain will amount to being the biggest terrain expansion in Canada with a potenti

Thredbo’s Cannonball MTB Festival, Australia’s Biggest Mountain Biking Event, Dec 5-9, $100k Prize Purse

December 5, 2018
The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival kicks is set to again be Australia's biggest and richest mountai

Rusutsu, Japan Joins Epic Australia Pass For The 2019-20 Winter Season.

December 4, 2018
Epic Australia Pass, Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimenta

The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

December 3, 2018
With no ropes, no pistes and no one telling you where you can and can’t go, La Grave represents a

Storm Of The Week – Big Snowfalls In California’s Sierra Mountains

November 30, 2018
The storm is set to intensify tonight with another 50-75cms likely by tomorrow morning.  One to 1.5

Avenida De Volcanes – Summiting and skiing Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes.

November 29, 2018
The first thing that struck me was the sheer height of these mountains. They were all 5000m+ and cap

World Snow Wrap – Seems To Be Snowing Everywhere

November 23, 2018
Good snowfalls for California, the Rockies and Whistler, more snow for Europe, a kick start in japan

The Cost Of Skiing – A Global Round Up Of International Ski Resort Prices

November 23, 2018
According to freeskiing legend and Mohawk avant-gardist Glen Plake, “skiing is the best way in the

Winterfox – A Stunning Journey Through Hokkaido’s Winter By Freeskier Lena Stoffel – Video

November 21, 2018
  Mountainwatch | Video “I spent two months in Japan last winter and wanted to show everybody

2018-2019 North American Snow Season November Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 20, 2018
We can expect plenty of storms to track over the southern half of the US, and less over the top half

Madarao Kogen – A Powder Mecca In Its Own Right And A Perfect Base To Access The Best Of Nagano – Travel

November 20, 2018
Madarao, or rather ‘Madapow’, as the nickname suggests, has plenty of pow to go round... but it'

Photographer’s Choice – Luke Hasaart’s Alpine Landscapes

November 16, 2018
Luke is still a passionate skier, but since picking up a camera a few years ago he sees the mountain

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt

November 16, 2018
Ikon Pass has announced a partnership with Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt on New Zealand

Kai Jones: You Don’t See Many 11-Year-Olds Ski Like This – Video

November 14, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Jackson Hole-based production company Teton Gravity Rese

2018-2019 Japan November Snow Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 13, 2018
The overall vibe I’m getting is that we can expect average snowfalls on Hokkaido and 5-10% less on

The Faction Crew Ripping A Backcountry Powder Paradise in British Columbia – Video

November 12, 2018
The first of a three-part series for the 2018/19 winter from the Faction Collective this video takes
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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

Let’s Split Trip Up Mount Stirling – Splitboard Groups First Of Many For The Season

July 25, 2018
The crew of 13 Let’s Split participants met at Mt Stirling Car park at 7.30am on July 14th for a d

13th Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam – Astonishes At Mt Buller

July 24, 2018
A big crowd was on hand at Mount Buller last Saturday night to watch Jye Kearney win his sixth Burto

Hike for POW – Launch Of Protect Our Winters Australia

July 20, 2018
As part of the official launch of POW Australia (Protect Our Winters) next week, Thredbo are hosting

Victorian Backcountry Festival – Everything You Need To Know

July 19, 2018
There's no denying the world of winter sports has seen a paradigmatic shift when it comes to getting

Let’s Split – An Australian Splitboarding Community

July 18, 2018
Let’s Split is a grass roots initiative that was put in place to encourage people to start splitbo

Mountainwatch Guided Tour To Jackson Hole

July 18, 2018
Fresh on the announcement of our Mountainwatch tours to Japan, we now have a Mountainwatch Tour to w

Torah Bright Mini-Shred

July 17, 2018
Torah Bright Mini-Shred The Torah Bright mini-shred was a huge success in Thredbo on Sunday, with

Rip Curl GromSearch Perisher

July 16, 2018
Rip Curl GromSearch at Perisher Over 130 kids aged 17-and-under came out to Yabby Flats Terrain P

Rip Curl Grom Search Snow Series

July 12, 2018
The Rip Curl Grom Search Now in its third year, Rip Curl’s Grom Search Snow Series is about havin

Conrad Anker Coming to Australia – A Life In Adventure

June 28, 2018
Conrad Anker is considered ‘a climber’s climber’ his bio describes him as equally at home on a

Buller X Goes International

June 27, 2018
Buller X blazed onto the Australian freeride scene in September 2017

Historic Snowfalls – The Top 5 Best Australian Snow Years

June 27, 2018
Following the success of our recent article on the biggest snowfalls Australia’s ever seen - Skie

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-inclusi

Protect Our Winters – Coming To Australia

June 15, 2018
An Australian chapter of global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW) is due to launch in Au

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 cus

Opening Weekend – What’s Open?

June 8, 2018
A cursory look at the cams and you’d be aware there won't be a lot of natural snow on the ground a

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

June 7, 2018
We thought we'd go a step further than romanticisation and attempt to set the record straight, chron

Mountainwatch Guide To Opening Weekend – Australia 2018

May 21, 2018
Opening weekend is set to officially kick off in less than three weeks, across the 9th - 11th of Jun

Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19, 2018
We're giving away a double pass to the Air + Style Sydney Big Air event! Enter within

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

April 26, 2018
The great Warren Miller may have passed away in January, aged 93, but his legacy will continue to li

Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

April 17, 2018
From a small gathering of 60 people in Melbourne six years ago, the BCFF has grown into a significan

Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

March 15, 2018
Melissa and Christian Geiger, her sighted guide and coach, celebrating on the course after winning t

Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

March 15, 2018
Sean in Canada earlier this year for team training. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainw
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SNOW ALERT AUS – 40 to 60cm Plus – The Major League Player

August 2, 2017
Don’t call it a comeback, this seasons just getting started. Image:: Hotham Mountainwatch | Sn

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – August Update – Australia – Line by Line…Wiggle by Wiggle

July 31, 2017
Despite no major league snow falls of yet, the 2017 season has been chipping steadily away at that p

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – New Zealand – And We’re Off…

July 6, 2017
Cardrona could do with a little kickstart right now, but don’t sweat it, the snow is coming. I

Snow Season Outlook 2017 – July Update – Australia – Wakey Wakey Sleepy Head

July 3, 2017
“Covfefe” that’s Trump’s term for … er who knows what … What’s a little more certain i

Opening Weekend Outlook 2017 – The Grasshopper

May 25, 2017
Perisher has proved their willingness to operate on opening weekend over the years, 2017 will be no

2017 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 17, 2016
Are you planning on having a stint in Japan this winter? The Grasshopper has spoken and there’

Opening Weekend Outlook 2016 – The Grasshopper

May 25, 2016
The snow that fell a couple of weeks ago was a taste, but we’re ready for the main course. Ima

What Will El Nino Mean for the Upcoming Japanese Snow Season? – The Grasshopper

October 9, 2015
A lack of snow is not a problem often associated with Japan. But with a strong El Nino signal leadin

Opening Weekend Outlook – The Grasshopper – UPDATED

May 25, 2015
The nights are cooling down and most resorts have commenced snowmaking, but is there natural snow on

Long Live The Weekend Warrior – Follow The Grasshopper’s Weekend Forecast

April 29, 2015
Go on, load up that car and get out there… Image:: Burton Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath An extr

WEATHER DEFINTIONS – The Grasshopper’s A to Z GLOSSARY

April 23, 2013
S is for snow, S is for storm, S is for skiing, S is for snowboarding. Photo: Jake McBride Mountainw
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Pro Skier Duncan Adams – 2017 Self Edit – Video

August 21, 2018
Professional skier Duncan Adams recently released a 'self-edit' he produced with 'offcuts'... and we

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 fil

Jeremy Jones – Life Of Glide – Video

August 10, 2018
Deeper, Further, Higher, Glidier? Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones knows how to make hard-core

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-F

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 worl

Gear Guide: Nitro Quiver Treehugger Video Review

July 31, 2018
Known to some as “Snow Guru Joe”, Joe Stanco has a passion for snow, snowboarding and everything

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 accu

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!

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-inclusi

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 board

Watch: 2017 Buller X Ski Champion Coen Bennie-Faull

June 20, 2018
Hotham’s Coen Bennie-Faull is a ski instructor, coaches at Hotham Freeski and is also Australia’

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 L

A Look Under The Hood – MIPS Helmet Technology – Gear

June 14, 2018
Did you know your brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb? Well, it does, and

Mountainwatch Interview – Shaun White & FREE Tickets to Air & Style Sydney

May 19, 2018
We're giving away a double pass to the Air + Style Sydney Big Air event! Enter within

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 Hok

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’

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-

Swedish Team Riders Måns Hedberg and Ludvig Billtoft Throwing Down in Whistler

February 1, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprising what you can achieve in a day with a bit of sun and a perfect kicker line.

Japan – Weekly Snow Update

January 30, 2018
Mountainwatch Surprise, surprise… More unbelievable snow conditions right across Japan. Head t

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! H

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, condi

Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

January 16, 2018
Eleanor steaming across Europe. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A strong storm front named Eleanor cre

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 wi

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
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