There has been plenty of sunshine in Japan over th east two weeks - some reckon too much, but a tour into the Hakbua backcountry has been worth the effort. However, some sno wis finally on the way. Photo: hakubabackcountrytours

Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Pack Your Bags kids, We’re Heading to Hokkaido

February 28, 2019
Spring is a more challenging time of year for forecasting compared to Winter, where NW winds and snowfalls are almost copied and pasted every day.
February has turned on sone awesome days in most US resorts and more storms are due in the first half of March. Arkie Elliss enjoying a classic powder day ion Squaw Valley last week. Photo: Tony Harrington

2018-2019 North American Snow Season Outlook – February Update

February 27, 2019
As we line dance our way into spring, so too are the storms lining up to bury a big chunk of the North American Cordillera in snow.
Big Cliffs, Straightlines and Backflips – Two days in Jackson with Owen Leeper

Big Cliffs, Straightlines and Backflips – Two days in Jackson with Owen Leeper

February 26, 2019
Last week Owen returned to Jackson after a trip to Switzerland, and conditions were perfect in Jackson's backcountry
Big Lines and Huge Performances by World’s Best in Fieberbrunn for Third Stop of FWT 2019

Big Lines and Huge Performances by World’s Best in Fieberbrunn for Third Stop of FWT 2019

February 24, 2019
It was a mega day in the high peaks of the Austrian Tyrol as the world’s best continued their campaigns for the FWT19 crown.
Photo: Whistler Blackcomb

Australian Woman Dies In Avalanche In Whistler

February 23, 2019
An Australian woman has died after being caught in an avalanche at Whistler Blackcomb.
Blair Habenicht ripping into some freshie sat Crystal Mountain on Feb 14. Happy Valentines day! Photo: Scott Sullivan

World Snow Wrap – The Storms Continue in the US, Light Snow and Cold in Canada but Spring Conditions in Europe and Japan

February 22, 2019
Good snow for the US, snow showers in Canada and sunny spring days in Japan and Europe.
Took them a while to confirm, but as was reported back in December, Vail Resorts now own Hotham and Falls. Photo: Chris Hocking

As Expected, Vail Resorts Confirm Purchase of Hotham and Falls Creek – Press Release

February 22, 2019
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the ski fields at Falls Creek Alpine Resort (“Falls Creek”) and Hotham Alpine Resort (“Hotham”) in Victoria, Australia.
JacksonHole, the perfect location for the Mindful Camp. Photo: Tony Harrington

Take Your Mind On A Ski Trip – Mindful Camp In Jackson Hole

February 22, 2019
  It blends mindfulness practices, a little morning meditation, delicious nutritious meals and a fresh approach to coaching on snow in small groups
No big storms on the way, but plenty of opportunity this week to take in the view in Niseko. Photo: Matt Wiseman

The Grasshopper’s Japan Weekly Forecast – Switch into spring mode and cut some shapes in the sun

February 21, 2019
It looks as though spring has come a little early in Japan this year as the prevailing NW winds we see during winter appear to be faltering.
Amber Nelson having fun n Snowbird last week. Should be more of this in Utah over the next week. Photo: Chris Segal

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 or so, thanks to a front parking itself over the area.
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will no longer be part of the Epic Pass.

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 Vail Resorts will not be renewing their pass partnership for the 2019/2020 season
Japan Snow Season 2019 Outlook – February Update

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 climate will take on a whole new flavour.
Jed Kravitz, Feb 11, Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ben Arnst

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 “Big Foot” in his Jan 30 forecast hitting the mark, dropping 1.5 to 2.4 metres
Victorian Backcountry Festival Moves To Hotham For 2019

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 8,  2019.
Tony Harrington getting deep during Jackson Hole's deepest every February. Photo: Coen Bennie-Faull

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 is now the deepest February in Jackson Hole's history.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 15th 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 have been so far this month...
Consistent snowfalls have been topping up Niseko over the past week. Photo: Matt Wiseman / Niseko Photography

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 more exposed terrain of central Honshu. Most of this will fall during a good dump on Saturday.
Henry Holdsworth getting very deep at Alpine Meadows on Feb 11. The Sierra's have been going off and another one to two metres is on the way. Photo: Ben Arnst/SquawValley Alpine Meadows

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-day accumulations maxing out around the 1.5-2m mark, most of which will fall over the next few days during the current storm
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 3. – Video

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, accompanied by his wife, Elyse  Saugstad and fellow Squaw shredder Connery Lundin.
Mammoth on Feb 9.There's been another metres since then and there is more on the way in the next 48 hours. Photo: Peter Morning

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 (and possibly longer).
Treeline – An Ethereal Film By Patagonia Celebrating Trees And Skiing Between Them – Video

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 allow, as well as a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece.
A traditional Jaopanses meal at Washiya. Photo: Kate Allman

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 Championship today in Park City, Utah.
Andy Finch, ripping into some fresh powder at Alpine Meadows on Wednesday. Photo: Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

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 in Europe.
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Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – September Update – Australia

August 29, 2014
Spring in the high country, does it get any better? Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s time for our final seasonal outlook of the season, and I have to admit this is probably my favourite one to write. We…
Opinion – Can Snowboarding Go Green?

Opinion – Can Snowboarding Go Green?

August 26, 2014
The guilt-free boarder. Is enviro misrepresentation rife in snowboarding? Or are there those who are doing their bit? Illustration:: Louis Macindoe This Global Conscience piece was originally published in Transfer #17. You can find all our back issues HERE. Transfer | Alex Horvath Snowboarding, as a lifestyle, is inextricably linked…
Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – New Zealand

August 5, 2014
The South Island received a healthy 25cm top-up over the weekend, this week is shaping up well, too. Could this be the turning point of the season? Image:: NZSki New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper We’re nearly at the halfway point in the New Zealand season, so why does…
Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – August Update – Australia

August 4, 2014
While they don’t bring snow, high pressure systems ain’t all bad. A groomer scores the sunrise over Thredbo Valley Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores All right, bring it in tight. We’re at the halfway point in the season, but there’s…
Snow Alert Aus – 15 to 30cm inbound

Snow Alert Aus – 15 to 30cm inbound

July 29, 2014
The storm that hit around the 18th July delivered some incredible snow to Mt Hotham, if temps stay low then we can expect a rinse and repeat this weekend Image:: Mark Tsukasov SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Moderate, but increasing confidence. Updated:July 29 2014 Just in time for August, a healthy…
Opinion – Avalanches, The Darker Side of the Storm

Opinion – Avalanches, The Darker Side of the Storm

July 25, 2014
Recent snow conditions have brought avalanche danger to the forefront of backcountry user’s minds. As you can see from this shot, it’s for very good reason Image:: Le Bent/Blondel Mountainwatch | Zack Wasson The thought of avalanches occurring in Australia is a strange concept in the mind of most backcountry…
Gallery – The South Island So Far

Gallery – The South Island So Far

July 22, 2014
South Island skier, Harry Pettit, enjoying some fresh pow at the Remarkables. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath Over in New Zealand, winter has been progressing a little slowly… But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any good riding on offer. In order to kill the bad vibes, and…
Snow Alert – 10 to 30cm inbound for Australia next week

Snow Alert – 10 to 30cm inbound for Australia next week

July 17, 2014
Snow continued to fall last night in Falls Creek, we can expect a short break of mostly fine weather over the weekend before more natural snow falls early next week. Image:: Hocking SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating:High confidence Filed: June 17 2014 Updated:June 18 2014 The Grasshopper‘s jumping up and down…
Snow Alert Aus – 30 – 40cm inbound – Updated

Snow Alert Aus – 30 – 40cm inbound – Updated

July 6, 2014
Dhanu Sherpa slashes some perfect Aussie pow in Thredbo over the weekend. No doubt this week will offer plenty of turns like this. Image:: Gareth Christian SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: The force is strong with this one. Updated:July 9 2014 UPDATE Unfortunately the totals have been dropped to the lower…
Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – New Zealand

July 4, 2014
Opening day at The Remarkables yesterday saw blue sky, a new chairlift and some fresh snow. Not bad, right? Image:: The Remarkables New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A few days ago this seasonal would have been a lot harder to write. Things were starting to look a bit…
Storm Journal – The Superstorm

Storm Journal – The Superstorm

July 3, 2014
Far too cold for work. Mt Buller looking its best. Image:: Andrew Railton Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss There is no denying that the mountains were shrouded with an air of pessimism just over a week ago. The media had been relentless in its dire predictions for the Australian snow season,…
Snow Alert NZ – Revised – Up to 40cm to Fall Down South

Snow Alert NZ – Revised – Up to 40cm to Fall Down South

June 30, 2014
Powder days in the Southern Lakes have been few and far between so far, but this one coming up will be particularly special. Don’t miss it. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield UPDATE Slight revisions are necessary today, so we’re revising the snow alert. In today’s forecast The Grasshopper said: “Unfortunately Sunday for…
Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – July Update – Australia

June 30, 2014
The last few days will be remembered for many seasons to come. A truly epic snowfall. Fingers crossed the “wrong’un” continues to deliver a good bounce. Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With the most epic of Julys ahead, this seasonal…
Storm Watch – Dump and Dumper

Storm Watch – Dump and Dumper

June 25, 2014
Now that’s what you call a season-starter Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Storm Wrap There’s a famous blues musician I’m reminded of. His name is Seasick Steve. He started life as a hobo, but was discovered and signed onto a record label who gave him what he needed to find fame.…
Snow Alert Aus – Another 60cm expected

Snow Alert Aus – Another 60cm expected

June 25, 2014
Bam. June 2014 Powder day – Check Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Have you looked on those cams? They’re nearly buried…  Updated: June 25 2014 This storm is the gift that keeps on giving… An update on the snow alert, plus another front in the distance… So it’s safe…
Snow Alert Aus – Updated – Up to 85cm expected this week

Snow Alert Aus – Updated – Up to 85cm expected this week

June 23, 2014
Snowmaking has been the key to any skiing so far, but it’s all going to change this week with the storm of the season due, and then more on the weekend Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating:It’s on the way Updated:June 23 2014 The Grasshopper has found another cold…
The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

June 11, 2014
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | Press Release The World Heli Challenge is shaking things up this winter with the launch of a new format, featuring a worldwide “Call Up” to all freeriders and filmers who would like a piece of…
Snow Alert – 20-50cm on the way for Canterbury

Snow Alert – 20-50cm on the way for Canterbury

June 6, 2014
Will Canterbury see another cold outbreak like the one last June? Time will tell, but all signs are positive Image:: Nick Johnson SNOW ALERT UPDATE, June 07: “Holy crap. Mount Hutt might not be opening tomorrow but they’ve got a season starter on the way.” More here Snow Likelihood rating:…
Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – New Zealand

June 4, 2014
Last week’s snowfall brought the snow level right down to the lake in Queenstown. It has also meant Coronet Peak will open on schedule this weekend. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper A month is a long time in forecasting. Snow that we had on the…
Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – Australia

Season Outlook 2014 – June Update – Australia

May 31, 2014
Monday’s front left a few cms up high in Thredbo, though the warm air that followed meant it didn’t hang around very long Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Welcome to winter folks. We’re getting close now and we’ve just hit…
Forecast – New Zealand – Extended Outlook

Forecast – New Zealand – Extended Outlook

May 20, 2014
The end of April saw some significant snow hit the Queenstown resorts, here’s hoping the end of May sees the cold weather return. Image:: Coronet Peak Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Tuesday 20 May 2014 Kia Ora folks. Yesterday we published an extended outlook for the Aussie Alps, just to give…
The Countdown – The outlook for Opening Weekend

The Countdown – The outlook for Opening Weekend

May 19, 2014
Cold temps and dry air will be opening weekend’s saving grace, but as you’ll read below, the outlook isn’t favourable Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Hey Folks. Regular forecasts are going to start in another week’s time, but I just couldn’t resist laying…
Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – New Zealand

Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – New Zealand

May 7, 2014
Not such a bad view for April 30th Image:: Cardrona New Zealand Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, I have to admit I didn’t see that one coming, clearly I wasn’t paying attention while I was preparing my nest for winter. Early May and we’ve already had a very decent…
Snow Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – Australia

Snow Season Outlook 2014 – May Update – Australia

May 2, 2014
You could feel the excitement emanate from the mountains as those first flakes fell. Season 2014 is just around the corner. Image:: Falls Creek/Hocking Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores There has never been a better time to release an updated seasonal outlook for…
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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…
World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

March 13, 2018
Spring has sprung in some parts of the world, but there are more powder days in store for California and Europe. It was a return to powder in Niseko early this week and, as usual, it was pretty good. Photo: Oyuki/Aedan O’Donnell Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis Japan Given it is…
Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

March 8, 2018
The snow kept getting deeper each day. Bernie Rosow on a day he described as “nothing short of epic”. Photo Christian Pondella Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss After a slow winter with relatively weak and isolated storms, things finally kicked into gear last week in California, with a big storm dropping…
Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

March 7, 2018
The base area at Mt Hutt, looking god on a blue-bird day Mountainwatch | Press Release Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) Chair Marty Toomey says the industry has recorded the highest ever skier days for a season with 8% growth in 2017 and 1.6m visitors to New Zealand’s…
Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

March 2, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release hakuba Valley, Nagano, Japan today announced a long-term alliance with Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), the leading global mountain resort operator, Broomfield Colorado, USA. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass will offer five consecutive complimentary days with…
2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

2018 Colorado Season Update – The Year That Broke All the Rules

March 2, 2018
We’re nearing the end of the season, right? Wrong. Let’s take a look at how March is shaping up in Colorado. After a dry December and January, regular storms started to filter through in late Feb and this day, Feb 23, was one of the best. Photo: Breckenridge Mountainwatch |…
Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

Niseko Japan – Conditions Wrap Up – February

March 2, 2018
We’ve needed to break out the snorkels on more than one occasion this month. Image:: Matt Wiseman/Niseko Photography & Guiding Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman February certainly had its work cut out for it if it was going to top the snow that fell in either so-called ‘Deepcember’ or ‘Japanuary’. If…
Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

Furano’s Backcountry Beckons, But Beware

February 23, 2018
Furano’s backcountry looking amazing, but like anywhere in the back country, some common sense goes a long way. Photo: Caroline van’t Hoff Mountainwatch | Lucy Morrell, Alpine Backcountry Rental in Furano and Asahidake A couple of weeks ago six French backcountry skiers went missing in Furano. They split up around…
Myoko Forecast 14th February

Myoko Forecast 14th February

February 16, 2018
Mountainwatch The latest update from Myoko. The snow has been consistent throughout the season and looks like it will continue for the rest of the week. Follow Mountainwatch for more updates and head to Liquidsnowtours.com to book your last minute Japan ski trip. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

Mammoth Mountain Is Big and Always Worth a Visit

February 16, 2018
It may be a below average snow year, but Mammoth Mountain is living up to its reputation. Photo Feb 5, 2018. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The drive down from Tahoe to Mammoth Mountain is spectacular. Through the wide expanses of the Carson Valley, the mountains rising dramatically to the west…
Whistler Micro Adventures

Whistler Micro Adventures

February 5, 2018
It doesn’t have to be a massive expedition to have some fun in the BC Backcountry Anna scoping some lines during the skin above the tree line. Photo: Guy Fattal Mountainwatch | Anna Segal One of my favourite things about living in Whistler is the access to countless opportunities to…
Jackson Hole Update – A Week of Fresh Tracks and More on the Way

Jackson Hole Update – A Week of Fresh Tracks and More on the Way

February 2, 2018
A bluebird day with 40cms of fresh snow on Jackson’s renowned terrain is something special. Jan 24, 2018. Photo Chris Figenshau Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Winter seems to have made a resurgence here in Jackson Hole, with three major falls within the last two weeks and some powder days. Last…
Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

Niseko Japan – Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 31st

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

The SoO AirTime Winners Announced

September 22, 2010
Team Victoria’s Johnny Lipzker. Image:: Joey Corcoran SoO AirTime | Watkin Mclennan It’s Official! Victoria is victorious. They got ahead by only 155 votes, but in the end the real winner was Australian skiing. The two films were seen by over 50 countries, even Lebanon, and collectively over 10 000…
Thredbo Freeride Series Big Air

Thredbo Freeride Series Big Air

September 21, 2010
Jye Kearney Event | Images:: Ben Hansen Mother Nature turned it on for the final event in the Thredbo Freeride Series for 2010, the Big Air at the top of the Cruiser area Despite launching themselves off the Toyota One Hit Wonder 90ft kicker all week, The guys were keen…
Mountainwatch Interschools Snowsport Scholarship Winners

Mountainwatch Interschools Snowsport Scholarship Winners

September 15, 2010
Maddy Alexis. Image:; Lorrae Alexis Words | Don St Pierre With the conclusion of the Suburu National Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher last week, Mountainwatch.com is pleased to announce the winners of the Mountainwatch Interschool Snowsports Scholarships. Skier Charlie Comben of Merrijig Primary School, VIC and Snowboarder Maddy Alexis of…
SoO AirTime Insider – The Wrap

SoO AirTime Insider – The Wrap

September 14, 2010
Max Timmins. Image:: Joey Corcoran Words | Joey Corcoran SoO AirTime 2010 is over but it leave behind two incredible ski films. Such high quality Australian skiing is rarely captured. These two films showcase the skiers and the mountains; the world now knows that we’re more than just desert and…
SoO AirTime – Voting Open

SoO AirTime – Voting Open

September 7, 2010
Oscar McLennan filming Max Timmins. Image:: Joey Corcoran SoO AirTime Voting is now open for YOU to decide the winner of the SoO AirTime 2010. After three days of filming in Mt Buller, Team NSW and Team Victoria have finished their video edits and voting is open for the public…
VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Three – Finale

VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Three – Finale

September 3, 2010
Buller Shredlette, Olly Cain has represented for all the young crew out there. Image:: Joey Corcoran 3 September | Joey Corcoran & Ben Hansen SoO Exhausted. After three days of oh-my-gosh skiing, filming and loving the mountains we are spent. Both teams frantically raced around the mountain today trying to…
VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Two – Rain Day Stratergy

VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Day Two – Rain Day Stratergy

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

VIDEO & PHOTOS SoO AirTime Official Day One

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

SoO AirTime Day One – Big Air Testing

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

SoO AirTime – Team NSW Announced

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

INTERSCHOOLS Harrison O’Connor, Q&A

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

SoO AirTime – Team Victoria Announced

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

PHOTO GALLERY – Perisher King of the Mountain

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

VIDEO – Rip Curl Throwdown in Thredbo

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

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

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

From the Sidelines at the Rip Curl FreeRide Pro

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

VIDEO Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1 Highlights

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

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

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

PHOTO GALLERY – Rip Curl FreeRide Pro Day 1

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

VIDEO – World Heli Challenge Highlights

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

Behind the Lens at the World Heli Challenge

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

The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

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

Taylor Seaton Wins Volkl NZ Freeski Halfpipe

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

Pullin Unbeatable in Continental Cup at Hotham

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