Mikael Landlord enjoying some sunshine in Myoko this week, but the weather has turned wiht more snow on the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – January 15th 2019

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

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – January Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Massive Snow Storms Continue In Austria and the Northern Alps

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

Gear Guide – Nitro Pow 2019 Video Review

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

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

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

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

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

Verbier Freeride Week Kicks Off Freeride World Qualifying and Junior Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 31st 2018

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

Salomon TV – Higher Truths – Video

December 31, 2018
In this episode free skiers Cody Townshend and Chris Rubens head to Tibet to ski a 22,000 foot peak in the Himalaya
Brooks Finlinson ripping some Utah pow in Snowbird on Boxing Day. Photo: Chris Segal

World Snow Wrap, December 28 – Pretty Good Conditions to Wrap Up The Year

December 29, 2018
It's been dumping in British Columbia, consistent in the Rockies, up and down in Europe and the Japan powder machine is at full throttle.
Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

Arbor Snowboards Present Home, Episode 2 – Jackson, Wyoming with Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter

December 28, 2018
In this episode Mark Carter reflects on growing up and working on his family’s cattle ranch, his first time in the Tetons as a 21-year-old and why he never left.
Stan Rey, pillow bouncing. Photo: Paul Morrison/Whistler Backcomb

Storm Journal – Whistler Blackcomb’s Upper Mountain Receives 2.5 Metres in Two Weeks

December 27, 2018
After a slow start in British Columbia, the storm window well and truly opened two weeks ago when a series of strong storms crossed the Coast Mountains bringing very good snow totals to the upper elevations.
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PHOTO JOURNAL – A Pilgrimage to Temple

PHOTO JOURNAL – A Pilgrimage to Temple

September 27, 2013
The crew starting the hike out back, the majority of Temple’s best terrain is hike-accessed, sensibilities and BC experience – mandatory Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Transfer | Alex Horvath Decent snow storms have been few and far between this year. New Zealand’s season started well, but unfortunately the snow just didn’t…
SNOW JOURNAL – A month of extremes

SNOW JOURNAL – A month of extremes

September 10, 2013
August 15 in Thredbo, easily one of the best days of the season Image:: Steve Cuff Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Driving back into Thredbo this afternoon, the car thermometer was reading 13 degrees, and while there’s still plenty of snow above 1600 metres, the lower mountain is all but gone.…
PHOTO JOURNAL – Hunting Pow at The Remarkables

PHOTO JOURNAL – Hunting Pow at The Remarkables

September 3, 2013
The crew hiking to the top of the ridge line, the typical pow day race, where fitness pays dividends Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Mountainwatch | Photo Journal When a storm like that of last week rolls into Queenstown, everyone gets excited. That means the resorts are usually tracked before all the…
SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

SEASON OUTLOOK 2013 – New Zealand – September Update

September 2, 2013
After a fairly solid snowfall last week, and then more snow on the way this week, the Southern Lakes are in fine form for spring Image:: Courtesy of Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores A month or so to go…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – September Update

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK – September Update

August 29, 2013
Reggae snapped this shot looking out to Charlottes Pass this morning, still lots of snow for some awesome spring skiing Image:: Reggae Elliss Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Sit down. Take a deep breath, maybe a sip of water. What I have to say won’t…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

August 27, 2013
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge is a gathering of big mountain free-riding folk who love skiing and boarding big lines in the backcountry. They came together for two weeks in majestic Wanaka in…
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…
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Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

August 23, 2017
They came for the Banks but stayed for the Powder. Austen Sweetin deferring from what was set to be another podium finish at this year’s Transfer Banked Slalom. Photo: Andrew Fawcett Transfer | Louis Macindoe With what was set to be the weekend of the Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom,…
Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

August 12, 2017
In the thick of it… Low visibility didn’t manage to slow anyone down today. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Australia’s most iconic downhill race just wrapped up and there’s only one word to describe it… FAST! Competitors were greeted with challenging conditions this morning with howling winds, below zero…
Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

Border Hopping – The Guide to Road Tripping the Australian Resorts – Travel

August 9, 2017
Click clack front and back ‘cause we’re jumping the border and going boardin’, and checkin’ out everything in between both NSW and VIC resorts. Photo:: MW Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s Friday afternoon, and the mad dash down the M7 onto the M5 is reduced to a crawling pace while…
A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

August 8, 2017
Top to bottom in less than 120 seconds requires speeds up to 120km/h… Safe to say this isn’t a race for the faint of heart. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Australia’s longest race, the G.H Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11,…
Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

Utah – Where To Go For The Greatest Snow On Earth – Travel

August 4, 2017
Pro Skier Johnny Collinson approaching snorkel worthy depths at Alta. Image:: Adam Clark/Ski Utah Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Drive around Utah and you’ll notice they have “The Greatest Snow On Earth®”. It won’t be the snow piled up on the side of the road that leads…
Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

Jeremy Jones Launches Thredbo and POW Partnership – A Step in the Right Direction

July 28, 2017
As what can only be described as a catalyst in the operations of Australian resorts, Thredbo’s partnership with Protect Our Winters is a step in the right direction. And everyone in this room knew it. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Thredbo Last night marked a great step forward for skiing and…
Rip Curl’s GromSearch Snow – Stop One Wrap – Perisher

Rip Curl’s GromSearch Snow – Stop One Wrap – Perisher

July 20, 2017
Big Dog pro’s might of been in town, but it was the kids turn to speak and boy, the riding wasn’t the only thing doing the talking. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | Rip Curl This past weekend over 120 grommets under the age of 17 came out on Sunday morning to…
Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

Why To Ride Telluride – Travel

June 22, 2017
Your first turns in Telluride could look something like this. Photo:: Telluride Ski Resort Mountainwatch X Ski Max Holidays | Matt Wiseman Well we shouldn’t have to tell you to ride Telluride, but we’re sure going to and here’s why… Remember those Victorian era houses that populate the inside of…
The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

The Best Beds In Niseko – World Class Accommodation and World Class Snow

June 20, 2017
Skiing Niseko’s world class pow all day is taxing on the body, at some point you’ll need to exit the white room and get some rest, here’s a guide to the best beds in the region. Image:: Niseko Photography Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss When I first went to Niseko…
The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

The Other Side of Tazawako – A Cultural Experience

May 9, 2017
Japans many Onsen’s are almost as famous as its powder. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Our last story on Tazawako focused on the skiing it offers advanced skiers and snowboarders, in particular the off piste areas and tree skiing available for those looking for some light Japanese…
Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

Heli-skiing Not Just For The Rich And Sponsored – Southern Lakes Heliski – Travel

May 6, 2017
Replace the chairlift with a chopper and you’ll be skiing freshie’s like this all day long. Source:: Southern Lakes Heliski Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Any skiing is better than no skiing. However, there’s a big difference between getting four people on a quad chair and conversing on the way up…
Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

Aspen Skiing Company Makes a Mammoth Acquisition

April 14, 2017
Mammoth has had a record breaking season and now not just in terms of its snowfall. Image:: Mammoth Mountain Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman New developments in the Ski Resort arms race this week see Aspen skiing co., in partnership with KSL Capital Partners (Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows) announce plans to…
Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

Tazawako – A True Taste of Japan

April 10, 2017
Tazawako’s powder is perfect for surfing the snow. Photo:: Masayoshi Kamimori Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Japan is now fully on the radar for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. It’s hard to believe that only 15 years ago even Niseko was a basic Japanese resort with few…
How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?

March 3, 2017
Sugar Bowl is a hot bed for cool pow pow right now, here’s proof. Image:: Grant Barta Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe You may have heard on the grapevine that Tahoe is having a pretty good winter. And you’d be right, in fact, Tahoe’s looking 100%, actually, it’s 179% of its…
Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

Jackson Hole – The Legend Lives On

February 7, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull ripping through the incredibly light pow. Photo: Tony Harrington Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss After a long drive through the snow-covered flatlands of Northern Colorado and Wyoming, the first glimpse of the Teton Range is a welcome sight. The jagged peaks seem to climb straight out of the…
Japan Insider – Nagano Prefecture – Shiga Kogen Ski Area

Japan Insider – Nagano Prefecture – Shiga Kogen Ski Area

January 13, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll 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…
Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

Japan Insider – Niigata Prefecture – Naeba Ski Area

January 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll So you’re thinking of heading to Japan? At first, most Southern Hemisphere powder hunters think Hokkaido, located on the North Island of Japan. However, the South Island, in particular the Niigata Prefecture, boasts a wide variety of terrain, just as much snow, better weather conditions and…less…
Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

Snow Alert Update – Monster Snow Storms For California

January 4, 2017
Photo taken January 2, 2017 at Alpine Meadows by SnowBrains Snow Likelihood rating: 100% confidence Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss As we reported yesterday, the resorts in California’s Sierra Mountains are entering an awesome cycle of snow-bearing storms and the expected snow levels have jumped significantly in the past 24 hours. The…
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 –…
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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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