Snowbird, Utah. December 26

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Neck deep in Canada, while Sierras put on hold

December 27, 2018
On the other end of the spectrum, the Coast Mountains of Canada are expected to receive anywhere upwards of 1.4m, so there’s no guessing where all the storms are heading for.
Hakuba Goya looking good on Christmas Eve. It will continue to look like this with a heap of snow on the way over the next five days. Photo: Hakuba Goya Resort

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 freezing NW winds creating that fabled lake effect we know provides some of the lightest fluffiest snow in the world.
Fresh snow through out the village, The Torii gates looking very pretty!

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, arriving on Boxing Day.
Steamboat is getting in the Christmas spirit having just reached the 2.5m mark. That’s only a quarter of their average snowfall of about 10m, wow! Photo: Larry Pierce, Steamboat.

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 and less up north.  The silly season is upon us. I’m not talking about what gets shoppers frantically dashing about in malls, bagging up Christmas bargains. I’m talking about what gets you fellow…
Mount Hotham has long been a favourite for core skiers and snowboarders. Will it change if it falls under the Vail umbrella?

Will They or Won’t They? Speculation Continues That Vail Is Buying Falls and Hotham

December 21, 2018
There has been plenty of excitement within the Australian snow industry this morning after the Australian Financial Review reported over night that Vail Resorts was looking to buy Falls Creek and Hotham
It has been a pretty good start for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and it's going to get better with more snow heading for the Sierras.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – White Christmas On The Way

December 20, 2018
There’s only six sleeps until Christmas and we have more than just presents to look forward to. Snowfalls feature on every day and my feelers almost fell off after writing about it all.
Tommy Steinbacher on a classic day last winter. Is Santa gong to bring similar conditions for Christmas? Photo courtesy Oyuki.

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Forecast For Japan – Looks Like Snow For Christmas

December 20, 2018
You can get excited about good snowfalls on Christmas Eve, as well as a big snow event next Thursday through next weekend, so mark those days on your calendar.
If you like falling, long vertical, powder and pillows, then put Revelstoke on your bucket list. Photo: Hallman

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 might find on a powder day.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – December 18th 2018

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 year, I couldn't help but return…With my return to the land of the rising sun and falling snowflake, comes the resumption of our Niseko Fortnightly Wraps – this one being the first…
2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

2018-2019 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – December Update

December 17, 2018
Since my last outlook, those grassy mountain pastures have turned white, and ski resorts and their chair lifts are now springing to life.
Construction Update On Perisher’s New Leichhardt Quad Chairlift

Construction Update On Perisher’s New Leichhardt Quad Chairlift

December 14, 2018
It’s all action in the Leichhardt area as the $4.2 million development of the new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift is in full swing and on track for the 2019 season.
Aussie Engineers Come Up With A Beanie That Offers The Same Protection As Helmets

Aussie Engineers Come Up With A Beanie That Offers The Same Protection As Helmets

December 14, 2018
A biomedical engineer and product engineer at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane are set to launch a revolutionary soft helmet to market, in a bid to prevent head injuries on the slopes.
10 Gift Ideas For The Skier Or Boarder In Your Family! – White Christmas Wish list

10 Gift Ideas For The Skier Or Boarder In Your Family! – White Christmas Wish list

December 13, 2018
We’ve compiled a little list of things that have plagued the Mountainwatch team’s Christmas wish lists year in year out... Assuming they're on the nice list, here's some winter stocking stuffers & more.
10 day snow accumulations. Source: windy.com

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 Honshu, where major resorts like Hakuba reside, should take the cake with 1m-1.3m
10-day snow accumulations. Source: windy.com

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 around 2m-2.5m or more onto the coast mountains of Canada, wowzers!
Skiing deep powder is close to as much fun you'll ever have on skis, as long as you have the right equipment and don't have to work too hard!

Float Your Boat – If You Are Chasing The Steep And Deep This Northern Hemisphere Winter, These Freeride Powder Skis Are What You Need.

December 12, 2018
If you are chasing northern hemisphere powder this season you want to have the right ski for when the snow gets epic – something fat and rockered that floats like a boat through the deepest snow.
Top 10 Ski Resorts In North America For 2019 | According To Forbes Magazine

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 oddly concerned themselves with ranking ski resorts.... Here is their take on North America's top 10.
Arbor Snowboards presents Home – Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter In Jackson – Videos

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 “deeper into the lives and homes of the individuals that have come together to build the Arbor brand.” This is the first of three episodes that features Brian Iguchi and Mark Carter, both of whom call…
DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

DPS Cinematic’s Shadow Campaign, Season 5, Episode 2 – ‘Ski Photographer’ – Video

December 8, 2018
DPS Cinematic's fifth season is underway and the second episode takes us behind the lens of legendary ski photographer, Oskar Enander. 
Last Sunday in Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was one for the books. Photo:

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 starting to happen in Japan.
Kicking Horse Leading Canada’s Biggest Terrain Expansion for 2018/19

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 potential for 660 acres opening up...
The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

The Sky Piercer – Climbing and Skiing Aoraki (Mount Cook) New Zealand’s Highest Mountain – Full Movie

December 5, 2018
The Sky Piercer is a film about three skiers and one snowboarder taking on the exposed, technical terrain of Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain.
The Whip wars, always a crowd favourite. Photo: Thredbo

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 mountain bike event
Gear Guide – 2019 Nitro Beast Video Review

Gear Guide – 2019 Nitro Beast Video Review

December 4, 2018
Joey had the opportunity to ride with a few of the Nitro crew and also try out the full range of next year's boards, including the 2019 Beast.
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NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Closing Time Is Near

September 30, 2012
Sunny spring days in Cardrona Image:: Courtesy of Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Its hard to believe that another season is coming to an end, looking out my window there is still so much snow on the mountains, a crying shame! A lot of rain has…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – So Much Snow And So Little Time

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – So Much Snow And So Little Time

September 21, 2012
Now thats a view you cant get tired of! Image:: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Its been a lovely warm week this week, a bit of fresh snow on the weekend but I think its safe to say that the cold and stormy weather is…
BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

BACKCOUNTRY JOURNAL – Almost Skiing Twynam West Spur

September 15, 2012
Starting at Guthega, Twynam and the peaks beyond are over the furthest visible ridge 8km away Blog | Thomas Pinzone I have been itching to get out to the western faces of the Snowy Mountains all winter. Apart from an early season mission in May, to date, work, weather and…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Spring Pow

September 13, 2012
Chinese downhill for 60cm in the Treble Cone saddle Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Wow what a week it has been… I have never seen so much snow come this late in the season, after many days of storming over the weekend the skies…
SNOW JOURNAL – Two Weeks of Everything

SNOW JOURNAL – Two Weeks of Everything

September 12, 2012
Finding some fresh way out wide from Thredbo on Saturday Image:: Mandy Lamont Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss When I wrote the last snow journal two weeks ago, little did I know that we were in for another 60-70 cm of snow over the next two weeks. August went out…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An Unexpected Dump

September 7, 2012
This is what 65cm fresh at TC looks like! Image: Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Well what a week its been, just when we all thought spring was over mother nature decided to offload a whopping 65 cm of fresh onto Treble Cone and on…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – Springtime Is Here

August 31, 2012
early morning ski racing at Coronet Peak Image:: NZSKI.com Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Spring is well and truly upon us now, its warmed up a lot in the past week and that makes for some slushy on and off piste fun! If only the NZ winters…
SNOW JOURNAL – August Keeps On Delivering

SNOW JOURNAL – August Keeps On Delivering

August 28, 2012
Steep and deep in Thredbo on Friday Image:: Mandy Lamont Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss There are a lot of superlatives being thrown around about the winter so far, but the consensus is it is the best since 2000. Unlike last year when it snowed all July, but not in…
NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An early spring

NZ WEEKLY WEATHER BLOG – An early spring

August 25, 2012
Somewhere under the rainbow theres pow pow at Broken River Image: Broken River Snow Journal| Matt White Kia Ora Everyone Well it wasn’t quite the snow filled week we were all hoping for, all the fields accumulated a couple of CM of fresh but by no means was it substantial.…
SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm Of The Season

SNOW JOURNAL – The Storm Of The Season

August 19, 2012
Tom Costa slaying some in Falls Creek Image:: Courtesy of Falls Creek Snow Journal | Reggae Elliss Well, what a week we have had in the mountains – for that matter what a month August is turning into. Last week I was writing about 15 to 40 cm across the…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – High Fives All Round

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – High Fives All Round

August 17, 2012
Who says NZ is having a lean snow year?! Image:: NZSKI.com Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the new snow that has fallen upon us over the past week, its been great to get some powder turns in finally! Some really heavy rain…
SNOW JOURNAL – The Cold Smoke Continues

SNOW JOURNAL – The Cold Smoke Continues

August 13, 2012
Craig Branch hooking into the light windblown pow in Thredbo Image:: Reggae Ellis Snow Journal | Reggae Ellis We are two weeks into August and the snow has been sensational so far. The month started off well with cold sunny days, cold nights and dry mid-winter snow backed up with…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Snow is upon us!

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Snow is upon us!

August 11, 2012
Fresh lines at TC Image: Courtesy of Treble Cone Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Its been a good week for powder hounds over here in NZ, a good dusting of fresh snow has definitely eased the woes of a so far average season. Just like last week,…
NEW ZEALAND CIVIL DEFENCE WARNING – Mt Tongariro Eruption

NEW ZEALAND CIVIL DEFENCE WARNING – Mt Tongariro Eruption

August 7, 2012
Civil Defence Tongariro Eruption Advisory Volcanic activity is occurring at Mt Tongariro and could pose a threat to the following areas/regions: Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Whanganui, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki. People living in or near the affected areas should: – Stay indoors: volcanic ash is a health hazard, especially if…
NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Freshies at last.

NZ Weekly Weather Blog – Freshies at last.

August 3, 2012
Broken River looking good with a dusting of snow Image:: Broken River Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora Everyone! Finally I have something exciting to report on! Yes mother nature has been oh so kind to us and coated the mountains with some snow! In some places like Mt…
Nz Weekly Weather Blog – Dry in July

Nz Weekly Weather Blog – Dry in July

July 26, 2012
Fresh corduroy at Cardrona Image::Courtesy of Cardrona Snow Journal | Matt White Kia Ora everyone! Its been another week of warm sunny weather.. hard to remember what winter is supposed to be like but I am still clinging onto hope that it will be upon us again soon. At the…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 New Zealand UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 New Zealand UPDATE

May 21, 2012
Sheep being rescured on NZ’s South Island in the 2011 epic storms. Image:: Vaughan Brookfield Season Outlooks | The Grasshopper Today marks an important milestone for the Grasshopper and Mountainwatch as we move to daily forecasts for Mt Ruapehu. From now until season end we’ll be bringing you daily detailed…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 Australia UPDATE

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 Australia UPDATE

May 21, 2012
Early season perfection at Falls Creek on 13 July 2011. Image:: Falls Creek Season Outlooks | The Grasshopper The Grasshopper is excited. Not only do our daily forecast updates start today, but it’s also time for an update to our 2012 Season Outlook and I have some positive news to…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 Australia

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 Australia

April 3, 2012
Snow season outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Mirror mirror on the wall, how much snow is gonna fall? Hi ho, hi ho, tell me if the winds will blow? It’s time of take a look at what we can expect for NSW and Victoria’s ski…
SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 New Zealand

SNOW SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 New Zealand

April 3, 2012
Snow Season Outlook | The Grasshopper Kia Ora folks. Time to take a quick look at what we can expect for the slopes of Aotearoa this year. We’re a long way out from winter, and global indicators like the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) aren’t as much help predicting New…
World Snow Wrap – Someone Forgot to Tell BC Winter’s Over

World Snow Wrap – Someone Forgot to Tell BC Winter’s Over

March 15, 2012
Some of Whistler’s best snow so far. Image:: Coast Photo/Whistler Weekly Snow Wrap If the British Columbia PR people haven’t been using the term ‘March madness’ they should be. BC is smack bang in the middle of one marathon of a snowfall. While most other places are thinking about spring…
World Snow Wrap – 1m Weekend for Steamboat, Colorado Pow is Here

World Snow Wrap – 1m Weekend for Steamboat, Colorado Pow is Here

February 22, 2012
Steamboat 20 Feb – yes please. Image:: Steamboat Weekly Snow Wrap It’s been all about Colorado this week, which might not be strictly fair as it’s snowed much more in Washington and Wyoming, but it’s good to see a solid run of powder days for some of our favourite resorts.…
Japan Snow Wrap – No Sign of Abating

Japan Snow Wrap – No Sign of Abating

February 21, 2012
Snow covered chair at Rusutsu. Image:: Ski Japan www.skijapan.com Japan Snow Wrap The land of the Long White Cloud more than deserves its on snow wrap… with a plethora of resorts large and small all over Japan this wrap could grow very long very quickly so here are a selection…
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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…
Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

Earning Your Turns – Skiing Canterbury’s Adventure Playground – Travel

July 15, 2015
There is nothing as satisfying as getting out into the backcountry under your own steam. Read on to discover how you could do it yourself Image:: Supplied Partner Content Mountainwatch x Whiteroom Tours | Graeme Heald The Canterbury Club Fields are legendary. These mountains are the hidden gems of the…
Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher – Here’s 5 things Mike Baird can do with his $4 million in Stamp Duty

July 6, 2015
Idea #5: Skijoring, it’s a sure thing. Come on! As if that doesn’t look like fun. We’d have Red Bull & Monster Energy knocking on our doors with offers of corporate sponsorship in no time at all Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Chris Booth & Alex Horvath One of the hidden…
Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

Canada vs. Alaska – The Ultimate Heliski Showdown – Travel

March 25, 2015
Northern B.C heli outfitter, Last Frontier Heli, offer one of the most impressive heli tenures in the world Image:: Last Frontier Heli Mountainwatch | Claudie Linke Heliskiing; it’s the epitome of the ski experience for many. Further, faster, higher and longer than any resort or ski-tour world can offer, but…
The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

The Aspen You Thought You Knew – Travel

March 18, 2015
Nick Hill and Watkin ventured off to suss some terrain out beyond the Highlands bowl. Image:: Nic Stevens Mountainwatch | Watkin McLennan I first met Joerg in the hotel lobby at breakfast. He had long, bleached, blond hair and a smile that reflected a life well spent. He wore Ed…
Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

Squaw Valley, A Mountain That More Than Lives Up to its Reputation – Travel

February 17, 2015
The Californian snow drought broke on Feb 5, which was a few days late for poor Reggae Image:: Jeff Engerbretson Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss If there is one destination in California that can truly stack up to other international ski resorts it is Squaw Valley. It was first put on…
Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

Skiing in South Korea, Pass the Kimchi – Travel

February 10, 2015
South Korea is a ski destination that’s attracting an increasing amount of international attention thanks to the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. High1 Resort, pictured here, is Korea’s newest resort, having opened just six years ago in 2009 Image:: High1 Resort For athletes and fans it feels like the hype…
A Weekend With Bernie, The Local’s Tour of Mammoth – Travel

A Weekend With Bernie, The Local’s Tour of Mammoth – Travel

February 2, 2015
Reggae and his family skiing the Mammoth piste. Who do you reckon’s fastest? Image:: Westenbarger/Mammoth Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss One of the best elements about skiing an unknown resort is the sense of adventure you get through not knowing what lies around the next corner. I never grab a trail…
Road Trippin’ to Mammoth Mountain, Why Bigger is Better – Travel

Road Trippin’ to Mammoth Mountain, Why Bigger is Better – Travel

January 27, 2015
As you can see, the scenery off the highway is quite inviting Image:: Reggae Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss The drive up to Mammoth Mountain from Los Angeles is spectacular. The flat expanse of the Mojave desert is broken by the ghostly Joshua trees with the shadows of the White Mountain…
The Top 10 Onsens in Niseko – The List

The Top 10 Onsens in Niseko – The List

January 3, 2015
That’s a tough view to beat. When you throw in the comfort that water offers to the weary skier, it’s a tough place to beat, too. Hilton Onsen Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Kevin Watson Tsai The Japanese onsen can be a daunting experience for the uninitiated; it’s a uniquely Japanese…
Travel – On Safari With Pow Jesus

Travel – On Safari With Pow Jesus

October 3, 2014
Floating, levitating, moving. A visceral experience. Chillfactor | Chris Booth All Photos by Reuben Krabbe “Me and a couple of buddies, we had a syndicate for years. Then in 2008 we won $34.1 million dollars.” I’m sitting at the Bitter Creek café in Stewart, a small Canadian town on the…
Travel – Five Reasons to Ski in Canada this Winter

Travel – Five Reasons to Ski in Canada this Winter

September 4, 2014
Yep, in Canada, it’s steep and deep. Revelstoke, B.C Image:: Revelstoke In partnership with Air Canada Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid This time of year, every year, our minds start to wander. They wander aimlessly across the oceans, sitting comfortably in first class seats, sipping on French Champagne while we rest…
Rediscovering Jackson Hole

Rediscovering Jackson Hole

March 8, 2014
Generally, the first runs of the season are meant to be warm ups on groomers... This was not the case for Harro in Jackson Hole...
Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

Mt Bachelor – Out Of The Box

March 1, 2014
Please click here to continue. Words | Mark Amadio Photos & Video | Andy Lloyd Andy and I have been fortunate enough to tick-off a large list of snowboard travel destinations over the years. So when it came time to choose a spot for our next trip, we quickly agreed…
Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

Japan – Rising Sun, Deep Powder.

February 4, 2014
The group comes together for a moment of reflection, “How’s the serenity?” Image:: Booth Mountainwatch | Luke Kneller Mountainwatch is no stranger to the Hakuba Valley. We’ve spilled our emotions over this place before. But at the risk of sounding self-serving, last week in Hakuba I experienced one of the…
The Arlberg – The cradle of skiing

The Arlberg – The cradle of skiing

January 30, 2014
Pretty good looking cradle, eh? Image:: Elliss Chillfactor | Reggae Elliss  “It’s absolutely massive, and distinctively European.  Chalets litter the slopes, huge trams span the highest peaks, and heated chair lifts take up to eight people at a time.  Some areas are incredibly luxurious while other spots are more modest,…
Luggage – How to pack and pay

Luggage – How to pack and pay

September 23, 2013
Heading to Europe? Emirates tops our list for baggage allowances and getting direct flight time Image:: Mallaun Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Let’s face it, the golden days of air travel are over. Gone are the days when you could wrangle an upgrade with a smooth smile and a nice shirt.…
New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

New Zealand – Chasing the 25-year Storm

June 30, 2013
Over three feet of fresh snow at the turn off for Mt Olympus, if you know the area you will be able to grasp the ridiculous amount of snow at this spot, it is only at about 400 masl! Image:: Nick Johnson Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath This year in Australia,…
BEST OF JAPAN – Photos From Winter 2012 – 2013

BEST OF JAPAN – Photos From Winter 2012 – 2013

April 9, 2013
MT writes: Dan Cockburn struggling to breathe at Hakuba Cortina, this day had without a doubt the best conditions of the season – bluebird skies, no wind and enough deep, light, fresh snow to swallow a person whole. Image:: Mark Tsukasov Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath This past season in Japan…
TRAVEL JAPAN – Floating On Pow – No Crowds No Lines

TRAVEL JAPAN – Floating On Pow – No Crowds No Lines

March 19, 2013
Rusutsu is only a 40 minute drive from Niseko, yet offers an escape from the crowds that choke the better known resort Image:: Rusutsu Ski Resort Mountainwatch | Caitlin Reid The secret is out! Japan gets almost 5 times as much snow as Australia over its winter season. The crowds…
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