KC Deane skiing

Hakkaisan, Niigata – A Stripped Back Powder Playground Sans Distractions

September 20, 2019
Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman “There’s no gorgeous “ski centre” type of facilities, and no entertainment district etc. There are no fancy restaurants or facilities for kids, and the access is far from ideal. However, satisfaction for the advanced skier is guaranteed.” – Prince Hotels This is how the leading accommodation provider described Hakkaisan ski resort…
Summer Snow On The Ground For North America This Week – Photo Journal

Summer Snow On The Ground For North America This Week – Photo Journal

September 19, 2019
A smattering of snow has fallen across the Western U.S and Canada this week, despite the fact it's still officially summer in North America until September 23.
Alpine Streets, A Snowboard Film That Brings A New Perspective to Falls Creek – Video

Alpine Streets, A Snowboard Film That Brings A New Perspective to Falls Creek – Video

September 18, 2019
Alpine Streets is a street-style snowboard film shot in to Falls Creek over 10 days in August and was just released this week.
Gear Guide – Burton Process Snowboard Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Process Snowboard Video Review

September 18, 2019
The Process is, “Playful when you want it to be, but stable when you need it to be.”
Riley Lucas, back from a knee injury

Sunrise Session on Buller’s Summit Jumps – Photo Spread

September 17, 2019
While the landings were firm, it was crystal clear morning with no wind, and a pretty good way to start the day.
10 Essential & Odd Bits Of Gear For An Overseas Snow Trip – 2019

10 Essential & Odd Bits Of Gear For An Overseas Snow Trip – 2019

September 16, 2019
Travel comes with the territory of being a skier or snowboarder... Here are some gear picks you probably have and have not come across before...
Built in 1968, the hold  Merritts Chair will replaced by a gondola this summer and the chairlifts are up for auction

Thredbo’s Merritts Chair Charity Auction

September 16, 2019
The chairlift will be decommissioned and disassembled at the end of winter 2019 and 112 of the double chairs will be offered up in an online charity auction
The Terra helmet is light, comfortable and keeps your noggin warm on those snowy days.

Giro Jackson and Terra Helmets With MIPS Technology – Gear Guide

September 16, 2019
The men's Jackson and women's Terra helmets are the newest models  in the  Giro range, both with a  sleek, modern profile that
Jackson Hole in al its big mountain glory. Photo: Tony Harrington

Mountainwatch Ikon Tour Destination – Jackson Hole

September 13, 2019
Jackson Hole is, without doubt, a special place and a “must visit” for any skier or snowboarder.
Manza Onsen – One Of Japans Finest Onsen Ski Resorts

Manza Onsen – One Of Japans Finest Onsen Ski Resorts

September 13, 2019
Steaming sulphuric hot pools and plenty of snow, Manza Onsen is home to two Japanese icons.
The base slookjign good after last week's snowfalls, currently sitting at 225cms above 1800 metres. Photo: Perisher

Perisher Extends Its Season – Open Until October 13

September 13, 2019
Perisher has announced it is extending its season until Sunday 13 October, with a natural snow base of 2.25 metres
Virgil, dropping into a nice line on the Western faces.

Not Even a Terminal Illness Can Keep this Snowboarder Out of the Backcountry – Photo Journal

September 12, 2019
For me, snowboarding is the only time in life that I’m totally free, all that matters is the next turn.
Grooming, snowmaking and sunsets in perfect symbiosis at Mt Buller. Photo:: Andrew Railton/Mt Buller

Groomers Satellite Map Mt Buller’s Slopes For A Precision Piste – Introducing SnowSat Technology

September 12, 2019
Snow depth data is delivered in real-time to drivers via a touch-screen topographical map in the cockpit and depths are accurate within just 3 centimetres...
Mt Buller Extends 2019 Snow Season – Open Until 6 October

Mt Buller Extends 2019 Snow Season – Open Until 6 October

September 12, 2019
A bumper 50cms of spring snow blanketed Mt Buller last week boosting the cover in resort and turning on some of the best skiing and boarding seen this season.
Thredbo's Alpine Bar wil be pumping this Saturday for the final First Base

First Base Present This Season’s Final “Vintage Après Soiree” In Thredbo This Weekend

September 11, 2019
This weekend Tom Tilley and Hugo Grusman present the final First Base “Vintage Après Soiree" of the season
David Vincent, Hotham Super Sunday, September 8. Such a great photo! Photo: Chris Hocking

September Powder Sessions – Storm Journal

September 10, 2019
The past few days have set up what should be a Sweet September, two cold fronts dropping 30-50cm of snow
Mt Buller ski patrol make a guard of honour for the final ride up the Boggy Creek T bar by retired patrollers Donny Morgan and Brian Singer. BSL General Manager Laurie Blampied (L) in yellow and Ski Patrol Manager Sam MacDougall (R) topped the honour guard line in freshly falling snow at 5pm on Sunday 8 September Pic: Tony Harrington

Buller’s Boggy Creek T-bar Rolls For The Final Time In Swirling Snow Storm 

September 9, 2019
Hans Grimus built the lift 52 years ago and the old T is now set to be decommissioned in its current form
The Backcountry is calling - it is a different world out there. Photo: Teddy Haycock

How to Gear Up for the Backcountry – Gear Guide

September 9, 2019
The arrival of the first day of spring means only one thing to some Aussie shredders, it’s time to tour. 
The Australian Junior Freeride Championships, saw Australia's best young riders compete last weekend. Photo: Perisher

Australian Junior Freeride Championships Wrap Held at Perisher Last Weekend

September 5, 2019
The three-day event consisted of half-pipe and slopestyle in ski and snowboard and a rider cross for the snowboarders.
This particular location – Kanazawa Castle – is admittedly not making the following list by virtue of it not being at all ‘lesser known’. But as it would be doing Kanazawa a disservice not to include it all, here it is in all of its cherry blossom (Sakura) glory. Photo:: Kanazawa City

Sightseeing in Kanazawa, Japan – Top 5 Lesser-Known Locations

September 5, 2019
There’s an abundance of visual delights, so limiting the list to five was no easy task...
ShredAbout – A Surf/Snowboard Event Happening This Weekend, Sept 7-8

ShredAbout – A Surf/Snowboard Event Happening This Weekend, Sept 7-8

September 4, 2019
Decades since the last surf/snow events in Australia, ShredAbout pays homage to the connection of surfing and snowboarding
It ain't over 'til it's over. Drew Jolowizc, Hotham October 2, 2018. Photo: Chris Hocking

2019 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

September 4, 2019
Regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us, a solid foundation has already been laid over the Aussie Alps so there’ll be enough snowpack
Gear Guide – Christie Prior Talks About the Nitro Fate – Video Review

Gear Guide – Christie Prior Talks About the Nitro Fate – Video Review

September 3, 2019
In this review, Joey catches up with New Zealand pro snowboarder Christie Prior to talk about her favourite board, the Nitro Fate.
The North Face 2019 ‘Free Thinker’ Outerwear – Gear Review

The North Face 2019 ‘Free Thinker’ Outerwear – Gear Review

August 29, 2019
"I put this new gear from The North Face through literally everything…" We gave a Hakuba seasonaire some gear from TNF and here's what he thought.
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Cardrona yesterday. Sunny days are set to continue. Photo: Cardrona

Grasshopper’s NZ Forecast, June 26 – Crisp, Sunny Winter days

June 26, 2019
Our week of sunshine continues as a juicy, plump high in the Tasman Sea slowly drifts towards us
Early season conditions in The Remarkable's Shadow Basin, but still some fun t be had. Photo: The Remarkables

New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – June Update

June 24, 2019
We may have to wait a bit longer for those storms, but once they come, we should be in for a treat.
High pressure and sunshine is lined up for this working week. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 24 – Sunny Days But Something Brewing Next Weekend

June 24, 2019
Cold westerlies behind the front will see that rain turn to snow and we can expect a light-moderate wad of it to fall.
Ruapehu is getting wet as the not-so-cold front passes over this morning. The low to the SW will slide north of the west coast tomorrow, then dump snow onto Ruapehu Sunday. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 21 – Last Snowflakes To Fall as Chilly Southerlies Wane This Weekend

June 21, 2019
A high lying to the SW of us continues to push cold S-SW winds our way. As has been the case over the last few days ...
Ruapehu is getting wet as the not-so-cold front passes over this morning. The low to the SW will slide north of the west coast tomorrow, then dump snow onto Ruapehu Sunday. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s New Zealand Forecast, June 21 – Wet on Ruapaehu today, Snow Sunday. Sun and cloud Elsewhere

June 21, 2019
A partly cloudy day for the Southern Lakes and there’ll be the odd snow flurry creeping over from the west later this afternoon.
Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 19 – A chilly, settled week ahead

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 19 – A chilly, settled week ahead

June 19, 2019
After a wee dusting of snow late yesterday we’re left in a nice, cold southerly flow today,
A strong, cold SW flow lies over the country today. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s New Zealand Forecast, June 17 – Snow, Sunshine, Snow

June 17, 2019
A strong, cold SW flow is dropping snow onto ski fields in the Southern Lakes and Ruapehu. Queenstown fields stand to gain the most
A strong, cold SW flow lies over the country today. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 17 – A Dusting on Tuesday then Cold temps

June 17, 2019
A ridge of high pressure will keep things clear and calm today, then a weak cold front will give us a nice wee dusting of snow during the latter half of tomorrow
Not much happening in the way of synoptic features over the Aussie Alps, as they’re all hanging out down south. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 14 – Chilly Nights Ahead

June 14, 2019
High pressure will keep this weekend and Monday nice and settled with chilly overnight temps hopefully allowing snow guns to build up some base
Conditions will deteriorate later today as that not-so-cold front hits. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 12 – Wet and Windy Again

June 12, 2019
    Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper   Wednesday 12 June – Another wet and windy day & not too shabby this weekend Synoptic Outlook Our snowpack will take another hit as a not-so-cold front crosses the Aussie Alps later today. Heavy rain will be accompanied by gale-severe gale N-NW winds.…
Unfortunately the cold front isn't so cold, and we're in for a grotty day. Source: NZ Met Service (Vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 10 – Wet and Windy

June 10, 2019
Our lovely snowpack will take a hit this week as a couple of not-so-cold fronts cross the Aussie Alps
Falls Creek fireworks Aug 2017

Mountainwatch Guide To The Official Opening Weekend, Australia 2019 – What’s Open?

June 5, 2019
The Australian ski season is set to 'officially' kick off in just a few days… Read on to see what your favourite resort will have open!
Sneaking in a warm-up lap at perisher yesterday afternoon before today's opening. Photo: Perisher

This Week’s Storm Kicks Off The Season and More Snow Due Next Week

May 31, 2019
The storm of the past few days came through as forecast, dropping significant snow totals across the Aussie Alps over four days.
Hotham looking pretty for May 31. Photo: Chris Hocking

Australian Snow Season Outlook – June Update

May 31, 2019
For this outlook I’ll stick with idea that overall snowfalls will be a little below average.
Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
With over 60cm of snowfall in the past 3 days and much more in the forecast, Perisher has made the call to start the lifts turning for the 2019 season this Friday 31 May!
Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday –  Early Opening

Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
Mt Buller has announced today that the resort is opening early on Saturday 1 June to mark the first day of winter with free skiing and boarding on Bourke Street
After A Mild May, Snow Is On Its Way, the Grasshopper calling 30-50cms Next Week

After A Mild May, Snow Is On Its Way, the Grasshopper calling 30-50cms Next Week

May 24, 2019
“Two big and rather complex low systems, resulting in snowfalls totalling around the 30-50cm mark.
Freshies under the KT22 chair in Squaw Valley on May 17. Photo: Ben Arnst

Mammoth and Squaw Valley Enjoying Powder Days In May

May 22, 2019
There have been plenty of fresh tracks on offer in California after two storms in the past week, the latest dropping 17cms last night.
The chance of above average snowfalls for the Southern Lakes region could see some epic backcountry riding like Chris Rasman enjoyed last August. Photo: Tony Harrington/Rip Curl.

2019 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook

May 8, 2019
Late next week is worth keeping an eye on for the first real snowfall of the year,
This was shot during the last big storm of 2018, on August 19. Hopefully we'll see a few big storms slide in under the high pressure systems this winter. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

2019 Australian Snow Season Outlook – May Update.

May 6, 2019
Since we last looked at it a month ago, the tropical Pacific has warmed in the east while the west has cooled off a little
Spring is when the action swings to the terrain parks. Revelstoke, April 1. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

World Snow Wrap, April 5 – Spring in the US, A Powder Week in Hakuba and Snowing in Whistler and Europe

April 5, 2019
While it is officially spring, winter hasn’t let go in many parts of the world with snow forecast this week in Europe, North America and Japan.
Cold, dry nights could set up optimum snowmaking conditions. Photo: Andrew Railton/Mt Buller

2019 Australian Snow Season Outlook – Another bumper down under less likely as climate turns a little sour

April 4, 2019
Winter is coming, and tales from the snowy north raise our hopes for another “bumper down under” like we experienced last season. But as we will see, the climate is turning a little sour on us.
World Snow Wrap – A Break In the Storms in the US, Winter Returns Briefly to Japan, Better Days in Canada and Good Snow On The Way For Europe

World Snow Wrap – A Break In the Storms in the US, Winter Returns Briefly to Japan, Better Days in Canada and Good Snow On The Way For Europe

March 15, 2019
After a month of consistently big snowfalls and some record-breaking snow totals across the US resorts there was a short break in the storms last week, before things kicked in again last weekend.
Telluride on March 3 and there's more snow on the way. What a winter in the US. Photo: Telluride resort

Grasshopper’s Weekly North American Forecast – Spring Snowfalls Continue and Canada Gets In On The Action

March 7, 2019
The second week of spring looks set to be a doozy with good snowfalls more evenly spread throughout North America compared to previous weeks.
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Falls Creek Turns On For Nitro Good Times Week – Video

Falls Creek Turns On For Nitro Good Times Week – Video

August 21, 2019
Nitro snowboard’s Good Times Week was held at Falls Creek last week
Film Premiere – Jyosei, an All-female Urban/pow Film, Saturday, August 24, Jindy Bowlo

Film Premiere – Jyosei, an All-female Urban/pow Film, Saturday, August 24, Jindy Bowlo

August 20, 2019
Jindy Bowling Cub this Saturday, August 24 for the premiere of Jyosei, a new ski film
Client Liaison, returning to Thredbo's Alpine Bar this Saturday, August 24.

Client Liaison Headline Thredbo Apres This Saturday

August 20, 2019
Thredbo’s après scene kicks up a gear this weekend with crowd favourites Client Liaison
Thredbo, fully dressed for winter and looking good. Photo: Thredbo

Press Release -Thredbo Season Pass Sale Now On

August 16, 2019
Thredbo is launching the annual Season Pass Sale with a line-up of fresh options and benefits.
Snowtunes is something you don't want to miss.

Snowtunes and KFC Bringing Live Music and Rail Jams To Jindabyne, August 30-31.

August 9, 2019
Snowtunes returns to the snowy mountains of Jindabyne for two days of skis, snowboards and sounds.
The hike was worth it just to see this cool tree. @Lets__split & @phootstepfilms

Let’s Split Tour To Deadhorse Gap

August 8, 2019
Winter 2019 Let’s Split campaign finally got underway on July 28th, with Trip 2 to Dead Horse Gap
The Thredbo Top to Bottom and Mumm Red Sash Apres Parties, this Saturday, August 10

The Thredbo Top to Bottom and Mumm Red Sash Apres Parties, this Saturday, August 10

August 6, 2019
Thredbo’s iconic Top to Bottom ski and snowboard race is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 10.
Mountainwatch Ikon Tour Destinations – Squaw Valley

Mountainwatch Ikon Tour Destinations – Squaw Valley

August 2, 2019
Squaw Valley has long been regarded as one of the best ski resorts in North America
First Base, Thredbo Apres party, This Saturday from 2pm

First Base: Hayden James at Thredbo This Saturday

July 29, 2019
Thredbo’s Alpine Bar is the place to be this Saturday afternoon as the next First Base après party gets under way at 2pm.
Mammoth Mountain Finally Closes for the 2018/19 Season. Only 100 Days Until the Start Of the 2019/20 Season

Mammoth Mountain Finally Closes for the 2018/19 Season. Only 100 Days Until the Start Of the 2019/20 Season

July 29, 2019
The season was 260 days long with 18.2 metres of snow and had everything
Victorian Backcountry Festival Program Update – Hotham, September 7-8

Victorian Backcountry Festival Program Update – Hotham, September 7-8

July 26, 2019
Some more updates on the second Victorian backcountry festival that will be held over the weekend of September 7 and 8...
Art & Culture in Kanazawa, Japan – Top 5 (Non-Snow) Activities

Art & Culture in Kanazawa, Japan – Top 5 (Non-Snow) Activities

July 26, 2019
We revisit this underappreciated prefecture and provide some must-do cultural activities for those looking to cap off any self-respecting ski holiday...
Mountainwatch Guide To Thredbo

Mountainwatch Guide To Thredbo

July 11, 2019
Thredbo has long been regarded as Australia's premiere ski resort and for many people, me included, it is the best ski resort in Australia.
The Freedom festival on July 4 was the start of Squaw's closing weekend.

After 212 days and 18 metres of snow, Squaw Valley Finally Wraps Up the 2018/19 Season

July 9, 2019
The final day marked 212 operating days of the season, which makes this the fourth longest season
Thredbo Is Powered By Renewable Energy

Thredbo Is Powered By Renewable Energy

July 9, 2019
Thredbo is excited to announce that all its major resort operations are now powered by renewable energy.
The snowmakers have been working hard and Treble Cone opens tomorrow on limited terrain. The good news is, snow is in the forecast for this weekend.

Treble Cone Opens for Winter 2019 – Press Release

July 9, 2019
Treble Cone has announced that it will open for skiing and riding tomorrow – Wednesday July 10th2019.
Photo: Mt Ruapehu

Final Testing of Ruapehu’s Sky Waka Gondola Underway

June 27, 2019
The final series of tests on the new Sky Waka gondola are underway and Mt Ruapehu has released a behind the scenes video
Distant Relatives – Sam Smoothy Shows His Friends Around NZ’s Spectacular Southern Alps. Video

Distant Relatives – Sam Smoothy Shows His Friends Around NZ’s Spectacular Southern Alps. Video

June 26, 2019
In this first episode, Kiwi skier Sam Smoothy shows Callum Pettit and Drew Tabke around his backyard in New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Coen Bennie-Faull dropping into 400 metres of vertical in the NSWMain Range. Photo: Tim Clark

Australia – The Best Mountains In The World Are Right Here

June 19, 2019
I have been trying to convince my fiance that Australia has the best skiing in the world for two years now. Her name is Lene and she is Norwegian
The Fifty – Bonus Episode Wrapping Up the First Season In Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

The Fifty – Bonus Episode Wrapping Up the First Season In Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

June 14, 2019
In this episode, Cody answers a number of questions emailed by the audience.
Mountainwatch Guide To Mt Buller

Mountainwatch Guide To Mt Buller

June 12, 2019
Mt Buller locals will argue their resort is the crown jewels of Victorian skiing and snowboarding, and you’d be hard pressed to argue with them.
The Village Square will be the place to be in Thredbo this opening  weekend.

Bag Raiders Headlining Thredbo’s Opening Weekend Free Concert

June 7, 2019
The first of a number of concerts to be held throughout the winter, this one features the Bag Raiders headlining a great bill ...
Erryn grabs Indy on his way into run number two for the day.

Charlottes to Carruthers, Exploring the Aussie Backcountry in Late May – Trip Report

June 6, 2019
It was the best run of the day for sure. I’ve ridden the same chute in proper powder once before, and it wasn’t quite the same.
Falls Creek fireworks Aug 2017

Mountainwatch Guide To The Official Opening Weekend, Australia 2019 – What’s Open?

June 5, 2019
The Australian ski season is set to 'officially' kick off in just a few days… Read on to see what your favourite resort will have open!
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Falls Creek fireworks Aug 2017

Mountainwatch Guide To The Official Opening Weekend, Australia 2019 – What’s Open?

June 5, 2019
The Australian ski season is set to 'officially' kick off in just a few days… Read on to see what your favourite resort will have open!
Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

Skiing At Perisher This Friday May 31 – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
With over 60cm of snowfall in the past 3 days and much more in the forecast, Perisher has made the call to start the lifts turning for the 2019 season this Friday 31 May!
Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday –  Early Opening

Ski For Free At Mt Buller This Saturday – Early Opening

May 29, 2019
Mt Buller has announced today that the resort is opening early on Saturday 1 June to mark the first day of winter with free skiing and boarding on Bourke Street
World’s Best Freeriders Crowned As World Champions At Freeride World Tour Final Event – XTreme Verbier

World’s Best Freeriders Crowned As World Champions At Freeride World Tour Final Event – XTreme Verbier

March 24, 2019
Three world titles were up for grabs today in Verbier with the familiar combination of nerves and excitement, which are always present on this legendary venue 
Backcountry Film Festival- Melbourne, April 30 – Press Release

Backcountry Film Festival- Melbourne, April 30 – Press Release

March 22, 2019
The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered winter experience
The venue in Verbier is a fitting location for the final event of the Freeride Would Tour. Photo: Daher/FWT

Freeride World Titles To Be Decided in Verbier, Switzerland, March 23-31

March 19, 2019
Three world title races and the most prestigious winners' circle in competitive freeride is on the mind of every athlete who qualified for the Xtreme Verbier
Maxime Chamloz, a masive 360 on his way to the win. Photo: @FJT/@SVOITL

Freeride Stars of the Future Throw Down Big at Junior World Championships in Kappl, Austria

March 13, 2019
Known well for their mind-blowing level of big mountain riding by any standard, more than 60 of the world’s top emerging freeriders threw down today in the Austrian Tyrol
Leo Semet's aggressive fluid lines saw him claim first place. Photo: @freerideworldtour/JBERNARD

FWT19 goes off in The Andorran Pyrenees and Marion Haerty Wins World Title

March 9, 2019
With world title races and critical points in every category hanging in the balance, the world’s best freeriders revelled under the pressure of  Crunch Time 
The venue at Kappa in Austria is perfect for the world's best junior freeriders. Photo: Svoitl/FWT

World’s Premiere Junior Freeride Competition Just One Week Away – Press Release

March 6, 2019
The world will once again get a glimpse into the future of freeride at the FJWC in Kappl, which will be held on March 13-15
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.
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
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.

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

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

February 7, 2019
Check out Craig Murray's run that earned him 93.00 points and the top spot on the Kicking Horse podium...
Epic Conditions and Big Performances Make for an Unforgettable Day At FWT 19 Stop Two in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC.

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

February 6, 2019
The world’s best took advantage of perfect freeride conditions in the Purcell Mountains for an exceptional second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour.
Kicking Horse is one on the athletes' favourite venues - easy to see why. Photo: Daher/FWT

FWT Heads To Kicking Horse For Event Two of 2019 World Tour, Feb 2-8

January 29, 2019
After an epic start to the 2019 winter in Hakuba, Japan, the world’s best are making their way to North America for the second competition of FWT19 in the legendary resort of the Canadian Rockies, Kicking Horse, Golden BC.
Of course, after a session ope Yoga and meditation you may be ripping Jackson Hole's famous

Keep Calm and Ski Like A Boss – Jackson Hole’s Mindful Ski and Snowboard Camp

January 23, 2019
They’ve nailed the program with a sweet balance of time on the slopes, mindfulness coaching, morning meditation and a line up of experienced specialists to help flex and grow those mindful muscles along the way.
The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

The Parkitects – A Glimpse into the World of Three of the World’s Best Park Builders- Video

January 22, 2019
Filmed at Sass Fee in Switzerland during the Stomping Grounds session last October, Parkitects is a “behind the scenes” look at the work of three of the world’s leading park and pipe builders
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.
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.
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
Travis Rice after last year's win in Hakuba. Photo: FWT

Snowboard Legend Travis Rice To Compete In Freeride World Tour 2019 First Stop In Hakuba Japan

November 30, 2018
Travis Rice will look to claim his first ever Freeride World Tour (FWT) podium in Hakuba, Japan, January 19-26.
The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

The Sky Piercer – award winning film about skiing NZ’s Mount Cook screening in Sydney and Melbourne next week.

November 21, 2018
For Kiwi Big Mountain skier Sam Smoothy, his desire to climb the Mount Cook came from hearing his parents' stories about their experiences on the mountain.
Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

Chicks With Stix – 2018 Season review

November 19, 2018
Chicks with Stix returned in 2018 with one session in Mt Buller and the other at Mt Hotham.
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You better believe we see some bluebirds here in Oz, so it’s important to find a lens with a sufficiently dark, often mirrored tint. Photo:: Matt Wiseman

Lessons in Lenses – Mountainwatch Review A Rainbow Of Goggle Lenses – Oakley PRIZM Tech

July 5, 2019
"Hey mate, weird question but what’s the best coloured lenses for Aussie snow?” Here's our answer.
Gear Guide – Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard Video review

July 3, 2019
"This board is really carvable, good transition in and out of turns and held a great edge at speed."
Gear Guide – Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Video review

June 21, 2019
In this review Joey checks out the Flight Attendant from Burton.
Gear Guide – Torgeir Bergrem Talks About the Nitro Beast. Video review

Gear Guide – Torgeir Bergrem Talks About the Nitro Beast. Video review

June 11, 2019
In this review Joey is in Falls Creek where he chats with Norwegian pro rider Torgeir Bergrem about his favourite park board, the Nitro Beast.
Australia's backcountry has some incredible terrain. Dropping into Etheridge, in the NSW Main Range. Photo: Aedan O'Donnell

The Five Best Bits of Backcountry Gear for 2019 – Mountain Gear

June 4, 2019
Planning to head out beyond the boundaries this season? Make sure you’re up on the five best bits of backcountry tech for 2019 first.
Gear Guide –  Burton Name Dropper Snowboard Video Review

Gear Guide –  Burton Name Dropper Snowboard Video Review

May 27, 2019
In his latest review Joey takes the Burton Namedropper for a spring session in Thredbo’s Anton’s Park
Gear Guide – Burton Custom Snowboard, Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Custom Snowboard, Video Review

May 16, 2019
In this review Joey checks out one of Burton’s flagship boards, the Custom, which Joey describes as “very carvey and holds a really good edge at speed.
Gear Guide – Mark McMorris on Why the Burton Process is His Favourite Board.

Gear Guide – Mark McMorris on Why the Burton Process is His Favourite Board.

April 26, 2019
This latest review from Joe Stanco, features leading international snowboarder Mark McMorris who gives us the rundown on the Burton Process.
Andy Burford, an expert boot fitter, who c

Five Reasons You Need a Proper Ski Bootfit – Mountain Gear

April 18, 2019
It’s essential that you go and see a credible bootfitter to make sure that you’re getting your foot into a boot that’s designed for you.
Cody Townsend and Le Bent have created to ultimate touring sock.

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

February 5, 2019
Le Bent, the Australian sock and base layer company, is making in-roads into North America and the growing brand received a boost last week, winning a couple of awards
Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

Send And Return – BCA’s Safe Backcountry Shredding Series, Episode 2 – Video

January 30, 2019
Riley Leboe, Mike Henitiuk, and Matt Margetts use their snowmobiles to access some stellar backcountry skiing outside Stewart, BC, but they take nothing for granted and keep their eye on the recent storm snow and a buried surface hoar layer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cost Of Skiing – A Global Round Up Of International Ski Resort Prices

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

November 23, 2018
According to freeskiing legend and Mohawk avant-gardist Glen Plake, “skiing is the best way in the world to waste time." It might also be one of the best ways in the world to waste money…
Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

Gear Guide – Yes “Greats” Snowboard Video review

November 15, 2018
In this review Joey check out  the Greats, a true twin from Yes snowboards, and he loves it.
Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

Gear Guide – Salomon Sick Stick Video Review

November 2, 2018
In this review Joey checks out the Salomon Sick Stick, a one board quiver that is an excellent "travel" board.
A predictable life in corporate law in a Sydney office block or an adventurous  life in the French Alps?

Black Crows – The French Ski Brand with an Australian Connection

October 25, 2018
Chris Booth on moving to Chamonix, Black Crows’ growing success as an international ski brand and the state of the ski industry in 2018
GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

GEAR GUIDE – Nitro Snowboards Video Review

October 18, 2018
In his latest review, Joey checks out three boards from Nitro – the T1, the Team and the Beast.
#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

#Mountainwatchthis Clip Of The Week Instagram Comp – Vote For The Season Winner Here!

October 10, 2018
The time has come to vote for your favourite #mountainwatchthis clip of the week! Check them all out again and vote within...
Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Snowboards Video Review

October 4, 2018
In this review Joey takes a look at three boards from Burton – the Process, the Custom and Custom X.
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Rising Star – Jesse Parkinson, a 13-year-old Snowboarder With a Big Future

Rising Star – Jesse Parkinson, a 13-year-old Snowboarder With a Big Future

June 13, 2019
Jesse Parkinson is a 13-year-old grommet from Yaroomba on the Sunshine Coast and is one of the best junior snowboarders in Australia.
Top 5 Crashes From The Freeride World Tour 2019 – Video

Top 5 Crashes From The Freeride World Tour 2019 – Video

June 12, 2019
It's a crash reel. Simple. Just click.
‘Kekkon Shite Kudasai’ – Jackson Wells Skiing And Boarding Hokkaido, Japan 2019 – Video

‘Kekkon Shite Kudasai’ – Jackson Wells Skiing And Boarding Hokkaido, Japan 2019 – Video

June 12, 2019
If you're like us you can't go longer than a few weeks without watching some footage of a skier or boarder getting after the Yuki in Japan.
The Fifty – The Landry Line, Pyramid Peak, Colorado. Episode 13 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

The Fifty – The Landry Line, Pyramid Peak, Colorado. Episode 13 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

June 3, 2019
In this episode Cody takes on the 14000 foot Pyramid Peak in Colorado's Elk Mountains
Gear Guide –  Burton Name Dropper Snowboard Video Review

Gear Guide –  Burton Name Dropper Snowboard Video Review

May 27, 2019
In his latest review Joey takes the Burton Namedropper for a spring session in Thredbo’s Anton’s Park
The Fifty – The Grand Teton, Jackson, Wyoming. Episode 12 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

The Fifty – The Grand Teton, Jackson, Wyoming. Episode 12 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

May 20, 2019
In this episode Cody hooks up with the legendary filmmaker and climber Jimmy Chin for a full day that includes a 21km hike and a vertical climb of 2133m. 
Gear Guide – Burton Custom Snowboard, Video Review

Gear Guide – Burton Custom Snowboard, Video Review

May 16, 2019
In this review Joey checks out one of Burton’s flagship boards, the Custom, which Joey describes as “very carvey and holds a really good edge at speed.
The Fifty – Giant Steps Couloir, Eastern Sierras, California. Episode 11 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

The Fifty – Giant Steps Couloir, Eastern Sierras, California. Episode 11 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

May 9, 2019
Giant Steps Couloir is a line on Mt Williamson, which at 14300’ is the second highest mountain in California.
The Fifty – Spearhead Traverse, British Columbia, Canada. Episode 10 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

The Fifty – Spearhead Traverse, British Columbia, Canada. Episode 10 in Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

May 3, 2019
The Spearhead Traverse has now become a test piece for ski mo racers seeking speed and records for the 23-kilometre tour.
Gear Guide – Mark McMorris on Why the Burton Process is His Favourite Board.

Gear Guide – Mark McMorris on Why the Burton Process is His Favourite Board.

April 26, 2019
This latest review from Joe Stanco, features leading international snowboarder Mark McMorris who gives us the rundown on the Burton Process.
The Fifty – Pontoon, Chugach Range, Alaska. Episode 9 of Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

The Fifty – Pontoon, Chugach Range, Alaska. Episode 9 of Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

April 19, 2019
Pontoon Peak is a huge, steep, exposed mountain in Alaska’s Chugach Range and regarded as one of “prizes” of big mountain skiing.  
The Fifty – The Sphinx, Alaska. Episode 8 in Cody Townsend’s Quest To Climb and Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

The Fifty – The Sphinx, Alaska. Episode 8 in Cody Townsend’s Quest To Climb and Ski The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

April 17, 2019
In this episode of The Fifty, Cody and Bjarne head to the Chugach Range in Alaska to ski the Sphinx, a steep classic line that is usually accessed by helicopter. 
The Fifty – Bonus Episode – Joffre Peak Accident and Rescue – Video

The Fifty – Bonus Episode – Joffre Peak Accident and Rescue – Video

April 11, 2019
In this bonus episode Cody and Bjarne go into a detailed account of what happened that day, the actions they took to help rescue the victim of the nearly fatal fall.
Cody at the top of a not-so-fun looking couloir on Joffre Peak. Photo: Bjarne Salen

The Fifty – Must Watch Episode of Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The 50 Classic Descents of North America. Episode 7, Joffre Peak, British Columbia

April 7, 2019
This is the most gripping episode of The Fifty series so far and gives a great insight into the challenges faced when tackling steep, intimidating lines.
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The Fifty Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 6, Aemmer Couloir, Mount Temple, Banff

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski The Fifty Classic Descents Of North America. Episode 6, Aemmer Couloir, Mount Temple, Banff

March 29, 2019
In this episode Cody and filmmaker partner Bjarne Salen head to the Banff National Park in Alberta Canada to tackle Aemmer Couloir on Mt Temple.
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Descents of North America. Episode five – Mt Currie, Pemberton, British Columbia

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest to Ski the 50 Classic Descents of North America. Episode five – Mt Currie, Pemberton, British Columbia

March 15, 2019
In the latest instalment of The Fifty, Cody Townsend takes on the 7000ft north face of Mt Currie in Pemberton, British Columbia.
The Faction Collection – Ruka – Video

The Faction Collection – Ruka – Video

March 12, 2019
As winter starts to loosen its grip throughout the northern hemisphere, much of the in-resort action occurs in the terrain park.
CONTRADDICTION:  A Complicated Reflection On Snowboarding’s Beautiful Simplicity By Elias Elhardt – Movie

CONTRADDICTION: A Complicated Reflection On Snowboarding’s Beautiful Simplicity By Elias Elhardt – Movie

March 3, 2019
"CONTRADDICITON is one of the best snowboard movies I've ever seen..."
The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America.Episode Four – Hypodermic Needle, Wasatch Range,Utah

The Fifty – Cody Townsend’s Quest To Ski The 50 Classic Descents Of North America.Episode Four – Hypodermic Needle, Wasatch Range,Utah

March 1, 2019
This series is something you don't want to miss and episodes will drop every two weeks. You can keep up to date on Cody's progress via The Fifty's instagram.
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
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.
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.

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

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

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