The North Face Launches Global Campaign Celebrating Female Explorers – ‘Move Mountains’

The North Face Launches Global Campaign Celebrating Female Explorers – ‘Move Mountains’

May 1, 2018
The North Face athletes Evelina Nillson, Janina Kuzma and Anna Segal conquering gender stereotypes and volcanic peaks one step at a time. Image:: Mark Watson Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman At the start of April, The North Face launched their “Move Mountains” initiative to celebrate and share the stories of adventurous…
Southern Lakes Heliskiing – One of the best days of your life

Southern Lakes Heliskiing – One of the best days of your life

May 1, 2018
The views are incredible Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss For most skiers and boarders, the idea of heliskiing is very appealing. It is something we all want to do but it just seems out of reach. Yes, multi-day heli operations based out of a wilderness lodge in Canada or Alaska are…
Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

Thredbo Offers Guided Backcountry Tours This Winter

April 27, 2018
Adam Kroenert slicing some beautiful snow on Mount Etheridge Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Thredbo has announced it will be offering guided backcountry tours this winter, ranging from short three and half hour tours to Signature Hill, just outside the resort boundary, to all-day seven-hour tours to Leatherbarrel Creek, Mount Etheridge,…
Australian Tour Dates Announced for Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

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

April 26, 2018
The great Warren Miller may have passed away in January, aged 93, but his legacy will continue to live on through annual films released by Warren Miller Entertainment. When a Warren Miller film comes to town, it means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s always a good…
The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Nozawa Onsen

April 24, 2018
It’s safe to say that the average Aussie or Kiwi snowboarder is well and truly acquainted with Hokkaido and its offerings. These days, droves of antipodean tourists flock there year after year – crowds are actually beginning to turn some people off. As a result, many riders who travel to…
Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

Backcountry Film Festival Begins in Sydney on April 21

April 17, 2018
From a small gathering of 60 people in Melbourne six years ago, the BCFF has grown into a significant event for the backcountry community, with more than 500 people attending shows. In 2018 there will be screenings in Sydney (April 21), Melbourne (May 9), Bright, in north east VIC (June)…
The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

The Mountainwatch Guide to the Hakuba Valley

April 13, 2018
Liquid Snow Tours have been sending their clients to hakuba for over ten years. Naturally, you’d assume that over that time they’ve gained quite a bit of local knowledge and they want to share it with you. If you’re thinking of heading to hakuba this season, have a read to…
Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

Winter Storm Hits New Zealand

April 11, 2018
50cms and road closures in April The snow hit the North Island overnight, with snow showers continuing today. The maintenance crew, loving it on the upper slopes of Turoa this morning. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres…
2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook — Vanilla… mmm, Not Bad

April 9, 2018
Models pointing to average temps and precipitation Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The 21st of March marked the Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere, the time when the Sun passes over the equator to hang out in the northern hemisphere and when nights become longer than days. It also serves as…
The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

The Mountainwatch Guide To Shiga Kogen

April 9, 2018
 Shiga Kogen is a great ski and board destination in Japan offering a variety of terrain and off-piste options, minimal crowds and an authentic Japanese experience that’s becoming harder to find, as more and more international skiers and boarders flock to the favoured resorts, hakuba and Niseko during the…
Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

Sage Kotsenburg in Hakuba

April 6, 2018
Olympic gold medallist Sage Kotsenburg recently travelled to hakuba, Japan to chase some of the steepest back country runs in Japan. Sage had previously filmed up North in Hokkaido but found it was flatter so him and his crew came to hakuba for the steep terrain. Sage won Gold in…
10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

10 Must Follow Skiing and Snowboarding Instagram Accounts

April 4, 2018
If you go skiing and don’t Instagram it, did you really go skiing?… Get your vicarious Insta-shred on below. Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman Autumn in Australia is really just an unwanted intermission between the Northern and Southern hemisphere ski seasons. If you’re not in the Alps or Alaska, then you…
Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

Go Home Winter, You’re Drunk – Chamonix Season Wrap

April 3, 2018
Nat having fun on a natural, but icy, quarter-pipe Mountainwatch | Natalie Segal It looks like we are in for a long winter here in Chamonix. I shouldn’t be complaining, I love winter, I love powder days, I love cold snow that blows up in my face at every turn.…
Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

Snow Factory for Mount Baw Baw

March 29, 2018
Beginners having a fun day on Baw Baw’s gentler slopes Mountainwatch | Press Release Mt Baw Baw took delivery of its recently purchased Snow Factory yesterday, meaning the Victorian resort can guarantee snow for visitors on the opening weekend of the 2018 season. Mt Buller installed one last year, ensuring…
Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

Iconic Lift KT-22 – The Soul of Squaw Valley

March 28, 2018
Squaw local, Chuck Patterson, bursting through a pillow of fresh powder Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Photos by Tony Harrington The past month has been pretty amazing in Squaw Valley, “Miracle March” delivering almost 19 feet of snow – that’s 5.7 metres – thanks to three big multi-day storms. It has…
Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

Finally, A Classic Storm Cycle at Jackson Hole

March 20, 2018
Tami Razenger, Dylan Dipentima and Tim McLennan having a powder party run on an awesome day. Photo: Brooks Curran Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull The past week has been very good in Jackson Hole after the storm the masses had waited for all season finally showed up last weekend. Snow to…
Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

Perrine Wins Her Second Bronze

March 15, 2018
Melissa and Christian Geiger, her sighted guide and coach, celebrating on the course after winning the bronze medal. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Australia’s Melissa Perrine won her second Paralympic bronze in two days when she and her sighted guide and coach Christian Geiger finished in third…
Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

Sean Pollard – Shark Attack Victim to Paralympian

March 15, 2018
Sean in Canada earlier this year for team training. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Sean Pollard lined up in the start gate for the Paralympic snowboard cross on Monday, he had reached the summit of huge personal climb that started in life-changing circumstances just over three…
World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

World Snow Wrap – Japan, Europe and America

March 13, 2018
Spring has sprung in some parts of the world, but there are more powder days in store for California and Europe. It was a return to powder in Niseko early this week and, as usual, it was pretty good. Photo: Oyuki/Aedan O’Donnell Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis Japan Given it is…
Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

Australia’s First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

March 13, 2018
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss The 2018 Paralympics are now into the fourth day in PyeongChang and the Australian team has won its first medal after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross yesterday. Patmore beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final. Patmore’s victory has…
From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

From Paralysed to Paralympian in Five Years – Meet Sam Tait

March 9, 2018
Sam’s in PyeongChang now and ready to roll. Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee Mountainwatch | Kate Allman Paralympic sit-skier Sam Tait is about to compete in all five alpine skiing events in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games in South Korea. But his journey has not been easy. Sam was a keen,…
Mammoth’s Biggest Storm of the Year Has Set up a Good Spring

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

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

Records Smashed with 1.6M Visitors to NZ Slopes in 2017

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

Hakuba Valley Joins the Epic Pass

March 2, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release hakuba Valley, Nagano, Japan today announced a long-term alliance with Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), the leading global mountain resort operator, Broomfield Colorado, USA. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass will offer five consecutive complimentary days with…
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15 July, 2010 – Falls Creek gets 38cm of Fresh Snow

15 July, 2010 – Falls Creek gets 38cm of Fresh Snow

July 16, 2010
Mitch Smith gets some spray happening in the Falls Creek fresh. Image:: Charlie Brown Snow Journal | Chris Hocking with Matt Hull and Charlie Brown It’s the dump all Australian skiing and boarding fans have been waiting for, yes it might have taken a little while to get here but…
14-15 July, 2010 – Over 30cm at Falls Creek NSW

14-15 July, 2010 – Over 30cm at Falls Creek NSW

July 15, 2010
Chris Hocking powder carve late Wednesday afternoon 14th of July at Falls Creek. Photo: Charlie Brown. Snow Journal | Chris Hocking and Matt Hull An amazing 24hrs in the mountains. It’s taken until the second week in July for ULLR to deliver the goods, and deliver he did with 33cm…
15 July, 2010 – 30cm of Fresh at Thredbo

15 July, 2010 – 30cm of Fresh at Thredbo

July 15, 2010
Scott Kneller, getting some Thredbo tree pow action at last Snow Journal | Ben Hansen It started out as total devastation on Tuesday night, raining so hard you would think that there was going to be no snow left, but come approximately 4am Wednesday morning the torrential rain had turned…
5 – 7 July, 2010 – Freeride Days in NSW

5 – 7 July, 2010 – Freeride Days in NSW

July 9, 2010
Snowboarders enjoying the Perisher park Snow Journal | Ben Hansen While Mother Nature’s been holding off the pow, she’s been providing perfect conditions for some epic snowmaking and the NSW resorts are gleaming white under a bluebird sky – it’s just what you want for a day in the park…
VIDEO – Falls Creek update with Steve Lee

VIDEO – Falls Creek update with Steve Lee

July 8, 2010
Snow Journal | Chris Hocking and Steve Lee Resident Mountainwatch snow reporter, forecaster and 3x Olympic skier Steve Lee give you a brief look at the conditions right now at Falls Creek. They might be struggling for natural snow, but that doesn’t mean the skiing isn’t great! Take a look.…
3 July, 2010 – Night Riding at Falls

3 July, 2010 – Night Riding at Falls

July 5, 2010
  Snow Journal | Chris Hocking It was a special night at Falls Creek on Saturday – The inaugural night skiing on Wombat’s Ramble. The 2.2km run accessed by the Falls Express Quad Chair is mostly likely the longest night skiing/boarding run in Australia. Strong snowmaking efforts throughout the last…
3 – 4 July, 2010 – Bluebird Days at Coronet Peak

3 – 4 July, 2010 – Bluebird Days at Coronet Peak

July 5, 2010
  Snow Journal | Harro harroart.com As if we needed more inspiration to get excited about riding this winter. These pics from Coronet Peak remind us what it’s all about, bluebird skies and dry pow. It was the final weekend of the Queenstown Winter Festival. Which finished with a huge…
Record Snowmaking Makes for Winter Wonderland

Record Snowmaking Makes for Winter Wonderland

July 5, 2010
Night time snowmaking at Perisher. Image: Harro – harroart.com Words | Steve Lee with Aaron Cook & Tess Cook Last week snowmaking producing more than 1 million cubic metres of snow across NSW and Victoria as an extremely cold pool of Antarctic air smothered the Australian southeast bringing cold temperatures…
1 July, 2010 – Victoria Loves Snowmaking

1 July, 2010 – Victoria Loves Snowmaking

July 2, 2010
The guns haven’t stopped for days! Photo:: Jyothi Jaffray Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray @ Hotham /Chris Hocking @ Falls Creek Woke up today to the odd patch of blue sky flicking past, which was enough to get everyone out on the slopes. Today was by far the best conditions…
28 June, 2010 – Cloud Riding at Treble Cone

28 June, 2010 – Cloud Riding at Treble Cone

June 30, 2010
McKenzie Country taken near Tekapo Snow Journal | Harro Intrepid snow photographer Harro is in NZ capturing the early winter in all it’s glory. Here’s what he saw through the lens this week. “Shots from Treble Cone resort with a strong inversion layer. When you get a south-easterly air flow,…
29 June, 2010 – Buller Snow Vignettes

29 June, 2010 – Buller Snow Vignettes

June 30, 2010
Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran Its been super cold the last few days at Buller and snow making hasn’t stopped, creating a little slice of winter wonderland. Know when it’s snowing at Mt Buller – download the Mountainwatch iPhone app or visit the mobi site and get the Snow widget…
30 June, 2010 – Hotham Boxes, Village Chair and Snowmaking

30 June, 2010 – Hotham Boxes, Village Chair and Snowmaking

June 30, 2010
Morning crowds Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray The mercury plummeted on Saturday afternoon which got the snow makers very excited! They’ve been pumping out snow for four days straight, totaling over 8,000 truck loads! Top that up with some natural snow and we now have the Village Chair open. To…
24 – 26 June 2010 – Snow in Queenstown NZ and Cardrona Opening

24 – 26 June 2010 – Snow in Queenstown NZ and Cardrona Opening

June 27, 2010
Queenstown, NZ covered in Snow June 24th. Snow Journal | Photos by Vaughan Brookfield The snow started coming down across the South Island of New Zealand on the evening of the 23rd of June. It was the continuation of a pattern of snow storms that has left resorts from Mt…
23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

June 23, 2010
  Snow Journal | Chris Hocking/Steve Lee Just a week and a half into season 2010 and so far so good. Opening was one of the better ones we’ve seen for some time with several lifts running due to loads of snowmaking and a last minute top for from Huey.…
20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

June 22, 2010
Getting bourkers on Bourke St Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran With the best season opening in years, Mt Buller’s Bourke St beginners area is looking white, wonderful and covered in early season turners getting their snow legs. The action over the weekend, only the second of the season, showed everyone…
17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

June 17, 2010
Getting upside down is always fun. Rider: Steff Z Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfield It’s on – the New Zealand winter is kicking into full swing. You can feel the chill in the air and the winter punters are starting to pile into town. We have just had a further…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 15, 2010
Buff, lovin’ Sunshine and fresh on Sun Run Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray Mother Nature came to the party this weekend at Hotham, bringing 10cm+ of fresh and super cold temps for the Snowmakers to blast away. For the first time since 2003, three lifts were running at the resort…
Mt Hutt Swings into 2010 Season

Mt Hutt Swings into 2010 Season

June 15, 2010
Keen Mt Hutt goers waiting for 2010 first lifts | Image: Mt Hutt It was bubbles and smiles all round as skiers and boarders counted down to the opening of the season at Mt Hutt Ski Area. Keen skiers and boarders lined up from 3am for first on the chair…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 15, 2010
Brittney Cox Snow Journal | Chris Hocking There were plenty of good vibes around the mountain at Falls Creek this opening weekend, for one there’s snow on the ground for the first time since 2007, two the snowmakers are topping the snowpack up every night – that makes seven days…
12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

June 15, 2010
A nice dusting of snow around the Thredbo River Snow Journal | Ben Hansen NSW kicked off winter with a stunning weekend at both Perisher and Thredbo. Perisher hosted its second Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, which was widely popular, and Thredbo kept guests entertained with drumming shows, stilt walkers…
June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010
Ride Team Snowboarder Kieran McLaughlin enjoys favorable early season conditions at Falls Creek Snow Journal | Chris Hocking Constant sub zero temperatures have allowed Falls Creek’s advanced snowmaking system to make over 60,000 cubic metres of snow at the resort since Sunday with temperatures mostly between -3C and -5C with…
May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010
Sunrise over Snow Park NZ. Image – Snow Park NZ Snow Journal – Dylan Butt After playing the waiting game for most of this month everyone’s worst fears have been brushed aside, the ‘white gold’ has finally returned to NZ! The stoke level has stepped up a few notches as…
Winter has arrived at Mt Hutt New Zealand

Winter has arrived at Mt Hutt New Zealand

May 17, 2010
Assistant Ski Area Manager James McKenzie (6th in, back row) and the 2010 Mt Hutt winter crew celebrating the arrival of snow Press Release A cold snap on Sunday night has delivered a dump of 10cm of snow on Mt Hutt. Ski Area Manager, Dave Wilson, says the high country…
Aussie Snow as Northern Resorts Wind Down

Aussie Snow as Northern Resorts Wind Down

May 13, 2010
New Snow at Hotham 10 May Press Release Despite on-going cold weather in parts of Europe and ski areas still boasting a ski pack of many metres at most top resorts, less than 30 ski centres are currently open worldwide as most northern hemisphere ski areas have now closed and…
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