Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

Australian Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 2, 2019
Could we see a second half revival this season, as we did in 2017? Or will this season be remembered as the season of the snow gun?
First Base getting the crowd pumped at Thredbo's Alpine bar

First Base Apres Series In Thredbo – A Vintage Après Soiree Featuring Owl Eyes

July 1, 2019
Thredbo’s après scene will be pumping this Saturday as the First Base Après series kicks off at the Thredbo's Alpine Bar
The big bully of a high to the north pushes that poor cold front too far south and we miss out on it’s snowfalls. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, July 1 – A Windy Couple of Days, Followed By a Couple of Calm, Sunny Ones

July 1, 2019
    Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Monday, July 1 Synoptic Outlook High pressure to the north will give us nothing but strong W-NW winds and a bit of cloud today and tomorrow as it fends off an approaching front; Vic resorts will see a snow flurry during Tuesday if they’re…
Chillfactor 2019 – Preview of The Latest Issue of Australia’s Premier Ski Magazine

Chillfactor 2019 – Preview of The Latest Issue of Australia’s Premier Ski Magazine

June 28, 2019
Chillfactor, Australia’s premiere ski magazine has just released its 20thanniversary issue
Another day of sweet sunshine as that plump high moves onto the country. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

The Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, Friday 28 June – Happy Hour Before a Stormy Weekend

June 28, 2019
After a week of amazing sunshine and snow making, change is in the air.
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.
The week of sunshine continues as the high in the Tasman Sea drifts towards us. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Grasshopper’s Australian Forecast, June 26 – Sunny Days Before A Stormy Weekend

June 26, 2019
Winds will go absolutely nuts on Saturday and rain will come bucketing down. However, that rain will turn to snow, temps will plummet
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
Treble Cone looking very low tide this afternoon.

Treble Cone Delays Opening Due to Low Snow

June 24, 2019
Due to low levels of natural snow fall during June, Treble Cone Ski Area has made the decision to delay its planned opening
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.
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.
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.
GoPro: TOP 10 MOMENTS OF WINTER

GoPro: TOP 10 MOMENTS OF WINTER

June 20, 2019
From Travis Rice ripping pillow lines to Tom Wallisch’s urban skiing and a BC powder party line, it has it all.
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
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,
Coronet Peak. Snowfalls are forecast on Friday. Hopefully it will look like this on the weekend. Photo: Coronet Peak

Southern Lakes Locals ski for $20 While Supporting Region’s Youth

June 17, 2019
Queenstown and Wanaka residents have the chance to ski for $20 while supporting local youth at the NZSki Locals’ Day this Saturday (June 22).
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
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.
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
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.
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An El Nino could see good snowfalls in the Sierras in February and March, which could mean powder days in  Mammoth like this one last March. Bernie Rosow getting deep. Photo: Christian Pondella.

2018-2019 North American Snow Season November Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 20, 2018
We can expect plenty of storms to track over the southern half of the US, and less over the top half and Canada
Models are indicating there could be a few more sunny days this year. Sophia Rouches, Suginohara. Photo: Grant Gunderson

2018-2019 Japan November Snow Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 13, 2018
The overall vibe I’m getting is that we can expect average snowfalls on Hokkaido and 5-10% less on Honshu
Sunday morning freshies at Loveland. Photo: Casey Day

Weekend Storms Set Up More Early Openings In Colorado

November 6, 2018
Some resorts in the US have enjoyed further early season snow over the past few days as a series of storms delivered significant snowfalls across the Rocky Mountains.
Passio Stelvio in Italy received a metre of snow when a huge snow storm hit the Alps

World Snow Wrap – Winter Kicks Off In The Northern Hemisphere

November 1, 2018
Huge storm in the Alps, good snowfalls in the Rockies and the first snowfall in Japan.
Perisher 2018 Season Wrap – Epic Comes To Mind…

Perisher 2018 Season Wrap – Epic Comes To Mind…

October 9, 2018
What an awesome season Perisher has had... You could even say it was epic!
August 19 was one of the best powder days of the season and one of the last. Coen Bennie-Faull during a well-timed visit to Buller. Photo: Tony Harrington

One For The Books – 2018 Australian Season Wrap Up

October 8, 2018
The resorts called last lifts on the 2018 season yesterday and the consensus is it was one of the best winters in we've had in recent years...
Plenty to be happy about on a day like this at Treble Cone

Wanaka – A Season of Plenty

October 3, 2018
Wanaka was the place to be for the 2018 season. Huge early snowfalls set up Treble Cone and Cardrona with a deep base
Mount Hotham Freeskki have been making the most of the spring snow and running a jumps camp.

The Last Hurrah – Time To Squeeze In A Few More Turns

October 2, 2018
We are into the last week of the 2018 Australian ski season and if you are keen to squeeze in a more few turns...
Over Half A Metre Of Spring Powder For New Zealand Today – Photo Wrap Up

Over Half A Metre Of Spring Powder For New Zealand Today – Photo Wrap Up

September 18, 2018
70cm fell on Treble Cone in the past 48hrs, 60cm fell on Cardrona, 60cm fell on Coronet Peak and 50cm fell on The Remarkables, with more than a few centimetres falling all the way down to Lake level in both Wanaka and Queenstown...
Ode To Slush – A Celebration Of Spring Skiing & Why You Should Do It

Ode To Slush – A Celebration Of Spring Skiing & Why You Should Do It

September 10, 2018
Winter has come and gone and although it most certainly put on a show for us in Australia this year, it’s hard not to view the vernal revelation without some sadness… But wait!
Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

Our Favourite Photos From the 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part II

September 5, 2018
The follow up to our first photo journal documenting the epicness of the 2018 ski season thus far. We were inundated with so many quality images we simply could not leave them unseen…
Awesome August - the month that just kept on giving us powder runs, like this one being had by Russ Henshaw at Perisher. Photo:: Perisher

2018 Australian Snow Season Outlook – September Update

September 4, 2018
No snow on the horizon and climate indicators don't look favourable...
Set to open next month, Stubai Glacier (Stubaier Gletscher) has gotten in early for the first snow of the 2018/19 winter season… as it’s still summer. Image:: Stubai Glacier

Heavy Summer Snowfall in European Alps – Austria, Italy, Germany & Switzerland Receive Up To 40cm

August 27, 2018
Heavy snow fell above 1500 metres across the European Alps this weekend with a number of destinations reporting over 40cm of the fluffy white stuff.
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in the trees at Buller on Sunday, August 19. Photo: Tony Harrington

August – The Month That Keeps On Giving

August 25, 2018
This August has turned out to be one for the books with consistent snowfalls over the past three weeks
A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

A Backcountry Trip With A Difference

August 17, 2018
Mountainwatch | Press Release A First Of Its Kind Backcountry Snow Event Is Coming To Australia This September. Outdoor brand Arc’teryx is taking over the Southern Alps Lodge in Charlotte Pass to bring a first of its kind experience to the Australian wilderness. The group adventure, exclusive to only 25 people,…
Fast forward a few frames and the slab has well and truly released, the crown line/fracture line of the avalanche visible as it snakes around the trees, particularly clear in the top right of the frame. Image:: Mark Tsukasov

Avalanche Danger High – Multiple Reports of Skier Triggered Avalanches In Bounds

August 8, 2018
While there are many reasons to celebrate the new snow that’s blanketed the Australian resorts this week, let’s not forget the very real and deadly avalanche danger that such heavy snowfall often brings...
Drew Jolowicz smoking it up in Avy Gully, Mt Hotham. Consistency has been key this season after regular top-ups during July has left Reggae Elliss weak at the knees. Photo: Mark Tsukasov

2018 Australian Snow Season – August Update

August 6, 2018
We are now midway through the southern hemisphere season with the best part still to come.
Perisher looking sensational on Wednesday August 1, cold temps and dry winter snow.

2018 MID-SEASON REVIEW – It’s All About Consistency

August 4, 2018
The first half of this winter has been very good, so much better than 2017 which didn’t really kick off until
Drew ripping another big turn lower down Avy Gully, you can see exposed icy blowouts above the Drift Cliffs in the upper  background, smokey heaven in the lower foreground. Not a good day to drop the cliffs. A great day to drop Avy.

Mount Hotham Photo Journal – It’s Been A Good Week

August 2, 2018
The best days in Mount Hotham were on Monday and Wednesday, both days having around 15cms of fresh snow in the morning.
Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

Mountainwatch Snow Depth Chart – Ranking A Decade’s Worth Of Snow Depths

July 31, 2018
As today marks roughly the mid-point of the 2018 Australian ski season, we wanted to get an idea on where the current snowpack ranks in comparison to the last 10 years.
Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

Snowboarding in South Africa – You Better Believe It

July 27, 2018
Yes you read that correctly... Snow on the last continent you'd expect and a lot of it!
Bella Hackworth hooking into some prime Hotham pow on Sat, July 7. Photo: Chris Hocking

Australian Storm Journal – July 9th – A Well-timed 35cm Top-up

July 9, 2018
The past week has been a classic example of the ups and downs of an Australian snow season, how fragile our snowpack can be and how quickly it can be repaired. 
How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

How To Find Pow In Australia – Some Local’s Reveal Their Secrets

July 6, 2018
It gets epic in Australia. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. But skiing pow at home isn’t that easy either. There’s an art to it – it takes timing, mountain knowledge, strategy...
2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

2018 New Zealand Snow Season Outlook – July Update

July 5, 2018
The Kiwi season is humming along nicely. Most ski fields are reporting snow depths of about half a metre at base levels and a metre on upper slopes...
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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…
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…
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…
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 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
Rusutsu is a powder paradise.

Rusutsu, Japan Joins Epic Australia Pass For The 2019-20 Winter Season.

December 4, 2018
Epic Australia Pass, Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido.
The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

December 3, 2018
With no ropes, no pistes and no one telling you where you can and can’t go, La Grave represents a very special type of freedom rarely found in other alpine ski areas.
Alpine Meadows this morning after big overnight snowfalls. Photo: Squaw valley Alpine Meadows

Storm Of The Week – Big Snowfalls In California’s Sierra Mountains

November 30, 2018
The storm is set to intensify tonight with another 50-75cms likely by tomorrow morning.  One to 1.5 metres isn’t a bad three-day total!
View from the summit of Anitsana. Cotopaxi in the background is active, you can tell by the plume emanating from the summit. Photo: Lucas

Avenida De Volcanes – Summiting and skiing Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes.

November 29, 2018
The first thing that struck me was the sheer height of these mountains. They were all 5000m+ and capped by enormous glaciers.
It's looking like winter today in Niseko after 35cms in 24 hours. Photo: Darren Teasdale/Niesko Photography

World Snow Wrap – Seems To Be Snowing Everywhere

November 23, 2018
Good snowfalls for California, the Rockies and Whistler, more snow for Europe, a kick start in japan and winter makes a comeback at home.
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…
Winterfox – A Stunning Journey Through Hokkaido’s Winter By Freeskier Lena Stoffel – Video

Winterfox – A Stunning Journey Through Hokkaido’s Winter By Freeskier Lena Stoffel – Video

November 21, 2018
  Mountainwatch | Video “I spent two months in Japan last winter and wanted to show everybody what Hokkaido means to me, through my eyes. I feel so content and calm in that country. It feels like a second home to me. But this was a big challenge as I…
An El Nino could see good snowfalls in the Sierras in February and March, which could mean powder days in  Mammoth like this one last March. Bernie Rosow getting deep. Photo: Christian Pondella.

2018-2019 North American Snow Season November Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 20, 2018
We can expect plenty of storms to track over the southern half of the US, and less over the top half and Canada
Madarao Kogen – A Powder Mecca In Its Own Right And A Perfect Base To Access The Best Of Nagano – Travel

Madarao Kogen – A Powder Mecca In Its Own Right And A Perfect Base To Access The Best Of Nagano – Travel

November 20, 2018
Madarao, or rather ‘Madapow’, as the nickname suggests, has plenty of pow to go round... but it's also the perfect base to explore some of Honshu's best resorts.
Iced Tor
Rams Head Range

I thought of this shot all season, just waiting for the snow to melt enough for there to be plenty of water in the pools in front of the Tor but still with some snow and ice along the sides.
I had headed up on a scouting mission two weeks earlier to check up on it and see how the thaw was going, but the foreground was still totally covered in snow. Two other mates and I gave it two weeks and I think we timed it perfectly.

Photographer’s Choice – Luke Hasaart’s Alpine Landscapes

November 16, 2018
Luke is still a passionate skier, but since picking up a camera a few years ago he sees the mountains in a different light.
Mt Hutt, now an Ikon Pass partner.

Ikon Pass Announces Partnership With Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt

November 16, 2018
Ikon Pass has announced a partnership with Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt on New Zealand’s South Island.
Kai Jones:  You Don’t See Many 11-Year-Olds Ski Like This – Video

Kai Jones: You Don’t See Many 11-Year-Olds Ski Like This – Video

November 14, 2018
    Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Jackson Hole-based production company Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has just released its latest film, Far Out, and it is another good one, not surprising as they have been making ski/snowboard films for 22 years. The film features incredible skiing and snowboarding from some of…
Models are indicating there could be a few more sunny days this year. Sophia Rouches, Suginohara. Photo: Grant Gunderson

2018-2019 Japan November Snow Outlook – The Grasshopper

November 13, 2018
The overall vibe I’m getting is that we can expect average snowfalls on Hokkaido and 5-10% less on Honshu
The Faction Crew Ripping A Backcountry Powder Paradise in British Columbia – Video

The Faction Crew Ripping A Backcountry Powder Paradise in British Columbia – Video

November 12, 2018
The first of a three-part series for the 2018/19 winter from the Faction Collective this video takes Faction skiers, Todd McChesney, Duncan Adams and Antti Ollila deep into the BC backcountry.
Josh Daiek skiing at Shiga Kogen

Guide To Shiga Kogen – Japan’s Highest and 2nd Largest Ski Resort*

November 9, 2018
Shiga Kogen is perhaps more European than Japanese when it comes to the scale of its interconnected resort, however, the amount of snow that it receives proves it is unequivocally Japanese. All 18 of the interconnected Shiga Kogen resorts on the one trail map. It’s big.
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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…
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,…
Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

Australia’s World Champion Mogul Skier is Ready for PyeongChang

December 30, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss When Britteny Cox skied in the mogul event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver she was only 15-years-old, the youngest athlete competing at those Olympics. For the Falls Creek born and bred skier it was a dream come true and a sign of great things to come, something…
Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

Aussie Athletes Hit Form in Qualifying Events

December 21, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss It is only six weeks until the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and after recent World Cup results, Australia should be in the mix for a few medals, including gold. Last weekend saw Australians win two World Cup gold medals — Jarryd Hughes in the…
Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

Kiwi’s Become a Global Freeriding Force at The North Face Frontier Finals – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 8, 2017
Held in the formidable and infamous Alta Chutes at The Remarkables, there’s no easy way out, which means competitors like Sam Lee held fast and rode hard, being rewarded with a 2nd place finish in Men’s Ski. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier Kiwi’s shine on their home…
Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

Kiwi’s Defend Gnarly at the The North Face Frontier 2 Star – The Remarkables – Freeride World tour

September 5, 2017
While yesterday’s 2-star event might have been a pre-requisite for the 4-star later on in the week, competitors didn’t hold back, here’s proof. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch | The North Face Frontier A hand full of Kiwis took advantage of home conditions to earn their way through to The North Face…
Substituting Banked Turns for the Powder Type – A Recap of Last Weekend’s Snowboard Gathering – Thredbo

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

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

Thredbo G H Mumm Top 2 Bottom – Wrap Up

August 12, 2017
In the thick of it… Low visibility didn’t manage to slow anyone down today. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Richie Carroll Australia’s most iconic downhill race just wrapped up and there’s only one word to describe it… FAST! Competitors were greeted with challenging conditions this morning with howling winds, below zero…
A Weekend Not To Be Missed – The 27th Mumm Thredbo Top To Bottom

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

August 8, 2017
Top to bottom in less than 120 seconds requires speeds up to 120km/h… Safe to say this isn’t a race for the faint of heart. Photo:: Supplied Mountainwatch | By Reggae Elliss Australia’s longest race, the G.H Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11,…
Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

Roxy Announces Girls Ride Day – Thredbo Resort – September 4th

July 27, 2017
Calling all shred betties, the Roxy Girls Go Ride Day is your chance to join the ultimate girl gang. Image:: Provided There’s no better feeling than teaming up with your crew and taking on the whole mountain in good company. But imagine rolling deep with X-games and Olympic champions by…
Rip Curl’s GromSearch Snow – Stop One Wrap – Perisher

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

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

Torah Bright Mini Shred – Thredbo – Wrap Up

July 10, 2017
The queen of the kids, Torah took a completely hands on approach to her event. Image:: Provided The Torah Bright Mini Shred, held in Thredbo Sunday, saw the biggest ever line-up of snow grommets yet, with 250 kids turning out for a big day out with Torah. The weather turned…
Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

Brand Watch – XTM – Heat The Homeless Campaign

June 7, 2017
XTM is giving snow goers a chance to pay it forward. Image:: Provided Mountainwatch x XTM | Louis Macindoe If you were to take a quick look at the snow sports industry as a whole, it’s evident that there’s no shortage of well-intended companies. From those striving to lower emissions…
THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

THE NORTH FACE TURNS 50 AND IS PARTYING LIKE 1966? – BRAND WATCH

November 17, 2016
50 years of innovation and exploration, this is a deserving celebration. Mountainwatch | The North Face When it comes to authenticity, few brands can live up to the legacy of The North Face. Founded on purposeful ideals, TNF and the the adventurist spirit are intrinsically connected and have been for…
World Heli Challenge – Canon Shootout Slideshow and Official Edit

World Heli Challenge – Canon Shootout Slideshow and Official Edit

September 30, 2014
It doesn’t get much better… WHC 2014. Image:: Harro Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath If there’s one thing the World Heli Challenge has always done well, it’s capturing the majestic New Zealand Southern Alps in all their glory. Huge mountain peaks, stunning river deltas, hanging alpine glaciers and the Aoraki region’s…
World Heli Challenge teams getting it done at Mt Cook

World Heli Challenge teams getting it done at Mt Cook

September 15, 2014
Heli’s, steeps, cameras. You do the math. Image:: Supplied If you were given a week of free heliskiing in New Zealand with a chance to win $10,000, and all you had to do was make a video about your experience, what story would you tell? That’s the decision facing two…
Joey Corcoran Crowned National Pond Skimming Champion

Joey Corcoran Crowned National Pond Skimming Champion

September 15, 2014
Winner of the Pond Skim Best Dressed, Alex Stumpf. Image:: Andrew Railton Mountainwatch | Press Release Mt Buller hosted the National Pond Skimming Championships on Saturday afternoon attracting an enthusiastic crowd and close to 100 competitors for the inaugural event. Presented by James Boag’s Draught, a star studded celebrity panel…
Charlie Lyons & Janina Kuzma Take Out Finals at The North Face® Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain

Charlie Lyons & Janina Kuzma Take Out Finals at The North Face® Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain

September 4, 2014
Mountainwatch | Press Release The Alta Chutes at The Remarkables Ski Area provided a picture perfect venue for today’s finals of The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand Big Mountain. With an international line up including Freeride World Tour (FWT) podium winners, Olympians and a host of young up…
3rd Annual Burton High Fives Confirms Top Snowboarders

3rd Annual Burton High Fives Confirms Top Snowboarders

August 27, 2014
Last year’s High Fives event showcased some of the best snowboarding the Southern Hemi has ever seen. Kelly Clark, Image:: Moran Mountainwatch | Press Release Today Burton Snowboards announced the list of top invited riders confirmed to attend the 3rd annual High Fives presented by MINI, including Mark McMorris (CAN),…
The World Heli Challenge rolls out a fresh new format and adds a generous pool of cash and prizes

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

June 11, 2014
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | Press Release The World Heli Challenge is shaking things up this winter with the launch of a new format, featuring a worldwide “Call Up” to all freeriders and filmers who would like a piece of…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Photos and Official Edit

August 27, 2013
The winner of the Canon Award for 2013, Image:: Mickey Ross/World Heli Challenge Mountainwatch | World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge is a gathering of big mountain free-riding folk who love skiing and boarding big lines in the backcountry. They came together for two weeks in majestic Wanaka in…
EVENT – The 2013 Cattleman’s Rail Jam

EVENT – The 2013 Cattleman’s Rail Jam

July 15, 2013
Sam Neumann impressed the crowd with his solid style Image:: Matt Hull Transfer Snowboard Magazine The premiere event in Australian jibbing hit Mt Buller on Saturday 13 July. Luckily the incoming rain held off just long enough, bringing good vibes and good times to the famed Cattleman’s Stair Set. Huge…
GALLERY – Red Bull Ultra Natural 2013

GALLERY – Red Bull Ultra Natural 2013

February 19, 2013
Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Mueller and Bryan Fox celebrate their 1st, 2nd & 3rd place wins at the Red Bull Ultra Natural at Baldface Lodge in Nelson, BC Canada on February 17th, 2013 Image:: Tim Zimmerman/Red Bull Content Pool Transfer | Photo Gallery The biggest and most anticipated freeride snowboard event…
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Myoko, Japan – Season Update

Myoko, Japan – Season Update

January 28, 2018
Mountainwatch Cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall have created fantastic conditions in Myoko! Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

Hakuba, Japan – Weekly Update

January 22, 2018
Mountainwatch We saw a mixed bag of weather this week but with up to 100cm expected next week, conditions are still all time. Head to www.hakubahotelgroup.com for 25% off accommodation in March and April. Hakuba forecasts, snow reports and live snow cams.
Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

Monster Storm Brings Extreme Conditions to European Alps

January 16, 2018
Eleanor steaming across Europe. Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss A strong storm front named Eleanor created all sorts of problems across Europe over the past three days as it moved out of the North Atlantic and tracked eastwards with winds over 150km/hr. Initially Eleanor caused havoc in areas on Ireland’s west…
Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

Jackson Hole – Santa Brings Some Christmas Pow

December 29, 2017
Coen Bennie-Faull, deep in some Jackson pow on Christmas Day. Coen coaches at Hotham Freeski each winter, saving his dollars so he can get back to Jackson each season. Easy to see why. Photo – @malachiartice Mountainwatch | Coen Bennie-Faull Coen Bennie-Faull has arrived in Jackson Hole for his fourth…
Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

Five Things Every Aussie Should Know About Going North for the Winter

December 20, 2017
Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe It’s nearly Christmas and that infamous Aussie Summer Heatwave is belting the country like a regional cricket team. The beer has gone warm, the waves are reduced to wind-blown chop and your plans for having a ‘summer’ at home are slowly eroding. Your lungs long for crisp mountain…
JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

JAPAN SNOW WRAP – The Beginning

December 3, 2017
Mt Yotei on the weekend Image:: Niseko Photography Japan Snow Wrap The land of the ‘Long Deep Snow Fall’ 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…
Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

Burton Snowboards Announces The Revolutionary Burton Step On System

November 2, 2017
Press release provided by Burton Burton is proud to announce that snowboarding’s next evolution, the Step On™ boot-to-binding connection system will be available in select Australian and New Zealand retailers from November 2nd. By far the quickest and most intuitive snowboarding boot-to-binding interface ever created, Step On™ offers unprecedented convenience…
Fuelling the Tribe

Fuelling the Tribe

November 1, 2017
I spent one winter working the snowfields of Scotland, which involved pouring a ton of decent – and dodgy – belly warming whiskey and selling food to hungry humans throughout the day, ducking in for an escape from the weather. The biggest sellers we had were hot chips, slathered with…
Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ – Part Four

September 29, 2017
This might be just a mundane screenshot, but when you watch the footage you’ll know, trust us. Transfer | Louis Macindoe Having just watched Lib Tech’s latest instalment of their ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ series, aptly titled ‘Part Four: Staycation’ I can confirm that Phil Hansen is one of the…
Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ Clip

Weekend Inspiration – Lib Tech’s ‘Road To Holy Bowly’ Clip

September 7, 2017
As we await both the weekend and T-rice’s highly anticipated ‘Depth Perception’ Project, the man himself points in the direction of this new clip courtesy of Lib Tech. Photo:: Tim Zimmerman Transfer | Louis Macindoe The string pullers at snowboarding’s most patriotic board manufacturer – Lib Tech read our minds.…
The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

The Storm Of The Year – Day 3 – Storm Journal

September 6, 2017
Also see: The Storm Of The Year – Day 1 The Storm Of The Year – Day 2 Thredbo Morning snow report by Reggae Elliss Man, there is a lot of snow out there and today looks like it will be the best day of the year, if not the…
The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

The Storm of The Year – Day 2 – Storm Journal

September 5, 2017
Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss What a morning with 25cms of fresh snow, mixed in with wind-blown pow and continuous fresh turns thanks to continuous snowfalls filling in each run. The weather here in Thredbo is cold, still -6.1 on the mountain at midday with the wind-chill down at -19, so…
Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

Brand Watch – 3CS – 15 Years of Outerwear

August 14, 2017
Smiles for miles … Geoff Brown’s isn’t the only happy customer when it comes to 3CS, just take a look at who’s wearing it at the local hill. Photo:: Todd Eaterbrook Transfer | Louis Macindoe It’s not every day that a Snowboarding company celebrates its 15th birthday, but for one…
Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Women’s Skis For Australia

Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Women’s Skis For Australia

July 13, 2017
Katya Crema finding a pocket of sweet Aussie snow at Perisher. Photo:: Dom Keiler Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman As promised here are the women’s ski’s best suited to transport you over the ever-changing Australian snow that is now finally blanketing resorts. Sego Gnarwhal (from Blackbird Bespoke Skis)…
Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Men’s Skis For Australia

Chillfactor Magazine’s Guide To The Best Men’s Skis For Australia

June 29, 2017
Adam Kroenert jams one under the snow gums… It’s not skiing in Oz without gum trees after all! Image:: Thredbo Mountainwatch | Reggae Ellis and Matt Wiseman The snow is starting to fall and as more terrain opens up at your favourite resort, now is the time to think about…
We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

We’re Trading You Faction Ski’s For Your Photos – Your Chance To Win

June 29, 2017
A picture might be worth a thousand words but these Factions will make you ski better. Source:: Proivded Mountainwatch | Lulu Wilkinson Your pic for a pair of Faction skis – how’s that for a trade? Thanks to our pals at Faction Skis , we have a fresh pair of…
Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

Thredbo 60 Years of Stoke – The Next Generation

June 8, 2017
Feature provided by Thredbo For the 3rd installment of the 60 Years of Stoke video series, we take a look at Thredbo in the 90s/2000s and today through the eyes of Thredbo Ambassador and Olympic Gold medallist Torah Bright. Torah takes us on her journey from her first days on…
Snowboarding Takes Over Sydney – Next Week

Snowboarding Takes Over Sydney – Next Week

May 25, 2017
Snowboarding inside a pub, only in Australia, mate. Image:: Provided If you’re a snowboarder, you should be saying “what a time to be alive”. Because, not only is winter fast approaching but snowboarders from all corners of the country (and the globe) are congregating in Sydney for the 2017 Hotel…
30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

30 Years of Rip Curl Mountainwear – Giveaway – Limited Edition Freeride Airbag Vest

May 16, 2017
Rip Curl’s evolved into a major player when it comes to mountainwear. Source:: Rip Curl Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman 2017 marks 30 years since iconic Aussie surfwear brand Rip Curl started producing high quality mountainwear. To mark the occasion, Mountainwatch in collaboration with Rip Curl will be giving away a…
Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

Warren Miller Film Premiere – ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

May 15, 2017
This will be the 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment! Image:: Warren Miller Entertainment Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman You know the chairs will start spinning soon when Warren Miller resurfaces with another classic ski film. The 67th full-length feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment, ‘Here, There & Everywhere’…
The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

The Art Of Skiing – The Most Unique Ski Edit You’ve Ever Seen – Video

May 2, 2017
One of the 900 drawings that make up the short film. Image:: Vimeo Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman The very best skiers toe the line between athlete and artist. Instead of leaving their mark on paper, their mark is left on snow. Racers draw pencil thin lines into corduroy whilst big…
Watch the Shredbots Absolutely Destroy Perisher Last Year – Video

Watch the Shredbots Absolutely Destroy Perisher Last Year – Video

August 3, 2016
Transfer | Video The guys over at Shredbots have just dropped the Aussie section from their feature length production that was edited by our local boy, Tom Hannam. This will get you hyped for spring! From ShredBots: SHREDTOPIA is the latest film from the Shredbots. The crew keeps building, with…
Essay – Nat Segal – Skiing in the face of Climate Change

Essay – Nat Segal – Skiing in the face of Climate Change

August 30, 2014
Nat and her family at Mt Buller. “This is what I remember winter being like as a kid, they became less and less regular the older I became.” “If the ski industry is to save itself – not to mention help save snow, alpine habitat and ecosystems downstream of the…
Boothy’s Blog – Ten tips for better Japanese etiquette

Boothy’s Blog – Ten tips for better Japanese etiquette

August 21, 2014
  The Aussie in Japan. Illustration by Russell Smith Mountainwatch | Chris Booth Like many of us, I’m hooked on Japan. I’ve been a couple of times now, first starting up in Niseko, then exploring the bigger resorts on the main island of Honshu as I figured out the lay…
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