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Mount Buller Joins Mountain Collective – Press Release

April 3, 2019
Mt Buller and The Mountain Collective are delighted to announce Australia’s most accessible alpine resort as the newest member of the Mountain Collective in 2019/20.
Warren MIller’s Face of Winter Premieres on May 15 – Tickets on Sale Now

Warren MIller’s Face of Winter Premieres on May 15 – Tickets on Sale Now

April 2, 2019
Face of Winter presented by Macpac, will premiere in Melbourne, Victoria at the Jam Factory on May 15 for Australia and May 10 in Auckland for New Zealand.
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 helicopter evacuation 90 mins later.

Hakuba Avalanche – A Fortunate Outcome Thanks To Evergreen Backcountry Guides Being First On The Scene

March 27, 2019
The incident described in this story happened just two weeks ago and the positive outcome was due to the  luck of an experienced backcountry guide being first on the scene.
Photo: Perisher

Leichhardt Chair Construction Update 3: Stand Those Towers – Installation continues on Perisher’s New Leichhardt Quad Chairlift! 

March 25, 2019
With less than 100 days from winter excitement is building and towers have now been installed on the new $4.2 Million Leichhardt Quad Chairlift.
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
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Season Update –  15.8 metres of Snow and Lifts Open Until July

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Season Update – 15.8 metres of Snow and Lifts Open Until July

March 22, 2019
It has been an incredible winter in Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with consistent storms crossing California’s Sierras for the past two months and the season snowfall total now sits at 15.8 metres
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 scene at today's avalanche on Colorado's Highway 91.

Extreme Avalanche Danger in Colorado

March 8, 2019
The Colorado Avalanche Information Centre has issued a very high to extreme (Level 5 of 5) avalanche warning and backcountry travel is extremely dangerous and strongly discouraged.
Aspen, one of the many premiere resorts on the Mountain Collective Pass. Photo: Matt Power Photography

The Mountain Collective pass is on SALE for the 2019-2020 Season – Press Release

March 8, 2019
Starting today, a limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for only $449 AUD (Australian Dollars), a saving of almost $200 for Australians and New Zealanders.
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.
The powder has returned to Hakuba with 20-30cms up top today. Photo: Hakuba.com

The Grasshopper’s Weekly Japan Forecast – Powder day for Honshu and Sunshine for Hokkaido before Mayhem Monday Hits.

March 7, 2019
Now that we’re in the thick of spring, we’ll see it all this week. Rain on Honshu will turn to snow tonight, with Friday set to offer up some good powder
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
Winterpark will be replacing the fixed triple Sunnyside lift with a high-speed six seater as part of Alterra's capital investment.

Alterra Mountain Company Announces $181 million In Capital Improvements for the 2019/20 Winter Season – Press Release

March 5, 2019
These capital projects are part of an ambitious improvement plan totaling more than half a billion dollars through the 2022/2023 season.
Red Mountain – Canada’s Anti-Beaver Creek

Red Mountain – Canada’s Anti-Beaver Creek

March 4, 2019
It has been described as the “best undiscovered ski resort in North America”. Although this statement is a flourish of marketing, Red isn’t like most international ski destinations.
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.
Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

Niseko Japan Fortnightly Wrap Up – February 28th 2019

February 28, 2019
Well, we did not see that one coming… From deluge to drought in a day, the Niseko powder tap hasn’t been turned off so much as it’s frozen then burst!
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Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – New Zealand – Back in Business

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – New Zealand – Back in Business

August 2, 2016
Recent snow has improved conditions remarkably at Coronet Peak, but is there more on the way? Image:: Chris Hoopmann/NZSki New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores After a pessimistic start to the season, things are now looking much better in New Zealand. The…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – Australia – Finally Winning

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – August Update – Australia – Finally Winning

August 1, 2016
Aussie skiing is pretty great. Read on to discover how many more days like this we can expect in the next few weeks. Image:: Falls Creek Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta Just in case all…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – July Update – Calling Out an SOS

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – July Update – Calling Out an SOS

July 4, 2016
Thanks to the snowmaking and grooming teams there is still some great skiing on offer at Mt Hutt, but both islands are in need of some natural snow ASAP Image:: Mt Hutt New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores Last month was a…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – July Update – Australia – From Zero to Hero

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – July Update – Australia – From Zero to Hero

June 30, 2016
Last week’s storm brought on a few calls of “best day ever” and the season has only just started! Image:: Thredbo Resort Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and Parramatta The World is going topsy-turvy. The UK voted…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – June Update – Come Out Fighting

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – June Update – Come Out Fighting

May 31, 2016
The snow that has fallen over the last two weeks has left the South Island resorts looking ready to go, but will it continue? Image:: Ski Porters New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, now. Winter arrived with a bang over the last two weeks. A determined series…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – June Update – Australia – Crunch Time

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – June Update – Australia – Crunch Time

May 30, 2016
It was the Victorian alps that fared best out the snow that did arrive last week. Since then all resorts have been turning on snowmaking systems at every opportunity Image:: Hotham Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores With stores in, Erina, Jindabyne and…
Snow Alert New Zealand – Canterbury Snow on the Way

Snow Alert New Zealand – Canterbury Snow on the Way

May 20, 2016
Expect to see that snow-line dropping fast come Monday morning. Image:: Supplied Mountainwatch | Snow Alert SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: Confidence is high Updated:May 20, 2016 Welcome to our first official Snow Alert of 2016. It’s New Zealand’s South Island that’s the first cab off the rank this year, with…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – May Update – Waiting, Waiting

May 3, 2016
Will Jackways pops through another powder day at Treble Cone, August 2015 Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper It is that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning golden, morning mist is forming; all signs point to the imminent…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – May Update – Australia – Autumn’s Cooling Trend

May 2, 2016
The elements aligned during an El Nino dominated August in 2015. As you’ll read below that El Nino is dead and buried. Can we hope for plenty of this in 2016? Image:: Thredbo Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper In true Johnny Depp, Pistol and Boo style, it can…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – New Zealand – The Wise Guy High

April 1, 2016
June last year turned it on in New Zealand, will this year be the same? Image:: Treble Cone New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper The first thing to know about this season is that El Nino is dying a slow and painful death. If you missed my Australian…
Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

Snow Season Outlook 2016 – Australia – El Nino’s Dying Hope

March 31, 2016
Wondering how much of this we can expect this winter? The Grasshopper has the answer. Image:: Finnegan Laver Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Well, well, well, here we are again. The Footy season is heating up and there’s a cool bite to the breeze in the mornings –…
Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

Snowfall Brings Relief to the European Alps, While USA’s West Coast Gets Hammered – World Snow Wrap

January 15, 2016
A unique point of view and dazzling snowflakes in Jackson Hole yesterday Image:: Jackson Hole Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap As we steam ahead from the holiday period and quickly into mid-January the big news is out of the European Alps where the drought has broken and the snow continues…
Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

Why We Should Unite in the Face of Climate Change – Nat Segal

October 23, 2015
The author and her crew on expedition in Greenland. While there they carried out some key research that informed important climate studies. Image:: KT Miller Mountainwatch | Nat Segal Signing petitions and letters has never been something that I take much notice of. I’ll occasionally sign an online letter calling…
Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

Science Confirms Monster El Nino, Skiers Ask What it Means for Pow? – NOAA Winter Outlook

October 20, 2015
November 26, 2014 in Vail. With the strong El Nino tipped to favour Colorado and its southern neighbours, perhaps things are looking up? Image:: Vail Mountainwatch | Alex Horvath A few days ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the looming El Nino in the Pacific Ocean…
How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

How The Peaks Of the Kosciuszko Main Range Got Their Names – Backcountry

October 1, 2015
Chris Booth and Jason Robinson look out onto The Sentinel and on towards Jagungal and Watson’s Crags. The Main Range’s Western Faces are among some of the most spectacular landforms on the Australian continent. Very few people get to experience them up close. Image:: Jake McBride Mountainwatch | Paul Pearce…
Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

Six Girls Ski Greenland – Shifting Ice & Changing Tides – Video

September 29, 2015
Mountainwatch | Video In March of 2014 six women set sail from Isafjordur, Iceland with the intention of sailing across the Denmark Straight and up the west coast of Greenland. They hoped to explore the remote coastline, pioneer new ski descents and collect scientific data in some of the most…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – New Zealand

September 2, 2015
Where else can you get that good a view? Stunning South Island scenery Image:: NZSki/Coronet Peak New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores After July was dominated by northerly winds, some of the resorts in the rain shadow of the divide were starting…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – September Update – Australia – Spring Beckons

August 31, 2015
There’s still at least four weeks of skiing left, and as Reggae Elliss once said: “Skiing spring corn can be just as good as skiing powder!” Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores It’s that time of year again…
Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

Snow Alert NZ – Canterbury to Score 30-50cm Storm

August 31, 2015
While it might not be this drastic, there’s some great powder days on their way to the Canterbury Clubbies this week Image:: Nick Johnson SNOW ALERT FILED: August 31, 4:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— Tomorrow may officially be the first day of Spring, but the South Island will need to wait…
UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Sneaky South-Easter Continues – Snow Alert Australia

August 24, 2015
In Thredbo snow fell down to the Ranger Station – about 1000masl Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT UPDATED: August 26, 5:00pm CONFIDENCE: High ———————————————————————— UPDATE Storm totals so far are sitting between 45-50cm in NSW, with only only 7-10cm falling in Victoria. There has been some fluctuation in the models today,…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – New Zealand

August 3, 2015
Treble Cone is close enough to the divide to make the most of the northerly feeds, yet well-exposed to the southerly storms too. Will Jackways finds a little airtime on a recent TC powder day Image:: Johnny McCormack New Zealand Seasonal Snow Outlook | The Grasshopper Brought to you by…
Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

Snow Season Outlook 2015 – August Update – Australia – The Bait and Switch

July 31, 2015
The last two storms have done alot to fill in terrain and open up new areas. Jess Rich looks out across the NSW Main Range from Perisher Image:: Perisher Australian Seasonal Snow Outlook – August update | The Grasshopper Brought to you by ESS Boardstores The El Nino saga of…
UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

UPDATED – The Groundhog Storm, 30-50cm Inbound – Snow Alert Australia

July 28, 2015
Last weekend will be long remembered as one of the best days of 2015. Will this weekend be better? Ryan Tiene sends it off a Golf Course bowl pillow on Sunday Image:: Thredbo SNOW ALERT Snow Likelihood rating: It’s already started. UPDATED: July 31, 11:00am There has been a slight…
Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

Thunder-Snow and the Season-Saver – Storm Journal

July 21, 2015
By the afternoon on Friday 10 July it was absolutely puking in Perisher Image:: Perisher Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss I’ve just come in from another stunning morning on the hill, there was perfect dry top-to-bottom corduroy on the groomed runs first thing, followed by dry, chalky snow and wind-drifts around…
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Coen Bennie-Faull hooking into Buller's powder on his Atris on the weekend. Photo: Tony Harrington

Gear Guide Ski Review – Black Crows Atris

August 22, 2018
Black Crows is an independent French ski brand from Chamonix that was founded in 2006... This season is the first year they have had an Australian distributor
FreeBom party run, a highlight of the day. Photo: Tony Harrington

The Blizzard Of Bom – Buller Turns On For FreeBom 2018

August 21, 2018
At this point the mogul field was filled with skiers, over 50 skied together. Colours flashed between the white mounds,
Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

Kanazawa, Ishikawa – A Cultural Capital Of Japan – Where To Go After The Snow

August 21, 2018
We might sound like a broken record when it comes to harping on about the proverbial Japow, but there’s a side to skiing and boarding in Japan that simply doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Thomas Waddell kicking up some cold smoke at Thredbo. One of our favourite images from earlier on in the season, taken during the first week of July. Image:: Aedan O’Donnell/Thredbo Resort

Our Favourite Photos From The 2018 Australian Ski Season… So Far – Part I

August 20, 2018
They say a picture tells a thousand words, and whilst we’ll always be the first to wax lyrically about Australian skiing and boarding, sometimes an image says it all.
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,…
Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

Banff and Lake Louise – Is This The Most Beautiful Place In The World To Ski? – Travel

August 16, 2018
Banff National Park, with its monolithic mountains, shimmering glaciers, deep-frozen lakes and equally deep powder, is perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.
Baw Baw's rail jam in the Tank Hill park this Saturday. Photo: Mt Baw Baw

BAW BAW RAIL JAM ON THIS WEEKEND

August 15, 2018
Battle it out on the rails and put your tricks to the ultimate test at Mt Baw Baw’s Grand Ridge Brewery Rail Jam on Saturday 18 August.
Dropping in for the first ride. Photo: photostepfilms

Let’s Split, Trip Two, Guthega

August 15, 2018
The 2018 Let’s Split TRIP 2 was an incredible day for everyone who attended.  Not only did it see the largest group of Splitboarders
All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

All-Female Ski Expedition To New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki – Video

August 15, 2018
The expedition was planned and led by freerider and Olympic athlete, Janina Kuzma, and the short film begins with a goal to climb and ski four volcanic peaks in the region: Mt Taranaki, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu...
The party run from FreeBom 2017. Epic.

FREEBOM 2018 – AUSTRALIA’S MOST FUN SKI EVENT ON AT BULLER THIS WEEKEND

August 14, 2018
Now, in its fifth year, FreeBOM 2018 is forecast to be blessed by bigger than normal bumps alongside bigger than normal smiles
The Ikon Pass has opened up endless possibilities for the US road trip.

The Ultimate US Road Trip – Aspen, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

August 13, 2018
The IKON pass makes a road trip through the US very easy and economical.
Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

Stopping At Canberra On Your Way To The Snow – Add These Places To Your List

August 10, 2018
Australia’s Capital has a lot more to offer than Question Time and Questacon... Here are some places worth checking out on your next snow commute.
The Blue Bullet is being replaced after 34 year's service.

MT BULLER ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRLIFT FOR 2019

August 10, 2018
The new lift replaces the legendary Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. 
Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

Niseko Joins The Mountain Collective As Full Partner – 2018/2019 Season

August 8, 2018
Niseko United has joined a stable of the world's most prestigious ski resorts as a full member resort of The Mountain Collective pass for the 2018/19 season.
Snowboarders hitting the Supertrail after the big Kareela turn.

28th Thredbo Top To Bottom – A Season Highlight

August 8, 2018
Australia’s longest ski and snow board race, the Mumm Top to Bottom, is on again in Thredbo this Saturday, August 11
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.
There have been som pretty epic heliski days this year with regular storms followed by fine weather.

Southern Lakes Heliski – This Is The Season To Get The Goods

July 30, 2018
New Zealand has been getting plenty of quality snow this winter and while the in-resort skiing has been consistently good, it is fair to say the heliskiing in the Southern Alps has been consistently sensational. 
One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

One Day In Niseko – Bottomless Perfection – Video

July 30, 2018
While most powder edits take weeks if not an entire season to film, before enough pow days have accumulated, Niseko in Japan is another story entirely...
What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

What’s The Best Way To Get To The Snow? An Ode To The Australian Snow Commute

July 30, 2018
What lengths do you go to in getting to the slopes? Some serious and some not-so serious suggestions within…
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!
The steeper slopes on the edge of the high country,

Victorian Backcountry Festival – Everything You Need To Know

July 19, 2018
There's no denying the world of winter sports has seen a paradigmatic shift when it comes to getting skiers and boarders out into the backcountry...
The Australian backcountry is unique and split boarding gets you there. Photo: Jakob Kennedy

Let’s Split – An Australian Splitboarding Community

July 18, 2018
Let’s Split is a grass roots initiative that was put in place to encourage people to start splitboarding in our vast and unique Australian Backcountry.  
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Warren Miller Film Premiere

Warren Miller Film Premiere

June 6, 2011
Movie Premiere | Warren Miller In a genre aimed at core legitimacy, the Warren Miller films go in for mainstream appeal, with obvious success. For years the early June film screenings in the east coast cities have formed part of a winter kick-off tradition, an integral marker in the pre-season…
VIDEO Icy Plunge at Falls Creek to Bargain for Good Season

VIDEO Icy Plunge at Falls Creek to Bargain for Good Season

June 1, 2011
Plunging into Rockey Valley Lake. Image: Chris Hocking Press Release Each year Falls Creek Alpine Resort celebrates the first day of winter with a mass Ice Plunge into the mile-high Rocky Valley Lake. Between 150-200 resort residents and any guests (who were ‘persuaded’ to take part in this somewhat bizzare…
2011 ESS Billy Rail Jam Video

2011 ESS Billy Rail Jam Video

May 24, 2011
  Saturday saw the annual ESS Billy rail jam go down at Erina, NSW with thousands of people turning out for this all-day family celebration of snow event consisting of skateboarding, snowboarding and even some pie throwing contests. The main event was the snowboarding rail jam which was taken out…
Go Seek Queenstown Premiere

Go Seek Queenstown Premiere

May 23, 2011
    The world premiere of Go Seek, the new film from Reason Films and Transfer Snowboard Magazine, will take place on June 10 at Revolver Bar in Queenstown. The show kicks off at 8:30, so get on down early to get a good view. Go Seek is a continuation…
Boxes For Days Comes Down Under

Boxes For Days Comes Down Under

May 20, 2011
  Lib Tech & GNU tour ‘Boxes for Days’ Down Under ‘Boxes for Days’ is a fun new contest format that has been successfully launched in America this past summer. Consisting of lining up terrain park boxes to create one uber-long ‘super-box,’ Boxes For Days was devised by the forward…
A Close Up of the Athletes of Light the Wick and Deeper

A Close Up of the Athletes of Light the Wick and Deeper

May 13, 2011
  With the Australian premiere screenings of both Teton Gravity Research’s “Deeper” and “Light the Wick” just under a week away it is time to take a brief look at some of the films’ most notable athletes. Jeremy Jones: In a career that has spanned nearly 20 years, Jeremy Jones…
Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards 2011 Honour World Champions

Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards 2011 Honour World Champions

May 3, 2011
Holly, Nate and Chumpy with their Athlete of the Year awards. Image:: Nick Parkinson SSA Awards 2011 It began with footage of our World Champions and ended when ski legend Steve Lee found his way to bed at 4am; the 2011 Suzuki SSA Awards at the Royce Hotel, Melbourne were…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Heavy Wind and Snow Expected

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST – Heavy Wind and Snow Expected

April 27, 2011
At the WHC launch day, 26 July. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Forecast | The Grasshopper WORLD HELI CHALLENGE FORECAST FOR MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK – 27 July Summary: Everyone is amping up for the World Heli Challenge and as always there’s a chance the weather will play a big…
Groundbreaking TGR Films to Premiere in Sydney this May

Groundbreaking TGR Films to Premiere in Sydney this May

April 18, 2011
  Words | Pat Morrow In their latest films (that is Light the Wick and Deeper), Teton Gravity Research have, once again, found a pair of undeniable epics. Once again, TGR have definitively proven that if you leave a talented man with skis or board to his own devices at…
World Heli Challenge Announces a Worldwide Search for 2011 Young Guns

World Heli Challenge Announces a Worldwide Search for 2011 Young Guns

April 12, 2011
2010 World Champion Freeskier Jossi Wells had his first taste of international acclaim when, at age nine, he was invited to ski alongside the world’s best at the World Heli Challenge World Heli Challenge For the first time in the history of the World Heli Challenge, event organisers are welcoming…
SoO AirTIme OPEN AIR Call For Entries – Show Your Snow Experiences

SoO AirTIme OPEN AIR Call For Entries – Show Your Snow Experiences

April 10, 2011
 SoO Airtime The OPEN AIR, formerly OPEN EDIT, is a super progressive, grassroots film and photography competition. SoO Airtime invites you to submit films or photos captured in the Australian Snowfields. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and this year more than just votes decide who wins.…
ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up

ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up

April 2, 2011
Enjoying some practice runs on the corduroy ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships Wrap Up | By Don St.Pierre 800 competitors from 65 schools in Canberra and Southern NSW competed this past week in Perisher in excellent conditions. Students competed in snowboard, snowboard cross, cross country, alpine racing, skier cross and freestyle…
WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Freeride Day Perfect Except for Injured Davenport

WORLD HELI CHALLENGE – Freeride Day Perfect Except for Injured Davenport

April 2, 2011
Competitors waiting to board the helicopter on a barge in the middle of Lake Wanaka. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Ideal conditions and epic skiing marked the freeride day of the World Heli Challenge but defending champion Ted Davenport’s serious crash marred an otherwise perfect day. Two-time champion, Ted Davenport,…
Online Judging, Photographer & Filmer Shootouts, Gala Awards Night – World Heli Challenge 2011 Bigger than Ever

Online Judging, Photographer & Filmer Shootouts, Gala Awards Night – World Heli Challenge 2011 Bigger than Ever

March 28, 2011
Chris Booth at the 2010 World Heli Challenge. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The 2011 World Heli Challenge kicks off on July 27th this year and will culminate in a red carpet, black and white attire Gala Awards night in downtown Wanaka on August 27th. This year introduces a number…
WINTER X EUROPE Guldemond wins Winter X Europe Slope

WINTER X EUROPE Guldemond wins Winter X Europe Slope

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN On a day that finally saw blue skies after nearly a week of stormy, sticky weather, the men of snowboard slopestyle were actually able to see where they were going on a course that has been the cause of much consternation throughout the…
WINTER X EUROPE Burke wins Women’s SuperPipe

WINTER X EUROPE Burke wins Women’s SuperPipe

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe| Source – ESPN At the top of her third and final run in Friday’s Women’s Ski Superpipe at Winter X Europe, Canadian Sarah Burke called her dad. “I was a little nervous,” said Burke, who was in sixth place after her second run. “So I called him…
WINTER X EUROPE Vito Wins First X Event Gold

WINTER X EUROPE Vito Wins First X Event Gold

March 21, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN If you ever want to hear an expressive crowd of SuperPipe fans, watch an event at Tignes, France. With every hit of Friday night’s final event of the Winter X Games Europe, something between a roar and a sigh went up from the…
WINTER X EUROPE Houle 1St, Henshaw 4th in Ski Slopestyle

WINTER X EUROPE Houle 1St, Henshaw 4th in Ski Slopestyle

March 18, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN.com Canadian JF Houle took first in Thursday’s ski superpipe at European X Games in Tignes, Frane, followed by Norway’s Andreas Hatveit in second and England’s James Woods in third – claiming britains first freestyle medal in a major event. Australia’s Russ Henshaw finished…
WINTER X EUROPE Clark wins Snowboard Superpipe

WINTER X EUROPE Clark wins Snowboard Superpipe

March 18, 2011
Winter X Europe | Source – ESPN The Women’s SuperPipe finals went down amidst a storm that has been wreaking havoc on the European Winter X competition. In what competitors have described as one of the best halfpipes they’ve ever ridden, warm, sticky snow made riding conditions challenging at best.…
WINTER X EUROPE Kaya Turski Takes Women’s Ski Slope, Anna Segal 4th

WINTER X EUROPE Kaya Turski Takes Women’s Ski Slope, Anna Segal 4th

March 17, 2011
Winter X | Women’s Slopestyle Canadian Kaya Turski earned her fourth Winter X gold medal — two Winter X golds and now two Winter X Europe golds — in the Women’s Slopestyle finals on Wednesday in Tignes, France. Keri Herman took second place and Kim Lamarre was third. Australia’s Anna…
WINTER X EUROPE Kevin Rolland Wins Ski Superpipe

WINTER X EUROPE Kevin Rolland Wins Ski Superpipe

March 17, 2011
Winter X Games | Mens Superpipe Of the 22,500 people in attendance at Wednesday night’s Men’s Ski SuperPipe finals in Tignes, France, a majority of them (including the 120 friends and family Rolland bussed in) seemed to be cheering from local boy Kevin Rolland, who’s from nearby La Plagne. Rolland…
WINTER X 15 History Making Finish for Shaun White

WINTER X 15 History Making Finish for Shaun White

February 1, 2011
Shaun White doing what he does best. Image:: X Games Source – ESPN First Shaun White failed to qualify for the SlopeStyle Finals. Then, a year after he’d ridden in a pipe contest, or really a year after he’d ridden pipe much at all, White landed near the flat bottom…
WINTER X 15 Highlights – VIDEO Horgmo Tiple Cork, Henshaw Silver, Clark 1080

WINTER X 15 Highlights – VIDEO Horgmo Tiple Cork, Henshaw Silver, Clark 1080

January 30, 2011
Snowboard big air winner Torstein Horgmo. Image:: X Games Winter X Games UPDATE: Sunday’s Competition Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle 1st Sebastien Toutant 2nd Mark McMorris 3rd Tyler Flanagan Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle 1st Enni Rukajavl 2nd Jenny Jones 3rd Jamie Anderson Men’s Ski Cross 1st John Teller 2nd Chris Del Bosco 3rd…
Cuche Sets New Record with 4th Hahnenkamm Win

Cuche Sets New Record with 4th Hahnenkamm Win

January 25, 2011
Source – PlanetSki The Swiss racer, Didier Cuche, won the Hahnenkamm race in style on Saturday. He has now won it four times, the first in 1998 and then, after a 10 year gap, again in 2008 and 2010. He is also the oldest man to win a World Cup…
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PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 7 – Jackson ‘AWESOME’ Hole

PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 7 – Jackson ‘AWESOME’ Hole

March 2, 2011
Our crew (find Charlie) plus a few others we encountered wandering around in the backcountry Words & Images | Tess Cook Aching knees, sore heads, general exhaustion and long-drive apathy; fresh snow in Jackson Hole cures them all. In another of those T for timing moments the trip kept throwing…
BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 3 – Road Trip

BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 3 – Road Trip

February 15, 2011
Road Trip! Words & Images | Tess Cook Next time someone asks me where they should take their next snow trip, I’m going to answer, without hesitation, go to Crested Butte and Telluride. There’s a million and one reasons, the top ones: These places are the new frontier. I love…
VIDEO PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 2 – Epic Day

VIDEO PHOTO BLOG Storm Chasin’ USA 2 – Epic Day

February 11, 2011
  Behind the lens, the long range lens Blog | Tess Cook As days in the office go, this was one of the all time. After a night of solid snowfalls, Crested Butte hooked us up with ski patroller ‘H-Bomb’ to head into all the extreme zones before they were…
TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

TRAVEL BLOG – Chile & Argentina Snowboarding – Part 2

September 15, 2010
Punta De Lobo is a mechanical left hand point break that’s 10 minutes south of Chile’s famous beach town Pichelemu. The point is covered in cacti. Sep 8 – Sept 11, 2010 | Words Russell Holt Photos Johnny McCormack Chile and Argentina have always been on the ‘hit-list’, the size…
Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

Editor’s top 10s – So What to do in Spring?

September 7, 2010
Steve Lee’s Backcounty Tours. Image:: Chris Hocking Words | Tess Cook Springtime in the snow, endless bluebird, warm enough to eat lunch in the sunshine sans jacket, with any luck a good serving of spring corn snow and, as if you needed another reason to hit the slopes, accommodation and…
Zoe’s Blog – Road Trip

Zoe’s Blog – Road Trip

September 1, 2010
Nat Segal in the Rip Curl Pro. Image:: Hanno Words | Zoe Jaboor The first day back at work after a 10 day road trip around the Victorian and NSW snowfields is a massive reality check. It all started the a few Fridays ago, I raced up the Princess FWY…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – Blue Lake

BOOTHY’S BLOG – Blue Lake

August 31, 2010
Ben and Simon contemplate. Image:: Courtesy Chris Booth Words | Chris Booth Henry Ford once wrote that obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. At 4pm Saturday I was sitting in traffic in South Sydney when I received a phone call, it…
Zoe’s Blog – Chick of the Week

Zoe’s Blog – Chick of the Week

August 24, 2010
Olympian and all round champion chick with stix Katya Crema. Image:: Elle Cook Blog | Zoe Jaboor Chicks with Stix is all about shredding and having fun together, and these girls have been doing both. I get a real buzz out of seeing girls pushing the limits and taking the…
Taking the Piste – Australia’s Quintessential Snow Runs

Taking the Piste – Australia’s Quintessential Snow Runs

August 21, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Rachael and her ski porter. Image:: Alexander Evans You don’t need skins and alpine tour bindings to get amongst the backcountry gum trees of Australia as some of the best runs are accessible from resort lifts. Thredbo’s Dead Horse Gap is accessible from…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Climate change and the snow sports community

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Climate change and the snow sports community

August 17, 2010
  The Snow Greenie – Cam Walker Melting snow is a symptom of climate change. Image:; Elle Cook Blog | Cam Walker This has been the winter of on again, off again snow. Thankfully we are back in a good cycle at present and it is easy – and probably…
BOOTHY”S BLOG – Skiing the Tasman Glacier

BOOTHY”S BLOG – Skiing the Tasman Glacier

August 16, 2010
View of Mt Cook from the Hermitage Lodge. Blog | Chris Booth Images | Courtesy Chris Booth New Zealand had a fairly ordinary July. The one or two snow falls didn’t deliver much to the South Island and the alpine conditions were more or less below average. Then as August…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – Heli Skiing at Mt Cook

BOOTHY’S BLOG – Heli Skiing at Mt Cook

August 16, 2010
  Chris Booth finding some late-afternoon pow.. Image:: Courtesy Chris Booth Blog | Chris Booth After a ripper of a day up at the Tasman Glacier playing in the ice fields, we were ready to get in the heli. We were after some safe mini-golf lines to ski. Mini-golf lines…
The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

The SoO AirTime BLOG – Shredbo

August 11, 2010
Joey getting in front of the lens for a turn. Image:: Watkin McLennan. So AirTime | Watkin McLennan A couple of weeks ago Joe Corcoran, myself and our never seen snow token girl Hannah Gooley headed north behind enemy lines. Our aim was to promote SoO AirTime and the Open…
Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

Boothy’s Blog – Snowpark with Charlie Timmins

August 2, 2010
Me unnatural 360 on the set up jump. Image:: Charlie Timmins Blog | Chris Booth My roomie for the World Heli Challenge, Charlie Timmins, and I joined Russ Henshaw up at SnowPark for some practice the other day. When the snow is not fresh in the ‘proper’ ski resorts SnowPark…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

BLOG Taking the Piste – Don’t Call the Season Yet

July 13, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Powder perfect days at Thredbo must be just around the corner. Image:: Thredbo Taking the Piste | Rachael Oakes-Ash It is considered poor form to talk about the season before it’s finished. Mention ‘snow drought’ and prepare to be booed off the stage and…
BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

BLOG Moguls Mastery – The Basics

July 7, 2010
  2010 Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada (left) and Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith – 2010 Olympic silver medalist Blog | Don St Pierre – Former USA Freestyle Ski Team Head Coach During the early part of the season when we’re all hanging for mid winter conditions including some big…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

BLOG Taking the Piste – Aussie Snow Girls Rock

June 25, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Anna Segal Blog | Rachael Oakes-Ash Do you mock your mates with a ‘you ski or ride like a girl’ comments on Facebook when they upload their latest snow pics? Well we’ve got news for you, they should be so lucky. If your mate…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

June 17, 2010
Mt Hotham, Opening weekend 2010. Image:: Cam WalkerCam Walker | Alpine Environmentalist So, Winter is finally here, and its time to get out amongst it. I just got my first fix: a quick ski out to Mount Loch and a half day at Hotham with my kids. It was most…
BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

June 16, 2010
Snowflakes in detail Aaron Cook | Alpine Meteorologist There’s a special white powder that I love which is sometimes very hard to come by. It occurs naturally and is very abundant in certain parts of South America, but it’s very expensive. It can take over your life, but there are…
BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

June 15, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash The endless quest for the perfect turn… Image: Gallup Photography/gallupphoto.com Rachael Oakes-Ash If the dried saliva on the corners of your snow obsessed mate’s mouth didn’t give it away then we’re here to tell you, it’s been snowing. Web forums, page three news…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

June 4, 2010
  A Thredbo Sunrise. Mother Nature’s Beauty is well worth protecting. Image – Thredbo Cam Walker – Alpine Environmentalist With a couple of good dustings across the Alps in May, everyone is getting impatient for winter. Thoughts turn to the big questions: when will we get that first serious dump?…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

BLOG Taking the Piste – Snow Way to Start a Season

May 27, 2010
Skiing pow in the gum trees at Thredbo. Image – Thredbo Rachael Oakes-Ash I always feel in limbo at this time of year. Caught between a summer daze of late night rooftop dancing flashbacks and the new snow season imprints yet to be made. Sure, the weather is cold. Cold…
Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

Taking The Piste – Skiing Holidays Going Cheap

October 23, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash This view now on sale, care of a strengthening Aussie dollar. Black Tusk from Whistler Mountain, Canada. By Rachael Oakes Ash Maths has never been my forte. I struggle when skiing in the USA where vertical metres is measured in feet and tipping…
Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

Taking The Piste – The 2009 Ski Season Wrap Up

September 30, 2009
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash By Rachael Oakes-Ash Australia loves an underdog, so theoretically we should have loved this winter. There were moments of greatness when the snow came early in May and Mt Buller won the competition for headlines by opening for a weekend and Perisher turned…
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