20cm – 50cm of New Snow in Australia, More to Come

20cm – 50cm of New Snow in Australia, More to Come

August 2, 2010
Skiers at Buller heading up for the new snow on Sunday. Image:: Mt Buller Words | Tess Cook In 48 hours Australia’s snow situation has gone from hmmm to Whoohoo with upwards of 50cm of new snow falling in NSW and between 20cm and 40cm hitting the Victorian resorts since…
The Chillfactor Q&A – Watkin McLennan

The Chillfactor Q&A – Watkin McLennan

August 2, 2010
Watkin McLennan. Image:: Harro Chillfactor | Profile – Watkin McLennan Buller skier Watkin McLennan has taken the state of Victorian freeride competition into his own hands, creating the State of Origin AirTime (SoO AirTime) event with his brother Oscar, mate Joey Corcoran and a team of Buller buddies. The competition…
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…
2 August, 2010 – 47cm of New Snow at Falls Creek

2 August, 2010 – 47cm of New Snow at Falls Creek

August 2, 2010
Chris Hocking pow turn. Image:: Matt Hull Snow Journal | Chris Hocking with Charlie Brown and Matt Hull On Sunday morning the groundhog day of cloud-free skies that was July broke and snow began falling in earnest at Falls Creek. The snow has continued to tumble and Mother Nature has…
World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

World Heli Challenge – Beginning Today

July 30, 2010
2009 equal third place winner Ryan McCune, Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge The World Heli Challenge will officially begin today, friday 30 July with the Firestarter Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel before the competitor bib draw takes place on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow the 40 competitors, including the two wild…
FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

FORECAST World Heli Challenge Weekend

July 30, 2010
The helis will need good weather to fly. Image:: Harro Forecast | By Aaron Cook – Mountainwatch.com Alpine Meteorologist Summary:On your marks: Get set: Wait. That’s likely to be the story for the World Heli Challenge’s first day of scheduled competition on Sunday as a good old fashioned West Coast…
Snow Storms Forecast for Australia

Snow Storms Forecast for Australia

July 30, 2010
Nicole Lewis getting fresh pow at Buller. Image:: Courtesy Mt Buller Words | Tess Cook Between 20cm and 30cm of snow is forecast for the Australian snow resorts on Sunday, kicking off August with a very welcome fresh snowfall. Mt Buller is leading the charge with an expected 32cm, 25cm…
BLOG Taking the Piste – Apres Ski

BLOG Taking the Piste – Apres Ski

July 29, 2010
Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash Apres ski in Thredbo, Image:: Thredb Blog | Rachael Oakes-Ash In a season like this one après ski takes on a whole new light. With blue sky days and no sign of snow for weeks there’s no rush to get first powder tracks. Translated?…
BOOTHY’S BLOG – The Motatapu chutes in Treble Cone

BOOTHY’S BLOG – The Motatapu chutes in Treble Cone

July 29, 2010
Simon Blondel. Image:: Courtesy Chris Booth Blog | Chris Booth The Motatapu chutes in Treble Cone are where world’s budding, established, and legendary freeskiers come to play. You can ski these chutes without a hike out if you traverse high enough at the bottom, but if you want to take…
Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Profile – Jordan Houghton

July 28, 2010
Jordon Houghton in Thredbo 2009. Image:: Harro Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under The battle is on for spots in the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under 2010 and the Salomon Spotlight is touring the resorts, catching up with the riders hoping to earn themselves a place in the Big…
Aussie August Snow Outlook – Snow Expected

Aussie August Snow Outlook – Snow Expected

July 28, 2010
Will August bring us the snow we’re all hoping for? Image:: Jyothi Jaffray @ Hotham Snow Forecast | Aaron Cook – Alpine Meteorologist As a La Nina event in the Pacific Ocean strengthens, a betting man would probably be happy to put his money on the Australian Alps receiving average…
World Heli Challenge Interview – Maria Kuzma

World Heli Challenge Interview – Maria Kuzma

July 27, 2010
Maria (left) and her sister, World Heli Challenge 2009 womens ski Champion Janina. Image:: Harro Rider interview | Bex Sandys Maria Kuzma has been dominating NZ big mountain riding for the past two years. Blitzing the field with a clean sweep of all three events at last year’s World Heli…
VIDEO TEASER – World Heli Challenge 2009 Highlights

VIDEO TEASER – World Heli Challenge 2009 Highlights

July 26, 2010
Chris Booth. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge Only a week until the World Heli Challenge 2010. To get excited, here’s the highlights from days 2 and 3, 2009. See the fulll 2010 competitor list here You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please click here…
21st July, 2010 – Treble Cone Breaks The Powder Drought

21st July, 2010 – Treble Cone Breaks The Powder Drought

July 26, 2010
Snow Journal | Tony Harrington, Treble Cone NZ The NZ storm track has been somewhat very unusual this season. The low pressure systems have been sitting much higher in the Tasman than normal, producing an easterly flow across the South Island, which isn’t too bad for the Canterbury fields, but…
TRAVEL – Guns Of Gulmarg

TRAVEL – Guns Of Gulmarg

July 26, 2010
  Story by Bex Sandys | Photos by Tyler Heffernan We had heard amazing stories of this place: 18 metre snow bases, one metre overnight snow dumps and heli-like experiences right from the top of a gondola that drops you high in the Himalayas. Understandably our expectations for Gulmarg, India…
25 July, 2010 – Enjoying Powder at Roundhill

25 July, 2010 – Enjoying Powder at Roundhill

July 25, 2010
The new rope tow has brought big mountain skiing to Roundhill. Snow Journal | Camilla Stodart Words | Chris Booth New Zealand is famous for its legendary club fields and its antiquated, brutal lift system – the nut-cracker tow. Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigeburn and myriad other cooperatives have blown skiers’…
23 – 24 July, 2010 – Falls Creek Sunny Days

23 – 24 July, 2010 – Falls Creek Sunny Days

July 25, 2010
Local skier Mac Taylor Snow Journal | Chris Hocking, Matt Hull & Charlie Brown Sun and the snowgun has been the story of season 2010 in Australia, this week was no exception with frigid overnight temperatures mostly -5 or -6C, massive snowmaking sessions and glowing sunshine throughout the day. It’s…
Thredbo Freerdie Series – Big Air, Tuesday July 20

Thredbo Freerdie Series – Big Air, Tuesday July 20

July 22, 2010
  Event | Photos by Ben Hansen words Reggae Thredbo’s Freeride series continued this week with the Big Sir, the second comp of the five event series, held in perfect conditions at the High Noon terrain park on Tuesday and carrying $9900 in cash and prizes. The Thredbo terrain park…
17 – 19 July, 2010 – Fresh Snow at Buller

17 – 19 July, 2010 – Fresh Snow at Buller

July 21, 2010
Anna Segal enjoying her time at the Chicks with Stix session Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran On the weekend Mt Buller was blessed with the presence of our very own Shred Princess, Anna Segal. She was up there tearing apart the park with all of her other Chicks with Stix.…
World Heli Challenge – Athletes Announced

World Heli Challenge – Athletes Announced

July 20, 2010
2009 Female Ski Champion Janina Kuzma. Image:: Harro World Heli Challenge In less than two weeks, many of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders will converge on Wanaka, New Zealand to participate in the return of the legendary World Heli Challenge. Athletes from eight countries will be represented including Travis…
World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – Quentin Robbins

World Heli Challenge, Rider Interview – Quentin Robbins

July 20, 2010
Quentin Robbins. Image:: Harro Interview | Bex Sandys When the World Heli Challenge was resurrected in 2009 after an eight year hiatus, kiwi shredder Quentin Robbins was all over it. The bad weather that had kept the heli grounded for the first few days cleared for three consecutive bluebirds, giving…
The Q&A – Simon Dawes Blondel

The Q&A – Simon Dawes Blondel

July 19, 2010
Simon Dawes Blondel rappelling on a big mountain ski trip. Image – courtesy Simon Dawes Blondel Chillfactor Ski Mag Aussie Big Mountain Skier and Liberty Team Rider Simon Dawes Blondel, doyen of the Australian freeride scene. Name: Simon Dawes Blondel Age: 30 Home town: Northern Beaches Sydney Home resort: Perisher…
17 July, 2010 – VIDEO Falls Creek Snow Update with Steve Lee

17 July, 2010 – VIDEO Falls Creek Snow Update with Steve Lee

July 19, 2010
Steve Lee and family ripping at Falls Creek. Image:: Chris Hocking Snow Journal | Steve Lee/Chris Hocking Thanks to excellent snowfalls late last week, the cover at Falls Creek is looking great. Mountainwatch.com snow reporter and Olympic ski legend Steve Lee gives us a quick snow update and tests out…
16 – 17th July, 2010 – Snow Park Halfpipe Opening Day

16 – 17th July, 2010 – Snow Park Halfpipe Opening Day

July 19, 2010
Apparently Joram Makuru likes the upside down view of Snowpark from the pipe, backside handplant. Snow Journal | Pablo Azocar Snow Park has opened the first halfpipe in the Southern Hemisphere this winter when they unveiled their new 22-foot, Olympic size haflpipe. Mountainwatch.com’s Pablo Azocar spent Friday the 16th of…
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