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

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

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

12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

June 15, 2010
A nice dusting of snow around the Thredbo River Snow Journal | Ben Hansen NSW kicked off winter with a stunning weekend at both Perisher and Thredbo. Perisher hosted its second Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, which was widely popular, and Thredbo kept guests entertained with drumming shows, stilt walkers…
Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week 3

Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week 3

June 15, 2010
Words and images | Peter Hogg Week three is characterised with inclusion of exercises that will place more demands on the hip for control. The 180 degree spins will test your landing stability and introduce some impact in the program. The arabesques are now loaded for added demands. Some of…
June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

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

The Lift List – What’s Open on Opening Weekend

June 10, 2010
Scenic chairlift | Mt Hotham Saturday Update, thanks to even more snow making and a helpful dusting of new snow, most of the resorts are running more lifts that expected. Here’s what’s going right now across the Aussie Alps and should run across the whole weekend Mt Buller is running…
2010 Diaries Down Under Ep.1

2010 Diaries Down Under Ep.1

June 10, 2010
  Diaries Down Under are back for 2010 and in the first episode they check in with Stef Zeestraten who makes the trek from Wanaka for opening day at Coronet Peak, Queenstown – the first resort to open in the Southern Hemisphere for 2010. After a sick day riding around…
Forecast Great for Aussie Opening Weekend

Forecast Great for Aussie Opening Weekend

June 9, 2010
  Up close with the snow at Falls Creek. Image – Chris Hocking/Falls Creek Words | Aaron Cook, Mountainwatch.com Meteorologist Opening weekend across ski resorts in Victoria and New South Wales is going to be white, cool, and mainly fine as a high pressure system develops over the area. Mother…
The Snow Guarantee!

The Snow Guarantee!

June 7, 2010
    What is it: Get the amount of new snow mountainwatch is guaranteeing or your money back! How it’ll work: When it looks like the fresh stuff is coming, Mountainwatch will charge up the Guarantee – book yourself some snow time through the Guarantee and if we don’t deliver…
RIP Arne Backstrom 1980 – 2010. A Q&A with the FWT Champ

RIP Arne Backstrom 1980 – 2010. A Q&A with the FWT Champ

June 6, 2010
  Words | Rachael Oakes-Ash Images | Frank Shine There is no opening line worthy so we’ll just write it plain and simple. Patagonia sponsored freeskier and current Freeskiing World Tour champion, Arne Backstrom, has passed away during a filming expedition in Peru. The Squaw community has again lost one…
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?…
Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week Two

Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week Two

June 4, 2010
Words and images | Peter Hogg Week two is designed to give you alternative exercises that can be done in the park or back yard. If you have only brief rest periods between sets of exercise this program can be challenging and will get you more prepared for the snow.…
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE – Alaska with Jono Brauer and Craig Branch

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE – Alaska with Jono Brauer and Craig Branch

June 1, 2010
In February this year Rip Curl sent the Aussie Alpine Olympic team, Jono Brauer and Craig Branch, to Alaska for 10 days with Points North Heli Adventures in Cordova. Off the back of their Olympic successes in downhill and super G, the guys were keen to try their hand at…
May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

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

Will The Olympics Take Slopestyle Too?

May 28, 2010
Next week a bunch of ski racers will decide whether to include snowboard Slopestyle into the 2014 Olympic games. How will this affect slopestyle? Let’s look at what it did to halfpipe. Without a rockstar like Shaun White to spur on the ratings, the Olympics could risk becoming as irrelevant…
Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg

Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg

May 28, 2010
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics have sparked an interest in ski vacations this winter. Winter Olympic Sports Physiotherapist Peter Hogg from Thredbo and Noosa has designed a six-week conditioning program that can help you prepare for winter sport – either skiing or snowboarding. Preparation is essential so that you can…
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…
Snow Resort Lowdown – Falls Creek, Australia

Snow Resort Lowdown – Falls Creek, Australia

May 25, 2010
Get away from life at Falls Creek. Image – Courtesy Falls Creek Words – Steve Lee Picturesque Falls Creek in the Victorian High Country four and a half hours from Melbourne is a snow-bound village with plenty of ski-in-ski-out access. Its slopes are wide and open, ideal for intermediate skiers,…
Chillfactor Ski Magazine

Chillfactor Ski Magazine

May 25, 2010
The 2010 issue of Chillfactor magazine is out now. Check it out and you’ll know why Chillfactor is Australia’s best ski mag.   On The Cover Jono Brauer, Chugach, Alaska. When we organised the trip to Points North Heli Adventures in Cordova in late March there were only a handful…
The Mountainwatch Snow Reports & Forecasts App

The Mountainwatch Snow Reports & Forecasts App

May 19, 2010
The freshest app in the app store, just got even fresher. That’s right, the Mountainwatch snow report app has just received a number of key updates that all aim to bring you even closer to the most up-to-date independent snow forecasting and reporting service in the world. Available through the…
Aussie Snow Myths – Are the Lilly Pillys Predicting a Good Winter?

Aussie Snow Myths – Are the Lilly Pillys Predicting a Good Winter?

May 13, 2010
Does a full Lake Eyre mean a good snow season? Images v3Travel/Harro Words :: Aaron Cook, Mountainwatch.com Meteorologist A couple of weeks ago Mountainwatch.com published my thoughts about the sort of winter and the amount of snow we can expect in 2010. But although we meteorologists walk around like we…
Maori Signs for Reading the Winter

Maori Signs for Reading the Winter

May 13, 2010
Maori believe the position of the Matariki Constellation is an indication of a good winter at Turoa. Image – Courtesy Mt Ruapehu Words :: Aaron Cook, Moutainwatch.com Meteorologist Mountainwatch.com recently published a story looking into what sort of snow we can expect for the New Zealand winter. The problem is,…
May 11, 2010 – Snowfalls Kick Off Winter

May 11, 2010 – Snowfalls Kick Off Winter

May 11, 2010
Victorian Journal – By Steve LeeAfter what can only be described (around Victoria) as a very pleasant autumn to date, some wintery weather has finally started to roll in. The last two days has seen a solid cold snap and some decent snow falls in the most southern Mts of…
2009 Flashback – The Best Snow of Last Year

2009 Flashback – The Best Snow of Last Year

May 5, 2010
< Australia’s snow resorts are receiving the first solid snowfalls of 2010 and we’ve all got snow on the mind. To get everyone excited for what’s ahead, here’s some shots from the best days of 2009. Got any great images from last season? Send them to us at info@mountainwatch.com with…
2010 Aussie Snow Season Outlook

2010 Aussie Snow Season Outlook

May 3, 2010
Will 2010 be a good year for snowballs? Image – Courtesy Falls Creek Mountainwatch.com Meteorologist Aaron Cook puts his neck on the line predicting what the 2010 Australian snow season may look like. It’s early June. Temperatures are dipping, an extra blanket has just gone on the bed and many…
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