Latest Ski & Snow Blogs

  • Apr19

    Why altitude sleeping tents are a must for skiers and boarders

    by SnowsBest /

    Skiers and snowboarders wanting to improve their performance can now set up altitude tents in their own homes. Combine this with training at sea level in… The post Why altitude sleeping tents are a must for skiers and...

  • Apr18

    Help me do something big, bad ass and brave

    by SnowsBest /

    I’m giving back to receive with a crowdfunding campaign with serious rewards for snow lovers. Want to be my partner in crime? I have been talking… The post Help me do something big, bad ass and brave appeared...

  • Apr18

    Michael Jager And The Business Of Weed

    by The Editors /

    Michael Jager (pictured right) the creative design mind behind Burton Snowboards, and the legendary design firm JDK is now turning his considerable marketing muscle toward the business of legal weed in the State of Vermont. He and five other CEO’s...

  • Apr18

    You Garve, You Garve, You Garve. . .

    by The Editors /

    Yobeat put this up three days ago, but we just can’t stop watching those carves. And yeah, we have a couple Burton Factory Primes rusting away in the garage, but as Neil Young once said, “Rust never sleeps.” [Link: Yobeat]...

  • Apr15

    Backcountry film festival 2015

    Now in its 10th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping to raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners. The Backcountry...

  • Apr12

    Mountain Journal turns five

    It’s autumn, and so it must be time for the annual reflection on the Journal. Hard to believe its half a decade old! Much of my motivation in starting MJ was simply to create a forum where I could appreciate...

  • Apr10

    Snow season forecast

    Last winter started late but saw fantastic snowfalls and a solid snowbase for most of the season. As we move into autumn all us skiers, boarders and snow lovers are wondering what 2015 might look like. One of the best...

  • Apr08

    PowderJet Snowboards Goes Full DIY

    by The Editors /

    PowderJet Snowboards is going to cut down on production labor costs by offering weekend “build your own” classes in their York, Maine factory. Here’s their pitch: Join us for the weekend at our shop in beautiful York, Maine, and build...

  • Apr07

    Snowmoto – when snow mobiles and motorbikes collide

    by SnowsBest /

    They call it ‘snow biking’. We call it snowmoto. Red Bull took motocross rider Ronnie Renner into the Idaho snow backcountry to trial it. The concept… The post Snowmoto – when snow mobiles and motorbikes collide appeared first...

  • Apr05

    Who said the season is over? Spring skiing in Verbier

    by SnowsBest /

    Phil Guernsey Le Roux lives for powder. The top level ski instructor and guide lives in the Swiss resort town of Verbier after many a season… The post Who said the season is over? Spring skiing in Verbier...

  • Apr04

    Eternal Board Shop Closes Up

    by The Editors /

    Eternal Board Shop owner Mike Dunn announced today (April 3, 2015) that after 21 years in business in Sparks, Nevada he’s shutting down, according to a story on KOLOtv. It used to be pretty popular spot. One of the few...

  • Apr04

    Splitboarding powder video that will make you want to hike

    by SnowsBest /

    You know those videos that make you itch to get into the snow? This is one of them. I love the dialogue in this five minute… The post Splitboarding powder video that will make you want to hike...

  • Apr04

    VonZipper Support Wildlife Trailer 3

    by The Editors /

    This VonZipper edit almost makes us bummed that winter is starting to shutting down. . . Almost. The Support Wildlife Tour hopped in the van and put the rubber to the road again. In this edit, Matt Edgers, Gray Thompson...

  • Apr03

    World champion ski racer explodes

    by SnowsBest /

    The team at Red Bull filled racing gates with coloured powder, threw Austrian world champion Marcel Hirscher down the course and watched it explode. Dear Ullr… The post World champion ski racer explodes appeared first on ...

  • Apr02

    20 must do events in Colorado this summer

    by SnowsBest /

    Into yoga? beer? wine? music? mushrooms? There’s a festival for every taste in Colorado this summer. Yes, I’m a little Colorado obsessed at the moment having… The post 20 must do events in Colorado this summer appeared first...

  • Apr02

    New trails and expansions at Treble Cone

    by SnowsBest /

    Press Release from Treble Cone. The major summer earthworks at Treble Cone (Wanaka, NZ) to increase and enhance the intermediate ski terrain and experience in the… The post New trails and expansions at Treble Cone appeared first on...

  • Apr02

    Ski Aspen for a month for the price of a week

    by SnowsBest /

    Aspen Snowmass announce the new SKI30 Lift Pass for Australians, kids ski for free deals and discounted rental gear for the 2015/2016 season. Skiing for Australians… The post Ski Aspen for a month for the price of a...

  • Apr02

    Spring 2015 Worn Wear Tour

    Another lovely project from Patagonia: Out to change our relationship with stuff, this spring Patagonia’s biodiesel repair wagon will travel coast to coast repairing clothing for free, teaching folks how to fix things themselves and selling used Patagonia clothing. Bring...

  • Apr01

    Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary plans

    by SnowsBest /

    Start training now, Jackson Hole is turning 50 in the upcoming 2015/2016 season with a new chairlift, Powder 8s, Music Festival and more. The Jackson Hole… The post Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary plans appeared first on ...

  • Apr01

    Protecting the Kuark forest

    The spectacular old growth forest of Kuark in East Gippsland provides habitat for threatened species such as the Sooty, Masked and Powerful owls, Greater gliders, Long footed potoroos and a rare rainforest type where warm and cool temperate rainforest blend...

  • Mar31

    Perisher resort sold

    The Australian is reporting that the Perisher resort has been sold to the US-based Vail Resorts conglomerate. Crown casino chief James Packer and another private company have sold the Snowy Mountains’ Perisher Ski Resort to America’s Vail Resorts for $176.6m....

  • Mar31

    Factory Media Officially Stops The Presses

    by The Editors /

    We tweeted it the other day (after reading about it on Everyone has been posting about it. But for your pleasure, the official explanation of why Factory Media has finally decided to go digital with most of its titles...

  • Mar31

    Perisher’s Freedom Pass turns Epic Pass with Vail Resorts

    by SnowsBest /

    As part of the announced acquisition of Perisher by Vail Resorts, Inc.  Perisher announced that it has re-opened sales of the Perisher Freedom Pass with Epic… The post Perisher’s Freedom Pass turns Epic Pass with Vail Resorts appeared...

  • Mar31

    Vail Resorts Buys Australia’s Perisher

    by The Editors /

    Not content to own nearly every major winter resort in North America, Vail Resorts announced today that it is adding Australia’s Perisher Resort to their portfolio at a cost of approximately $136 million in cash. “The acquisition of our first...

  • Mar31

    Sold! Vail Resorts buys Perisher

    by SnowsBest /

    Vail Resorts today announced that the Company has agreed to acquire its first international mountain resort, Perisher Ski Resort (“Perisher”) in New South Wales, Australia, for… The post Sold! Vail Resorts buys Perisher appeared first on ...

  • Mar31

    Taka Hayashi’s Portraits Of Nature At AR4T

    by The Editors /

    We’ve all seen his work on Vans shoes, Burton Snowboards, and Flip Skateboards, but Laguna Beach, California’s AR4T Gallery is giving us all a chance to get a much closer look at Taka Hayashi’s incredible work in a solo show...

  • Mar31

    Lindsey Jacobellis Rocks The Soxxy

    by The Editors /

    X Games Boardercross ruler Lindsey Jacobelis has joined action photog/filmer Sky Rondenet (and others) on the Soxxy compression socks team, according to Soxxy founder and NYC PR maven Sarah Stabile. “Lindsey caught my attention when she won the silver medal...

  • Mar31

    Snowboarder Dies In Swiss Avalanche

    by The Editors /

    A 30-year-old snowboarder who was riding off-piste with his 31-year-old brother has died after being caught in an avalanche in the Valais area (Southwestern Switzerland), according to a story in The Independent. The pair are thought to have been travelling...

  • Mar30

    Splitfest DownUnder 2015

    The NSW Splitfest DownUnder will be held on weekend of the 21-23rd of August in the NSW main range. Register here. We will be holding the Friday night entertainment at the Banjo Paterson Inn Starting @ 6pm 1 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne, Snowy...

  • Mar29

    Ten reasons you should pay Telluride forward

    by SnowsBest /

    From carbon neutral micro brew festivals to the complimentary bio fuel bus, a ‘free box’, random acts of coffee kindness and no traffic lights. Why you… The post Ten reasons you should pay Telluride forward appeared first on...

  • Mar27

    High Country Harvest

    The High Country Harvest is a food based festival featuring 40 events across north east Victoria over 10 days. 15 – 24 May. From the organisers: You are invited to sip, sample and savour the bounty grown and created by...

  • Mar25

    High country cattle grazing ban in national parks likely to succeed

    In an update to our recent report on the Victorian government introducing legislation to ban cattle grazing in the Alpine and Red Gum national parks, it now seems likely the legislation will pass through the Upper House. The ALP controls...

  • Mar23

    Australian, Alex Pullin, finishes season ranked 2nd in the world

    by SnowsBest /

    Two-time World Champion, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) rider Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, finished third in the men’s final as the Snowboard Cross World Cup season… The post Australian, Alex Pullin, finishes season ranked 2nd in the world...

  • Mar20

    Rocky Mountain high – so you want to get stoned in Colorado?

    by SnowsBest /

    Marijuana, ganja, hooch, grass, weed, whatever you call the green stuff you can now purchase it without the threat of handcuffs in Colorado.   Ok, I… The post Rocky Mountain high – so you want to get stoned...

  • Mar18

    Beating the Colorado blues

    by SnowsBest /

    A tale of sitting still and finding Joy while travelling round the world It’s 4.00am and I’m battling the desire to fully awaken. My body is in… The post Beating the Colorado blues appeared first on ...

  • Mar18

    When Mike Douglas and an active volcano collide

    by SnowsBest /

    The boys from Salomon Freeski hit New Zealand’s Mt Tongariro National Park last winter. This is what happened. Anyone who has been to Mt Ruapehu has… The post When Mike Douglas and an active volcano collide appeared first...

  • Mar17

    Alpine grazing banned

    In perhaps the final act of the long running alpine grazing saga, the Victorian government has introduced legislation into Parliament banning grazing in the Alpine National Park, as well as in the River Red Gum national parks. The introduction of...

  • Mar16

    Vail Resorts Epic Pass 2015/2016 on sale now

    by SnowsBest /

    The industry’s most valuable and best-selling lift pass, the Epic Pass, is on sale now with unlimited access to 11 U.S. resorts offering more than 32,000… The post Vail Resorts Epic Pass 2015/2016 on sale now appeared first...

  • Mar16

    Alex Chumpy Pullin wins gold in Switzerland

    by SnowsBest /

    Two-time World Champion, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) rider Alex “Chumpy” Pullin has won the second of the World Cup events in Veysonnaz, Switzerland on… The post Alex Chumpy Pullin wins gold in Switzerland appeared first on...

  • Mar15

    A powder storm, a cat and a girl named Nell

    by SnowsBest /

    As Colorado’s favourite son, John Denver, said, some days are diamonds. SnowsBest hits Aspen’s back country in style on The Little Nell cat. As first world problems… The post A powder storm, a cat and a girl named Nell...

  • Mar09

    Climate change likely to be responsible for eucalypt dieback in south-east NSW

    It is widely known that climate change has resulted in prolonged infestations of mountain pine beetle in the mountain states of North America, which has destroyed wide areas of lodgepole pine forest. Previously, cold spells had killed off bark beetles...

  • Mar05

    Eco Challenge Gold Coast 2015

    From the organisers: We are proud to announce that the Eco Challenge Gold Coast 2015 event is locked in for March 15, 2015 at Tugun Surf Life Saving Club 29 O’Connor St, Tugun QLD 4224 The event will again be part of the Bleach Festival...

  • Jan07

    It’s all about transparency! Where Great Design and Business Ethics Collide

    The following comes from James Williams, the founder of Keebunga. A new product, just launched on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform is leading the way in transparent business practices. The Keebunga hard shell key case, is beautiful to look at, tactile...

  • Dec09

    Paddy Pallin and the environment

    The Paddy Pallin stores fill a particular niche in the Australian outdoor equipment landscape. They are well known and still sell general and technical equipment, rather than just concentrating on ‘adventure wear’. And they stock not only other companies gear,...

  • Nov02

    Patagonia introduces ‘traceable down’.

    In Melbourne, the minute the temperature drops below about 15 degrees, it seems like half the town’s population pulls out their Katmandu puffy jacket. Down jackets seem to have made a come back in recent years. As a backcountry skier...

  • Oct01

    Change starts with a (Fair Trade) T-shirt

    I haven’t as yet got around to doing a profile on Prana. Given that their clothing is becoming more available in Australia, it’s probably time to do a write up. But until then, check this short piece about one person’s...

  • Oct12

    A slow sore day down Watson's Ck: 11/10/2014

    by Richard Hocking /

    After the weeks rain and warm weather Skifree, Katherine and I were keen to get out to the Western Slopes before all of the thaw turned them green. We decided to head...

  • Oct05

    Captain Pants and Major Snowshoe go to the Sentinel: 04/10/2014

    by Richard Hocking /

    The RMS had cleared Kosciusko Rd to the Charlotte's Turning Circle and I had a hankering for another ski on the Western Faces. Tony and Chris were keen and I ran into Owain...

  • Oct03

    Patagonia Uses Reclaimed Cotton, Down and Wool for “Truth to Materials” Collection

    Patagonia gets featured on this site on a regular basis. This is simply because there are a lot of sustainability initiatives happening within the company. The following is lifted directly from the Selectism website and was written by Jeff Carvalho....

  • Sep08

    Patagonia selling Fair Trade Certified clothing

    The following update comes from Patagonia. Check their site for extra details. In an attempt to improve the lives of the workers who make our products, in May 2014 we began selling Fair Trade Certified™ apparel. Though we started small...

  • Aug31

    The Little Things snowboarding film

    The Little Things  is a snowboard film featuring the “stories of riders who are inspiring for their environmentally sustainable initiatives and lifestyles”. They have carried out a successful crowd funding project and have two trailers available. The following update comes...

  • Aug08

    Fun in the Sun: Thredbo 08/08/2014

    by Richard Hocking /

    Today I was lucky enough to ski with Craig Martin at Thredbo. Craig had offered to take photos of me for future manuals and for my workshops at Intertele and Interski next...

  • Aug01

    Patagonia Surfing Wet Suits Go Green

    This video from the NY Times gives a good overview in about 4 minutes of Patagonia’s efforts to shift from using non-sustainable materials in their wetsuits. Most wetsuits are currently made from neoprene (which is fossil fuel derived and non...

  • Jul28

    A SICo weekend: Perisher 26&27/07/2014

    by Richard Hocking /

    Once again I met up with some fellow forum members for some skiing fun, this year at Perisher...

  • Jun12

    A slow start: Perisher Report 12/06/2014

    by Richard Hocking /

    Autumn has been depressingly warm, the grass is growing and plants are flowering now instead of spring and the snow is pretty depressing as well. Perisher have worked hard with their snowmaking,...

  • Oct12

    A long walk for two harvests: BC report 12/10/2013

    by Richard Hocking /

    Tony was up for his last day this season so we decided to take a punt and see how much snow we'd find on Twynam West. We got off to a good...

  • Aug24

    Super Mank: Perisher Report 24/08/2013

    by Richard Hocking /

    Tony, Jhono and I were excited. There had been fresh yesterday and we hoped where there would be some stashes for us. However the wet snow yesterday was firm early up high...

  • Aug16

    Demo Team Training Day 2: Perisher Report 16/08/2013

    by Richard Hocking /

    Today was another great day for training. There was less cloud, but it was warmer and windier. We had an early start and got so ski some gates on Escapade. Olympic opened...

  • Aug15

    Demo Team Training Day 1: Perisher Report 15/08/2013

    by Richard Hocking /

    I'm getting some mid week turns to train with the Australian Demo Team going to Interski. As the lone telemarker I love this training since I'm being constantly pushed to keep up...

  • Aug10

    Crunchy and Dusty: Perisher Report 10/08/13

    by Richard Hocking /

    I had high hopes for today, but the snowfall had been light, it was warm and is was very crusty. The weeks snowfall had doubled the Spencer's Ck snow depth from ~50cm...