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  • Jul29

    Climate change, snow sports and mountain environments

    There can be little doubt that our fragile alpine environment is at risk from multiple sources, including feral animals and pests, inappropriate development, logging and climate change. What is strange is that amongst major users of our mountain environments there...

  • Jul29

    Want to ski in Spain? Charlie Timmins did

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    The North Face skier, Aussie Charlie Timmins, takes matters into his own hands, venturing into the backcountry of Sierra Nevada in The North Face: A Week… The post Want to ski in Spain? Charlie Timmins did appeared first...

  • Jul29

    It’s snowing in Jackson Hole and it’s summer

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    A mid summer snow storm turned Jackson Hole in Wyoming winter white and some locals went pond skimming.   It all happened in Jackson Hole this… The post It’s snowing in Jackson Hole and it’s summer appeared first...

  • Jul27

    Thredbo’s Top2Bottom celebrates 25 years with one wild party

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Australia’s most iconic downhill race takes après to the next level as Thredbo and G.H. Mumm present La Folie Douce at Top2Bottom’s 25th Birthday celebration week. Pop up… The post Thredbo’s Top2Bottom celebrates 25 years with one wild party appeared...

  • Jul26

    Skiing the High Plains

    This is one of the finest books written about the Australian Alps. Self published by Harry Stephenson in 1982 and long out of print, this compilation of essays about the development ok skiing in Victoria is exhaustive. Coming in at...

  • Jul26

    Enter your grommet for the New Zealand Junior Freeride World Tour

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Got a kid that wants in on the Freeride Junior Tour for big mountain skiing and boarding? Then you need this. The first ever New Zealand Junior… The post Enter your grommet for the New Zealand Junior Freeride World...

  • Jul25

    Feral deer damaging Alpine National Park to be culled in Parks Victoria trial

    This article is by Darren Gray, writing in The Age newspaper. Image: Deer damaging an Alpine bog on the Bogong High Plains Photo: Parks Victoria. Wild deer causing significant environmental damage in the Alpine National Park will be culled in...

  • Jul25

    World Telemark Day

    Plans are shaping up for the first World Telemark Day gathering in the southern hemisphere. It will be held over the weekend of September 5 and 6. There is an event planned for the Hotham area in Victoria, and possibly...

  • Jul24

    Splitfest 2015

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

  • Jul19

    Car review: Renault Koleos

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    I was all prepared to take the Renault Koleos 4×4 Bose Premium 2.0 Diesel on a snow journey to the opening weekend of the Australian ski… The post Car review: Renault Koleos appeared first on ...

  • Jul19

    Three ski breakfasts and an apres dinner in New Zealand

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Four of the best food joints in the ski areas of New Zealand’s South Island to put on your foodie list. A lot has changed in… The post Three ski breakfasts and an apres dinner in New Zealand...

  • Jul19

    Skiing in your lounge room

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Klaus Mair is a YouTube celebrity who critiques your skiing ability from the sofa. The premise is simple. Video yourself skiing and send the video to… The post Skiing in your lounge room appeared first on ...

  • Jul18

    Heli ski runs before breakfast

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Heli skiing at dawn in New Zealand is a true bucket list experience. New Zealand weather and I have wrestled almost every winter for the past… The post Heli ski runs before breakfast appeared first on ...

  • Jul18

    Destination guide to Sun Peaks, Canada

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Christie Hampton gives SnowsBest her guide to Sun Peaks. Like ants on a dropped ice cream cone, British Columbia in Canada’s west is crawling with world-class… The post Destination guide to Sun Peaks, Canada appeared first on ...

  • Jul15

    Quest for dogs at Mt Buller

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Mt Buller will play host to a brand new event on the snow season calendar, with the Mt Buller Sled Dog Quest set to take place… The post Quest for dogs at Mt Buller appeared first on ...

  • Jul15

    Snow snow snow in Australia

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    The snow forecasters got it right last week, Australia got snow and the resorts have been glowing in the reflection of the white stuff ever since.… The post Snow snow snow in Australia appeared first on ...

  • Jul14

    The best of British Columbia’s best ski resorts

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Heading to British Columbia? Christie Hampton gives SnowsBest her ‘best of’ resorts. British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is a hub for some of the world’s best… The post The best of British Columbia’s best ski resorts appeared first...

  • Jul14

    Live like a gazillionaire in Wanaka from $210 a night

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Some days my job sucks. Today is not one of them. I am writing this from my villa on the outskirts of Wanaka in New Zealand’s… The post Live like a gazillionaire in Wanaka from $210 a night...

  • Jul14

    The quiet achiever you need to meet in Queenstown

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Like most alpine resort towns with an international airport, Queenstown comes with a plethora of boutique lodges, five star hotels, backpackers, flash packers and the usual… The post The quiet achiever you need to meet in Queenstown appeared...

  • Jul14

    Win a ski trip with Jossi Wells or snowboard with Diaries Down Under

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Air New Zealand are giving away the ultimate ski trip for two and snowboard trip for two. To celebrate their latest Meanwhile in New Zealand campaign… The post Win a ski trip with Jossi Wells or snowboard with...

  • Jul13

    Sugar Mountain: Australian High Country Tour Announced

    Sugar Mountain is an Australian ski film set in the wilds of Alaska. Described as a ‘cosmic ski odyssey’, its a great film about a bunch of Australians who head to Alaska in search of the mythical peak. It is...

  • Jul11

    Who wants to go heli skiing in New Zealand?

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    I’m taking over the Southern Lakes Heli Ski Instagram account from July 12 – 18 and will be posting pics from New Zealand daily. The good… The post Who wants to go heli skiing in New Zealand? appeared...

  • Jul11

    Dumu Balcony Cafe

    There is no shortage of cafes and eating spots in Bright. But Dumu Balcony Cafe stands out, even if its a bit hard to find. It is a social enterprise that employs and trains participants from the Thathangathay Foundation’s Leadership...

  • Jul10

    Alpine grazing update

    The following comes from the Victorian National Parks Association. Quite some time before cattle grazing was banned in the Alpine National Park, ‘Soil erosion and vegetation damage and disturbance in the alpine regions of Victoria caused by cattle grazing’ was...

  • Jul09

    Chris Hocking’s snow globe of fortune

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    What to expect from the snow storm hype in Australia. Chris Hocking looks into his crystal snow globe. If you received a fortune cookie at last… The post Chris Hocking’s snow globe of fortune appeared first on ...

  • Jul09

    The myth about snow depths

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it for myself. When snow depths break all barriers. There I was enjoying the best coffee on the… The post The myth about snow depths appeared first on ...

  • Jul09

    Gratitude is attitude – snow worries in Australia

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Skiing and snowboarding problems are first world problems. How gratitude has made the Australian ski fields a better place. Imagine being an Australian ski resort during… The post Gratitude is attitude – snow worries in Australia appeared first...

  • Jul08

    The Wait Is Over, up to 50cm inbound

    After a good, early start to the season, the dreaded El Nino influence has seen very ordinary conditions across the Alps since opening weekend in early June…. Most resorts are getting by with very limited terrain being open, and snow...

  • Jul08

    Is Australia’s 2015 ski season about to be saved?

    by SnowsBest / snowsbest.com

    Snow, snow, snow. That’s what’s on the cards for Australia’s thirsty ski season. But just how much is about to dump? There’s an excited tension hanging… The post Is Australia’s 2015 ski season about to be saved? appeared...

  • Jul06

    Backcountry Information Night

    Event Details The love of mountain sports invites you and all to an Australian Backcountry Information Evening. The night is hosted by Watkin McLennan and presented in association with Marker Bindings, Rhythm Snowsports, Mountainwatch.com and Chillfactor Magazine. When: Thursday 16th...

  • Jun25

    Jake Burton’s Health Improving

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    After weeks of rumors and speculation surrounding the health of Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton PR has finally today (June 24, 2015) released an official health update. It’s good news considering what Jake and his family have been...

  • Jun21

    The White Ribbon of Death: Perisher Report 20&21/06/2015

    by Richard Hocking / telemarkphat.org

    On Saturday I headed up for my first solo ski this season. It was cold, still and clear with a few cm arriving at the end of the rainy system which...

  • Jun10

    Live In Shaun White’s Beach House

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Yes, now you too can live in Shaun White’s Encinitas, California beach house for the bargain rate of $12,500 a month, according to story in the LA Times. The 3,500 square feet of polished interiors features dark wood floors, wrought...

  • Jun10

    Attack Of The Avalanche Sharks

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Spring breaker shredders get a little more than they bargained for when prehistoric snow sharks attack. Here’s how Avalanche Sharks goes: “Bikini Snow Day is the busiest day of the year at Mammoth Mountain, and the resort is packed with...

  • Jun09

    Big Spinning Makes The 2018 Olympics

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Hey, shred kids. Looks like the quad corkers will get the chance to go for the gold when the Five Ring Circus (aka Olympics Winter Games) drop next in 2018 in PyeongChang, Korea. The inclusion of big air is another...

  • Jun04

    Stoked Sample Sale In NYC

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Stoked is hosting their first ever sample sale in their offices in Brooklyn June 12-14, 2015. We have 25 brands providing great gear and clothing that we’re selling for up to 70% off! All proceeds benefit STOKED. . . We’re...

  • May27

    Happy Socks Goes Cloud Snowboarding

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Hey look! It’s a viral sock ad by Happy Socks. It’s called Snowboarding In The Clouds and that’s exactly what their doing. Either that or Adrian Cinni is the world’s highest yoyo....

  • May16

    Backcountry film festival

    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...

  • May16

    Burton Opens New Las Vegas Outlet Store

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Forget about paying full price for your new Burton Snowboard gear next fall. This summer (while you’re partying in a urine filled Las Vegas pool) make a run to the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Stores and hit up Burton’s newest...

  • May15

    Baby Shredding With Steve Klassen

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    We normally don’t condone baby racing, but if anyone is going to take their kids snowboarding it might as well be Wave Rave extremist Steve Klassen. And yeah, that front board (and the front flip and wall ride) makes us...

  • May13

    The 2015 Tailgate Alaska Wrap Up

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    Each spring for the past 8 years snowboard media innovator Mark Sullivan has been gathering the freeride flock at Thompson Pass in Valdez, Alaska for a festival called Tailgate Alaska. An airstrip is turned into a motorhome community springs up...

  • Apr27

    Waterproof, Breathable, and Toxin-Free

    Patagonia is upping its own environmental ante, with a $1 million investment in Beyond Surface Technologies, a Swiss company that’s pushing petrochemicals out of the gear closet. In this article by Mary Catherine O’Connor from the Outside website, it is...

  • Apr21

    Snowboard Ramps Up With New Hires

    by The Editors / boardistan.com

    While other snowboard magazines are cutting print and/or staff, Boulder, Colorado based Snowboard Magazine is hiring even more people to help share the shred. Entering its 12th volume, the industry’s leading independent publication, SNOWBOARD magazine and Snowboardmag.com, is pleased to...

  • 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...

  • 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 / telemarkphat.org

    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 / telemarkphat.org

    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...

  • Aug08

    Fun in the Sun: Thredbo 08/08/2014

    by Richard Hocking / telemarkphat.org

    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...

  • Jul28

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

    by Richard Hocking / telemarkphat.org

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

  • Jun12

    A slow start: Perisher Report 12/06/2014

    by Richard Hocking / telemarkphat.org

    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 / telemarkphat.org

    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 / telemarkphat.org

    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 / telemarkphat.org

    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 / telemarkphat.org

    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...