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  • Top Five Things to do in Queenstown this Winter

    Night skiing at Coronet Peak.  Photo: Mountainwatch | Travel Queenstown is known as the fun and adventure capital of the world and in winter you can add snow, taking it to another level. It’s must-visit destination t [...]

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  • Grasshopper’s New Zealand 2024 Snow Season Outlook – Colder Winter with Small But Frequent Top-Ups for South Island Resorts

    The Remarkables on a powder day is  something special and climate drivers are pointing to cold temps and regular top-ups for the 2024 season. Photo: Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper As we reach the tail-end of autumn, [...]

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  • Guide To Wanaka – Gateway to Some of New Zealand’s Best Skiing and Snowboarding

    Fresh tracks in Treble Cone – an enticing reason to head to Wanaka this winter. Photo: Treble Cone Mountainwatch | Matt Wiseman As temperatures drop and the softer autumn light takes hold our thoughts turn to winter with finge [...]

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  • Tohoku – Exploring Honshu’s Northern Region

    Drew Jolowizc deep in the trees at Ani, one of the Tohoku’s powder-filled resorts. Photo: Dylan Robinson Sponsored content Mountainwatch | Jimmy Williams Tohoku is the northern most region of Japan’s main island, Honshu, con [...]

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  • Calico Unveils Two New Restaurant Openings in Japan.

    Calico restaurant, the heartbeat of Bali’s surf scene, is set to blaze a trail of good times with the grand openings of two new locations in Japan’s snowboarder paradise – and just in time for winter. Following t [...]

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  • Weekly North America Forecast, December 14th – A Nice Dump For The North & South, But Wet, Warm Southerlies For The Sierras

    Kicking Horse on its opening day last weekend with some deep turns at higher elevations. It and other BC resorts should see a small 5-15cms top-up tomorrow. Phtoto: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Mountainwatch | TheGrasshopper Wri [...]

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  • Cardrona Announces New Lift and New Terrain for Winter 2025

    Plenty of fun terrain in Soho Basin’s open bowls Mountainwatch | Press Release Wanaka, NZ, Dec 14, 2023: Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand is about to get a whole lot bigger. Cardrona Alpine Resort’s is officially addin [...]

  • 2023-2024 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – Grasshopper’s December Update

    Bluebird pow day in Niseko last winter. Will we see similar days this season? Photo: Niseko United Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper The past month has been an unsettled one in Japan, where an anomalous southwest flow has brought [...]

  • 2024 New Zealand Early Birds are here!

    Now in the Northern hemisphere What a start to the season it’s been! With a number of resorts across Japan and North America already receiving record November snow fall: It’s never too early to start planning your Sout [...]

  • Mountainwatch Guide to Myoko – Japan’s Powder Capital and Second Stop on The Golden Snowmads Tour

    Myoko is regarded as the powder capital of Japan for good reason – 15 metres average annual snowfall means there are a lot days like this. Photo: Grant Gunderson Mountainwatch | Joe Stanco After visiting Minakami and Tenjinda [...]

  • First Snow Has Fallen and Resorts are Open!

    As the mountains across the Northern Hemisphere are starting to disappear under a blanket of snow, ski enthusiasts around the world are starting to dust off their gear, in preparation for those first powder turns! In Japan, Niseko [...]

  • 2023-2024 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – Grasshopper’s November Update

    Niseko and Mt Yotei after this week’s snowfalls cleared. Photo: 360niseko Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper First North America, then Europe, and now Japan is on the map after the first proper snowstorm of the season came through [...]

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