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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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

  • Mountainwatch Guide to Jackson Hole – One of The World’s Great Snow Destinations

    Jackson Hole yesterday morning after overnight. Photo: Chris Figenshau Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss Jackson Hole has a reputation for being among the best resorts in North America and once you visit you’ll easy to understand [...]

  • 2023-2024 North American Snow Season Outlook- What We May See in an El Niño Year

    Aimee Engerbretson during a deep day at Palisades Tahoe last December. Last season was a record year for the Sierras and in an El Niño year above average snow totals are likely again this season Photo: Jeff Engerbretson Mountainw [...]

  • 2023-2024 Japanese Snow Season Outlook – What We Can Expect in an El Nino Year

    Drew Jolowicz finding deep powder at Appi Kogen, northern Honshu, in Feb 2020 a season that experienced a moderate to strong El Niño. Photo: Dylan Robinson Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper Here we go folks, another Japanese snow [...]

  • Embrace the Myoko Magic: A Safe, Fun, and Enlightening Backcountry Adventure

    Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the winter wonderland of Myoko, Japan. Our daily backcountry tours are more than just adventure; they’re about prioritising your safety, ensuring you have a blast, and [...]

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