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When will it open; what’s the snow like?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016

Japan snow

Truckloads of snow for Japan in 2016/17? The suggestions are there might be. Pic: Myokokogen.net

From the USA to Japan and even Europe I’ve tabled the key resorts with expected opening dates, what if any snow has fallen and taken a broad look at what forecasters are predicting for the season in each of the regions.

Hopefully it will help you with your choice of where to head this northern hemisphere winter!

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North America season outlook: why forecasters could be having a lend

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016

Weather guessing

If you’re in North America or going there for the 2016/17 season, it’d be pretty normal right about now to be asking the question: which states are going to get the best snow?

As someone who travels from the southern hemisphere most years the question burns a little more for me right now than say someone from San Francisco, Salt Lake City or Squamish.

So, much like I did around this time last year I spoke to Joel Gratz – founding meteorologist and CEO of Open Snow, the premier powder forecasting site used by 1.5 million skiers and boarders in the US.

His answer threw me completely.

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Two metre season or spring fizzer?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

snow measure

The Snow Gauge loves a good snow gauge

Two metres. It’s the mythical mark.The line in the snow that seemingly defines an average or sub par season from a good one. Or perhaps a great one.

Measured from the Spencers Creek site in the Kosciuszko National Park at 1830m, the weekly reading has since been a staple since 1954.

Does two metres ski any different to 199cm or 201cm? Well, of course not. But it still remains the marker that’s embedded in many an Aussie skier and snowboarder’s brain.

Can we reach it in 2016 or is the recent warmer weather an auger for a sharp ending. Well …

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Belle Brockhoff: Fit, firing and focused

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016

Belle Brockhoff

The Belle curve – Brockhoff carving out a sweet arc. Pic: Harald Benselin OWIA

While some of out best summer athletes prepare across the other side of the globe for the Olympics starting this week, there’s a whole bunch of winter ones on our own doorstep getting it done.

In case you didn’t know the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are only 18 months away so I’ll be checking in with some of our top hopes over that time.

This week I chat with the feisty Belle Brockhoff – one of Australia’s best hopes in the snowboard cross.

A World Cup winner for the first time last season Belle looks to be timing her Games run to perfection. She was quite outspoken in the lead-up to Sochi where she was eighth – now she’s looking to let her snowboarding do much of the talking.

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Ski Aspen @Hotham: the best (long) ski weekend this season!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

Mt Hotham

Sweet colours and sweet skiing at Mt Hotham. Pic: Mark Tsukasov

Skiing. Learning. Living it up a little or chilling out as the mood suits. They’re all fundamentals of the Ski Aspen experience which is coming to Mt Hotham from August 25-28.

Here’s your chance to join them for three days of instruction, apres and a slice of Aspen down under for as little as $600.

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