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Video: 2 skiers conquered this couloir on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania

Three adventure loving blokes hit up the East face of Cradle Mountain this weekend, ski mountaineering Tassie style over rocks and boulders into an,...

I thought I knew everything, then I did an AST 1...

When the pow drops in any village north of the equator, it’s the Aussies on snow holiday who are running out the door like...

The perfect introduction to backcountry ski touring in Australia

If someone told me I could go to Perisher and ski fresh tracks for an entire Saturday in July, without waiting in a single...

A beginners guide to split boarding in the backcountry

I’m a dead set beginner splitboarder. Having only toured a handful of times, mainly on a recent trip to Japan, I’m in no way...

VIDEO: Be inspired by the Aussie quadriplegic who heli skis in...

Australian sit skier Sarah-Jane 'SJ' Staszak knows adversity. The adventure loving legend became a quadriplegic after a simple surgery went wrong five years ago....

You won’t believe these snow adventure pics are from Australia

Jake Sims and his snow loving mates, Trent Shaddock and Erryn Reeder love an Aussie backcountry adventure and are experienced riders. They've already hit...

British Columbia heli and cat ski experiences that Aussies will love

For many, the pinnacle of skiing and snowboarding is cat skiing and heli skiing where skiers and snowboarders take a cat (snow groomer with...

How you can help Australia get an avalanche beacon training park

If you ski and snowboard you are at risk of being caught in an avalanche. Yes, even inbounds and yes, even in Australia. Knowing how...

Backcountry ski and board festival returns to Hotham this September

The Victorian Backcountry Festival is back for a second year and will be held at Hotham on September 7 and 8 this winter. The Backcountry...

What it’s really like to conquer the biggest snow lines in...

This is a long feature multi media story best viewed on desktop/laptop but is certainly readable on all devices. Thirty eight year old Matt Ward...

Cat ski, heli ski or touring in Canada – which is...

Like many Australians, my first taste of British Columbian (BC) was a trip to Whistler in the 1990s, standing on the peak thinking "that's...

Is off piste more dangerous in Europe than North America?

Europe has had some major snow this season. Correction, Austria had some major snow this season in January and the USA had tons all...

Avalanche deaths, burials and near misses in Japan this week

There is a frenzy about skiing and snowboarding in Japan right now. The numbers of western snow lovers making the pilgrimage to the powder...

The heli ski experience perfect for Australians

We all know heli skiing is more than a bucket list snow experience, it's the penultimate dream for many skiers and snowboarders. Ticking it...

Experience heli skiing in virtual reality with Sherpas Cinema and Google

Regular readers know how much we here at SnowsBest love a bit of heli skiing.  Sometimes it's hard to put into words the true...

Heli ski with an Olympian in Italy this winter

Four time British Winter Olympian, Chemmy Alcott is hosting a one-off trip to the free ride Mecca of Alagna in Italy for James Orr...

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