Aussie resorts forced to use snow guns in a last ditch effort to protect themselves from raging forest fires

Australian resorts have today switched on their snow guns in a desperate last-ditch effort to save themselves from a huge wild-fire, which has been burning out of control for days. The snowguns, which traditionally fall silent in late winter, are being cranked up across the resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in southern New South Wales, …

Aussie / Kiwi managed business acquires Japanese resort

Active Life Japan, an Australian /New Zealand managed business, has entered into an agreement to purchase Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort, in the Karuizawa area, Japan. Active Life announced that they are proud to add Palcall to their growing list of properties, which includes three major hotels in the nearby resort of Madarao. Palcall is located …

Japan is off to a very slow start, but rest assured – snow is coming!

If you're traveling to Japan's main island this Christmas, get your snow dancing shoes on and start busting out your best moves! That's the message from snow-industry managers all over Honshu, who are presently sweating on the snow Gods to deliver a season starting dump! A quick review of the long term snow-fall statistics, compiled …

Human carrying drones to make traditional ski lifts obsolete by 2030

Prologue Yes, we know its not April fools day, and yes, it probably is a bit close to home for many, but seriously, do you think such a day may come? When powerful, yet affordable drones, will whisk us to the top of the mountain? Although clearly satirical, the article below touches on some of …

How to get from Tokyo to Nagano (and Iiyama): a beginners guide

International travel for the uninitiated can be a bit scary at the best of times.  Throw in a couple of connecting flights, some trains and a bus, and it is enough to send even the  most seasoned traveler catatonic!  However, fear not: travel in Japan is easy.  Signposts are in English, the Japanese staff are …

The pitfalls of off-piste travel insurance: a review of 30+ products

While travel insurances are relatively straightforward for those wishing to ride exclusively on-piste (i.e. the groomers), it can be a veritable minefield for those wishing to ride the backcountry, or even off-piste with resort boundaries (yep, you heard it - EVEN within resort boundaries). So when buying insurance, it pays to read the Product Disclosure …

Three really cool things to do in Tokyo on your way home from the snow

Skiing and snowboarding in Japan is the hottest winter sports ticket in the world at the moment, and why wouldn’t it be: it consistently records the lightest and driest snow on earth, and it falls in quantities that’ll make your head spin – every time! If like many Aussies, you punctuate or even book-end you …

Ever wanted to own a Japanese ski lodge? Ryuoo Ski Lodge is for sale, and it’s cheaper than you think!

Nagano! Everyone's heard of Nagano, right? It's home to Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko and of course, Hakuba. But would it surprise you if we told you the region is home to literally dozens of resorts, most of which you've never heard of? For example, if we mentioned Seki Onsen, Lotte Arai, Kita Shinsu, X-Jam …