First time JaPOW: the only question is Hakuba or Madarao? Why not both?

Our legion of followers have been very busy recently, traveling the world, experiencing some of the best snow on offer.   Here, guest reporter, Hamish Macphee, gives us the low down on his first trip to Japan, taking in the popular resort of Hakuba and up-and-coming ski area, Madarao (or MadaPOW as it's known affectionately). Madarao …

Don’t be a bogan in Japan this winter

Bogan, n. An unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, esp. regarded as being of low social status (Oxford English Dictionary). Ok, so maybe 'bogan' is a bit strong. But with increasing levels of ill-feeling toward Australians abroad, and a noticeable increase in the Aussie 'bogan' element in some of the Japanese ski fields, we thought we'd …

If you’re looking for a value ski holiday with a difference, you need to read this!

Those that have followed us for a while will know that this year we are actively promoting Madarao in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan, as a family ski destination.  And before we go on, let us disclose that - yes - we are working with the resort and one of their accommodation providers, Active Life, and …

Charlotte Pass: The search for Australia’s best value snow experience ends here

By Hamish Macphee Finding value in the Aussie ski fields can often be a fool's task. With lift tickets over $130 at most resorts and a pie and Gatorade for lunch over $15 you could be forgiven for giving up the search. Enter Charlotte Pass - a quiet place to learn to ski or just …

Mt Buller mourns passing of pioneer Hans Grimus

The Mt Buller community is today celebrating the life and mourning the passing of mountain pioneer and legend Hans Grimus, aged 78. Hans, owner of Mt Buller institution Hotel Pension Grimus, played a formative role in Mt Buller’s development and contributed widely to the resort and the community. Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management CEO …

Celebrating National Threatened Species Day at Falls Creek

By Ian Scoop Talbot September 7 is National Threatened Species Day in Australia. The date commemorates the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger, which died dismally at the Hobart Zoo 82 years ago this year. Of all the threatened species in this country, one lives very close to home in northeast Victoria. The mountain …

Charlotte Pass to be upgraded under a $10M plan

Charlotte Pass Snow Resort Pty Ltd (CPSR) today announced a 10 million-dollar, 10 Year Capital Investment program for the resort. This unprecedented investment at Charlotte Pass will see an increase in lifting capacity and the expansion of accessible terrain, through the installation of a brand-new Surface Lift towards Mount Stilwell and the replacement of the …