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 …

Aldi snow gear, 2019: what’s new, how much does it cost and does it stack up?

Aldi’s range of low-cost snow gear will again hit our Aussie stores on the 18 May. Yep, that’s the same day as our Federal election.  So time to grab bargain, possibly get in a fist-fight and celebrate our democracy with a sausage sizzle at you nearest election booth (what could be more Australian than that?). …

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 …

Thredbo: “It’s dumping and there’s no sign of it letting up yet”

Skiers and snowboarders at Thredbo Alpine Resort were greeted with fun powder turns this morning, with every run delivering smiles for miles and great coverage across the entire mountain. The Powder Bowl and Bushranger were the pick of the morning, offering deep turns and lots of fun natural features to play with. The fresh flakes …