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 …

10 reasons to take your kids skiing in Madarao, Japan, this summer

In late February 2018, my family and I traveled to a small, but emerging resort in the Nagano Prefecture, called Madarao (or Madarao Kogen), where we took our kids skiing for the first time. The kids took to skiing like ducks to water, loved the culture and generally just loved the entire experience, from the trains to the food to the endless amount of snow. After many years of skiing on my own, I can sincerely say I enjoyed the family trip so much more than I ever thought, and for different reasons too. The following is our story.

What on earth is going on with the 2017/18 snow season?

While Europe, Japan and parts of North America continue to receive massive, and let's face it, near-dangerous snow falls, our friends in Colorado, Western USA, are experiencing one of the leanest winters on record!   So, what in Ullr's name is going on? Good news In the snow-sports industry, 'climate change' and 'global warming' are very …

Niseko Weiss Powder CATS: first tracks guaranteed

There's no doubt that CAT skiing offers great value to riders looking for a new riding experience. It offers easy access to untracked powder, without hiking and without the risks normally presented by back-country skiing. It's perhaps these qualities that have earnt it the tag 'poor man's heli-skiing'. On a recent visit to Hokkaido (February …