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?). …

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.

A Japan ski holiday with kids need not be a nightmare: our top 10 tips

A ski holiday with kids needn't be a nightmare. Guest reporter, Di McLean, recently visited Hokkaido, Japan with two small children aged 4 and 6. Here's her top 10 tips for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday: 1. Its cold in Japan!! Take good quality clothing and accessories. This is absolutely essential for keeping out the …