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 …

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 …

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 …

Bill Barker: on skiing with penguins and leopard seals in Antarctica

From ski patrol director to northern hemisphere back country guide, to one of the most photographed skiers in the country, Bill Barker is undoubtedly one of Australia's most respected and recognisable skiers. In the Australian summer, Bill runs big mountain adventures to Kashmir on the border of India and Pakistan, and – amazingly – the …

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.

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 …