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 …

Diary of a snow-bound parent: two weeks in Hokkaido with kids

Guest reporter, Di McLean from Perth, Western Australia recently traveled through the beautiful Hokkaido mountains, with hubby and two children aged 4 and 6.   Here she writes about her experience. My hubby, Steve, and I hadn’t snowboarded for nine years and we were itching to hit the slopes in Japan and introduce our girls aged …

Ten things to remember when planning your Japanese snow holiday

So you're ready to take your first overseas holiday to Japan. We're genuinely excited for you. But, let's be clear; Japan is not Australia, and it's very easy to arrive completely unprepared.  Here's a few snippets of advice to help you along the way: 1.  It's cold Deadly cold! Every year, Aussies in Japanese resorts …

Review: Niseko – Japan

As the Niseko area is largely rural, and nothing like any of the big Japanese cities at all, the road between Sapporo and Niseko is interesting for the local architecture, which is dominated by small rural dwellings and indoor farms.