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 …

Recipe for Japow: the Japanese snow machine explained

Japan is one of the hottest skiing tickets in the world right now, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s got great culture, delicious food, friendly people and colossal amounts of the lightest and driest snow found anywhere in the world. Japan’s snow quality, reliability and proximity to Australia is why more and more Aussies are …

The definitive guide to finding a good coffee in Niseko, Japan

Words by Andrew Spittle As snow lovers, we all have our morning rituals; whether it’s putting on your lucky ski socks, a warming morning shower, yoga (snowga), or in my case enjoying a good coffee. Finding a good coffee is not always easy in ski towns. North America for example until recently had a disappointing …

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 …