Japan is off to a very slow start, but rest assured – snow is coming!

If you're traveling to Japan's main island this Christmas, get your snow dancing shoes on and start busting out your best moves! That's the message from snow-industry managers all over Honshu, who are presently sweating on the snow Gods to deliver a season starting dump! A quick review of the long term snow-fall statistics, compiled …

Tokyo Disney: a must visit as part of your Japanese snow holiday

For avid skiers and snowboarders, a trip to Tokyo is often nothing more than a convenient, yet interesting stop-over point while en-route to the Japanese snow fields. But for the young at heart, a visit to Tokyo presents a great opportunity to visit many of its other attractions, including the most famous theme park of all, …

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 …

Aussie alpine Frog on the brink of extinction

The corroboree frog With contrasting black and yellow markings, the corroboree frog is an obvious and striking example of the beauty of Australian nature.  What isn't obvious is that it shares with skiiers and boarders an unusual geographic overlap: we are both at home in the Australian alpine environment.  Because these frogs lie dormant beneath …

Jon Hutchins, Hotham CEO: on the challenges of operating a ski resort in the 21st Century

Hotham Alpine Resort, nestled in the Victorian highlands, is clearly an Australian favourite. Boosting average annual snow falls of 3 m, and some of the most challenging and picturesque terrain on offer anywhere, Hotham is an iconic destination for skiiers and boarders alike. In this article, the latest in our 15 minute series, we caught …