What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘white Christmas’? Is it log fireplaces? Snowmen wrapped in red and white scarves? Hot ham glazed in maple honey? What about ‘getting slapped in the face with bucket loads of Japan’s finest powder’? If that’s your answer, you’re probably as obsessed with snow as we are. […]

It’s that time of year again! The snowplows have starting rumbling around the streets, snow is piling up like giant marshmallows on rooftops and, most importantly, lifts in the Niseko area have fired up, ready to whisk skiers and snowboarders off to ride the world’s best powder. Decent snowfalls over the last week have accumulated to […]

Winter has well and truly moved on in the Southern Hemisphere, which means it’s time to get ready for skiing and snowboarding in Japan. In fact Mt Yotei and the Annupuri Ranges have already experienced their first dusting for the season! Over the years the Niseko and Hakuba ski areas have evolved into international snow […]

Cycle season is well underway in Niseko and every year the calendar is jam packed with events for cyclists to participate in. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, there’s something for you to take part in. Check out what’s coming up! Niseko Classic Group Ride – 11th July This fun, […]

“Doing a season” in Niseko, Japan has become a right of passage for many young skiers and snowboarders. Some might be embarking on a new career, others taking a break from one. Some are in the midst of a personal crisis, hoping that a few months of mountain living will give them clarity on whether […]

Niseko and Hakuba in Japan are fast becoming two of the world’s most popular destinations for winter sports enthusiasts. Over the last ten years both resorts have seen rapid growth in visitor numbers, which means a holiday to either place is no longer something that can be achieved on a whim. Instead, those who wish […]

EPIC SNOWFALLS This season resorts in Niseko recorded 10 meters of snowfall, most of which fell in January with 600cm worth of fluffy flakes hitting the ground. While this may seem a little underwhelming for a resort that on average receives around 15 meters of snowfall, it’s almost the same amount of snow that falls […]

For skiers and snowboarders the words ‘Japan’ and ‘powder’ go together just like sake and pizza (seriously…try it. Oishi neh!). But, in order to achieve snow of the quality they are famous for, Hakuba and Niseko’s weather conditions can often be harsh. For most of us, the thought of visiting places that get between 10 […]

A nasty rumour is currently doing the rounds. You may have heard it. Or you might even be guilty of saying it yourself. According to this rumour there’s ‘no steep stuff in Japan’. No ‘real’ mountains. No ‘challenging terrain’. Well we’re here to tell you this isn’t true. The Japan Alps are a palatial range […]