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UPDATE: What a difference a day makes: The ACT Government changed policy overnight, opening up no restrictions travel for the vaccinated to surrounding NSW - the Snowy Mountains plus the South Coast and Highlands added to the areas Canberrans can travel too. So skiing is back on the menu ! Shame they didn't tell us Friday to plan for the...
Great news out of Japan: covid cases are way down. Perhaps the starkest illustration for Aussies was to see massive Tokyo record less daily cases this week than little old Canberra - on Monday Tokyo had 49 new cases, versus 51 in the ACT on Wednesday. Tokyo Prefecture has nearly 14 million people, versus 462,000 for the ACT -...
Never mind the powder, we can't wait to get back to Japanese vending machines. So much stuff, usually cheap (especially the beer!), hot and cold in one machine. How do they do that? Especially when you have to wade through armpit deep snow to get to them sometimes, like this night in Nozawa for Jerry Michal? Out of all the things in...
Now that opens up some great ski options for Territorians: Qantas Buenos Aires Darwin direct flights! Qantas used to fly direct Sydney - Buenos Aires with 747s 20 years ago, but pulled out of that route in 2001. They fired up their popular Sydney - Santiago direct flights a few years later. These let you be on snow in Portillo or...
Epic Australia Pass holders can save big with Vail Resorts Winter Getaways deals on sale from Monday 11 October - 14 October but available from 7 October to current Epic Oz Pass holders (US time). With international travel back on our menu from November and flights available to USA and Canada it's a great way to save on a summer...
The wait is almost over for the new deluxe 6 pack and new gondola at Hanazono, Niseko After a COVID delay last year (when engineers couldn't travel for the installation over summer) it's game on for the 2021-2022 season starting soon for Japan's most luxurious lifts. The long awaited new Hanazono Lift 1 6-seat hooded detachable chairlift and the all-new 10-person...

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