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Thursday, December 2, 2021
Big White 5th Night Free
The best way to get more of Cortina Hakuba's tree ski heaven is to stay there overnight, not just day trip. We sent our 2013 J Team - Austin Toner & Sam Perry - to prove it, along with gun lensman Matt 'themattimage' Hull to take the pics & file this report. Our home for the next few nights, the Green...
Canyons.jp guid eMike Harriss skiing the Tenjindaira birch trees
Not a lot of joy so far post-elections: it's still slow progress for Japan's re-opening. Japow is still on hold for international visitors - unless they are business travellers anyway. Some quarantine easing for business travel is expected soon, and a rise in the quotas for international daily visitor arrivals. These are welcome small steps, but very small steps in the...
Is the Kiroro & Sapporo Kokusai Japan's deepest lift pass deal? Ski 5 days at your choice daily of each resort for just JPY 19,400 (adult / general), which works out to only 3,880 yen per ticket! That's just AUD $45 or USD $34, available all main season from December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Yes, any days through the...
Asahidake is indeed the roof of Hokkaido, the island's highest mountain at 2,290m. Not surprisingly therefore it offers great snow and an experience a World away from Niseko’s hustle and bustle. Get past the ‘No Patrol, No Sweep’ sign and you’re often on your own, especially after each tram (cable car/ropeway) load disgorges and disappears. Like everywhere else, it had got busier...
Hakuba's Karamatsu Valley is an all time ski favourite of local legend guide Dave Enright. It's still a worthy #1 for our 10 classic Japan ski lines series from back in 2010. Unlike some of the others to follow, that have gone from 'secret stashes' to tracked out, Mt Karamatsu requires a skill and fitness level to tackle it that...
Our piece on the plight of western ski lodge owners waiting to get back to Japan struck a chord with many, including those who stayed in Japan throughout. We caught up with some of those for how it was from within.. "There are plenty of places open and still making it work. Time to maybe support the people that stayed...

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