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Many western ski lodge owners in Japan are still in limbo, waiting and hoping to open up for the 2021-2022 season that is fast approaching. From Niseko to Nozawa, Madarao to Myoko, via Hakuba, we checked in with owners of popular lodges for an update on how they are coping, and their thoughts on re-opening. Many were caught by travel bans...
Be quick for the best lowest rates on 2022-23 Epic Australia Passes for just $AUD 859. Valid all season at Perisher, Hotham and Falls, it's unbeatable value downunder and we still rate it the World's Best Value Ski Pass. Because it's a Vail Resorts product it's easy to focus only on the North American options for skiing and riding in 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...
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...
Qantas restart plans from as early as December 2021 include Japan and North America as priorities, great news. Get the shots and be ready! Yes, there is hope on the horizon for getting Japow, USA, Canada back on our menu this northern winter: Qantas has announced more detail of their preparations for restarting international flights. The plans are linked to...

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