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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Post-shutdown Japan travel from approved countries with low COIVD-19 case numbers is set for restart in spring according to weekend press reports. The Japanese government has flagged a limited re-opening for inbound tourism in spring with strict controls. These flag key restrictions to include separating transport and accommodation - independent travel (like popular JR Rail Pass snow trips) would not be...
Who wants to visit the World's best COVID-safe ski resorts? Probably anyone reading this! The news for skiers and boarders most places just keeps getting worse. Across Europe there will be very little skiing this Xmas / New Year, especially in the Alps. In America ski resorts remain open. But the novel coronavirus numbers are shocking. More COVID-19 deaths in one...
It's crunch time for foreign owned ski businesses in Japan. Aussies and others with snow based businesses there have a big call to make: do they go, face a reduced and restricted season without international clients, and the prospect of COVID-19 surging over winter with further restrictions on travel and business operations in Japanese ski resorts? Or do they stay...
It's neyuki - soft and heavy snow time - in Niseko, with 30-40cm across the mountain there setting things up nicely. Our friends at Niseko Tourism have the yuki (snow - you knew that!) lowdown. The snow is soft and heavy which is perfect for forming the base for the resort. In Japanese, this is known as Neyuki "根雪" - the first...
Hokkaido has recorded three consecutive triple figure COVID-19 case days, hitting a new record 187 on Saturday after 115 Friday and 119 Thursday local officials reported. Previously there had been no 3 figure case days here. Young Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki was pro-active early in the pandemic, declaring a state of emergency back in February before the national government, and...
The Peak at Niseko is the gold standard for Japow freeride lines. In fact it's the original classic, at the original resort that kickstarted the whole international Japan powder ski boom 25 years ago. Sure, the 'Peak Procession', that winding line of powder pilgrims hiking up the 1,100 steps above the King 4 Lift, can often be long. So the earlier you...

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