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No question, Niseko is back on a roll after the GFC and Tsunami year interruptions to the growth trajectory. Real key to this has been the explosion in international interest - from Thailand to Finland, people from all over are discovering the resort powder capital of the planet, and the relative number of Aussies is going down. Most exciting news...
Whenever I visit a new mountain resort I have a mixed feeling of anxiety and anticipation, probably fear of the unknown combined with the expected exhilaration that riding new slopes provides. There is also the question as to whether I’ve made the right decision in travelling here? Will the trip be worth the effort and expense? These emotions I...
SnowAction's team (talent Sam Perry, lensman Mark Tsukasov) just hit Nozawa 110% on point, with the typical legendary pow conditions for which this most authentic & most "Japanesy" of all their big resorts, is renowned. Great for them of course but the stage is set for another huge spring season, which locals like Aussie ex-pat Mark Baumann, who has...
Our People's Choice Powder Reports are open to traveling skiers/riders to submit their opinions of somewhere with great snow. Greg Cansdale just hit awesome Hakkoda in Honshu's northernmost Aomori Prefecture. Pictures of Hakkoda don't lie. The place has more snow than it knows what to do with and the weather to match. It gets real cold in Hakkoda which means...
First tracks is the dream for many heading to Niseko, and even on the standard one week holiday it’s possible to get them every day, as we proved on a mission to do just that a couple of seasons back. But unless you have competent friends with local knowledge you will improve your chances by paying for expert help. One...
Gondola Snowsports is the new official International Ski School of Niseko-Hirafu resort, conveniently located at the Hirafu gondola. All lessons are conducted in English professional and accredited instructors and trainers from Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. Director Tareesa Straatmans was excited but busy when Snow Action caught up with her in October. After several seasons in Niseko she’s...

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