Awesome ¥100 shop opens in Kutchan

Keep in mind that the ski hill isn’t open yet when I tell you the highlight of my week was shopping at Kutchan’s new Daiso store on opening night. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this Japanese retail giant, Daiso is a chain of ¥100 shops that sells everything from laundry hampers to [...]

Goshiki indoor female onsen

Go Goshiki for an authentic onsen experience

Drive a scenic 15 minutes from Annupuri and you will find Goshiki, a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn, that is home to deliciously authentic hot spring. Upon first arriving you will probably be delighted by your charming tatami room until you start wondering where your bed is. Fear not, your futon is neatly packed away [...]

Niseko Snow Report, 29 March 2013

Spring conditions are in full force here for this easter good Friday. With the huge accumlative base we have here in Niseko the recent warm weather has had a minimal effect on the snowbase on the resort and conditions on the groomed runs are excellent. The same cannot be said around the village where the [...]

Niseko Snow Report, 28 March 2013

Mild conditions this morning in Hirafu. Temperatures did not drop significantly overnight  and today Kutchan is expecting a high of 8 degrees. The melt is on! Conditions on the groomed runs will be alot of fun. Stronger winds are expected at elevation. Have a great day If you're heading backcountry: • Always check the avalanche [...]

Niseko Snow Report, 27 March 2013

A glorious day in Niseko with blue skies and warm spring conditions. The snow on the groomed runs will quickly become soft and playful. For experienced back country skiers and boarders today will be magic. If you have never been on a backcountry trip do yourself a favour and contact one of the local guiding [...]