Category: Ski Resorts Asia

HAPPY IN HAKUBA

A girl-friendly Habuka Japan ski getaway yields sake, biru, kimonos, chest-deep powder, and at least one marriage proposal. HAKUBA: “Hey!” The call comes from a 70-something, silver haired guy with a relaxed Australian accent strolling across a snowy Japanese street. “You’re those four Canadian girls from the pub last night, EH?!” We smile widely, nod yes, and continue our search for coffee and breakfast—our gear on and skis slung over our shoulders. When this trip is done, I have no doubt we’ll be back. We girls are happy in Hakuba. We smile widely, nod yes, and continue our search for coffee and breakfast—our gear on and skis slung over our shoulders. The friendly greeting didn’t come from ... Read more

Himalayan Ski Resort: The Gods Must Be Crazy

Himalayan Ski Resort: The Gods Must Be Crazy: A Himalayan Luxury ski resort promises adventure and prosperity for all — But does it have a prayer? By Cynthia Psarakis The Kullu Valley is a ruggedly beautiful pocket of land, all mountains and forests and rivers and lakes, jumbled together in a place once known as Kulantpitha, “the end of the habitable world.” To the devout Hindus who live here it is the Valley of the Gods, for this is where Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort, accidentally dropped a basket carrying hundreds of lesser deities, allowing them to spill out and populate the area. ... Read more

SKI FESTIVALS JAPAN – POWDER KEG

SKI FESTIVALS JAPAN – POWDER KEG THE ANNUAL DOSOJIN FIRE FESTIVAL IN NOZAWA ONSEN, JAPAN, ISN’T WHAT YOU’D EXPECT, AND WAY CRAZIER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE WORDS AND PHOTO BY LESLIE ANTHONY Touring the Japanese Alps of Nagano Prefecture we’d already been skiing daily in ever deepening powder for a week last January. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any deeper we’d arrived in the village of Nozawa Onsen amidst another dense snowfall. Most of our group disappeared into the town’s maze of shops and steaming watercourses, but a couple of us couldn’t resist heading up the mountain. Though ... Read more

SOCHI OLYMPICS – PUTIN’S PROMISE

SOCHI OLYMPICS – PUTIN’S PROMISE WILL VLADIMIR PUTIN’S NEWLY PAVED, HIGHLY PRICED ROAD TO SOCHI 2014 ALSO LEAD TO A NEW RUSSIA? BY BRIAN PINELLI Chilled vodka will flow like raging mountain rivers and the finest black caviar will be served up faster than french fries at McDonalds. Around-the-clock parties will be extravagant beyond belief. Toothless hockey players will mingle with the world’s most distinguished dignitaries. Luxury cruise liners docked at sea will add to the grand spectacle. After all, when you drop more than $50 billion to construct 11 state-of-the-art sporting venues, build five-star hotels that have sprouted up like ... Read more

Zen and the Art of the Layover

  I took the advice of my new friends from Australia and Costa Rica who have a hotel in Bariloche, Argentina and decided not to race into Tokyo on my layover and run around crazily for a few hours. It was only 2 years ago that I was last in Tokyo, so I wasn’t concerned that I might be “missing out”. I read some great online stories by CNN and Forbes and set out for Narita Town. Only 10 minutes by train from the airport, but hundreds of miles away in terms of its relaxed atmosphere. I began to walk down ... Read more

From Onsens to Sake Bombs

 Onsens: I began the last day of my trip with an early morning Onsen. I donned my kimono and slippers and headed in to wash before entering the Onsen. The steam was rising off the water and the heat felt soothing to my tired body. After soaking in the indoor Onsen, I found the courage to walk out to the outdoor Onsen. The snow was still falling and I was alone reveling in the silence and calm. Kiroro Ski Resort: Today’s plan was to start the day skiing at Kiroro Ski Resort and finish with a visit to Otaru, the ... Read more

Niseko Journal – Dumping, Dating, and Dining

I began the second day of my trip to Niseko in the hotel gym at the Hilton in Niseko Village. I was hoping that some exercise would help with my jet lag. They had a blood pressure machine and a scale at the entrance and after checking both, I confirmed I was healthy enough to begin to jog on the running machine to views of it continuing to snow and snow and snow. After about 20 minutes on the running machine and a few sit ups and push ups, I ran upstairs for a quick breakfast, then made my way ... Read more

The Man who Skied Down Everest in Niseko

Miura San – The Man who Skied Down Everest After a big morning of team building we had a traditional Japanese lunch and split into groups and headed out on the hill. We skied the piste and the pow and rode all the rides in the Niseko area. It was a blast and so good to get out in the fresh snow that was constantly falling. We skied till the last minute and headed back to the hotel. I raced to the Onsen to soak my tired body and then had a 1 hour Shiatsu massage which was pretty much ... Read more

Team Building – Niseko Style

The first day of the Hokkaido Snow Travel Expo 2014 in Niseko started with breakfast. At first I just saw the Japanese breakfast and I was trying to figure out what to eat when I spied the Gringo breakfast options. After traveling for so long, scrambled eggs and bacon were just what I needed. We met in a conference room and listened to speakers tell us about the area and what to expect for the next few days. We sat on chairs that had our country’s flag attached. There were a total of 3 Americans including me. After the speakers, ... Read more

Niseko, Japan – The Never Ending Snow Machine

Niseko Newbie: I started coming to the snow as a child. It was such a nice contrast to the monotony of daily sunshine in LA. We’d ski, have snowball fights, and snowmobile. I remember one day snowmobiling out around Lake Mary near Mammoth Mountain and the snow was so deep that when I stepped off the snowmobile that I almost disappeared. After college I moved to the snow and my first winter in Mammoth was one of the biggest ever; you could easily lose a car overnight. I remember numerous times when it snowed 4 + feet overnight and I had ... Read more

Niseko is Officially Epic!

Photo of James Winfield Ski Pro in Niseko, Japan and Portillo, Chile Niseko. If your friends haven’t been torturing you all season with shots of them skiing bottomless pow in Japan, then Vail Resorts can pick up the job as they have officially made Niseko, Japan EPIC! If this isn’t the icing on the cake to add to the top resorts you were already skiing in North America and Europe with the pass, then I don’t know what is. I’m just wondering if maybe now they can offer discounted snorkels with the Epic Pass for those who will be taking ... Read more

Perfect Puzzle – Ski Niseko, Japan

Perfect  Puzzle – Ski Niseko, Japan Ancient traditions, unbeatable powder, and  a healthy economy come together to form Niseko, a resort better enjoyed than contemplated. Mid-afternoon on day five in Niseko, the cloud cover broke for about an hour. I gazed first at a tiny ring of crystalline blue sky, and watched it widen until it dropped to the eastern horizon. And there, taking up the whole of that horizon, was Mount Yotei. It was a perfect cone of volcanic glory, a mini-Fuji, so close and so massive and so storybook perfect that the experience was like discovering there was ... Read more

SKI KOREA – Winter Olympic Games 2018

For the stylish youth of Southeast Asia, the slopes of Gangwon province are the place to be. In 2018, the whole world will join them there for the Winter Games.

Perfect Puzzle: Niseko Ski Resorts in Japan

Ancient traditions, unbeatable powder, and a healthy economy come together to form Niseko, a ski resort better enjoyed than contemplated. by David K. Gibson emailshare Mid-afternoon on day five in Niseko, the cloud cover broke for about an hour. I gazed first at a tiny ring of crystalline blue sky, and watched it widen until it dropped to the eastern horizon. And there, taking up the whole of that horizon, was Mount Yotei. It was a perfect cone of volcanic glory, a mini-Fuji, so close and so massive and so storybook perfect that the experience was like discovering there was ... Read more

India’s Himalayan Ski Village

India’s Himalayan Ski Village: The Kullu Valley is a ruggedly beautiful pocket of land, all mountains and forests and rivers and lakes, jumbled together in a place once known as Kulantpitha, “the end of the habitable world.” To the devout Hindus who live here it is the Valley of the Gods, for this is where Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort, accidentally dropped a basket carrying hundreds of lesser deities, allowing them to spill out and populate the area. The valley, in turn, lies in the center of the Land of the Gods — the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, which sits on ... Read more