One of the challenges of being a skier stuck in Australia is having to plan Northern Hemisphere trips so far in advance. I’d grabbed a ticket … Continue reading Icefall Lodge BC
I had the chance to revisit Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Tenjin) again after more than a decade and wrote up a trip report for Snowsbest.com. This set off the inevitable response from a few commenters about blowing up a secret spot, respecting … Continue reading Share the Trip or Keep it Secret?
Backcountry skiing at many well known Japanese resorts is essentially off limits. If there’s no official backcountry gate, you’ll need to duck a rope and exit the resort boundary which will often raise the ire of the local ski patrol … Continue reading Backcountry Skiing & Touring in Kagura
Disclaimer: We are not insurance brokers or lawyers and have no affiliation with any companies mentioned here. Seek your own professional advice before settling on your preferred insurance policy. Information in this post is current at December 2018 and may … Continue reading Ski & Snowboard Travel Insurance for Australians in Japan
I had the opportunity to recently take a Remote Area First Aid course with St John’s Ambulance in Sydney with the view it’d come in very useful for all of our backcountry ski and snowboard adventures. Most trips we do … Continue reading Remote First Aid for Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
The backcountry skiing around the major Honshu resorts is world class with acres of untracked powder to explore. Many of these areas can be accessed off the lifts with varying degrees of official permission, so always check the signs or … Continue reading Japan Topographic Maps for Backcountry Skiing
This blog wouldn’t be complete without recounting the story of encountering a leopard in the snow whilst ski touring in Gulmarg, Kashmir in February 2016. I was traveling with my friend Bill Barker’s guiding company, Bill’s Trips, after years of … Continue reading Leopard in the snow in Gulmarg, Kashmir