What ski equipment do I need, and should I rent or buy?

With such a broad range of ski equipment out there to buy and rent, deciding what you really need for your ski holiday can be a difficult market to navigate. Here is what you need to know about ski equipment & clothing. Clothing A good thermal top and bottom base layer is essential; materials such as merino wool or synthetics …

nadine robb skiing powder in hakuba

An approach to powder

A couple of poles, a pair of ski tips and an almost all consuming powder cloud is usually the extent of most “Skiing in Japan” photographs. While this leaves an awful lot of skiers and boarders chomping on the bit to hop on a plane and jump into their bindings, it also leaves a good number of us scratching our …

pre-season skiing preparation

Preparation: pre-season and on the slopes

Considering the enormous number of people who ski and snowboard each year, the overall risk of injury is surprisingly low. A recent study showed that on average just over 2 people out of every 1,000 would sustain an injury that requires medical attention. Why prepare? Though we can’t prevent an incident, we can do our part to reduce the risk. …

introducing kids to skiing in hakuba

Introducing skiing to children

Introducing skiing to a child for the first time is an exciting prospect, but carries with it the secret dread that ours might be the one laying in the middle of the piste, beating their firsts on the snow amid tears and tantrums. Here are a few tips to make that introduction as smooth as possible. Make it familiar It’s …