Snowbeds Blog

Red Leaves
15th October 2011

are hanging on the trees outside my Hakuba accommodation in Echoland. Looking up at Happo out my window and all I see are clouds...it's cold outside but not cold enough to go skiing just yet, Japan... More…

Hakuba Memories 3
14th October 2011

After telling a Melbourne travel agent in 1997 that my ski town in Japan had an average of 10 metres snow a season, no lift lines and that a days lift pass cost just AUD$55 she looked at me with... More…

Hakuba Memories 2
13th October 2011

Met this guy in Canada in '96. Justin. Guy just ripped!! Was pulling HUGE airs in the backcountry and sticking them nearly every time. He'd never skiied in Japan before so I got him a job in one of... More…

Hakuba Memories
12th October 2011

Here's a picture of one of the rippers mentioned in yesterdays blog about Hakuba accommodation. His name is Damo Liddy and he was one of Australia's best snowboarders a few years back. This pic was... More…

Good Times in Hakuba
11th October 2011

Well its been 12 years since I opened my first Hakuba accommodation, Snowbeds and there's been quite a few rippers that stayed here in that time, for many of them the first time they skied in... More…

Oz Wins!!!!!
10th October 2011

Well I think we were lucky, we watched Oz slip by South Africa by the skin of our teeth from the luxurious couch of the plush Phoenix accommodation in downtown Hakuba. All we have to do now is... More…

Go Ozzie!!!
9th October 2011

Watching Australia hopefully beat South Africa today at the delightfully appointed Phoenix accommodation in Hakuba. When you're not skiing it really is nice to have a great place to hang out!!... More…

Hakuba Backcountry
8th October 2011

It is without doubt that the most extreme skiing in Japan is in Hakuba. Sure if you like the wide open flat runs like you'd find in Perisher then Niseko or Shiga Kogen will be fine for you but if... More…

Hakuba Moments
6th October 2011

You've got to love the Japanese take on religion, there is none of the guilt you get in Christianity or Jihads you get in Islam. They just dont take it so seriously! Here is a little skiing Buddha... More…

RIP Echo Hotel
5th October 2011

One of Hakuba's finest accommodations is to be turned into a medical training centre. We are very sad to see it go as I'm sure a lot of our loyal guests who stayed there every year will be too. Mr... More…

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