Ready for an overseas adventure? Looking for a new winter holiday location? Time for a family-friendly snow getaway?
Snowscene, a family-owned and operated business specialising in snow holidays, are raving about Japanese ski destination Hakuba. Their passionate team of snow specialists have visited over 60 ski resorts worldwide and have firsthand experience of snow destinations all over the globe. Currently Hakuba is one of their favourites places to go flying through powder snow.
Suzie Heath is one of the team from Snowscene and she jumped on the phone to share all the details with us. Not only is she an expert about where to ski and has all the best tips to have a brilliant holiday, but she also has a genuine passion for the snow scene.
Why Hakuba? “It’s all about the snow. Hakuba has the most pristine powder snow which not only looks beautiful but somehow also makes you feel like an expert skier as you swish down the slopes. The terrain is suitable for beginners through to advanced, and due to the softness of the snow, even falling down is (almost) enjoyable.”
The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan.
The transit time itself is very fast and there is very little fuss as you can leave in the morning of the first day and arrive before nightfall. For families and people travelling with little ones, this is a huge bonus. One flight, then one short train ride, then hey presto, it’s holiday time’.
Suzie also pointed out the Japanese people are so welcoming and hospitable with many past snow tour attendees making friends with locals as well as their travel tour companions. Most of the accommodation options are run by locals and include delicious breakfasts.
There are benefits to going in a tour group and Suzie is quick to point them out. “Being part of a tour group can make things so easy and stress-free. Everything is organised, you meet a whole bunch of new friendly people and you can share all your skiing stories at the end of each day.”
Her top tips for ensuring an excellent adventure away include travel insurance, investing in good gloves and goggles (“these are essential”) and being prepared to fall down.
The Hakuba snow season runs from December through to April so is the perfect way to escape the heat of Brisbane in summer.
For more information about available tours, call the store on 1300 SKI BUM or email firstname.lastname@example.org.