Skiing, Snowboarding, Gear, Japanese Culture and Snow

Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour

The Film Tour

Snowball Chalet is lucky to be the major sponsor for the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour 2018.

The Film Tour is a celebration of inspirational women who aren't afraid to get dirty, explore the world, push and break down boundaries and pursue adventure to the ends of the earth.

Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour screens 2 hours of the most inspirational, heartwarming and entertaining films celebrating women in adventure from independent filmmakers around the gl...

Japanese Powder Snow

Japow Japan is known for its amazing snow. People literally cross the planet for it. Japan gets meters of deep fluffy white powder snow every year making it one of the best ski destinations in the world and Madarao is no exception when it comes to receiving bucketloads of white gold. Japan gets so much snow, the snow has a name… Japow! (Sort of like the Chuck Norris of the snow world).

Ever since Back To The Future 2 pretty much everybody has wanted to hoverboard. The f...

All Access Madarao

While Snowball Chalet is a relatively easy 2 hour trip from Tokyo, there are various travel options. Which happens when you have 40 million people in the closest city metropolis and one of the best transport systems in the world. The best thing of all is that the Shinkansen is just 101 minutes from Tokyo to Iiyama the town at the bottom of Mount Madarao.

Here's the lowdown to get you to Snowball Chalet as easily as possible...


Airport Options

N’EX (Narita Expre...

Top 25 things about Madarao

We were going to write about the Top 10 best things about Madarao Mountain Ski Resort but it’s just TOO GOOD so we’ve whittled it down to the Top 25…

1. It has average snowfalls of 10-13 metres a season (of dry fluffy powder)

With such high snowfall most visitors see massive falls. It's not unusual to wake up to a 40cm dump ready for you to go out and play.

2. Its just 2 hours (via bullet train) from Tokyo Station to the ski lifts

To...

Legit Great Coffee in Japan

There’s pretty much only one complaint I hear from Aussies and other visitors to Japan… bad coffee.

So I made it my personal mission to solve this problem. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from all my time in Japan – if you think it doesn’t exist you just haven’t looked hard enough.

And the Japanese don’t like to disappoint.

And they are hipster gods.

So of course there’s great coffee in Japan – they call it Third Wave coffee.

You can now spend days googl...

Tokyo Accommodation

You'd think accommodation in a megalopolis like Tokyo would be easy to come by but I find I'm either:

1. overwhelmed by choice or

2. can't find anything decent and affordable or

3. can't find anything in the best 'burbs or

4. can't find a room that fits more than 2 tiny, skinny people

So hopefully this list will help!

Tokyo Station

The Tokyo Station area is simply unbeatable for convenience if you have a relatively short stay in the big city. Its di...