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Life on the ground during Covid – 19

With the world turned upside down over the last 6 months due to the onslaught of the Covid-19 virus globally, things remain slightly uncertain as to what the future will hold. We are however beginning to see some positive signs that restrictions are easing to some degree, as new infections begin to drop in some parts of the world. With that in mind we wanted to give you an insight into how Japan is fairing and what life is like on the ground at some of our favourite ski and snowboard locations. Whiteroom has a full time team of 4 … Continue reading →

24 hours in Tokyo

Vibrant and exciting, Tokyo is an amazing experience that truly encapsulates all aspects of Japan. Get swept up in the fast-paced energy the city, see into the future with Tokyo’s leading technology and underground fashion scenes, or escape the hustle by visiting ancient temples, beautifully manicured state gardens and catch a glimpse of traditional life. With so much going on and a near-endless amount of activities to do and sights to see in Tokyo, you could easily lose yourself for weeks in this dynamic city, but you are sure to enjoy it just as much with an action-packed 24-hour jaunt … Continue reading →

5 Ski Destinations in New Zealand You Shouldn’t Miss this 2016

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You can’t go to New Zealand and not visit these wonderful ski snowboard, and hike destinations. From family oriented ski trips to advanced and competitive training, NZ’s commercial ski areas are known for their world class appeal infused with the extremely unique Kiwi experience. Frills or thrills, these are the ski resorts you shouldn’t miss. Here’s Whiteroom Tours’ very own pick of the  top 5 New Zealand ski holiday destinations. CRAIGIEBURN If you’re the adventurous type, a trip in Craigieburn is something you shouldn’t delay. Known for being one of NZ’s most challenging ski fields, Craigieburn ski terrain varies from … Continue reading →

Skiing in Japan Making an Unforgettable Experience

Japan Ski and Snowboard Tours The people of Japan are an incredibly polite race. With that said, it is important to respect and embrace their culture while there. You know what they say, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do”. It’s a bit of a cliché, but holds true for every traveller. Aside from that aspect, Japan is known for great places to ski! Here are some travel tips when in Japan. Travel Tips and What You Need to Know The Famous Onsens The term onsen is the Japanese term for hot spring. Mind you, there are many onsens … Continue reading →

On Tour with Whiteroom – Daisetsu Backcountry

Our guests enjoying the view towards Kurodake peak and beyond. Japan is well known for some of the driest powder in the world, and with the northern island of Hokkaido’s generally consistent low temperatures, it can stay that way well after a new snowfall. Many of the ski resorts across Hokkaido sit below 1300 metres, yet the powder is still amazing. Imagine what lies in wait for those who decide to venture higher? We’ve been there, and our Daisetsu Backcountry Tour allows us to share it with you. The Hokkaido backcountry… home to fresh lines, dry powder and no crowds. … Continue reading →

On Tour with Whiteroom – Niseko Explorer

Hiking the peak of Mt Niseko-Annupuri rewards you with great alpine and gladed powder runs. If you’d love to visit the powder capital of Japan, while seeing more of the surrounding areas and avoiding the crowds, our Niseko Explorer Tour is for you. With 7 nights in Niseko and 3 nights in Otaru, we keep things flexible to make sure you get as much powder as possible! You’ll spend 9 days exploring resorts in the Niseko and Otaru area, with our team of experienced guides who know all of the best spots. We’ll take you into terrain few know about … Continue reading →

On Tour with Whiteroom – Central Hokkaido (Part 2)

Asahidake on a bluebird day is one you’ll never forget. Continued from part 1 DAY 6 It’s off to Asahidake (Mount Asahi) for a backcountry adventure. With one ropeway (cable car) and plenty of powder we’ll be exploring this active volcano for the best lines. Our guides know Asahidake well, so we’ll make sure you get to the best terrain and avoid the flat spots. You can read more about Asahidake here. Deep powder is the name of the game at Asahidake. The view to Asahidake on a clear day from the access road. DAY 7 We head to Tomamu … Continue reading →

On Tour with Whiteroom – Central Hokkaido (Part 1)

Furano has plenty of great tree runs and hidden areas we’ll take you to. Everyone who travels to Japan for skiing or riding is no doubt looking for some great days riding deep powder, but here at Whiteroom Tours we also want to give you a good taste of Japanese culture. Our Central Hokkaido Tour offers you a chance to explore the rural areas of Hokkaido and visit a range of mountains. Each tour we run has a varied itinerary, as our goal is to chase the best fresh powder each day. Running for 9 days in total, with 7 … Continue reading →

The Lure of Asahidake

The northern island of Japan, Hokkaido, is renown for some of the best quality powder snow in the world. It’s no surprise then that Asahidake (Mount Asahi), the tallest peak in Hokkaido at 2291 metres (7516 ft), draws a lot of interest from skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers from near and far. Located at the northern end of the Daisetsuzan National Park, plumes of steam serve as a daily reminder that the mountain is an active volcano, with the last determined activity being back in 1739. The biggest point of interest for many is that this is no ski resort; you … Continue reading →

8 Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding in Hokkaido, Japan

Planning your first snow trip to the Land of the Rising Sun? If so, here are some helpful tips that the crew at Whiteroom Tours have uncovered during our time in Japan. 1 – Low Light Goggle Lenses All of that legendary Japanese powder equals a lot of days under cloud in low light.  Sure, you’ll have some bluebird days too, but more often than not you’ll experience patchy and changing light conditions.  Low light goggles will help you read the terrain better when everything around you is white on white.  While you’re at it, bring a spare pair too.. … Continue reading →