Category: New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Tours

A Tale of Tenguyama: Demons, Ninjas and Squirrels

Tengu Woodblock

As Hokkaido turns from a powder paradise into a deep green jungle in during spring, it’s the perfect time to dig deeper into some of the fascinating culture that this land is famous for. With countless festivals (matsuri) to experience over the warmer months, our exploration of the Tengu – devious supernatural beings – begins with the the Shakotan Fire Festival.   Highlights from the Shakotan Fire Festival, featuring the local Tengu Deity   The town of Shakotan, with ~ 2200 residents, holds their fire festival in July each year to pray for their fishermen to return home safely, with … Continue reading →

Early Season Adventure – Awakino, New Zealand

  Each year as we wait for the first winter snow to fall, all hopes are for an early storm to kick things off with a bang. As it happened, the 2016 New Zealand winter started with exactly that, blanketing much of the South Island in deep snow to low levels. An opportunity like this is always welcome and provided just the motivation needed to get out and explore some new terrain. With some local insight and a crew of keen Kiwi riders in tow, we departed Methven towards the club field of Awakino, roughly 3 hours away. Planning on an … Continue reading →

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

Mt Cheeseman

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 →