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Fairway Motel Wanaka – Affordable Ski Accommodation

November 22, 2013

Fairway Motel is a fantastic friendly motel in Wanaka, New Zealand. Close to Treble Cone and Cardrona ski resorts, and just a few minutes from the town centre, Fairway is a great option for your New Zealand ski holiday. Importantly, it is a very affordable accommodation option, which ensures you can have a week of skiing without breaking the budget. In fact, an 8 night package from Ski Travel for a family of four, with 5 days of skiing and 8 days of car hire will set you back less than AU$3000.

Price is one thing, but knowing that you are going to stay somewhere of quality is essential when planning a ski holiday. Fairway ranks right up the top on Tripadvisor for Wanaka accommodation. Here are a couple of reviews from Ski Travel’s past clients – singing the praises of the accommodation and its super friendly hosts, Rob & Eve;

“Great family accommodation in Wanaka – excellent service, affordable & friendly !”

Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was our first visit to Wanaka and also, our first visit to New Zealand. We spent 8 nights here – and Eve and Rob, as locals, were simply terrific in helping us with developing our itinerary, assisting with bookings, and providing great local advice/tips ! The rooms were lovely – clean, spacious and modern – and well-heated . Nothing is too much for Eve and Rob – we will definitely be regulars – and highly recommend this motel to others !

“3-day winter stay”

Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great place to stay. We had a nice, spacious room with a kitchenette, good heater, and plenty of hot water in the taps! Great service too, they asked what time we’d be arriving so they could turn the heating on for us in advance. You get an hour of internet free each day you stay (which is nice, especially when compared to places that give you a MB limit), but they offered us 6 hours since there were two of us! They have a laundry room for cheap, plenty of parking, and update ski conditions every morning. Probably the best value accommodation our whole week in NZ. Had a great stay, thank you!

When you book Fairway Motel through Ski Travel Company, you get every 4th night free – so basically a saving of 25%. So whether you are looking for a four night quick break in Wanaka, or an extended stay – there is still great value for money to be had! Book Online for motel rooms and apartments,   see the 2 Nights Free in Wanaka package or check out all our Wanaka ski packages

Japanese Onsen Etiquette

October 29, 2013

Japanese Onsen Etiquette

A great article from our friends over at Absolute Travel to introduce you to the Japanese custom of bathing in an onsen.

Onsen’s are a fantastic idea after a hectic day riding knee deep powder, and are part of the Japanese ski experience. Nozawa Onsen, in the Nagano region is famous for its many public onsens and bath houses. Check out our Nozawa Onsen ski packages

Whistler Blackcomb – Countdown to Season 2013/14

October 29, 2013

Are you amped for the northern hemisphere ski season? Counting down until your first tracks? Whistler Blackcomb will be one of the first major resorts to open up on 28th November. Early bird booking deals are on sale at Ski Travel Company until 15th November, with saving of up to 35% on lift tickets and accommodation.

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This is the first video in Whistler Blackcomb’s Season 2 of ‘The Wonder Reels’

Into the Mind Movie – Check this Out

October 4, 2013

For all lovers of ski and snowboard movies, this is one you have to check out. It’s touring around NZ right now, with Australia dates still to be confirmed. Good news for Aussie fans is that you can get it on itunes!

Into The Mind – Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

Description from the movie website;
‘This is a story of rising to the ultimate challenge. Having the courage to risk fatal exposure and the perseverance demanded on the quest for achievement. These are not solely physical feats, they are mental conquests.

From the creators of the award winning film “All.I.Can”, Sherpas Cinema is proud to present their newest feature film, Into The Mind. With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques, the Sherpas blur the lines between dream state and reality, and immerse you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harbouring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices. As you experience the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind. How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?’

Ski Whistler 2014 – Early Season Snowfalls!

October 4, 2013

Whistler is catching the edge of a huge storm right now and it is starting to look like mid-winter up on the mountains!  Who would guess that this was the end of September?

Whistler Blackcomb’s fast approaching winter is off to a great start.  Here are some pics from Coast Photo showing some recent snowfalls.


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Nozawa Onsen, An Authentic Japan Ski Holiday Destination

August 21, 2013

Planning a ski trip to Japan and want to experience the real thing? Sleep on a tatami mat in a ryokan, speak to local Japanese people, and eat some real Japanese food, other than teriyaki chicken and salmon and avocado sushi? Oh, and ski some awesome terrain!

There is one particular resort that ticks all the boxes for an authentic Japanese ski holiday, and is also relatively easy to get there, and has plenty of infrastructure and nightlife to make it worth staying more than a couple of days. Nozawa Onsen is in the Nagano region on the main island of Honshu, about a 5 hour bus ride from Tokyo (or while we are being authentic, perhaps I can suggest the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo to Nagano).

Nozawa Onsen has numerous Ryokans (traditional Japanese Inn’s), where you will be asked to remove your shoes at the door, be hosted by a lovely Japanese family and sleep on futons or tatami mats. Many have their own onsen, or the town has a couple of public onsens for that after ski relaxation. There are even some super modern ryokans, such as Kawamatoya, which has an incredible restaurant and funky interior design.

Nozawa is famous for its fire festival. Held in January each year, it is a time of celebration that brings the resort and town alive;

It takes roughly one hundred villagers to build the shrine for the Nozawa Fire Festival. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain and through the village on January 13th prior to being made into a huge wooden structure or shaden. After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony endowing it with a dosojin. The highlight on January 15th is a “fire-setting battle” which ends up with the setting fire of the shaden with blazing torches by the offensive team and the offering of torches to the deity, making the festival truly spectacular and exciting. The entire festival is quite lengthy and can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end. Some observers gather just for the main attraction which is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers. Add liberal servings of saké to all of the above and you’re sure to go home buzzing after seeing quite a spectacle – and maybe a bit scorched from the flames!

So modern and traditional Japanese accommodation, onsens, amazing food and a fire festival, we haven’t even mentioned the skiing yet! There is some terrain for every level in Nozawa, and plenty of powder days to be had!  It has over 1000m of vertical and plenty of runs to choose from. Lift tickets and accommodation tend to be a bit cheaper than some of the other resorts, so it is well worth the visit!

Nozawa Onsen Ski Packages

Japan Snow Monkey, Sake Brewery and Zenkoji Temple Tour

August 13, 2013

MonkeyLooking for something traditional to do while having a ski holiday in the Nagano region of Japan? Why not take a day off skiing and check out the Snow Monkey, Sake Brewery and Zenkoji Temple Tour.

The world famous Jigokudani wild monkey hotsprings is home to about 200 wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hotsprings, keeping warm from the cold harsh winter. The park was opened in 1964 and is considered to be the only places in the world to see snow monkeys bathing in the wild.Zenkoji Temple

The hike to the hotsprings takes about 20 – 30 mins each way. Departing from the Kambayashi Onsen the tour makes it’s way to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and the museum dedicated to his works. Enjoy a traditionally cooked superb Japanese set menu lunch (various options available) at thZenkoji Templee Masuichi Club Restaurant, which is an open style country restaurant and see the beautifully preserved 240 year old Masuichi Sake Brewery Hokusai Museum & of course enjoy many different types of Japanese Sake. The next stop is Nagano City home to Zenkoji Temple designated a national treasure and has a history of over 1400 years.

This is a full day tour departing at 8.00am and arriving back in Hakuba at 5.30pm. Full Day Tour includes entry into the Jigokudani wild monkey hot-springs, lunch & Zenkoji Temple costs.

The tour runs from Hakuba every Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat – Dec 21st to Feb 28th 2014
Every Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat – Mar 1st to Mar 30th 2014
(except Dec 31st, Jan 1st & 15th)

Check out our Hakuba Family ski deal with the tour above included.
Please note this tour can be added to any of our Hakuba ski packages and is a highly recommended inclusion!