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Affordable Ski Holiday in Japan

So many tips let’s call this PART ONE!!!

Don’t laugh! Affordable ski holidays are possible. With a little planning and some super-sleuthing, family ski trips can be easy-peasy Japanesey. If you don’t have time or wouldn’t know where to start, just follow the steps below:

  1. Book your accommodation

There are some GREAT deals out there for on snow accommodation. Myoko Chalet is as little as Au$60 per person per night or Madarao Chalet is as little as Au$90 per person per night including breakfast.

  1. Take advantage of Early bird specials

Book accommodation early. It’s ridiculously worth it and means your snow holiday is paid off when holiday time comes around. Your credit card is CLEAR, woohoo!

Chalet Myoko

  1. Ski Japan

Shhh! Nobody tell them they’re charging crazy cheap prices. I mean it. Ski at Madarao for Australian $60 per day and cheaper for children? Very difficult to find better. Ok, Maybe at the four resorts accessible from Myoko at 4200 yen per day (A$50) for adults and cheaper for kids.  

BUT I don’t understand what yen amounts are. I hear you say?

OK...Think 2900 yen  is $29 (only a little higher at real life $34). Ridiculously cheap!!!!!!

Chalet Madarao

  1. Plan ahead with your ski equipment

  • Borrow clothes, skis, poles and snow gear from friends.
  • Raid Op-shops for snow equipment other people have out- grown.
  • Peruse Gumtree or Ebay for second hand snow clothes and equipment.
  • Buy snow equipment out of season or end of season USA or UK.
  • When Grandma asks what everyone wants for Christmas make sure it’s helmets, goggles and gloves. They get too many toys anyway!

If you’d like to know more #snowlifehacks about ski rental, flights, money and more. Stay tuned…and follow wordweavingwriter on instagram to get the next affordable tips update It’s coming!

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It was a ski brochure on the Dolomites (Italy) that first stirred Emma's interest in all things ski-related. That endless white moonscape, skiable as far as the eye can see... those geological wonderments. All those hot gluhwein drinks! Promptly quitting her Japanese language teaching job Emma hot-footed it to Austria to become a a ski-instructor, got engaged and did a season alternating between consuming chicken schnitzels and demonstrating the 'alpine position' to English ski students. Whist still not fulfilling her Dolomite ski fantasy, Emma happily lives and breathes her passion, albeit through writing and finds North America and Japan great snow resorts to share with her young family. Particularly the buffalo wings and the okonomiyaki.

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