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Madarao Kogen, Japan – Rise above Sea Level and Surf the Snow!

14Apr

Kicking up powder snowboardingSnowboarding has developed into a beloved and well-established winter sport, boasting its own unique culture, equipment and super-star athletes. The sports international competitions draw world-wide renown and have inspired adrenaline junkies to push themselves to great heights, immersing themselves in one of the most amazing natural thrills available.

There are many styles of snowboarding, each of which have naturally progressed and branched off into their own standalone tournaments – such styles include: alpine racing, freestyle, back country and free riding, though where did it all begin? At what point did man decide to rise above sea level and surf the mountains instead?

Well, one day, a young Surfing enthusiast by the name of Sherman Poppen was day dreaming about surfing the winter landscape of the Rockies. He decided to bolt his children’s skis together and turn his daydream into a reality! – Before long, all of the kids in the neighbourhood on his doorstep, begging for him to build them a “Snurfer”. By 1972 Dimitrije Milovich would produce the very first snowboards as we know them today.

Fast forward to now and here you are sat reading this, day dreaming about the very same thing; carving up the soft powder and embracing the winter chill while you experience the pinnacle of adrenaline rushes. So what are you waiting for? It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete stranger to snowboarding; if you’ve any experience in surfing, then you may just find that you’ll pick it up naturally, but there’s only one way to find out right?

Why choose Madarao Kogen for your next Snowboarding destination?

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Madarao Kogen is one of the hottest Ski and Snowboarding resorts in the World right now and is definitely worth a look. This stunning location is no longer the undiscovered powder prize of the past!

Although Western tourists have long favoured the likes of the Alps; Japan is definitely on the rise. OK, so it’s quite small in comparison, though it packs one hell of a punch when it comes to top quality skiing and snowboarding. You could put it down to the estimated 11 meters of snow that it receives each season, though I’d argue that there is certain mysticism in the mountain air. Japan is a fascinating place, and from the moment you step off the airplane you are immersed in a truly captivating culture that fills your soul with magic and inspiration.

On top of that, Madarao Kogen is a largely “undiscovered” location. There’s nothing worse than turning up to a beautiful location that is absolutely swamped with tourists. Isn’t the whole point of snowboarding being able to get away from it all? – High up on the mountain, looking down on the world as you carve your cares into powder. Madarao Kogen will provide you with this calm; it offers a certain peace that simply cannot be found elsewhere.

Beat the crowds and make the most of this truly exceptional destination before masses jump on the band-wagon.

There’s No Time like Now Time – Book Your Next 2017/18 Ski Season Today!

07Apr

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If you’re thinking about potentially booking your Ski season for either 2017 or 18 (or both) and you’re dragging your feet a little bit, then here’s a little bit of advice for you: get your rear in gear! There really is no time like the present and as the tide changes like the wind, so too does the cost of flights and late bookings!

If you leave it too late, the prices will rise as gaps are filled and desirability increases. In which case you’ll either not be able to afford it, or you’ll have procrastinated so much that you’ll lose interest all together and promise yourself that you’ll “definitely get round to doing it eventually”.

Learn from the Mountains and be bold and stand firm. Here at Active Life Madarao we are all about grabbing life by the horns and making the most of every given opportunity. Whether you’re an experienced Skier or Snowboarder or you’re an absolute new-comer to the slopes looking to give it a try; get yourself booked in and give yourself something to look forward to!

Not only are the weather projections for 2017 and 2018 going to make the skiing conditions on Madarao Kogen Ski Resort (Nagano Prefecture, Japan), absolutely incredible; but having something for you to look forward to, is actually beneficial for your overall happiness mental well-being as well.

The Psychology behind Early Bookings and how they benefit your mental well-being

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Want to know how having something to look forward to can make you happier?

There are four key stages for enjoying an event in your life:

– Anticipation – This is one of the key stages of a holiday, or an event in your life. By booking something in advance you not only afford yourself a sense of achievement, but also calm. Instead of having the need to eventually arrange your Ski season looming over you, you will have one less thing to worry about and one more, incredibly exciting event to look forward to.

– Savouring – You’ve finally arrived. It’s been months and months of anticipation and finally you have reached the top of the slope with the fresh mountain air in your lungs and an endless bed of soft powder before you waiting to be carved up. Savour these moments, as they are the memories that you will cherish forever – that is what makes it all worthwhile!

– Expression & Reflection – Sharing your passion and pleasure with others is the key to heightening an already incredible experience, and in the same breath having something to look back on makes it all the more special and memorable for you. While you’re there tearing up the mountain, document it on social media and share your excitement with other enthusiasts.

There are where you can kick back and mix with other like-minded people, whilst cutting up your GoPro footage and putting together some truly stunning video memories for you and yours to cherish and adore.

 

So what are you waiting for? Time is ticking, the snow is setting and the spaces are beginning to fill. Your life will pass you by faster than you can say: “I’ll get round to it”, if you don’t throw your procrastination out of the window and do what you want to do today. Be active.

Grab Your Gear and Head to Japan’s Madarao Kogen This Season!

03Mar

Skiing is much more than just a hobby, but a way of life. It’s certainly not the kind of sport that you can simply pick up now and again when you fancy it. It’s in your blood. Once you get a taste of the crisp mountain air and the soft, powdery snow, there’s no turning back!

If you’re a seasoned professional, an aspiring amateur who loves a good challenge or even a fresh newbie; Madarao Kogen is the hottest spot to check out this season – it has something to offer absolutely everyone!

So Why Choose Madarao Kogen Ski Resort For Your Next Adventure?

Kogen is the Japanese word for “Heights”, or “Plateau”, and Madarao certainly does tower above the rest! Here’s why:

In Madarao, you will find that 60% of the courses are ungroomed, so you’ll definitely be able to tear up some delightfully fluffy and deep powder when you ski. There are many who prefer not to ski on powder as there certainly is a knack to it, though if you’re up to the challenge and keen to truly master the art of skiing then Madaroa will present you with the perfect opportunity to do so (that, and there is rarely a huge amount of competition on these particular slopes)

That being said, Madarao does have a lot to offer, particularly if you’re new to skiing and would rather play it safe and stick to the groomed courses. There is even a Kid’s park, a Tree Run Course, a Free Ride Park and some Wave Courses, so you can rest assured that there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do.

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The mountain itself stands 1382 meter tall, boasting a whopping 30 separate courses. Don’t let that put you off though, as getting around is easy too, with 15 lifts to take you from A through to Z.

Madarao is incredibly popular amongst the Japanese nationals, so not only can you guarantee that it’s a great spot, but it also offers a unique experience as opposed to its neighbouring Ski Resorts which are swamped with Westerners. The food is incredible and the craft beers are insane! Immerse yourself in the beautiful Japanese culture and enjoy one of the most incredible skiing adventures that you could possibly imagine.

Where is Madarao Kogen?

Madarao Kogen is located 38km northeast of the city of Nagano in the north eastern part of the Nagano Prefecture, close to the Niigata Prefecture, laid between Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen.  Madarao is situated 11km west of the town of Iiyama.  Everybody is raving about this awesome spot due to its natural aesthetic beauty and perfect skiing conditions.

There are a number of options for accommodation if you’re keen to explore this skiing hotspot and find out what all of the fuss is about.

Check out Active Life Ski Resort if you’re an avid outdoors person with a hunger for the good life! Don’t miss out on a new and exciting experience that you will surely remember for the rest of your days. Book your flights, grab your ski’s and hit the powder hard!

TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE SKIING IN JAPAN

19Jan

 

If you are looking for somewhere new and exciting to Ski, Japan is the place for you. It has never really been the obvious choice for those who are looking to experience skiing, especially for those who have never tried it before. Most would presume that the Alps would be your best bet, or perhaps a trek over to Canada, though below you will find 5 reasons why skiing in Japan is definitely your best option this winter.

1: The Food

Wherever you decide to travel this year for your skiing holiday, I am sure the food will be alright – but Japanese Sushilet’s face it: the Japanese really do know their way around a kitchen. After a long day on the slopes, you can recharge your batteries with some of the most delicious sushi of your life. However, Japan’s menu is of course, far more comprehensive than some rolls of rice and fish. Get stuck into a large and piping bowl of traditional noodle soup bowls, followed by some crispy Gyoza dumplings and a refreshing bottle of iced cold Asahi. Ahhh, perfect!

2: No Jetlag

The trouble with living in Australia is that whenever you want to venture out of the country on holiday, you tend to have an incredibly long journey ahead of you. This renders you suffering from jetlag which can take days of adjustment and can sometimes have a very negative impact on your holiday. Fortunately, when travelling to Japan you are only looking at a 2 hour time difference (between Japan and the East coast of Australia) This keeps the jetlag down and means that you can get straight out onto the slopes and enjoy skiing in Japan instantly.

3: The Culture

This is a rather broad point, though represents one of the fundamental reasons why you should want to experience a country like Japan. The Japanese boast one of the most unique and wonderful cultures in the entire world, particularly fascinating for those who have been brought up in western culture. The Japanese are wonderfully respectful people and are incredibly punctual and thorough in every aspect of their lives. This is reflected in the evident synchronicity, cleanliness and organisation of their ski resorts, airports, restaurants and other establishments that you may encounter. If you truly want the best ski packages, Japan offers some very well put-together options.

4: The Nomihodai

To put it bluntly, for a terribly quiet and respectful people; the Japanese love to tear it up and party hard. The term: “Nomihodai” is used to describe a dinner routine that is essentially all you can eat and drink. It is never overly expensive and it is always tonnes of fun. Eat as much delicious food as you can in an hour and half, and wash it all down with gallons of refreshing booze and beverages.

5: The Snow

You have seen the photos and I am sure you have heard all of the stories, they’re all true. You will irrefutably come home after a skiing trip to Japan, boasting that it had the best snow that you have ever skied. It is light and safe, and impeccably consistent. And what’s more, if the weather patterns in the forecast are correct then Japan is in for one hell of a winter season, so you can rest assured that you will experience the best skiing in Japan this year if you visit Madarao Kogen. Just take a look…