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The Corbett Ski Team is rolling out

We used to say this every Friday night as the Corbett family drove out the driveway for another weekend at Whakapapa, doing what you do at Whakapapa in the winter…skiing!

The excitement is mounting right now as the Corbett Ski Team is taking off for fields a little further away - Japan! The team is not the family this time, but five snow junkies who are keen for a bit of a fun, culture, and hopefully a whole lot of snow.

We are quite unique with our snow adventures. Craig leads us (quite a task!) and being a qualified ski instructor, has all the techniques to guide us and improve our turns. No 1 on his list is patience!

I love to ski but my first passion (after Craig, of course) is travel. Owning a travel agency, and working in the business of travel, is the ideal partner to make a ski holiday with a difference.

This year it's Japan. Rumours of big snow, powder, culture, and a very foreign experience.

We are heading to two different ski areas in the Nagano Precinct. This area is well know for "Snow Monkeys".

Hakuba is a village in the Japanese Alps, just outside the city of Nagano, host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. A winter sports hub, Hakuba encompasses mountain resorts with terrain for skiing, snowboarding and hiking. The Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, built for the 1998 games, is at the base of the Happo-one resort. Hakuba village offers a lively après-ski scene and hot springs.

Nozawaonsen is a village located in Shimotakai District in northeast Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the village had an estimated population of 3,480 and a population density of 60 persons per km²

To keep the cost down, we have chosen simple accommodation with maximum Japanese flavour. I will tell you how successful that is once I have slept on a futon for a few nights..I am guessing I may need to numb the arthritis with thimbles of warm Saki.

We have a Rotorua contact in Japan who owns and runs one of the ski schools so will have the advantage of local knowledge. Also Craig can escape and do some high speed turns with a fellow hot skier - a much needed respite after being on the slower slopes with us.

We end the holiday with three nights in Tokyo. I have booked some mystery tours as a surprise, one being a three hour Japan by night as one of our team turns 70 years young the first day we are in Tokyo.

So if you enjoy the snow and are planning a snow experience with a difference - think Galaxy because 'We know Snow'. We have four skiers and one very patient instructor amongst us... so why not deal with those who understand your snow requirements.

Amy is just back from Park City, Utah and surrounding areas. Craig skied there in 2016. The Corbett ski team (8 of us) were in Colorado in 2015. I have skied previously in both Hokkaido and Nagano. We have all experienced many of the Canadian ski areas. Any excuse-we’re there!

If you want a unique tailor made snow experience, and/or would like an instructor to accompany you, give us plenty of notice as we can book Craig in to travel with you.

Email us, to add your address to our snow newsletter, put WE KNOW SNOW in the subject line and send this by 31 March 2017, and go in the draw to win a dinner for two at a local restaurant of our choice (tba).

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