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About Rupert Orchard

Rupert has spent much of the last decade working and travelling in ski resorts in Japan, China and Korea. He spent six full-time seasons as a professional ski instructor before founding skiasia.com. Contact Rupert at rupert.orchard@skiasia.com.
Latest Posts | By Rupert Orchard
Man killed as volcano erupts near Japanese ski resort
10 months ago

Man killed as volcano erupts near Japanese ski resort

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A volcano has erupted in central Japan, killing a Japanese soldier and injuring up to 14 others. The eruption reportedly triggered an avalanche that buried nearly a dozen skiers – six of …
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Heavy snowfall shuts Narita Airport as Japan braces for 9-day storm
10 months ago

Heavy snowfall shuts Narita Airport as Japan braces for 9-day storm

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“Japanuary” is living up to its name, with ski resorts around the country set to benefit from snowstorms that have closed two runways at Narita Airport and prompted Japan’s Meteorological …
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Why 2018 is Asia’s year for snowsports
10 months ago

Why 2018 is Asia’s year for snowsports

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Europe and North America have long been the heavyweights of the ski world, but 2018 is shaping up as the year that Asia steps into the ring. A series of …
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Chinese city reveals plans for more than 20 ski resorts
11 months ago

Chinese city reveals plans for more than 20 ski resorts

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Baishan city government has announced plans to increase the number of ski resorts in the area to more than 20, in addition to the construction of an indoor skating centre, …
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Niseko records 6.6 metres of snow before New Year’s Eve
11 months ago

Niseko records 6.6 metres of snow before New Year’s Eve

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Locals are calling Niseko’s start to the season one of the best in recent memory, and the numbers are proving that there is plenty of truth in the claim. Niseko …
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Japan opens its first new ski resort in 14 years
11 months ago

Japan opens its first new ski resort in 14 years

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It has been a long time in between drinks for Japanese skiers, who have had to wait 14 years for a new ski resort to be opened in the country. Mineyama …
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Rusutsu in line for major facelift
12 months ago

Rusutsu in line for major facelift

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Rusutsu Resort is set to undergo a 700 million dollar (USD) facelift, following a landmark partnership announcement between award-winning developer NISADE and Kamori Kanko, the resort’s current operator.

Rusutsu’s accommodation …
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Niseko’s 10 year transformation: before and after
12 months ago

Niseko’s 10 year transformation: before and after

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Niseko Tourism today released its resort map for the 2017/18 season, which we felt presented a great opportunity for a walk down memory lane. Niseko’s rapid development has been well …
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Forecasters tipping epic start to Japanese snow season
12 months ago

Forecasters tipping epic start to Japanese snow season

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Niseko is expected to receive up to 120 cm of snow over the next seven days, in what will likely be one of the strongest starts to the season in …
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Ski town tops Japan’s population growth charts
1 year ago

Ski town tops Japan’s population growth charts

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Kutchan-cho – a municipality of Hokkaido that encompasses much of Niseko United ski resort and its largest resort-side town, Hirafu – has topped a population growth chart published by Japan’s …
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