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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
Kiroro partners with Australian resorts to offer free skiing
1 year ago

Kiroro partners with Australian resorts to offer free skiing

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Kiroro Resort has today announced a partnership with Australian ski resorts Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek. In a move that will excite Australian skiers, the partnership will allow Kiroro’s …
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Spot the difference: Niseko releases 17/18 trail map
1 year ago

Spot the difference: Niseko releases 17/18 trail map

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Niseko United has released its trail map for the 2017/18 season, with a few small but important differences to take note of. Construction teams have been hard at work in …
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Niseko confirms new chairlift for 2017/18 season
1 year ago

Niseko confirms new chairlift for 2017/18 season

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Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area – one of the four resorts that form Niseko United – has confirmed the addition of a new quad chairlift for the 2017/18 ski season. The Dream Quad Lift …
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Abandoned Japanese ski resort to reopen in December 2017
1 year ago

Abandoned Japanese ski resort to reopen in December 2017

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After more than 11 years in a state of abandonment, Lotte Arai Resort – formally known as Arai Mountain Resort and Spa – will reopen to the public in December, 2017.


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Freeride World Tour scouts locations for China event
2 years ago

Freeride World Tour scouts locations for China event

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The Freeride World Tour’s future in Asia looks bright, after a series of videos released to their Facebook page revealed that they are currently scouting locations for an event based …
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Asia’s best resorts named in 2016 World Ski Awards
2 years ago

Asia’s best resorts named in 2016 World Ski Awards

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Niseko United (Japan) and YongPyong (South Korea) have extended their reign of dominance at the World Ski Awards, with both taking home the 2016 prize for the best ski resort …
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Beijing, Great Wall, ski slopes: China plans a new high-speed railway
2 years ago

Beijing, Great Wall, ski slopes: China plans a new high-speed railway

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Visitors to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be able to take in one of China’s great cultural attractions en route to its alpine skiing venues. In an announcement earlier this …
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Beijing to make snowsports compulsory in schools
2 years ago

Beijing to make snowsports compulsory in schools

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Skier participation in China is set to soar, with the announcement that Beijing will include ice and snow sports as a compulsory part of the primary and middle school curriculum. Under a …
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Japanese weather bureau announces the arrival of La Niña
2 years ago

Japanese weather bureau announces the arrival of La Niña

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The Japanese weather bureau said on Tuesday that La Niña had arrived, following its August announcement that the weather pattern would be a 70% chance to emerge. The revelation bodes well for Japanese ski resorts, …
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Japanese ski resorts report first snowfalls for 2016/17
2 years ago

Japanese ski resorts report first snowfalls for 2016/17

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It’s that time of year! Ski resort social media managers are taking to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to announce that “winter is coming” as first snowfalls for the year begin to …
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