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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
Niseko’s 10 year transformation: before and after
1 year 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
1 year 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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Kiroro partners with Australian resorts to offer free skiing
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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