Author Archive for Nadine Robb

Nadine Robb is Owner and Instructor at Hakuba Ski Concierge. Hakuba Ski Concierge is a boutique ski school specialising in private ski lessons, snowboard lessons and resort guiding services. The first of it`s kind in Hakuba, Japan - guests have the freedom to manage their time how they see fit, and have a choice of ski resorts, onsens and local lunch spots to ensure that they get the very most out of Hakuba. Originally from the UK, Nadine has been in Japan for 10 years now, with time spent in Austria and Canada previously. Author to the children`s book `Joey`s First Ski Lesson`, Nadine is also a professional Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and Swift Water Rescue Technician and mother of two.

5 top tips for the nervous skier

5 top tips for the nervous skier

From all of the hype, social media and marketing that goes into the ski industry – we could be mistaken in believing that everyone who has ever skied cannot get enough of the sport. While indeed that is a nice idea, it is also not the reality. I would go as far as to say […]

5 reasons why February is a great time to ski in Hakuba, Japan

5 reasons why February is a great time to ski in Hakuba, Japan

Every month in Hakuba has its merits, and the best time to travel very much depends on your interests, goals and what you would most like to experience while in Hakuba. Specifically focusing on the winter months and ski tourism, here are 5 reasons why February is a great time to ski in Hakuba. 1. […]

Top 5 pieces of ski equipment to buy and not rent

Top 5 pieces of ski equipment to buy and not rent

Thanks to the advancement of well-stocked and user-friendly rental shops in ski resorts world wide, it is no longer necessary to lug heavy and cumbersome ski equipment with us on our travels. Some skiers may opt to travel with their own ski boots, but overall travelling lighter and not being weighed down by ski hardware […]

5 top tips for choosing the right ski boot

5 top tips for choosing the right ski boot

When it comes to buying ski equipment, ski boots should be at the top of your list. Having comfortable or uncomfortable boots can make or break your holiday and perception of skiing as a whole, so it is well worth the investment of time and money to get the right ones for you. A great […]

Top 5 ways to be prepared for a day of backcountry skiing

Top 5 ways to be prepared for a day of backcountry skiing

Backcountry skiing is one of the most exciting and nature immersing of all winter pursuits. As with many sports of its kind it is accompanied by risk, but fortunately for us some well directed preparation can go a long way in minimising those risks. Here are 5 ways to be prepared for a day of […]

Skiing in Japan: the ultimate guide to Hakuba's top 7 ski resorts

Skiing in Japan: the ultimate guide to Hakuba’s top 7 ski resorts

In a rapidly evolving Japanese ski town with 10 resorts to choose from it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to selecting the right mountain for you. While there is information readily available it can be time consuming trying to get an unbiased idea of Hakuba’s mountains and what type […]

The most common bad ski habits and how to correct them

The most common bad ski habits and how to correct them

Whether brand new to the sport or a seasoned skier, you likely will have heard about ski technique. Perhaps the biggest question relating to it; `is having good technique important?`. And the answer? Absolutely. People having different motivating factors for fine tuning their skiing, whether it is for vanity reasons – namely `looking good`, or […]

8 ways to get the most out of Spring skiing in Hakuba, Japan

8 ways to get the most out of Spring skiing in Hakuba, Japan

Whether confined to school or work holidays or simply set on getting as many ski trips into the season as possible, a spring ski holiday definitely has it`s quirks. While warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and perhaps less crowds are definite pluses to skiing later in the season, slushier snow and fewer open slopes are some […]

5 reasons to book with a resort-approved ski school

5 reasons to book with a resort-approved ski school

Unfortunately ski resorts are generally not known for being cheap, and one of the larger expenses can be ski or snowboard lessons. With that in mind it is easy to understand why people are tempted to hire individuals to do the job at a much lower rate, and often as a cash in hand arrangement. […]

5 top tips for ski touring etiquette

5 top tips for ski touring etiquette

Ski touring – be it on skis or a split board – is a whole new world of fun and adventure, and with it comes it`s own set of unspoken rules and courtesies. Here are 5 good to know tips on how to conduct oneself in the backcountry, subsequently setting us up – and indeed […]

5 top tips for skiing with a toddler

5 top tips for skiing with a toddler

Putting our little ones into professional ski lessons will give them a great start on the snow. Their instructor will have a tool box of tricks to teach them the necessary new skills, and experiencing in teaching small humans. With that in mind, taking your own kids for a ski is an excellent way to […]

5 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Japan

5 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Japan

As Japan explodes on the world map as an ultimate powder skiing destination, you may be wondering which areas to visit first and what they offer. For anyone heading to Hakuba this season, here are a few great reasons why Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park might be your pick for the day. 1. Longest season for […]

6 top tips for learning to ski powder

6 top tips for learning to ski powder

With so many skiers and snowboarders enthusiastically proclaiming the joy of powder riding, it is natural that our curiosity may be piqued along with an interest to give it a try. As with many good things in life though, it takes a little direction, time and practise – but is so worth the energy put […]

7 luxury ski accommodations in Hakuba, Japan

7 luxury ski accommodations in Hakuba, Japan

Choosing the perfect place to stay for your ski vacation can be a difficult task, especially with so many choices at your finger tips. Hakuba – Japan’s largest ski area – has some true gems when it comes to luxurious self contained accommodations, and here to help you navigate them in no particular order are […]

8 top tips for introducing small kids to skiing

8 top tips for introducing small kids to skiing

A first time ski experience for kids is a big deal for all involved, especially because our primary objective is that our kids enjoy it as much as we do. In reality though it is not always smooth sailing and can require more patience or planning than anticipated. Here a 8 things that we can […]

6 things to know about skiing in Japan

6 things to know about skiing in Japan

Japan is unlike any other country on the planet, and one that has carefully preserved and protected its culture, history and identity through the ages. It is therefore no surprise that skiing in Japan has it`s own nuances and unique charm. Here are a few `good to know` things about skiing in Japan. 1. Its […]