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.

Top 5 day hikes in the Columbia Valley, Canada

Top 5 day hikes in the Columbia Valley, Canada

With literally hundreds of impressive hikes all throughout BC’s Columbia Valley – and the adjoining mountain ranges – it can be difficult to zone in the on the right one, for the right person, on the right day. Many of the spectacular alpine vistas that are used for marketing the region require at least one […]

5 best beaches on Miyako-jima, Japan

5 best beaches on Miyako-jima, Japan

Many things may spring to mind when someone says “Japan”, but it is likely that white sand beaches and turquoise waters are not among them. Best known perhaps for a richness of culture, a deep rooted history, or even as the country that offers arguably the worlds best powder skiing, its merits as a beach […]

Top 5 lesser known destinations in the Canadian Rockies

Top 5 lesser known destinations in the Canadian Rockies

For most, hearing “The Canadian Rockies” conjures up images of Lake Louise’s aquamarine waters and the “Rocky Mountaineer” steam train romantically weaving its way between one classically Canadian vista after another. And while the areas in and around Banff National Park are every bit as deserving of the international attention that they draw, they can […]

5 ways to stay safe on a family canoe trip this Summer

5 ways to stay safe on a family canoe trip this Summer

Few things beat a paddle down the river with the family on those sweltering Summer days. As an activity that promotes team work, effective communication and the acquisition of numerous outdoor skills, it is unsurprisingly that swathes of families around the world take to the rivers once school is out. That said, nothing comes before […]

5 outdoor sports to try as a family this Summer

5 outdoor sports to try as a family this Summer

With so much uncertainty surrounding international travel, whether or not we will be able to interact with those outside of our “bubble”, and our employment arrangements – it in unsurprising that sales in the home fitness and outdoor sport industries have soared during the pandemic. With less attention placed upon travelling away from home, the […]

The best day trips from Hakuba, Japan

The best day trips from Hakuba, Japan

Though Hakuba is a well known international ski destination, and recreational mountain town in the green season, it also serves very well as a base from which to explore some of Honshu’s best destinations. In no particular order, here are five of the best day trips from Hakuba. 1. Matsumoto Castle As one of Japan’s […]

5 reasons not to write Hakuba off this spring

5 reasons not to write Hakuba off this spring

Yes, the powder days are more than likely behind us for this winter. And while you will probably not be in waist deep Hakuba powder any time soon, there are still plenty of reasons to keep the village in your sights this spring season. Here are my top 5 reasons not to write off Hakuba […]

5 questions to ask yourself when buying new skis

5 questions to ask yourself when buying new skis

There comes a time for most snow sport enthusiasts when they ponder the question, “should I buy my own skis”. The answer to that will vary depending on your personal situation, ski goals, frequency of skiing and budget – but if you have arrived at that question, here are 5 more to ask yourself when […]

5 reasons why Hakuba, Japan is the best place for an introduction to backcountry skiing

5 reasons why Hakuba, Japan is the best place for an introduction to backcountry skiing

Since the pandemic began outdoor fitness is an industry that has boomed. Perhaps with more time and less ability to spend it on the things that we used to – such as travel – many seem to be focused on self improvement, learning new skills or picking up new hobbies. One industry that has seen […]

5 ski slope behaviours to avoid

5 ski slope behaviours to avoid

Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed for a lifetime without incident or injury. That said, there are factors that will increase our likelihood of mishap, and ironically many of these are behaviours or habits that we develop as we gain confidence and skills on the slopes. For the sake of our bodies, our longevity on […]

10 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park this winter

10 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park this winter

For those residing in Japan the prospect of travelling overseas this winter season is increasingly less likely. In the spirit of making the best out of a tough situation, let us instead focus on maximising our enjoyment within Japan and rediscovering some of the magic that is here. As Japan boasts the most ski resorts […]

6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

As we adjust to what the new normal looks like for day to day life, it may be time to consider how a ski holiday could look this winter, and the things that we can do to stay safe on it. With safety and comfort being our top priorities, here are our 5 top tips […]

Top 5 family friendly hikes in the Columbia Valley, Canada

Top 5 family friendly hikes in the Columbia Valley, Canada

There are so many wonderful hikes to be done yet so many of them require a good fitness level, hiking experience and the ability to cover distances that can be challenging for the young, injured and elderly. Ultimately, fewer older and younger individuals feel that they cannot approach hiking as a recreation and end up […]

8 top tips for hiking with young children

8 top tips for hiking with young children

Hiking with small children does limit our ability to explore larger terrain and access certain areas – particularly those in the high alpine or with a significant elevation gain. It is not uncommon to see once avid hikers taking multi-year hiatuses from hiking after having children, as the effort and patience necessary to bring them […]

Top 5 reasons to visit a ski resort in the off season

Top 5 reasons to visit a ski resort in the off season

In the days of COVID-19 and muted international travel, individuals and families are having to think further on how to spend their summer/winter holidays this year (depending on your hemisphere). With domestic travel and exploration of one`s backyard now under the spotlight, it may be time to reevaluate what makes for a great vacation and […]

Top 5 home exercises to stay ski fit during the off season

Top 5 home exercises to stay ski fit during the off season

With so many `unknowns` in the foreseeable future, it Is hard to say for sure when we will next be on the slopes. in the meantime however we can ensure that we are in the best possible shape for for when we do get back out there with a few simple home exercises that require […]