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.

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 […]

5 things to consider when booking a family ski holiday

5 things to consider when booking a family ski holiday

A great family ski holiday can leave you with life long memories and in still a passion for winter snow sports for life. That said, creating such a holiday does take some thoughtful planning, research and honest self reflection as to our own skills and goals. Exposing children to temperature extremes, physically tiring days and […]

Amidst COVID-19 - here's why now is the best time to book your next ski trip

Amidst COVID-19 – here’s why now is the best time to book your next ski trip

Most likely the furthest thing from everyone’s mind is planning travel abroad. And rightly so with an aggressive pandemic, closed boarders and dormant airlines. It may then seem ludicrous to even allow the notion of planning next winter’s ski trip enter your mind – given the instability of the present situation. Remarkably however – there […]

3 outdoor activities to enjoy in a closed ski resort

3 outdoor activities to enjoy in a closed ski resort

We find ourselves in unchartered territory as Coronavirus tightens its global grip. For those that have made their way to a ski destination or indeed live in one, we can only look on as many of the resorts close and cease to spin their lifts. In an effort to glean something positive from this, there […]

Top 5 reasons to take a ski lesson

Top 5 reasons to take a ski lesson

Whatever level you ski and snowboard at, taking a professional lesson by a reputable company will pay off in dividends, and make you wonder why you have not been taking lessons all along. In case you need convincing, here are 5 reasons to take a ski or snowboard lesson. 1. Safety Running the risk of […]

5 positives to a ski holiday lacking in snow

5 positives to a ski holiday lacking in snow

The snow sports industry is entirely at the whim of the weather and – as much as we wish that we could – we simply cannot control it. Having a bad snow season unfortunately goes with the territory, though of course our disappointment is entirely valid when we fly across the globe only to find […]

Top 7 hidden gems for eating out in Hakuba, Japan

Top 7 hidden gems for eating out in Hakuba, Japan

With so much information – and indeed mis-information – out there when it comes to Hakuba`s best dining spots, it can be very difficult to distinguish the true culinary delights from the everyday restaurants. How we all rate dining experiences is a rather personal and subjective thing, but from 10 years of living in Hakuba […]

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 […]