This is Japan.

This is Japan.
As you may have gathered from earlier posts, the Blackbirds love visiting Japan. And we know we are not the only ones that this mystical place has touched. To get a real sense of the 'wonderment' that you experience there, check out this awesome short film by Mattias Evangelista. It...

WHERE DID JUNE GO?

WHERE DID JUNE GO?
Can you believe it's almost the end of financial year? We've just had the shortest day of the year go past and it's almost school holidays! This means that those July snow falls are getting really close now. Need some new kit? Want to go shopping right now? Then just CLICK...

Am I doing my boots up right?

Am I doing my boots up right?
Author: Krista Sturday - the lead podiatrist at Orthoski Short answer? Probably not.  This is an issue that affects many people. It's such a simple fix to many problems that I'm devoting an entire post to it. Cramping  of the foot, numb toes, sore shins, scrunched toes - all issues that can...

Ever Wonder Why Most Ski Shops Don't Carry Handmade Skis?

Ever Wonder Why Most Ski Shops Don't Carry Handmade Skis?
Do you ever wonder why most Australian ski shops don’t carry handmade skis? They mostly carry a selection of the usual suspects from the same big brands: K2, Rossignol, Volkl, Dynastar, Head, Salomon, Nordica, Blizzard, Atomic, Kastle, Fischer  and occasionally you will see brands like Armada, 4-Front, Line and a few other mid-sized brands....

Testing Handmade Skis In Japan - Fat-ypus D'riddum

Testing Handmade Skis In Japan - Fat-ypus D'riddum
As we watched the forecast with great intent leading up to our visit to Japan, we could see that there was some potentially serious powder days heading our way. So with that, we made sure we took some handmade skis that were designed specifically for their powder ability and all-round performance....

Japan is everything you expect... Part 3.

Japan is everything you expect... Part 3.
Accommodation. There are many, many options here and to be honest, only you know what will suit you best for what you want/need/can afford. You can choose from your standard 'Hotel' style of room (which isn't very 'Japanese' really), to a more authentic experience by staying in a 'Pension' with...

Japan is everything you expect... Part 2.

Japan is everything you expect... Part 2.
Following on from Part 1 of our Japanese Odyssey - Hakuba offers up a terrific choice of eateries. While it is becoming more accommodating to western palates over time, there are still places where you can go and have very traditional Japanese food. It is excellent value too. We were able...

Japan is everything you expect... and more.

Japan is everything you expect... and more.
When you hop off the plane you know you're somewhere special. When you explore the new and old cities you get treated to a sensory feast that bombards you from every angle. When you get rural and meet the locals, you enter a world of tradition and hospitality. Then there's...

Christmas Gift Ideas For Skiers and Snow Lovers

Christmas Gift Ideas For Skiers and Snow Lovers
Know a skier who could do with some new kit? Well the team here at Blackbird Skis have compiled a small list of essentials that will suit any skier from beginner through to pro. These products have all been extensively tested by us and we love them. LE BENT SKI SOCKS...