By Alex Gaggioli | Published on July 2, 2015
Here at Cloudbeds, we partner with some pretty awesome hostels, hotels, lodges, and other properties all around the world. This is our first post in our new Featured Customers Series where we highlight all types of properties.
Avid traveler and powder enthusiast Cameron Parsons has a new adventure in sight–opening a snow lodge in the Hakuba Valley located in Japan. Under an awesomely unique name, The Phat House is the set to open in December of this year.
Cam recently purchased the property from a local Japanese man in hopes of creating an epic guest experience. The property aims to introduce people to what he calls some of the best powder in the world.
“I’ve spent a lot of time chasing winters around the world including North America, Europe, and South America, and nothing compares to the feet of powder Hakuba Valley offers” said Cam.
He told us that he spent a considerable amount of time shredding in North America, Europe, and South America, yet nothing quite compares to what the Hakuba Valley offers. The Phat house will open its doors from December until early April in conjunction with Japan’s snow season.
The Phat House will attract powder enthusiasts of all ages and skill-levels. Cam told us, “We aren’t targeting any age or skill level. We want anyone who is passionate about powder to come visit us.”
Although this is Cam’s first time running a hostel, he says he anticipates his favorite part about this experience will be providing guests with an unforgettable trip. He and his team are passionate about travel and powder and are excited to share these passions.
The Phat House will launch with Cloudbeds’ full suite of products: myfrontdesk, mybookings, and myallocator. Cam said his decision to implement all three products was not a hard one. He wanted an all-in-one holistic approach to manage his property.
“Cloudbeds frees up your most valuable asset – your time – enabling you to work on your business, not in your business” says Cam. He believes using the same system to manage his property and bookings will reduce administrative work. Thus, allowing him and his team to focus on what is important; their guests.
We asked Cam about his personal favorite travel destinations. He focuses on traveling to exciting but affordable countries to make the most of his trips. His short list includes Colombia, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. “It’s all about the food and people!” shared Cam. Good people and great food make for a winning combination in his opinion, (and we agree!)
When asked what inspired him to run his own property, he responded by saying that he wants to share the good travel experiences he’s been lucky enough to have. His number one goal is to provide guests the best service possible. And we believe it. The list of services The Phat House plans to provide are expansive:
- Free shuttles
- Cars available for a small fee
- Pick-Up and Drop-Offs from the bus and train stations
- Down Day activities
- Free breakfast
- and good times, of course
The Phat house is tricked out with wicked amenities including accommodations for singles to groups. The property has its own bar and restaurant so you are never hungry or thirsty. There’s also a drying room and workbench to take care of your gear. Entertainment in the form of a jib park, foosball tables, PlayStation and more are readily available. Feel like kicking back? There’s a fire pit for that. Makes us wish we were there right now!
The main local attractions are conveniently located from The Phat House. Their website lists the following highlights:
- 750m from the Gondola at Iwatake Ski Resort
- Five minutes to Happo bars and restaurants
- Six minutes from the Hakuba Train Station
- and only a 10km drive to the Cortina Ski Resort
The Phat House sounds pretty sick to us. We are excited to catch up with the team after their first season and hear all their stories. In the mean time, check out their beautiful website and be sure to follow them via social media.