Hey powder-hounds, I'm new to the group but not to the sport;) I and 2 friends have our plane tickets, so we're definitely going, but it would be so much more fun to get more people involved!
Japan should be on every snow-lover's bucket list - so let's cross it off this winter! Niseko has the 2nd highest annual snowfall in the WORLD - 15m of powder per year!!! http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/
I'm seeking companions who are simultaneously fun to be with, advanced skiers and have the funds for this trip! Fingers crossed this group has a few of them!
My plan is relatively simple and goes something like this....
Hire a guide. Ski all day (I'll probably ride couple days too), sushi, sake, onsen, party, sleep, repeat - up for discussion is whether the onsen should come before or after the sushi & sake? not sure - whatever the locals do;) I am into off-piste exploration but I also want to do it all - 1 pass gets you access to 4 interconnected mountains here. I like anything steep & deep.
What you need to do...
1.) Travel - Get a plane ticket to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). You will likely connect through one of the 2 Tokyo airports, NRT or HND, then there are regular commuter flights over to CTS, shuttles to hotel villages.
2.) Hotel - There are essentially 4 villages that one can choose from when skiing Niseko. I chose Hirafu, because that is where all the restaurants, pubs, nightlife is. The others are more secluded. I also like ski-in ski-out (don't we all?) and this made the Hotel Niseko Alpen the obvious choice.
There are other options you may wish to consider, just a few hundred meters away is the Chalet Ivy, and the Yumoto Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafu. A number of different room types are available to meet various people's budgets & preference.
3.) Ski / Ride Tickets: Lots of options available, including hourly, multi-day and night rates.
In general, the prices seem *very reasonable* compared to what we normally pay for this quality of skiing...
Come on, who's in?!! You know you want to and you won't regret it!