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Niseko, Japan. Enough said...

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    Niseko, Japan (map)

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  • 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!!! 

    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!

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  • Natalie F

    This trip is definitely still ON. Jim now has 2 friends joining him, but would love for anyone else keen to join them too! Japan really will be an amazing experience. If you are tempted, I encourage you to go for it!

    November 7

  • Jim

    ok, I am surprised no interest amongst a group with this charter, but I think hotels have mostly filled up, so probably time to cancel. My 'plan B' is to meet some friends there! Hope everyone has a great ski season!!

    October 31

    • Natalie F

      Ah Jim, I'm sorry to hear this. I know Japan would be an amazing snow destination, but any of the more distant resorts require greater investment in both time and money and its possible this limits the audience some what. I do hope you have an amazing trip out there!!

      October 31

  • Jim

    One other tip, this is obviously a long flight. If you are interested in indulging in one of those lie flat seats to rest up for the ski day next morn.... try this guy; [masked] He is a travel agent who specializes only in business / first class tickets. He often comes up with incredible rates. I got my ticket from him and use them regularly - if you mention my name "Jim Fink" he is familiar with this trip and will treat you well ;)
    And before you ask, no, I do not benefit in any way from the referral....I'm just passing along a good deal!

    1 · October 7

  • Sayuri

    I'd love to! Problem is, I don't have a business trip funding me out there so one trip to Niseko = 3 trips to the Alps. One day I'll return to Japan. For now, I'm going with maximum skiiage time. たのしんで!

    2 · October 7

    • Jim

      Sounds good Glenn, I'll give you a report upon return!

      October 7

    • Jim

      Understandable Sayuri! I did Lech & Zurs last time so thought I'd try a new continent this year. ;)

      1 · October 7

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