Spending Winter in Niseko
by Bonnie Leung.
Definitely an all-time favorite location for skiers, Niseko has the most beautiful powder snow in the world. The Grand Hirafu mountain just refurbished their gondola, making it easier and more comfortable for skiers to get uphill.
Where to Stay:
We got to stay in the penthouse of one of the Hokkaido Tracks’ properties — Yama Shizen which was absolutely perfect for a ski holiday. With all the necessary facilities such as a far-too well-equipped pantry, washing machine, fireplace, 3 big bedrooms with its own bathrooms, we even had our own Jacuzzi sitting on the balcony! Even though it was -3 degrees outside we didn’t regret risking to get frozen and jumping into that Jacuzzi with the great view of Mount Youtei.
What to Eat:
After a day of skiing, what’s more comforting than having a Nabe (Japanese hotpot) that can fill your stomach with the freshest ingredients from Hokkaido? You can even get this delivered to your chalet. Believe it or not — a chef can come to your place and make sushi on site only for you — simply place an order before you ski out a day before!
What to do:
If you are not yet an advance skier, you can book private lessons, the first thing all coaches teach — make sure you know how to fall! They also have a ski center near the lift for you to store your ski equipment there overnight, so that you can ski-free without carrying the 10kg ski equipments to the lift every morning!
If you are adventurous and energetic enough, start planning your Niseko ski trip now!