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Opening this December, Ki Niseko is currently the talk of Niseko-Hirafu village. With an unrivalled ski-in ski-out location next to both the high-speed gondola and Holiday Pair lift, skiers can be out of the hotel and on the lift up the mountain in minutes. Added to that, Gondola Snowsports, the new official International Ski School of Niseko-Hirafu resort, is...

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Fresh is best, & few places on the planet are more likely to deliver your daily dose than Niseko. OK, it’s not as easy to find as ‘back in the day’, but SnowAction scored 7 pow days in 7 last year, as Owain Price reports. Yes, fresh is best, as your doctor or supermarket ads can tell you. At Niseko,...
None of us mind new hair and new clothes, and although I didn’t get to keep either it was a lot of fun doing the Tea Ceremony day in style, starting with a run down to Kutchan for our hair says Carmen Price. ‘Modern Geisha’ was the look they gave me, while my guide Misaki went for more traditional, but...
On a recent trip to Hakuba I had the pleasure to meet local legend and back country guru Dave Enright. It was the start of February, the avalanche danger was at an all time high, so Dave took us out to show us how to do it safely. story & pics Matt Hull Canadian born, he fell in love with Japan...
Sure, there are lots of ski resorts around the globe that offer great snow, great programs and great progressive terrain, but how many offer the chance to hit a mega wave pool complex afterwards? Tomamu does, and if you are looking for the x-factor in selecting your next family ski destination that could well be it reports Carmen Price. Before...
Most ski resorts around the world are owned by the man, aka a faceless corporate entity usually lacking empathy with their customers, and Japan is mostly no different. But at Nozawa locals like 18th generation ryokan owner Akakiro Mori got together a few years back and bought out the lift company. these are people who love skiing, and their...

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