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Tim Betts, Hokkaido Ski Club's Ski and Snowboard Instructor

10 winters in Niseko: An interview with Tim Betts

Hokkaido Ski Club Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Tim Betts, has spent the last 10 winters in Niseko. We ask Tim to share with us his memories of Niseko from the decade. How the resort has changed over the years and what it is about the place that he loves so much. Thi

Private Lessons or Group Lessons?

Booking ski and snowboard lessons for your holiday can be an overwhelming experience. There are numerous options presented to you - Private Lessons; Group Lessons; Full Day; Half Day; 2 hours; Night Lessons. Just how do you decide? One of the most frequently asked questi

Why hire a powder guide?

You are on a powder holiday at a resort famed for the fluffy white stuff. But every powder pocket you end up at is tracked out and that excitement quickly turns to frustration. The problem with the best powder resorts, is that they are also the most popular places to go. It

Onsens: Club favourites in Niseko

Club Instructor and Powder Guide, Max Giutronich, shares some favourite onsens in Niseko and offers a tip how to behave. Powder snow, sushi, ramen, onsens! 4 Japanese experiences Niseko has in abundance. After a long day on the slopes, the crew at Hokkaido Ski Club like to

Guests enjoying our photography services in Rusutsu

Our opening month of 2017/2018 winter season in photographs

December in photographs Hokkaido Ski Club welcomed one of the best starts to the winter season ever seen. With record snowfalls across the northern Japanese island, including over 6 metres of snowfall in Niseko by the end of December, the team had plenty to get excited ab

Exploring Niseko United: Hanazono

Hanazono might be a tiny resort, but has it all! It consists of three chairlifts, Hano 1,2 & 3. These lifts give access to a wide variety of terrain. Powder, piste and terrain parks can be found within the boundaries of this resort. Let's start at the very top.

Exploring Niseko United

In this blog series we will look at different resorts across Hokkaido. Different skiers and riders seek out different terrain and experiences. Which resort suits your needs!? Niseko United In the upcoming weeks we will discuss Niseko United. A mountain divided in 4 are

Introduction to the Backcountry

Backcountry skiing and riding is now more popular than ever before. Almost everyone that has been on a winter holiday to the mountains claims to have gone off-piste. However, very few people who start out in the backcountry understand the associated risks. They venture out w

Become skilled to conquer beyond the Niseko boundary

Hokkaido Ski Club presents… Beyond the Niseko Boundary

Join Hokkaido's most experienced mountain guide in Beyond the Niseko Boundary. A 3-day camp designed for skiers and snowboarders who want to gain confidence and knowledge of snow and backcountry conditions specific to the Niseko area. A ONE-TIME special event with

Renting VS Buying equipment

Rental vs Buying personal equipment Is it better to rent your ski equipment on location, or are you better off buying your own gear? It is a tough question, and it really depends on several variables. Did you know that it can still be beneficial to rent gear, even if you

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