Staying safe on the mountain

We all know there is nothing more fun and exhilarating than skiing and snowboarding. Whether going down the slopes, navigating tree runs or throwing down tricks in the park, we all get that great feeling inside. That feeling of coming alive and having total freedom.  These feelings are wholly satisfying but with the excitement and […]

Niseko cafes for the best coffee

A coffee shop in Niseko

If you are like me and need a dose of caffeine before swinging into gear in the morning, then this blog is for you. I’m going to let you in on some local faves of the coffee world around town. Maybe you’re having a rest day, need a quick fix in the morning or a […]

A complete Japanese Winter Holiday

Views of Japan temples and nature

Japan, called Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, means “the sun’s origin”. Often translated as “the land of the rising sun”, this fascinating country is made up of over six thousand islands, each having its own distinct culture. With a combination of ultra-modern comforts, technology and a rich culture, heritage and history spanning thousands of years, […]

Sapporo Snow Festival: A highlight of the snow season

Lit up sculpture at Sapporo snow festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival, called Sapporo Yuki Matsuri in Japanese, is held across three main sites over 1 week in February. It is considered one of Japan’s most popular winter events. It attracts over 2 million visitors from Japan and around the world every year. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the snow festival. […]

How to weather the alpine weather

How to pack for Hokkaido Alpine Weather Skiing & Snowboarding

Hokkaido is known for its great snow conditions but when it comes to alpine regions, no matter where in the world you are, the weather is totally unpredictable. As we approach the latter part of the season, we’ve had some great weeks of snowfall but also days where the weather has taken a turn and […]

Lenz Heated Socks Review: The Best Socks for Cold Feet

Ski big with Lenz

When out on the mountain, staying warm and dry are so important both for your comfort and safety. Hokkaido Ski Club partners with Lenz Japan, a distributor of heated products by Austrian designer Lenz. We invited Hokkaido Ski Club’s ski and telemark instructor, Uroš Grilj, to test a pair of Lenz heated socks during the […]

Spring skiing in March and April

Enjoy a private ski lesson with an instructor from our esteemed international team of instructors and guides

Hokkaido’s ski season runs from late November to early May. While most people try to visit during winter between December and February, the later months of the season offer spring skiing and snowboarding that can have its advantages. THE MOUNTAIN IS ALL YOURS In March and April, there are less people in the resort. This […]