Spring skiing in March and April

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Spring skiing in March and April 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 […]

Tanya’s Top 10 Winter Travel Essentials

  Tanya has been skiing and snowboarding with the coaches of Hokkaido Ski Club for the last 4 winters in Niseko. Picking up skiing at the age of 4 during her first trip to the mountains, she has taken a ski and snowboard holiday with her family every year ever since. Sometimes even two trips in […]

10 winters in Niseko: An interview with Tim Betts

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

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. This coming season will be […]

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 slip into one of the many gorgeous and […]

Our opening month of 2017/2018 winter season in photographs

Guests enjoying our photography services in Rusutsu

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 about. Below are some of the best moments from […]

Exploring Niseko United: Grand Hirafu

Exploring Niseko United In this blog series we look at the different resorts in Niseko United. Niseko United, famously known for its amazing powder quality and being the “Aspen of Asia”, consists of four resort areas – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri. Situated on Mount Annupuri which sits an elevation of 1,308m, each […]

Introduction to the Backcountry

Group of skiers out in the backcountry

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 without the necessary knowledge, failing to […]

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 have already purchased a […]

Preparations for winter without going to the gym

Top 5 training secrets to having the best winter holiday with Hokkaido Ski Club Would you like to get the most out of your lessons with Hokkaido Ski Club? Skiing and snowboarding are physical activities. Doing some exercises before your winter holiday can really benefit the progression you can make during your time with us. […]