How to make an origami snowflake

Make your own origami snowflake with our DIY

How to make an Origami Snowflake The winter is months away and you, your family and friends are longing for the fun and excitement of snow white ski holidays. How do you get inspired? Get creative with our DIY Origami Snowflake! Origami is often associated with Japanese culture and paper folding. It is a most […]

Club favourites: Coffee time in Niseko

A coffee shop in Niseko

Club favourites: Coffee Time in Niseko After spending 9 winter seasons in Niseko and now a local resident living in Niseko year-round, Hokkaido Ski Club’s ski/snowboard instructor and guide, Max Giutronich, lets us in on the best local spots to grab one of the most important necessities to keep any skier or snowboarder fuelled for […]

Extend your Hokkaido Winter Holiday

Views of Japan temples and nature

Extend your Hokkaido winter holiday – visit Tokyo and the surroundings 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 […]

Skiing or snowboarding: which one do you choose?

Skiers and snowboarders enjoying the stunning snow in Niseko

Skiing or snowboarding: which one do you choose? This is THE question that divides skiers and snowboards. It is often said: “Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master – whereas snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master.” If it’s your first time on the snow mountain, here are a few things […]

Sapporo Snow Festival: A highlight of the snow season

Lit up sculpture at Sapporo snow festival

Sapporo Snow Festival: A highlight of the snow season 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, attracting over 2 million visitors from Japan and around the world every year. This year […]

How to weather the alpine weather

How to pack for Hokkaido Alpine Weather Skiing & Snowboarding

How to weather the alpine weather 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 […]

Spring skiing in March and April

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

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 […]

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 […]