Skiing empty Niseko in a pandemic

What was skiing like in Niseko during the pandemic? Snow, snow and more snow. It was far from an average winter season in Hokkaido or the rest of Japan. The whole country was closed for inbound tourism (and there are no plans to reopen the borders anytime soon). Niseko was hit the hardest among the […]

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 […]

Skiing or snowboarding: which one do you choose?

Skiers and snowboarders enjoying the stunning snow in Niseko

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 to consider when deciding which one to pick. […]

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 […]

Why you need to 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 is almost a […]