Interview with Max Giutronich

Max Giutronich has been a ski and snowboard instructor, and guide with Hokkaido Ski Club since the company’s opening day. Hailing from Australia but now a Japanese local, Max is one of Niseko’s leading snowboard coaches. He has many former students who are now professional athletes competing internationally across various disciplines, including freestyle and boardercross. […]

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 question by guests is whether to book Private Lessons or a […]

Why hire a powder guide?

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 […]

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. […]