Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Luba T
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We came to this resort for the last week of normal skiing season. Everything including accommodation, equipment rentals, and all mountain lift tickets were booked in advance. On the first day of skiing we have discovered that all slopes at the top of the mountain were a bit too windy and a bit too steep for us. At the bottom, it was too warm and snow became very slushy. There was a good conditions for intermediate skiers in the middle elevations. However, the only chair lift servicing that trail - “Country Road Chair” was not operating. We went to the ticket office to find out why our preferred lift is closed. The range of “explanations” included: avalanche (not true), snow is removed to other slopes (not true, trail was open all the time), our staff is preparing for the golf season (about two months away), it was open yesterday (how this explains closure today). After several complains we requested to see a manager who was constantly unavailable. Eventually, two days later, we spoke to the manager, who completely ignored our requests to open that lift and refused to provide any meaningful explanation. She said “you can complain” as much as your wish and demonstrated complete luck of care. What else she does not care about? Our safety on the slopes? Proper maintenance of the lifts? It is very unfortunate, but it reflects poorly on the Hilton Niseko Village hotel, which has no influence over ski resort. My advice: if you are an intermediate skier don’t come to Niseko Village Ski Resort at the end of season.
Written 28 March 2023
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,752 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The Hilton is the main resort here. The building looked rather old and run down from the outside.

The runs were mainly for beginners and children as the slopes were very flat and wide.

Duirng my visit at the end of December, for the few intermediate slopes, there were not groomed and were in poor conditions. The ground and trees were exposed. It was rather dangerous to ski around here.
Written 7 January 2020
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Elener
Perth, Australia60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First time in Niseko. I'm Australian but live in Japan and have skied the resorts round Nagano (Shiga Kogan, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) and I find Niseko a bizarre mix of Aussie meets Japan. Went to the ski hire shop and the girl serving me was Aussie 'Oh you live in Japan' she says, "wow, how do you find that, it must be great". Doesn't she also live here? The bars are run by many assies, and there's aussies in the shops. the properties are owned by aussies, and the slopes are full of them. What's the point of coming all this way and being surrounded by al things Aussie, surely it's a waste of the Japanese experience? Spoke to one person who was having their 5th year skiing here and never been anywhere else in Japan. What a waste. Give me Nozawa Onsen any day where there is great skiing, and great Japanese culture. Skiing is good - but not as good as Shiga Kogen, village live is good but not as old and fun as Nozawa, green runs aren't as good as Hakuba, temperature is colder, journey longer. So if you want little Australia in Japan come here, otherwise avoid it and go else where.
Written 23 December 2010
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Global C
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
This was my second trip to Niseko and this time we stayed in Hirafu. We went skiing with other families with children aged between 3-12 years. The ski hire, shoes and boots in NBS were good. But, they charge extra 300 yen for storage overnight.

The ski school over the CNY holidays were frequently disorganized in the mornings at the start. Our kids were put in classes and swapped around every other day to help make class numbers - and reasons given were because of the child's progress (not quite the case as reports from one instructor differed from one day to another). So consistency in instructions, style and continuity of their learning on some days stalled or went backwards when they were inadvertently put back in lower classes.

Note to parents: stay with your kids in the morning to ensure that get into the right class before you leave for your own adventures.

In the end, with the perseverance our kids managed to lear to ski up to level 5, compared to a week ago when they had never worn a pair of skis.

Top instructors: Claire, Teddy, Brandon, Aaron
Written 30 January 2012
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FayeDingaway
South Perth, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
Had a private lesson with these guys after 20 years of developing bad habits. Was a wonderful morning out during which I gained some insight into a boutique ski school. If you are after big group lessons or "day care" for the kids, these guys and girls are not for you. If you are looking for bespoke lessons, from a selection of handpicked instructors (6) and some one on one tutoring, I can highly recommend them. Remember you get what you pay for. Whilst it is not exorbitant it is certainly more expensive than group classes.
Written 2 February 2012
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ZiggyCharles
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
My mate and I made our first trip over to Niseko Japan when we were 19, had an awesome time, and never thought twice to book our ski holiday anywhere else. After a few of our mates returned back from Hakuba with nothing but good things to say, we decided to switch it up and give Hakuba a try – probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The first, and biggest, advantage is the instilled culture that Hakuba has echoing through the mountains. After doing 6 seasons in Niseko, I saw first-hand how the Australians are corrupting the tranquillity of one of the world’s most renowned ski field. It truly is turning into a Kuta in the snow and I can honestly say that visiting Niseko made me disgusted of my own nationality. Besides, you go to Japan to try and gain cultural understand and experience. If I wanted to go party with a group of Aussies I would head up to Surfers.
On top of the cultural inadequacy, I personally found it a lot easy to get from Tokyo to Hakuba than it was to get from Tokyo to Niseko. Going to Niseko, you need to book an additional flight to Sapporo, and then take a ski bus direct from Chitose to the mountain. Going to Hakuba, on the other hand, is a short, inexpensive train ride and shuttle from Tokyo Station. Additionally, you get to experience the Shinkansen Bullet train.

Many people automatically book their snow holiday in Niseko purely based off their average amount of snowfall, but I think it’s time they reconsider.
Written 17 March 2016
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DeborahMosmanNSW
Sydney, Australia148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Our family of 5 spent 9 days over Xmas New year 2014in Niseko. We organised our accommodation through Ski Japan who also organised our transfers to and from Sapporo to Niseko/Lift tickets. Ski Japan provided excellent service with bookings/transfers/settling us into the village and support through our stay. Our Apartment Yuki Yama 5 was brilliant - 3 bed 2 baths kitchen family room, laundry in drying room - extremely well appointed. Great position in the village 5 min walk to Ace family lift.We booked all our ski gear through Rhythym on line and they were also brilliant in their delivery of service and goods - so efficient highly recommend staff sensational and so organised. We booked on line, lessons through Niseko Base Sports. Niseko is full of great cafes, restaurants - all good. Seicomart/Lawson Supermarkets provide all your needs as well and reasonably priced.A day trip to Kutchan is a must to visit the Co-Op/great restaurants/Lucky Supermarket where you can buy the cheapest and best seafood( crab sensational) on the planet. The amount of snow is amazing and once dressed correctly the minus 10 temperatures don't bother you! Night skiing in fantastic and the mountain provides great slopes for snowboarders and skiers alike. Niseko was a great hit with all in our family and combined with a 3 day stopover on the way over in Tokyo it was a memorable trip. All ready to book again. Niseko lived up to its reputation and beyond.
Written 5 January 2015
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aussierecords
Moruya, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
As a party of four Australians, we took a trip up to Hokkaido for a week or more of skiing and snowboarding - our destination: Niseko Ski Resort.

What we did not expect was to find it so completely filled with fellow Australians - to the point where it honestly felt like we were all back in the land down under. Although some of the signage was written in Japanese, English was very dominant, and our fellow country folk were everywhere - staff in shops, on the ski slopes, and fellow tourists.

It was surprising, but did not detract in any way from the great ski runs, the excellent facilities and great range of food options. The powder was especially nice here, and the temperatures were very livable. We arrived after three weeks of continuous snow dumps, so we had a great time on the resort.

There are plenty of onsens (hot springs) around, and the resort is a treat for beginners and advanced folks alike. If you want to experience a more traditional Japanese experience though, you might have better luck closer to Nagano - Niseko might as well be officially part of Australia.
Written 6 February 2011
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Catherine T
Singapore, Singapore76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
This makes a huge difference in your ski experience. People go there for exactly that - the powder snow!

We've been to Niseko Village 2 years in a row and still loving it! The entire ski experience is amazing from accommodation, skiing to food.

I have been booking my accommodation through www.holidayniseko.com, renting Shiki & Koyuki and we love the place and the service from agent! It comes with a vehicle and is perfect for us who enjoy heading down to Kutchan (10-15 mins drive on icy roads) for our groceries (MaxValu or Co-op) or our favourite sushi restaurant (Yoteimaru).

Since we have been skiing in Japan for the last 4 consecutive years, this is our favourite spot. Even though it is getting a little crowded because of its popularity, we still find it an ideal holiday vacation. The village is … a village feel, lack of a better word. Generally, people are friendly and helpful.

We've taken a day off from skiing and driven to Otaru. It was a nice couple of hours drive - totally mesmerised by the scenic route.

One common comment is it takes forever to reach Niseko - which is fair, but I assure it's all worthwhile when you arrive.

1st tip: We find less tiring to arrive in the earlier part of the day as we can unwind from the long travel before we hit the slopes the next day. Or, if your flight arrives at New Chitose Airport by afternoon, then it's probably not a bad idea to stay over a night at New Chitose before you hit the road again the next morning.

2nd tip: We also found towards the end of the trip, instead of going home straight from the slopes, we've taken 2-3 days off in Sapporo to unwind. We find that that also helps in recuperating from our ski vacation which is about 6-7 days of skiing.

This is just our experience so far. I am sure there are many other great ideas and tips to share to make the whole trip an unforgettable and wonderful experience!
Written 11 February 2014
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Graham L
Cooroy, Australia48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
My comments are directed at all the ski destinations which make up Niseko United.
Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono. Niseko United made up of the a fore mentioned fab 4 ski resorts in Niseko. These are all fantastic ski destinations, great runs, beautiful natural environment, unbelievable snow... but the infrastructure is... well past its (1980) use-by date. As (one of) Japans premier ski destination the ski-lifts/chairlifts are frustratingly old and in dire need of replacing. If you have skied USA, Europe, New Zealand or Australia you'll be used to high speed chairlifts whisking you up the slopes so you can swish back down... Not at Niseko the lifts are small 1, 2, 3 and 4 seats at best most without even a foot rest and worst of all slowwwwwwwwwwww.

It is sooo disappointing that such a fantastic skiing destination can such antiquated lifts.

If you are going to Niseko prepare yourself for a flashback in time to the 80's
Written 23 March 2015
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