Hokkaido’s pris­tine, sparkling white snow cover makes the area a par­adise for skiers, snow­board­ers and pow­der hounds of all lev­els

Hokkaido’s pris­tine, sparkling white snow cover makes the area a par­adise for skiers, snow­board­ers and pow­der hounds of all lev­els.

YTL Life - - Contents - Words RENYI LIM

With the swift ar­rival of colder weather, it’s time to look towards the Ja­panese is­land of Hokkaido, where the in­ter­ac­tion of Siberian winds with mois­ture from the Sea of Ja­pan pro­duces ex­cep­tional ‘cham­pagne pow­der’ from De­cem­ber to May.

Given Niseko Vil­lage’s prime po­si­tion at the foot of the 1,308-me­tre-high Mount Niseko An­nupuri, it’s an op­por­tu­nity for guests to make the most of the sea­son at what is ar­guably Ja­pan’s best ski re­sort, whether it in­volves travers­ing the moun­tain’s stun­ning off-piste ter­rain or sim­ply tak­ing in the wild, dra­matic scenery sur­round­ing the Vil­lage.

There are plenty of ways to en­joy the end­less pow­der: 70 groomed runs are avail­able for skiers from be­gin­ner to expert level, while the mul­ti­lin­gual in­struc­tors at Niseko Vil­lage Snow School (NVSS) and Niseko Kids Snow School pro­vide a gen­tle in­tro­duc­tion to the slopes, mark­ing the start of what will hope­fully be­come a life­long hobby. Ad­vanced skiers and snow­board­ers can test their moun­tain skills on the NVSS All Moun­tain Ex­plorer course, or ven­ture onto the ex­treme ter­rain area known as Mizuno No Sawa, where avalanche-con­trol op­er­a­tions are em­ployed daily. Risk-tak­ers will­ing to push their ex­pe­ri­ence to the ex­treme might want to con­sider snow­shoe­ing up the mighty Mount Yotei and at­tempt­ing a mind­blow­ing stra­to­vol­canic crater ski­ing ex­pe­di­tion at the sum­mit.

This year has seen Niseko join The Moun­tain Col­lec­tive for the 2017-18 sea­son, which of­fers a Moun­tain Col­lec­tive Pass to four in­ter­linked ski re­sorts on Hokkaido: Grand Hi­rafu, Hana­zono, Niseko Vil­lage and An’nupuri. The lift ticket in­cludes two days of rid­ing at all part­ner re­sorts and 50 per cent off ad­di­tional days at each re­sort, which means you’re sure to be kept in your skis and on the 2,191 acres of ski­able ter­rain for most of your hol­i­day.

Just re­mem­ber to treat your hard­work­ing legs ev­ery now and then to a sooth­ing après-ski soak in a tra­di­tional Ja­panese on­sen. Two serene hot spring baths are avail­able at Niseko Vil­lage, in­clud­ing The Green Leaf and the pine tree-framed on­sen at Hil­ton Niseko Vil­lage with un­beat­able views of Mount Yotei in all its mag­nif­i­cence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.niseko-vil­lage.com

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