Spa­cious

YTL Life - - Life Feature -

The si­lence and ex­panse of snow en­gulf me. In front of me a rolling field of white is stud­ded with snow-laden pines and in the dis­tance Mount Yotei, a dor­mant stra­to­vol­cano, rises into the clouds. For those of us who love win­ter sports, there is no greater luxury than fresh snow, and pow­der con­nois­seurs know where to come for the world’s finest flur­ries: Niseko. Here the white flakes are so smooth and dry they call it “cham­pagne pow­der”, thanks to weight­less snow­fall that trav­els across the Sea of Ja­pan from Siberia.

On the 1,308-me­tre-high Niseko An­nupuri moun­tain, 29 lifts and gon­do­las pro­vide ac­cess to more than 100 runs, from vir­gin off-piste trails to Mizuno no Sawa, the peak with the steep­est and most chal­leng­ing ter­rain. While the snow is truly su­perla­tive, the ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions at Niseko Vil­lage — a col­lec­tion of ski-in ski-out ho­tels, shops and restau­rants at the moun­tain’s base — are also world- class in cal­i­bre. Hil­ton Niseko Vil­lage and Green Leaf Niseko Vil­lage of­fer

rooms with panoramic views of the slopes or Mount Yotei, but for the ul­ti­mate in el­e­gance, book one of the Kasara Niseko Vil­lage Town­houses. These hand­some two-storey, three- room homes ex­em­plify the sim­ple beauty of Ja­panese liv­ing, while the at­ten­tive ser­vice and op­tional perks, like hav­ing a per­sonal chef pre­pare a custom din­ner in the com­fort of your own town­house, add that touch of magic that make for a last­ing mem­ory.

Af­ter a leg­endary morn­ing on the slopes — al­ready firmly stamped in my men­tal scrap­book — fol­lowed by a hearty bowl of miso ra­men at Goshiki Restau­rant, I’m ready for a soak in the hot springs. I walk to Green Leaf Niseko’s out­door onsen, a Ja­panese- style nat­u­ral-stone pool, and wade into its steamy, min­eral-rich wa­ters. A branch weighted with snow buck­les and a cloud of white pow­der plops into the onsen, melt­ing in­stantly. I’m the only per­son here and the quiet and calm sink so bone-deep that it feels like maybe I’m the only per­son any­where.

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

THERE IS NO GREATER LUXURY THAN FRESH SNOW, AND POW­DER CON­NOIS­SEURS KNOW WHERE TO COME FOR THE WORLD’S FINEST FLUR­RIES: NISEKO.

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