Niseko, one of Japan’s most popular resorts, has a new program for Australian kids aged seven to 17 coordinated by Thredbo-based Steve Gorham on behalf of SkiJapan.com and Niseko Base Snowsports. It includes six hours exploring the four resorts with a guide or instructor between 8.30am and 12.30pm.
There is also new accommodation. A Malaysian company has built a complex of 66 luxury one, two, and threebedroom condominiums in the heart of Hirafu. A week-long stay in a twobedroom (four share) apartment at Shiki Niseko starts at $1599, including a sixday all-area ski-lift pass.