Went to Moiwa today, sure was more my scene @Gimp 20cm of wet fresh on slightly crusty leftovers. More on lee slopes, less on windward slopes.
Patrol was top notch, they let the resort get tracked out before opening gate 10 and then 6 a little later. Good signage - and they had a beacon checker at the gate, with patrol turning away people without packs! Westerner patroller on duty gave us a run down on the way out. Great management.
A new course(terrain) and 2 new gondolas in Niseko Village next season.
2 new lifts in Grand Hirafu, 2 new gondolas in Niseko Village, and I think I heard Hanazono will also build new lifts on Weiss in the near future.
Yep I just looked at the map, pretty ridiculous. It is all for 'shopping' and a beginners ski run when it is already really flat around the bottom of Niseko Village. Crazy investment if you ask me, but I am guessing they are aiming at all those Chinese tourists who will buy gondola tickets to go between the shops and the hotel!
The highest normal resort lifted point in Japan is at Shiga Kogen (Yokoteyama, 2307m), however, it's not the highest lifted point for skiing/boarding in Japan.Yep, right, basically, oxygen deprivation is not an issue when skiing in Japan. Even the highest lifted point of Japanese ski resorts is about 2,300m above sea level(it's Shiga Kogen), and it's even lower than the base elevation of Vail and most other ski resorts in Colorado.
I was over there today for lunch at greenleaf - yes it's phlat but sooo many beginners. It will be good for them.
Niseko to become beginners mecca for Asian tourists.
Ha! Domo Arogatou Gozaimasu!Yep, and we should not forget that a Malaysian company bought Niseko Village and a Hong Kong based company bought Hanazono. It never snows in Malaysia and Hong Kong, so most visitors from Malaysia and Hong Kong are beginners, and seeing snow, shopping, and eating some yummy Japanese foods + super easy slopes are enough for the majority of them
Ah, Happy Birthday
Niseko VILLAGE. The Gash. They're not skilled enough to go up and overNiseko to become beginners mecca for Asian tourists. Love it, fine by me. Keep them there.
Funny also reading Luke Hurford now senior VP for the company after promoting Furano tourism in mid 2000's.
Is there a shuttle from hirafu to moiwa? Can anyone help with the details? I know you can ski, but I want to take my gf, she's not up to much bc.
Can't deal with the swarms here... its crazy. Never seen a mountain get so tracked out so fast. Even in March! The pow was good... for like 2 hours. Plenty of other places in Hokkaido you can ride fresh the whole day.. or multiple days. Crowds + high prices + no culture = pretty low on my list of places to return to in Hokkaido.
Yes, Skiers Left of Shinya.Do you mean skiers left of shinya?
We did blueberries and strawberries.
Maybe I'm being too harsh... if there was 20cm fresh everyday (looks like there has been close to it in Feb), perhaps I could handle it. Still... I wouldn't come back for more than a few days.
Our guide the other day said Sapporo was where its at and I agree. Teine, Kiroro, Kokusai, Rusutsu all doable without car. Plus a handful of smaller fields. Way cheaper food and accom, way better nightlife, way more to do on days off.
Casino then becomes almost inevitable, if they ever get legalised in Japan.
I heard 8 places are rumored as casino sites. Hokkaido (I guess somewhere around Niseko, Sapporo or the international airport), Chiba(=Tokyo bay), Tokyo (=Tokyo bay), Kanagawa(=Yokohama bay), Osaka(=Osaka bay), Nagasaki(=near Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch theme park), Okinawa, and Miyazaki(Why Miyazaki?).
And guaranteed I won't be visiting any of them if they happen.