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Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, etc

Discussion in 'Japan' started by skiflat, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. timmyhugecans

    timmyhugecans One of Us

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Good report, although I would hate for you to do a Full TR
     
  2. Chalkie

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    AndDee - many thanks.

    Sandy - Well, Japan is a nice place, so it's easy to be nice...

    Timmy - only lack of time prevented the complete narrative. Maybe on another trip...

    Fattwins - My experience with Deep Powder Tours was that they were efficient and responsive with the bookings (we did Niseko accommodation, Japan domestic flights and Sapporo-Niseko-Sapporo land transfers through them), they turned up on time for the pick ups at arrival and departure and the Niseko office was helpful and polite and made a cracker of a restaurant recommendation. I can only judge them on their performance and I can't find anything to fault them (and I am as fussy a customer as they come).
     
  3. fattwins

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    My experience with them is quite different and I would never recommend them.
     
  4. Charles

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    They were fine though there were some instanced where they seemed to have a few communication problems with other staff.
    Still they pulled through.

    Another excuse to post another picture from February 08.

    [​IMG]
    Hotel Niseko looking up one cold morning.
     
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  5. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Hmmmm [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Great pic
     
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  6. fattwins

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Again my experience with Deep Powder Tours is very different. They are not trust worthy and use bully tactics.
     
  7. holo

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    from your experience as an owner or punter like the rest of us fattwins ?
    Just interested.
     
  8. fattwins

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    As an owner but that shows the nature of the company that you are being serviced by.
     
  9. Toto Warmlet

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    It's a comfort really, that in a world of constant change you can come back to the travel forum after 4 months and find the same immutable things, the pics of Youtei, the ugly Australians resounding through the gonzo reports from the back streets of Middle Hirafu, the pity for the Japanese challenged speaker, FT having a dig....
    I've been as guilty as the next poster, but please "No Youtei" should become a forum rule, like in Waynes World where the music store had a "No Stairway" poster on the wall.
     
  10. AlSki

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Hey Fattwins,
    What company would you recommend if you wnated to travel singly?
    Thinkin about a trip to Niseko nxt season-any replies would be appreciated
    AL
     
  11. fattwins

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    As a lodge owner I have yet to hear a good thing about most companies.
     
  12. MJdownhill

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    Deep Powder Tours is by far the best tour operator for Japan....
     
  13. skiflat

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    Welcome to the Forums, but have you tried the other companies ?
     
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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    I've used DPT and couldn't recommend them highly enough. Injured myself whilst there and they were fantastic in making sure I was OK (and the +1), getting to/from Kutchan base hospital and doing some translating as well.

    Friendly and efficient [​IMG]
     
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  15. Hardcore tele

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Hi everyone, some good pics and reading here. I have a question for the niseko experienced or fatwins seeing as he is there
    I am looking for options at going over end of feb by myself, but during the process ive decided that 14 days will be better than 7,
    I havent told the wife that this will be the case yet tho, now that im trying to stretch it and still get permission,
    im wondering if its worth getting the 14 day lift ticket all mountain or just for hirafu, this is from weather point of veiw as
    I dont know the prevailing wind for that time or area or direction of the hill. Are there days that one side will be better than the
    other as far as wind goes? Or if its blown its all blown? Its hard to tell from trail maps and such how far the lifted area goes around the mountain.
    its_bundy_son@yahoo.com.au ..if anyone has any other tips. I know its pretty cheap anyway but 14 days is a lot of beer too.
    Thanks
    Al
     
  16. ratherb@thesnow

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    Hardcore,

    In my experience I would go with the all mountain pass as with the four different fields all facing slightly different direction you can just about always find a protected area down low out of the wind. Also there is no great saving in pre buying a 14 day lift ticket, rather just buy the pass a few days at a time and then if the real bad weather closes in, go and do something different. You are there at the right time for a day trip to the snow festival at Sapporo
     
  17. Sandy

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, et

    fattwins doesn't live in Niseko, he lives in Hakuba, which is 700-800km away.
     
  18. Hardcore tele

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    Oh, ok cool. Are you over that way too Sandy?
    I think on that ill do the all moutain then, only thing is if the wind is up and the top of the mountain closes,
    it would seem difficult to get anywhere else anyway without busing it. Ide rather go to Hakuba (i think thats the one I was looking at),
    but bro and sis will be there at Hirafu so it would be more fun to have some time with them there. Went to perisher after 16 year gap in skiing
    last week and im hooked solid again.
     
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    I've been living in Yokohama to almost 2 years....
     
  20. phunkyjunky

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, etc

    hey guys,

    i'm planning to head up to niseko during mid to late january. just a few questions for anyone who's been up there.

    would this be one of the better periods to head up there?

    do you guys recommend a diy trip, or following a packaged group up. any recommendations on companies running trips up (preferrably on the cheaper side. i'm not too fussed with accom)

    and lastly, when would be the latest time to start booking? coz i'm definitely going, but i'm trying to find some friends to head up with me. its a little boring going up alone. Although, alone time between me and Mr Pow pow would be awesome [​IMG]

    any help would be much appreciated
     
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  21. Hardcore tele

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    hey phunky if you want to go at the end of feb, ill share a room with you. If anyone else is travelling alone at that time give me a yell, single accom seems to be harder to get and dearer
     
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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, etc

    PJ, spot on, that would be a great time to travel over there. Last year I went with a company called snowave and I could not fault them in any way. As my first time there I had concerns regarding the language barrier and finding my way from Tokyo airport to Haneda Airport & from Sapporo to Niseko. Having now done the trip it is all pretty straight forward.

    I looked in to doing the bookings for myself for my 2009 trip and It was probably only slightly cheaper so for the convenience factor we have gone again with Snowave for the package to Nesiko but have added some of our own bookings for accommodation in sapporo & tokyo on the way back.

    Don't be to concerned about traveling by yourself as the minute you get on the plane from Sydney you will meet people who are doing the same trip as yourself, or who have done it before and know the routine, just jump on there shirt tails and you will have no problems. Same with the accommodation, you will be bound to meet people who will happily pass on local knowledge on the mountain and the village.
     
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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, etc

    Hey guys, maybe you should be posting under the Niseko 08/09 topic.
    Phunkyjunky, I know what you are worried about with going it alone but the rest are right, you do meet up with people and using the this forum, group meetings are easy to arrange.
     
  24. phunkyjunky

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    Re: Niseko & Hokkaido 07/08 Trip Reports, Info, etc

    thanks for the info!!

    i'll carry the topic on to the niseko 08/09 thread