Holy POW what a day

Today was one of those days that reminds me of why I came to Niseko in the first place. My legs are burning, my outerwear is drenched, and I am grinning like an idiot. My friends and I dragged ourselves out of bed early this morning after a big night at the Wild Bill’s Opening [...]

Grand Hirafu Opening Day


The ski hill is open and everything is right in the world once again! Seriously, every off season I forget just how fun much snowboarding is, and today I cannot wipe the smile off my face. It will probably be easier in the morning when my leg muscles remind me that I haven’t been riding [...]

Dancing around the cookie tree at Graubünden

When looking for a dining option in Hirafu I think the German-style café Graubünden gets slightly overlooked. This could be because of its distance from the centre of town (only a ten minute walk) or because it is truly a café, serving sandwiches and cakes until the relatively early time of 7 pm. Whatever the reason [...]

Niseko wins triple crown at World Ski Awards

Well the ski hill might not be open but we are still celebrating the fact that we live and play in the best ski resort in Japan. That’s right, this time last week at the World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria, Niseko United was proclaimed Japan’s Best Ski Resort, The Vale Niseko was [...]