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MY ecolodge: Boutique Travellers Lodge Hirafu

First opened for the winter of 2016, MY ecolodge is a designer hostel featuring a range of environmentally friendly design features to ensure it leaves a minimal environmental footprint. MY ecolodge is also the first affordable boutique travellers lodge designed for savvy budget conscious skiers and holidaymakers. It offers guests a modern, clean and safe [...]

Seven resorts in seven hours

You know you’re in the company of serious mountains not when they look big, but when you feel small. At 1850m just below the peak of Happo One (pronounced oh-nay), looking north to the towering, craggy, almost-3km-high peaks of Shiroumadake, Shakushidake and Hakuba Yarigatake, you’re standing among giants. It is spine-tingling, and not in a [...]

Shouya Grigg Tokyo Photo Exhibition

As featured in this year’s Powderlife Magazine, Shouya Grigg has made an impressive contribution to the modern evolution of Niseko and its art and cultural scene. Anyone passing through Tokyo 24 March – 8 April can view an exhibition of Shouya’s work at Kamiya Art Gallery in Nihonbashi. See details below. This year’s 10-year Anniversary [...]

Shiki Niseko: Four Seasons Style

Shiki Niseko made an impressive debut when it opened in 2013 pioneering Niseko’s first year-round integrated hotel, serviced residences and retail development. If you draw a circle around Hirafu Village, you’ll find Shiki Niseko marking almost the exact centre point – here, you’re staying right in the beating heart of the world’s hottest new ski [...]

International yoga workshops in Niseko this week

Niseko’s Marika Ohtani Yoga is hosting Cat Alip-Douglas and Phil Douglas from London’s award-winning Sangye Yoga Studio this week from 23 – 26 February. Classes will be held over four days from this Thursday: Thursday 23 February Open Class Where: Hirafu 188 Time: 6.15 – 7:30pm Cost: ¥2500 Friday 24 February Workshop Where: The Orchards [...]

Rhythm Summit’s Niseko backcountry skiing tips

  Tom Phillips has spent much of the past decade chasing winters around Europe, Canada and New Zealand before settling in Niseko five years ago. Now manager of brand new Hirafu backcountry store Rhythm Summit (under the legendary Rhythm Japan group of companies), Tom is an excellent source of knowledge on the latest and greatest [...]


The wonders of modern ski boot fitting

Powderlife magazine editor and snowboarder Kristian Lund discovered ski boot fitting technology has come a long way since he last pulled on a pair more than 30 years ago. Here he tells us about his experience getting custom fitted with a pair of ski boots from Boot Solutions. I’ve always watched skiers clump around in [...]