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Blizzard causing Christmas chaos

Niseko arrivals and departures have been thrown into chaos with major snow storms and blizzards closing New Chitose Airport (CTS) today. 268 flights were cancelled, turning the airport into a makeshift shelter for thousands of stranded passengers. The South China Morning Post reports a flight from Hong Kong to CTS was turned back midway, and [...]

Making ski boots fit like a glove

HIRAFU has an exciting new addition to its retail offering with the recent relocation of Boot Solutions – Niseko’s only specialist custom bootfitting store. Owned and operated by Podiatrist and Master Bootfitter Ned Buckley, the new Nozomi Views store opened in December 2014 and offers custom ski and snowboard boot fitting and winter footwear. But [...]

Ski Rental Niseko

To rent, or not to rent? The ¥5000-a-day question

So you’ve made the brilliant decision to visit the powder capital of the world, and amidst the excitement of booking airfares, deciding whether to visit Kyoto, and practicing your chopstick skills, the question of rentals comes up. There’s nothing like your own gear, but lugging a board bag around can be frustrating to say the [...]