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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hot tips for cold toes

  Guest post by Ned Buckley Boot Solutions Podiatrist & Master Bootfitter Many people suffer from cold feet in their ski boots. While having your boots custom fit can help reduce these symptoms, many people still experience uncomfortably cold feet. This can really put a downer on your skiing experience. So here’s five hot tips to [...]