NISADE has announced plans to add ice skating to Hirafu’s list of activities by including an ice rink next to its Vale project.
The Vale, which is located at the bottom of the Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, started construction this summer and is due to be completed by December this year.
Nisade chairman Jonathan Martin said the ice rink will be on offer along with the Vale’s other amenities including a pool, onsen, café and restaurant.
“Each winter I conduct a street survey to see how Niseko is fairing and a strong theme emerging is the requirement for more non-ski activities – there simply are only so many hours we can endure the powder every day,” Martin said.
“It’ll be a small outdoor rink just outside the café area allowing parents to watch young ones slip and slide while enjoying a coffee and a snack. With Mt Yotei in the background it will have the camera shutters working in overdrive.”