If you love the mountains one watch of this video will likely result in two scenarios, either you'll want to make your first vist to Japan or you'll want to return.
The words below from Finnegan Laver, Elsewhere's Director, if you've been considering a trip here we think the following might be just what you need to see to make up your mind.
" Structured but sophisticated. Maintained but manic. Refined but raw.
Japan is defined by contrast.
Nowhere else balances the modern so well with the traditional while the mixture of culture, food, scenery and the warmth of the Japanese people are just a small number of reasons why I end up back here every year.
I hope watching Elsewhere motivates you to experience this incredible country for yourself."
Ryusei Takahashi (guest appearance)
Capita Snowboards Aus/NZ
Union Binding Co. Aus/NZ
Music: Bayonne - Spectrolite
Director: Finnegan Laver
Producers: Jeremy Burns, Linton Naylor, Paul Colby
Voiceover: Ryusei Konno
Filmer: Finnegan Laver
Edit/grade: Finnegan Laver
Sound design: Finnegan Laver
Holiday Niseko has recently moved office from the corner building above Green Farm to a new location just uop the hill below Wild Bills and beneath Lava Lounge Pizza (Here) . Why did we move from such a great location? The answer is as exciting as the move!
Most people who have visited Niseko will be familiar with the iconic corner building below the traffic lights and anyone who has ever bought a lift pass from our office, enjoyed a stay at Downtown Lodge or met for a coffee at Green Farm Cafe will be in for a bit of a shock when they return to Hirafu. Scenes such as those below are now a piece of Hirafu history as both Downtown Lodge and the corner building will be demolished this May.
We'll miss Green Farm Coffees and of course the view of the mountain and the ever changing the village below.
As soon as the demolition dust has settled construction will begin on an exciting new development that will include accommodation, dining and retail.
More details on this in the coming weeks, stay tuned!
Since the middle of November this year it has been snowing in Niseko, most days and nights.
November stormed in with 188cm, which was quickly eclipsed by December, which came in with a massive 4 meters + .
January and February didn’t disappoint either with a healthy 3 meters each for these incredible months.
Incredibly it snowed 25 of February's 28 days and the tempaerature dial has rarely moved above 0.
Give or take a few centimeters as of the last day of February we are fast approching 14m of accumlative snowfall with a 5m base at the top of Niseko Annupuri.
2017 /18 has been a genuinely quantified epic season and one of the greatest in recent memory, a little proof below.
Here in Niseko the changing of the seasons are always welcomed including Autumn who's rich colours mark cooler days to come. Even early in October these colours are punctuated by a dusting of snow amongst the tops. Check out the shot below taken on October 1st looking up to Hanazono side of Mount Annupuri.
On the Hirafu side of the mountain progress continues on various construction projects, one of the most exciting of which is the new Ace Family quad that will replace the ageing double chair.
The new quad will be faster, more comfortable and finishes higher up the mountain providing a bigger learners area and easy access to Alpen lift. This is of course is not only great news for beginnners but also for any skiers who want to get straight on the slopes with the base just a quick walk from Holiday Niseko properties such as Sekka House and Snowbird.
One of the few things that can ruin a good day on the slopes is getting getting cold and having to retreat to the cafe in defeat. Conversely, being that stinky guy sweating and panting in the lift line isn’t ideal either. Properly regulating your body heat is one of the keys to enjoying a great day on the hill. Niseko temperatures are usually below zero dressing right is essential.
One of the keys to achieving this nirvana of comfort is proper layering. There’s no one system that’ll keep you comfortable all the time, weather changes, as does the kind of riding you’re doing. For example, you’ll feel the chill while skiing groomers first thing in the morning, but be sweating profusely half way up a hike to the peak. A good step toward staying warm and comfortable is to know a little about how certain fabrics and layers work. A glance at the all important first layer below.
FIRST OR BASE LAYER
Your first or base layer is key to fighting cold so choose your weapons carefully. Cotton tee shirts are best avoided unless you’re riding on a hot spring day and keen to get the guns out. Cotton absorbs moisture and its insulating properties are lost when wet. If you sweat or it’s snowing or raining cotton can become saturated and make you cold, hence the term ‘cotton kills’. For this reason most people choose either wool (usually merino) or a synthetic material such as polyester or polypropylene as the layer beside their skin. Both materials ‘wick’ water away from the skin, this is key because any water sitting on the skin will evaporate, causing you to get cold. The debate as to which material is best seems endless, and in the end it comes down to personal preference, but there are a few points to consider when comparing the two.
That smelly dreadlocked guy you are trying to avoid getting in the Hirafu gondola with is probably wearing a pink and green striped polypropylene top. Colours and lifestyle choices aside, polypropylene does have the undesirable characteristic of absorbing odor, which it can retain even after washing. On the plus side for synthetic base layers, they’re less bulky than wool, dry much faster, are lighter when wet, are less likely to shrink and are often cheaper.
Wool on the other hand has natural anti-microbial properties meaning it doesn’t smell even when worn for multiple days in a row. Wool is also the warmest material when wet, is arguably the most comfortable beside the skin because it’s so soft, is better in warmer conditions but also excellent in the cold – and style wise is hard to beat.
For any one after some great Merino first layers and visiting Niseko you might like to check out New Zealand based company Mons Royale https://www.monsroyale.com/ available from the Rhythm Summit store, right below the Holiday Niseko office at the Hirafu intersection.
Welcome to winter 2016 /17!
Winter here in Niseko has once again gotten off to a fantastic start with 266cm of snow having fallen already this winter and 81cm in the last fortnight making for some great skiing over Christmas and with more on the cards tonite thing are looking awesome for the new year!
New snow is not the only element freshening up the village, another unmissable attraction is the new Odin House, situated at the Hirafu intersection just accross the road form the Holiday Niseko office. Here you wil find a Burton shop, Zakka Skiwear and a host of great restaurants and bars to enjoy a meal and a drink.
If you are considering a holiday in Niseko there has never been a better time to vist and if you have already booked your stay you are sure you will love your Niseko expereience and the phenominal snow is only the beggining of the adventure!
What happens in Niseko after the snow goes?
After winter Niseko becomes a popular destination for cyclists. Stunning scenery and quiet open roads attract not only top athletes but also recreational sightseers. During this time Rhythm Niseko turns into a bike shop and has a fleet of quality rental bikes, full service workshop and bike sales for cyclists of all levels. Rhythm also offers guided bike tours through the surrounding areas.
For those looking for an adrenalin rush the main face of the Grand Hirafu ski resort offering lift accessed downhill mountain bike riding. Rhythm also provides downhill MTB hire along with lift passes, guiding and safety courses.
The summer months in Niseko sees several major cycling events.
Enjoying closed roads, clean air and beautiful vistas, the 140km course includes 2,362m of vertical leading competitors up the awe-inspiring Panorama Line climb, out to the Sea of Japan, and back to Niseko Hirafu Resort. A 70km race category is also available, providing a shorter challenge (1,125m vertical) and finishing together in Niseko Hirafu Resort. The race in 2016 will be a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event. For more information click here. For accommodation during the race please click here to take advantage of some special offers.
The race climbs 617 vertical metres over 15.5 km at an average grade of 4.6%. The hill climb will be run in conjunction with the Kutchan Jagata-matsuri. There are a number of categories ranging from elite to beginners and the focus of the event is on participation. For more information click here
The Tour de Hokkaido is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Hokkaido, Japan since 1987 as part of the UCI Asia Tour. Several stages are held through the surrounding area.
Spring is back here in Niseko and its awesome, soft snow, stunning views and sunshine!
I has been a fantastic easter, with easter egg hunts, free passes and rentals for the kids, uncrowded slopes and great spring skiing for all.
Well worth the journey for those who took advantage of our super cheap March rates!
It's been another epic winter here in Niseko and to celebrate Lava Lounge and Holiday Niseko have something for you!
Want to win a brand new Slash Snowboard signed by our buddy Will Jackways.
All you need to do is tell us why you should win and like the Lava Lounge Facebook page and you are in to win!