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Turn it up for Trev!


If you are reading this you have probaly heard of our good friend Trevor Ponting's situation. Trev has just had brain surgery and is about to undergo intensive chemo and radiation therapy. This is going to be a huge challenge for him and his family physically, mentally and financially. We're behind Trev 100% and hope that if you are too we can make Trev's battle a little easier wherever we can.

So who is Trevor Ponting?


Trevors daughter swings in a rock climbing harness
Trevor always keen to share his passions with daughter Mia

Trevor is a renowned Kiwi skate boarder, snowboarder, rock climber, dedicated husband to his wife Aiko san and loving father to son Toa and daughter Mia. Trev has been a mentor for many and is one of the hardest working blokes you'll ever come across. Trev loves a yarn and if he's not not out following one of his passions he'll be telling you about the last epic session. At 45 years old he's probably had more days on a snowboard than 10 of us could dream of having in a life time. He rides with time less style and you know is loving every turn. 


Trevor Ponting making a powder turn in Japan
Trevor discovered Niseko in the early 90s and has returned almost every year since for turns like these

For the last few years Trev has made Niseko his home moving here from Methven in New Zealand. Trev has been spending his summers landsacping for Niseko Landscaping and his winters working for Holiday Niseko heading our snow clearing crew. Trevor has embraced fatherhood and as you can tell by the smiles on the kids faces he is a fantastic father.  His wife Aiko san is currently doing an incredible job taking care of both Trev and the kids.


Trevoar Ponting throwing daughter above his head
Trevor moved to Niseko from Methven NZ 4 years ago

Trevor has come out of surgery with a determination to beat this thing and we know he has the strength to do so. Trev is no stranger to recovery after many skateboaring and snowboarding injuries including a broken back. From here we hope you've gotten to know Trev a little better or perahps been reminded of the character who we know as our friend.


Trevor a top a rock tower
It's better at the top, Trev high above the sea of Japan on the Shakotan Peninsular



Let the kids ride free!


Kids ski free in March! Sound good? Sounds awesome! So what's the deal?

With every adult All Mountaiin Lift Pass purchased in advance through Holiday NIseko you will get 1 free equivalent kids pass (for kids 12 or under) and if that wasn't enough the same deal with rental equipment applies with Rhythm or Niseko Sports!  Every adult renting a premium or standard package can hire a corresponding kids package free of charge (for kids under 13). 


Children ski down a slope
Sunshine and learning to ski go hand in hand

March is a great time to visit Niseko, the mountain, village and restaurants are much quieter, the weather more setlled, the sun often out and not only can we bring you the great kids deals above much of our accommodation is slashed by up to 65% off!


A young skiier loking up the slope
"What are you waiting for Dad, lets go!

If you are thinking of a trip in March with the kids or even without there's never been a better time to book. If you are interested, curious, ready to book or would just like to know please feel free to contact us anytime (


Children in pink suits throwing snow
Discount lesson rates with Go Snow also available

Deep days with the Atomic team


Ever wondered who takes those incredible photos and videos of Niseko that make you want to drop everything and start planning your next trip here ? More often than not they are from groups of sponsored skiier and riders that spend days upon days in the back country, working hard to get the shot. Holiday Niseko recently hosted such a group from Atomic that managed to get some incredible photos and video during there time with us.

Who are you all and what do you do?
Our crew consists of Alex Gernhauser, Jonel Fricke, Dennis Ranalter and Max Glatzl. Alex is a hobby photographer who is working as an electrical engineer, Jonel is a passionate snowboarder who works as an caregiver for young children besides snowboarding, Dennis is a professional skier and Max is a DJ beside snowboarding who also studies sports management.

Where does everybody live normally?
Alex lives in Chieming in Bavaria/Germany and Jonel, Dennis and Max live in Innsbruck/Austria.

What is the project you came to film in Japan?
The main project was to shoot for the Niseko Shooutout Festival and beside that Jonel is filming for his Full Part. Max and Dennis also film for their new movie called "Up to no Good".


A snowboarder standing beside a snow pool
Jonel Fricke. Photo Alex Gernhäuser ( Instagram: @alexgerni )

When can we expect to see it?
The Niseko Shootout clip will be shown on March 14th in Niseko and the other two videos will be online this fall so stay tuned!

Where have you been riding while you've been here?
We have been mostly riding in the Hirafu area. One time we went to Otaru to see the ocean and built a little jump there aswell.

What does the crew most enjoy about coming to Japan besides the amzing snow?
Just everything. We love the poeple, vibe, food and of course the onsen!


A skiier treks up a snow slope
Dennis Ranalter enjoying the hike. Photo Alex Gernhäuser ( Instagram: @alexgerni )

Have you had any difficulties while travelling here?
No not at all it was all nice and smooth!

What do you guys usually do for breakfast?
We love to eat muesli, some nice eggs and of course a big cup of coffee. Most of the time we made breakfest ourselfes but we also went to Green Farm Cafe sometimes - highly recommended!

What is the best thing you've eaten since you've been here?
Thats a heavy one - we defenitely love the Devil Ramen at Moon Bar and the Garlic Cheese Nan at Taj Mahal.


A snowboarder throws up a spray of powder snow
Jonel Frick making the most of Niseko's Niseko's incredible snow. Photo Alex Gernhäuser ( Instagram: @alexgerni )

Anything you never want to eat again?
We dont know the name of it but some sushi we ate with a thing on it that looks like a fish tongue haha.

Strangest thing you saw on your travels?
Once we parked at Goshiki Onsen to check the snow situation and make plans for the day. The road to Kutchan ends there due to the snow what means that blocks the road.  All of a sudden a guy drove by us with like 50mph and totally crashed into the snow. Luckily he didnt get hurt and we all helped him to get his car back on the road.

How does the riding compare to back home?
Back home we got higher mountains and also steeper terrain. Also the snow is way more heavy compared to Japan. We have never felt powder like this before - you do a spray and after that you cant see SH*T ! Best feeling ever!


A skiier flies high on a jump
Dennis Ranalter_ flying high in the Niseko backcountry.Photo Alex Gernhäuser ( Instagram: @alexgerni )

What would you like to see in japan that you haven't already?
We would love to go catboarding and sleding with a skidoo in real deep pow - that would be amazing!

What are the challenges with filming in Japan?
It's snowing most of the time so its really hard to keep your lense clean all the time. Besides that you do a lot of hiking so its pretty exhausting from time to time. But all in all its really nice to shoot in Japan - gotta love the scenery and vibe out there!


How is it out there - January 2020


The conditions here in Niseko are almost back to normal with some big falls this month on top of a base that had seen consistent top ups over the last few weeks, big days and big smiles all around. We are now sitting on a solid 5 meter base. Don't get me wrong the tide is out a bit it but there is a surprising amount of snow on the mountain, most of the vegetation is covered and the skiing and riding have been great!

You may have heard some average reports about this winter but table belows shows just how this winter stacks against the last few seasons past. Significantly less than the last couple of years but not bad when compared to 16 /17.


Snowfall table
Not the best, not the worst, 2020's not bad! (Data form

The piste of course has been great for a few weeks now and for those willing to hike a little further than usual the rewards have been fantastic.


A hiking trail from the peak of Mt Annupuri
The familiar walk out from the peak of Mount Annupuri

It has taken longer than usual for Ski Patrol to open up the peak gates but the good news is all the gates are now open and new lines continue to open up with every new snow fall.


A snowboarder makes a deep turn in the tress
Plenty of powder for those willing to put in a little work!

There is now more snow in the forecast with some solid storms looking to roll in from Feb 3rd and beyond, yeoow!


Lake Toya from Mount Shiribetsu, Niseko
Incredible lines there for the taking - The view from Mount Shiribetsu down to Rusutsu, across to Lake Toya and out to Toyoura and the Pacific Ocean beyond.





Meet The Team


Holiday Niseko has grown from year to year in terms of it's staff, it's customer base and it's quality of service.

We are proud to have staff from across the globe from Taiwan to Ireland making for a diverse and well rounded team.

For 2019 /20 our seasonal staff are made up of 9 resort hosts, 4 front desk staff, 2 concierge staff and 4 cleaners who join the permanent 11 strong managment and administration team and 37 local cleaning staff. 

You can find out more about the Holiday Niseko team and their roles here.


Holiday Niseko staff in standing infront of office
Meet the Holiday Niseko team 2019 /20!

Holiday Niseko are also proud to have a further specialist guest service division,  Rider (Black Labrador), Tyler (Golden Retriever) and Tui (Shiba) whose main responsibiliies include frolicking in the snow, warming their owners feet on cold days and bringing smiles to our customers faces!

If you're inetersted or know some one who might be interested in joining the Holiday Niseko team please feel free to get in touch ( otherwise we'll look forwadr to meeting you on your next trip to Niseko!


Dog wit stick in mouth
Sticks and snow what more does a dog need!


Dog in the mountains of Niseko
Tyler the Golden Retriever making short work of a back country hike.


Shiba dog with Mt Annupuri in the back ground
Tui the Shiba at home in the snow

How is it out there?


Have you been wonderng how the season is progressing over here?

It has taken a while to get here but like it or not we are now well and truly back in the grip of winter. The slow start has been a surprise for for many but even on one of what I would have thought was one of the worst days, a customer I spoke to told me " it's not quite the same as last year but still a whole lot better than skiing back home!" 

While we've had to wait for the best skiing, the beautiful snowy scenes Niseko is famous for have still greeted us from week to week and with them smiling faces and kids dusting themslves with snowballs. Today the village has a festive feel and its looking like Christmas tomorrow will be as white as Santas beard.

As you  can see from the forecast below the snow is set to keep coming and it is looking like another incredible New Year here in Niseko.


Snow forecast for Christmas
It's snowing hard right now and looks to continue through the week

Since the report below, we've had 40cm of new snow, more terrian has opened up and more lifts are running!


Thanks for reading, have a great Christams and we wish you a healthy, snowy and propsperous new year!


A Tori gate surrounded by snowy trees
A snowy mid December scene just outside of Hirafu.






Opening day 2019 /20


Like the future the weather is a notoriuously hard thing to predict and with it ski resort opening days too.

We were eagerly awaiting Hirafu's opening day that was scheduled for November 23rd but this has unfortunately been postponed. The new opening date has yet to be announced but we are hoping it won't be too far away.

Although the resort hasn't opened there have been plenty of snowy mornings and even fresh tracks for those keen to hike. Check out these snippets from the last week or so.

With more snow in the forecast fingers crossed we'll be riding the chair before you can say dogs in the snow!

If you are looking for an awesome deal on accommodation it is a great time to book. If you would like to make a booking or you have any questions please free to contact us anytime (


View of Mt Yotei from Grand Hirafu
Great turns for those who wanted to earn them!

Niseko - A winter adventure paradise


Are you looking to come to Niseko but not wanting to ski everyday or perhaps you're only here for just a couple of days and are looking to experience what else the area has to offer. Take a look at what we have below and this is just the beginning, Niseko is fast becoming the ultimate winter adventure destination!


If you aren't going to be skiing but would like a quintessential Niseko experience one fantastic activity to try is Snowshoeing. Snowshoeing gets you out in the beautiful serene surroundings that have made Niseko famous, is great exercise and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Imagine treking through your own private snow globe with exquisite views and a delightful silence that can only be experienced in such an environment. 



Looking for something a little more high octane and adrenaline fuelled? If you can ride a dirt bike then this one is for you! Niseko Snowbike Adventures delivers a high speed, powder coated experience you will never forget. With access to 100km2 of rideable terrain Niseko Snowbikes will have you shaking in your boots. With their base in Kanbetsu just 15 minutes from Hirafu you wil be shredding the Yamanshi range with varied elevations of 500m - 1300m, fresh terrain guaranteed!


A snow bike does a deep turn in powder snow
The ultimate powder filled high octane adventure


NAC Adventure Park

If you are looking for something slightly slower paced but with a touch of excitement the NAC Adventure Park might be just what you are looking for. Experience tree top views and the expertly designed ropes course that will challenge your confidence and head for heights! The NAC Adventure Park is located right beside the Ace Family Chair so if you are staying in Hirafu it is right on your doorstep and the experience can be arranged on the day.


Snowtubing at Hanazono


A family enjoys snow tubing
A little less adventurous and lots of fun for the whole family!

If you and the kids are taking a day off skiing and looking for something to do that is a little less challenging than one of the activities above why not try snowtubing at the Hanazono, no experience or special equipment required! Super fun for the kids and the adults too and you don't even need to walk to the starting point as the dedicated majic carpets will whisk you up to the top of the slope again and again, yeee haaa!

If you are interested in taking part in any of the activities above get in touch with Holiday Niseko today and we can help you arrange these activities and more. (



Niseko in colour


The Autumn is a quieter season in Niseko and a fantastic time to visit. The weather is settled, the village uncrowded and there is still plenty to see and do. One thing that can't be missed are the stunning colours of Autumn with stunning post card- esque views every where you look.

It is a great time to explore the area on foot with hiking trails galore and if you want to cover a little more ground it is still warm enough to cycle one of the many routes in the area including a number of recently completed mountian bike trails. Many enjoy golf at this time of year too, with still days and beautiful surrounds making every hole a pleasure.


Mt Yotei with snow on peak and fall colours in the foreground
Picturesque still clear days personify Autumn in Niseko

The last golf course in Niseko to close its gates is Fukui which usually finishes up the season around the 2nd week of November, weather dendent. If you are happy to drive a little further Date will be open until the around end November.


Maple leaves in full autumn colour
Beautiful autumn colours just a short drive from Hirafu

Above the Kyogoku Fukidashi park is a beautiful place to enjoy the fall coulurs and has an unsuspecting stall that serves fantastic coffee. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so enough said and below a glimpse of how stunning the area is looking this year

If you are looking to visit Niseko in Autumn or of course this winter get in touch today and one of our agents can provide you with suggestions for accommodation and helpful advice. (


The St Moritz bridge with Hirafu ski area in the back ground
The amazing colour contrast between winter and autumn


Kyougoku park with water features and stunning fall colours
October is a fantastic time to visit the Niseko area.


Yellowing leaves colour a tree above a water feature.
Serene scenes near Niseko


The Niseko landscape in autumn colurs
An stunning patch work of colour accentuates Niseko's landscape


An autumnal scene with fall colours and a bridge across a river
A romantic walk in the park?


Hokkaido's last frontier?


For back country and mountaineering enthusiasts Mt Rishiri in the far north of Hokkaido may be the ultimate adventure.

Mt Rishiri juts up from Rishiri Island, stands at 1,700 meters and is an impressive sight during the winter or summer. The island sits just to the west of Wakanai Hokkaido's northern most city, a 5 hour drive from Sapporo. The island is then accessed by ferry which takes around 2 hours. During the summer Rishiri and neighbouring Rebun Island are popular tourist destinations known of course for mountaineering and hiking but also for wildflowers, onsens, fishing and sea kayaking. There are an abundance of pension style accommodations on the island and the delicious seafod served in many is a draw card in itself.


A snow covered Rishiri Island from the air
Rishiri island is an incredible adventure any time of the year.

The skaible terrain on Mt Rishiri is mini Alaska esque with an abundance of steep pitches and couloirs and ocean views to boot. These are captured beautifully in the video by Toshiya Watanabe below, most definitely the stuff back country dreams are made of.

Anyone looking for more information on tours on Mt Rishiri may be best served by the following link




Hokkaido Government Travel agent Licence No. 3-613
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