There were eight adults in our group from Australia. We chose to stay in comfortable apartment-style accommodation (Casi67). We have all skied previously in Australia, NZ, Canada, USA, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. This was our first trip to Japan.
The instructions for transfers were accurate and easy to follow. The transfer to Casi67 was prompt and straightforward. On arrival we felt welcomed and the apartment was immaculate. The property is new and comfortable with all amenities. The towels and sheets were
This past trip was my third trip in as many years. The snow is very dry and deep and consistent. Skiing at Christmas (early season) is a bit of a gamble but I would put my money on Niseko over any other place in the world to have good snow at that time of year. This year was especially awesome, with already about a 2 meter base in the village, and fresh snow almost every day.
We arrived at lunchtime, checked straight in and were on the chairs straight after. If you stay in the Tower or the Galleria there are lifts outside the buildings. If you are in any of the other accomomodation you will probably probably need to use the free shuttle buses that come every 15 mins. The resort is very spread out. There were very few european people there, we only met 1 American and one Australian family in
We arrived at Shin Chitose to find that we were the only people booked on the coach. Great, a 50 seater coach to ourselves. The journey to the resort was enjoyable.
For a 5-star, resort, it is a typical 5-star resort with facilties galore. There is EVERYTHING you would ever want for a ski holiday within the reoort. Heli, cat, snowmobile, Egnlish speaking guide/instructors, kid's park, kid's school, creche, ice rink, heated indoor swimming pool, ice hotel,