Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu resort review (Kutchan Town, Hokkaido)

Reviews of Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu resort in Kutchan Town, Hokkaido Prefecture. Currently 5 reviews.
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 31st January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by snake
The snow quality at Niseko is all that you have heard and is the main reason for visiting this resort. We had a 10 day trip - it snowed for 6 days straight with 50cm of fresh powder one day and powder easily found on the others.

Tree runs were superb - and you could still find ones that weren't tracked out by lunch time if you looked.

When there is no fresh snow, Niseko (including Annupuri and Higashyama) is just
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Crimsongriffin
My snowboarding friends sang siren songs to me about Niseko, and the great conditions there. I had never skiied on powder before, so it ended up being akin to a religious experience - I have seen the light and am now converted! Even half-skiing, half tumbling down an over-my-ability black slope was the most fun I've ever had in my belated ski career.

Best of all, unlike many Japanese resorts that have no night skiing and hence herd everyone down
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by spearman on 26th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by spearman
This reminded of being home (Canada).

A real resort, you can go between runs and hog the powder, which is something we don't see often enough here in Japan ("stay on the "course" please").

A great place - and check out the Freedom Inn where we stayed, friendly and great service
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Nogs on 12th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Nogs
Skill level - 7-8

Ages: 54, 41 and 9

skis - supersports

Niseko is a great town, not the luxury resort like say Banff or Zermatt, but there are plenty of good places to eat out without walking too far, people were friendly, prices reasonable.

The snow was silky smooth, and there was a wide variety of skiing areas - it never seemed too crowded. Visibility was poor all through our stay, and we were irritated that having bought three mountain lift tickets, it
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 9th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Scott Hogan
Minimal crowds with excellent eating on the mountain (and the village), skiing wasn't bad either. Even though this wasn't Nisekos' best season for a while, snow was better than Australia.

What a view from the mountain! Sea of Japan in the distance, Kuchan on the valley floor with the dormant volcano right across from us. The single chairs at the top of the mountain are 'interesting'.

We're planning our next visit to Japan now for Feb 2005
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu

ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1200m
Min. elevation: 260m
Vertical: 940m
Steepest slope: 40°
Longest course: 5600m
Number of lifts: 12

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