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

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 peterson on 21st January 2014
Snow best I have experienced
Just come back from a fantastic week up in Hokkaido and specifically Niseko.
It was my first time there and wondered if the snow could really live up to the reputation.
It did.
We got such consistent and quality snow, it almost felt not possible!
Truly excellent and better than anywhere else I have experienced in Japan.

I have nothing against foreigners, I am one myself, but Niseko is no totally overwhelmed with international guests that it almost doesn't feel like Japan any more. Which is a shame but that's what comes with the snow and popularity.

So if you want the snow, it's hard to beat.
If you want to have a bit of a more Japanese experience, perhaps elsewhere is better suited.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Incredible
Things I liked: The snow, it was truly incredible
Things I didn't like: I'm a foreigner, but there's more of us than Japanese in Niseko. It doesn't feel like Japan.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Skiers
Snowboarders
Off-piste opportunities
Ungroomed courses
Apres-ski
Not recommended for: Authentic Japan experience
General score: 80
Snow conditions: 100
Courses/Terrain: 70
Lift system: 70
Apres ski: 80
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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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Average Rankings

General score: 82
Snow conditions: 84
Courses/Terrain: 77
Lift system: 72
Apres ski: 76

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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