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 snowboard on 9th December 2014
First weekend of the season
Two weeks late but we can forgive Niseko that.

Snow conditions were pretty good over the opening weekend, though not mid-season great. Not that you would probably expect that in the first half of Niseko.

Still quiet before the hordes arrive, so I am hoping for some more snow to allow the mountain to fully open before it gets too busy.

Peak season Niseko is too busy for my liking so it's an early and late season place for me. I go to one of the many many other not busy places for the main part of the season.

So much to explore.

Date visited: From December, 2014
Snow condition on visit: Great
Things I liked: Not busy, back on the snowboard
Things I didn't like: More snow required
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Snowboarders
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Authentic Japan experience
General score: 70
Snow conditions: 70
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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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