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 kkk on 27th January 2015
Dry/wet spell
Niseko is excellent.... when the snow is great.

It needs those snow conditions though - more than other places, I think.

Let me explain.

Places like the 'other famous places' on Honshu have a lot to offer and it isn't just all about the snow. Steep terrain, lots of different resorts in a small area, not mad crazy cold temperatures, lots of cultural attractions nearby, monkeys soaking in onsen.... that kind of thing.

Niseko, I feel, is all about the snow... so when you take the excellent snow conditions out of the equation, well it doesn't hold up as well as other places.

Unfortunately we're going through one of those periods right now - it's raining this morning - and we're in need of fresh snow. As are many places around Japan I see.

All in all I think I prefer the steeper and more varied terrain on offer in Honshu.
Date visited: From 2015
Snow condition on visit: Not so great
Things I liked: Snow when it's on conditions
Things I didn't like: Reliance on the snow conditions
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Skiers
Snowboarders
Off-piste opportunities
Apres-ski
Not recommended for: Authentic Japan experience
General score: 70
Snow conditions: 70
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 60
Apres ski: 90
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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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