Niseko Skiing Trip Essentials

by Mitchell on September 3, 2011

This is a guest post by Jeremy Haze.

Skiing is a very popular winter activity for many people who don’t mind the cold weather. The adrenalin rush that one feels when gliding down a slope is incomparable to anything they’ve ever experienced. Many locations in the world do not have mountains and snow for skiing, so many people must travel far from their homes in order to pursue the thrill of skiing. One of the most famous skiing locations is Japan. The country’s unique geography provides great conditions for ski vacation because of its vast mountains and ski slopes for all levels of skiers. When planning a skiing trip in Japan, there are several locations that tourists can choose from.

One of the most well-known skiing destinations is Niseko, Japan. Just fire up your internet search engine and look up information for ski resorts in Japan, and Niseko will be listed as one of the most recommended locations in Japan. It is even popularly known as the “winter wonderland” of Asia. Niseko has thousands of acres covered in powder white snow, which makes it an ideal place for a winter vacation. Skiing enthusiasts find this place very conducive for skiing regardless of their skill level. There are comfortable beginner terrains, a massive terrain for intermediate skiers, and there is even night skiing for the more advanced and adventurous skiers. For those that need skiing lessons, there are ski schools and tutorial centers for people of all ages.

The An’nupuri Mountain of Niseko has four different resorts to choose from, and it offers the deepest powder-like snow that is very conducive for all skiing activities. The four resorts on the An’nupuri Mountain are Niseko An’nupuri, Niseko Village, Niseko Hirafu, and Hanazono. Aside from skiing, there are many other activities to enjoy, plenty of events to attend, and there are a multitude of hotels and restaurants available to suit everyone’s individual desires. Other activities for recreation and relaxation include snow mobiling, cross country skiing, tree trekking, zip lining, dog sledding, horse riding, snow rafting, and a host of other activities that can certainly accommodate the desires of people of all ages.

Tourists that don’t have much experience on the slopes would be better off opting for a travel package that offers skiing lessons to limit complications on the trip. No one would enjoy going skiing if they don’t even know how to keep themselves upright so that they don’t go tumbling down a steep hill. There are travel agencies based in Japan that specializes in skiing vacation packages. If Niseko is your destination, it is best to get the services of an agency that specializes in travel packages to Niseko, Japan. The cost of the trip and lessons will vary depending on the cost of the plane tickets, hotel accommodations, skiing costs, and transportation requirements.

Once you have your itinerary ready, the next thing that needs to be done is prepare the items that need to be packed. Making a list of items to pack is highly recommended to avoid missing out on essential items needed for the trip. Packing the right kind of clothing and gear is very important so that you don’t end up having to purchase things that you already own. It is highly recommended that you go to a currency exchange so that you have cash available for your trip, because there may be locations where ATM machines and places that accept credit cards are not available. The standard ski gear that needs to be packed includes thick pants, warm jackets, gloves, thick socks, hats, ear warmers, and ski goggles. If you have skis and boots, bring those too. The skis that are appropriate for Niseko are carved skis or powder skis. As always, personal items are a must such as Chap Stick, sunscreen, ointments to soothe tired and aching muscles, pain killers, and any other items that you may need. When choosing the type of gloves that you will bring, keep in mind that the gloves aren’t just for keeping your hands warm. You’ll need to make sure that they are long enough to prevent snow powder from penetrating the gap between your jacket and your gloves. Another must have is a neck warmer to cover the neck area and prevent heat from escaping. You’ll also need to bring full body thermal underwear to add an additional layer of clothing to fight off the extremely cold temperatures.

Your ski trip has the potential of being the best winter vacation ever, and the choices of facilities and attractions in Niseko are absolutely fabulous. Niseko welcomes both local and foreign tourists to enjoy a slice of paradise so that everyone can experience the wonders of the place.

Check out the neat infographic about Niseko below

All About Niseko Japan Infographic
Infographic produced by HT Holidays

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ski travel tips January 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

I agree with all of these important things to do and bring for a ski trip. And last vacation, I realized that before we leave for the trip, we must make sure that we have the maps and directions for our road trip to the skiing destination and if we are planning a ski trip on the higher altitude, we must drink lots of water before leaving so that we don’t feel sick once we are there.


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