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[Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan] Ski Resort Is As If Japanese Can Enjoy Myself at Foreign Ski Resort

April 26th, 2017

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort (ニセコグラン・ヒラフスキー場) is a large ski resort. 4 ski resorts, Niseko HANAZONO Ski Resort (ニセコHANAZONOスキー場), Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort (ニセコグラン・ヒラフスキー場), Niseko Village Ski Resort (ニセコビレッジスキー場) and Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Ski Resort (ニセコアンヌプリ国際スキー場) are at Mt. Niseko Annupuri (ニセコアンヌプリ) with 1,308 m in height, and the Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort is the largst ski resort in the 4 ski resorts. There are 24 ski cources, 12 ski lifts, Terrain Park and Mogul Run on the Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort with 1200 m in height, and a lot of skiers or snowborders come to enjoy the powder snow. The Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort is adjacent to Niseko Hirafu Onsen (ニセコ比羅夫温泉), and visitors can enjoy onsen as well as winter activities.

Niseko Grand Hirafu (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Slope (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

Niseko is a ski resort that boasts to the world, and the total amount of snow is world-famous. The average snowfall is 15 m, and Forbes Traveler in 2007 introduced to be the second ski resort in the world. Similarly, the Niseko is reported by "New York Times in 2011", too, and the New York Times featured an article on about the snowy quality, the onsen and scenery. Many non Japanese poeple such as Australian people visit here to enjoy the charm. Japanese people feel as if here has been a foreign resort, and I think here is the most closest foreign resort.

Powder Snow (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Niseko Grand Hirafu in Evening (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Torchlight Skiing (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Powder Snow (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu HP)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

In the Niseko, Various things can be enjoyed all the year round. For example, Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, trecking, ski gondra, rafting and hot air ballooning can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snowshoes can be enjoyed in the winter. By the way, Only in the winter, Nonstop ski bus (New chitose airport) and Nonstop ski bus (Sapporo) run between New Chitose Airport or Sapporo and the Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort. In addition, Express Bus Niseko-go runs from Sapporo to Ikoi-no-Yuyado Iroha throughout the year.

Niseko Hirafu Onsen

Niseko Hirafu Onsen (ニセコ比羅夫温泉) is a hot spring resort in Kutchan town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is the largest resort in Niseko with various resorts. There is Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort (ニセコ グラン・ヒラフ) that is one of Niseko United, and is called "Niseko Mountain Resort (ニセコマウントリゾート)". About 80 accommodations such as hotels, onsen inn, pensions and condominium are built around the ski resort. Except the accommodations, cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, supermarket, souvenir shops, sports shops, bars and Izakaya are built, and the resort shifted from short-stay type to long-stay type, and convenience goods are sold, too. Niseko has a lot of good restaurants that has a good reputation, Hand-made Buckwheat Noodles Ichimura (手打蕎麦いちむら), Kamimura (カミムラ), An Dining (杏ダイニング), Ruhiel (ルヒエル), Graubunden (グラウビュンデン), Gokoro (ごころ) and Guzuguzu (ぐずぐず) are popular in particular around here. Article is here

Open-air Bath (Source: Kutchan Tourism Association)
Onsen-no-Yado Yukoro

NISEKO

Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means "A river in a gorge" in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. Article is here

Mt. Youteizan
Mt. Youtei

Niseko Grand Hirafu in Winter or Summer

In the winter or the summer, the Various things can be enjoyed in the Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Winter Niseko Grand Hirafu

The Niseko Grand Hirafu has 2 ski base, Mountain Center and .Base, and 2 types of lift ticket, Niseko All Mountain and Grand HIRAFU & HANAZONO, are sold at those bases. I visited the Mountain Center. They adopt a card key as a ski lift pass, and deposit is JPY 1,000. When skier and snowboarder ride the ski lift, points of the ski lift are deducted via a ski lift equipment. When I visited here, few Japanese speakers and a lot of English speakers came, so I felt as if I visted a foreign ski resort. The ski resort was crowded with the skiers and snowboarders even on weekdays.
Grand HIRAFU Ski Area Guide

Grand Hirafu Mountain Center
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Lift Pass Purchase Counters
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Lift Pass
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski School?
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Beginner Ski Area
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

I would go the highest ski lift station, and first of all, I went up by Hirafu Gondola. It took about 6 minutes, and the gondola was fast. Then I rode 3rd King Quad Ski Lift. It took about 5 minutes.

View from Hirafu Gondola
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
View from Hirafu Gondola
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Hirafu Gondola Station
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Look of Ski Resort
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
I Look up Mt. Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Look of Ski Resort
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Clouded Mt. Yotei
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Mt. Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Rest House Ace Hill
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
King Bell Hut
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
3rd King Quad Ski Lift Station
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
View from 3rd King Quad Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
I Look over Skir Resort
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Kutcchan Downtown Come into Sight
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

I went up by 4th King Ski Lift, and it took about 4 minutes. I reached to around the mountaintop. The mountaintop is available to reach on foot. But good views can be enjoyed here. It was cloudy day on that day, Mt. Yotei and Kucchan town seemed to look clearly if it was fine weather. I just skied there. The skiers can ski from there to the HANAZONO. It features that the Niseko has various ski courses.

4th King Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
4th King Ski Lift Station
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
4th King Ski Lift Station
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
View from Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Dynamic Ski Course
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
I Look over Skir Resort
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Dynamic Ski Course
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Dynamic Ski Course
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
4th King Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Snowboarder
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Skier
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Skiers Have a Break
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Jumbo Ski Course
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Snowboarder
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Slopes
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Skier
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Snowboarder
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Grand Hirafu Mountain Center Come into Sight
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Kogen Ski Course
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Hirafu Onsen Resort Come into Sight
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
I Look up Ski Lift
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

Atmosphere of Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort Can Be Watched on Youtube

広告

Movie of Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort
Ski lift tickets Prices are here
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (2600 cars)
Regular closing day 08:30-20:30 * It changes depending on ski courses
Regular closing day From mid May to mid November
Telephone number +81-136-22-0109
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 398 414 279*54

Summer Niseko Grand Hirafu

The Niseko Grand Hirafu operats a summer ski gondola from late July to late September. Resthouse AceHill is built beside Gondola Mountaintop Station at about 820 m above sea level, and Niseko Siesta is held to enjoy the Mt. Yotei.

Niseko Grand Hirafu in Summer (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Ski Gondola in Summer (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan
Kids Park (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

List of Activities

Some activity companies serve guided backcountry. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Guided Backcountry

Movie of Guided Backcountry

Niseko Yukidoraku(ニセコ雪道楽)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Niseko Powder Guide(ニセコパウダーガイド)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Niseko 343(ニセコ343)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Toyru(トイル)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
POWDER COMPANY GUIDES(パウダーカンパニーガイド)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Mountain Guide Coyote(コヨーテ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
IMAGE WORKS(イメージワークス)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Niseko Mecca(ニセコ メッカ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
FINEFRIENDS(ファインフレンズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Mountain Bike

Movie of Flow Trail

Niseko Grand Hirafu(ニセコグランヒラフ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Niseko Hirafu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Hotel Niseko Alpen(ホテルニセコアルペン)
Yumoto Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafutei(湯元ニセコプリンスホテルひらふ亭)
Eki-no-Yado Hirafu(駅の宿ひらふ)
Etupirika(エトピリカ)
HP
Rakuten
Kimamaya Boutique Hotel(Kimamaya Boutique Hotel)
Pension Grandpapa(ペンショングラン・パパ)
Shiki Niseko(四季ニセコ)
Chalet Ivy(シャレーアイビー)
Niseko Park Hotel(ニセコパークホテル)
Niseko Yubokumin(ニセコ遊牧民)
Rakuten
Famille Inn Ramina(ファミール・イン・ラミーナ)
Booking
Pension Alice(ペンションアリス)
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Arrow Wood(ペンションアローウッド)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Woody Note(ペンションウッディノート)
Bliss Lodging(ブリスロジング)
Booking
MY ecolodge(マイエコロッジ)
Jalan
Pension Hinoatarubasho(ペンション陽のあたる場所)
Booking
Pension Fu(ペンション風)
Booking
Pension Proomin(ペンションブルーミン)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Locomotion(ペンションロコモーション)
Ramat Niseko(ラマットニセコ)
HP
Lodge Koropokkuru(ロッジコロポックル)
Heritage Niseko(ヘリテージニセコ)
Rakuten
Ki Niseko(木ニセコ)
Vacation Niseko(バケーションニセコ)
Booking
Ski Japan Travel(スキージャパントラベル)
HP
Booking
Rakuten
Niseko Country Resort(ニセコカントリーリゾート)
Rakuten
Niseko Hirafu Rental Cottage(ニセコひらふ泉郷 レンタルコテージ)
Booking
The Orchards Niseko(ザ・オーチャードニセコ)
Rakuten
The Red Ski House(The Red Ski House)
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Niseko is here

Niseko

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