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Kick off the 2016-2017 ski season in Hokkaido!!

Are you ready for the 2016-2017 ski season?  Here are some news from the fantastic powder destination: Niseko.

New lifts in Niseko Village

Niseko Village - The Village Express liftsIn Niseko Village, the access between their two hotels – Hilton Niseko Village and the Green Leaf Niseko Village – has been highly improved by the two new state-of-the-art ski lifts which were unveiled on 1 December 2016.

One of the lifts, the Village Express, is the first gondola and chair mixed lift in Japan, the only lift with a single glass bottom gondola cabin and the first six-person chair within a major ski resort in Japan. A eight-person gondola and a six-person chair are on the same line and come by turns so the guests can choose their prefer lift.

The other lift, the Upper Village Gondola, provides access for skiers from Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse and the Green Leaf Niseko Village properties to a beginner level ski area. The Upper Village Gondola lift additionally provide acess to the top of the Village Express lift for easy connectivity around the central village, restaurants, shopping area and hotels.

Both the Upper Village Gondola and the Village Express lifts operate until 10 pm during the winter season so the guests can enjoy night skiing sessions or an evening out to the heart of the village.

Niseko Village official site

Niseko Village map

More News from other ski resorts

Kiroro Resort
Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido reopened after renovation on 1 December

Rusutsu Resort

<Sushi on the slopes>
At the brand new Sushi Corner in Isola 2000 Station, you can enjoy fresh sushi for lunch!

<Mt. Izora First Truck>
Special experience of first tracks before the ski area opens on 1-3, 8,15,22, and 29 January 2016. Reservation required, first-come first-get basis as this is limited to 32 people.

<Cinderella Night Skiing>
Eva and Bambi courses are open until midnight on 4, 11, 18, and 25 February 2016. A midnight ticket for 9pm to midnight costs JPY2,500.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The King No. 3 Lift, which provides access to the HIRAFU summit and the Hanazono area, will be upgraded to a high-speed 4-person lift.

Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Kokusai introduced IC lift ticket system from this season. Also a new 4-person express lift “Echoh Quad Lift” is ready.

Tokachi Sahoro Resort
IC lift ticke system and autogates are introduced and there are a hooded quad lift and 5 new courses – 2 for advanced skiers, 2 for intermediates, and 1 for beginners.

Hoshino Resort Tomamu

<Morning Glory>
A first truck experience with the Unkai Gondola from 10 December 2016 to 2 April 2017. JPY 3,500 for 60 minutes program. Applicable to skiers above 7 years-old.

For further information see the web sites of above ski resorts or visit below site.

Hokkaido Ski Promotion Council