By an overwhelming vote,
ski club members selected
Ski-in, ski-out hotel with twin beds and buffet breakfast were included.
There were hotel accommodations at Niseko Ski Resort (for 4 nights) and a hotel
Acreage: 2,191 acres
30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced
Top elevation: 4,295 ft.
Base elevation: 984 ft.
Number of lifts & gondolas: 38
Lift hours: (Hirafu offers one of the biggest night skiing areas in the world.)
Number of runs: 57
Number of mountain restaurants: 17
Longest run: 3.5 miles
Annual snowfall: 39 ft. to 49 ft. of powder snow
More trip details:
These 3 Niseko resorts receive
Snow reliability (constantly snowing in this area)
Virtually no lift lines
English trail maps, signs and information announcements; restaurants are now also offering English menus because of all the Australians and British who have discovered Niseko.
Niseko, being part of a volcanic range, boasts a collection of great onsens (hot spring baths)
"Hirafu's apres-ski scene rocks" (the hotel is located in Hirafu)
For the snowboarders, Hirafu has a half-pipe, tabletop jumps, and lots of natural quarter pipes and hits.
There are mogul fields and tree runs for the more experienced skiers.
Non-skiers are offered several optional day trips for sightseeing.
NISEKO SKI RESORT/SAPPORO
SNOW FESTIVAL, JAPAN
Sunday, February 8 to Monday, February 16, 2009
FULL PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON: $2,350.20
LAND PORTION ONLY: $1,160
FULL PACKAGE INCLUDED:
* Roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Tokyo on Japan Airlines (JAL)
* Roundtrip airfare from Tokyo to Hokkaido
* Ground transfers throughout the tour
*Two nights lodging with two American breakfasts at the Ramada Hotel
* Five nights lodging with five buffet breakfasts at the Niseko Kogen
* 4-day Niseko United All Mountain Lift Pass
* English-speaking assistant on several segments of the trip
February 8 (Sunday) Leave Honolulu at 8AM on Japan Airlines (JAL)
February 9 (Monday) Arrive in Sapporo late at night.
2 American breakfasts are included at the Ramada Hotel Sapporo.
February 10 (Tuesday) Full day in Sapporo to see the Snow Festival.
February 11 (Wednesday) Spend half a day more in Sapporo before
continuing on to Niseko (2.5 hours away by charter bus). Arrive in
Niseko with ample time to check into our hotel and to rent our ski
5 buffet breakfasts are included at the Niseko Kogen Hotel
February 12 - 15 (Thursday - Sunday) 4 full days of skiing in Niseko
with the Niseko United All Mountain Lift Pass included, giving skiing
access to all 4 resorts on the Niseko-Annupuri Mountain (Grand Hirafu
& Hanazono, Higashiyama, and Annupuri, connected with each other at
the top of the mountain and connected at the base by free shuttle buses)
February 16 (Monday, Presidents' Day holiday in the US) Leave
Niseko in the morning, catch an evening flight out of Tokyo and
arrive back in Honolulu at 6:15 AM on the same day (Monday).
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