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1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

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1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Hi we would like to ski Niseko. Its our first time.

We are a family of five with three boys aged 10,8 & 6.

Do you recommend Niseko for families? What is ths ski school like?

We would like some recommendations on accomodation . We would like to stay in the high end/luxury accomodation.

Are we better off being in the centre of town or closer to the lifts ie ski in and out.

Also information re transfers, ski hire, eating out would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Start with this site

http://www.skijapan.com/

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2. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

This is very helpful too:

http://www.welovesnow.com/eng/index.php

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3. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

It is of course much more comfortable to not have to walk to and from the lifts, especially with children! Hirafu is the most interesting place to stay with many different restaurants and a village with some shops - most interesting than Annapuri or Rusutsu. High-end with perfect access is the Niseko Alpen in Hirafu, they have ski hire onsite, like many other of the hotels.

Didn't use the ski schools, but they have both Japanese and Australian ones, both looked pro. Great skiing for all levels, with a super snowpark.

Enjoy - we did!

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5. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Did you make a decision - i am looking for a similar set up , ideally Id like an apartment near the Gondola so we dont have to walk to far.

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6. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Hi

Yes we have decided to stay at Setsumon and booked directly with them. They have been very helpful. The accommodation is 5 star and relatively new.

Lisa was great her email is lisa@nisade.com.

Their website is www.nisekoalpineaccommodation.com

Good luck

GKACE

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7. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Hi all,

I have been looking for luxury apartments and received pretty steep quotes for Dec till i saw your suggestions on nisade, setumon apt which looked great! I've just got a quote and it is at least Y50,000 cheaper than another apt of the same category at the same period... Thank you!

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8. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Definately the most comprehensive website is Snow Japan

www.snowjapan.com/e/hotel/index.html#Niseko Accommodation

Here you should be able to see a wide range of accommodation for the area, cheap if you want, expensive, pensions, catered, it is all there

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9. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

The snow here is great and English is spoken here so its very convenient.

If you are looking for high end accomodation then look no further than Hokkaido Tracks. The apartments available are very modern and convenient to the ski lifts. You can try Yamashizen or Yotei Apartments. check out their website but be sure to book early and don;pt bother about getting ski lift tickets and bus transfers from the airport from Hokkaido Tracks as you can book these yourself and save on the commissions.

You can also check out J-Sekka for high end accomodation. These are alittle further away from the lifts but still pretty close.

If you want to ski in and out then best to try some of the hotels around Hirafu. Alpen Hotel is probably the closest to the lifts. But beware that this is just basic hotel accomodation. Nothing fancy. With Hokkaido Tracks apartments you get alot more living space. Yamashizen Apartments are around a 10min walk to the lifts.

Hirafu town is pretty small and it is bestg to stay towards the upper end of the town.

There are lots of restgaurants around town. Best to get a restaurant guide once you get here. English is spoken at most places.

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10. Re: 1st Time Family Group to Niseko Skiing. HELP!!!!!

Hi All

Well I am back from Niseko and Setsumon was a great place to stay. I just have posted a review on Setsumon if you would like more information. Skiing Japan is great!