Niseko United

Niseko is located on the Northern island of Japan, just 120km from Sapporo. It is one of the largest and most popular ski areas in Japan, boasting 38 lifts including a variety of gondolas and high speed detachable chairlifts. The Niseko area lays claim to the best quality powder snow in the world with only 8% water content and often receives snowfalls in excess of 15 m in a single season.

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Red Ski House

The Red Ski House is a family run bed and breakfast. Its aims to provide comfortable western style accommodation within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  The RSH is a favourite of the Snowriders Australia crew, Glenn, Andrew and Jim, who have visited 4 times in recent years.

The RSH is situated in the picturesque middle village area of Hirafu, a quiet part of the village with many good restaurants and bars just a stroll away. In the ski season a shuttle bus service runs continuously from the lodge to the ski lifts all day. Your Australian and Japanese hosts Andrew and Kaori have local knowledge of Niseko and are only too happy to help make your Niseko ski holiday the best ever! 

Modern western style furnishings and bedding are designed to make your stay comfortable and luxurious. Curl up with a book or magazine or mix with our other guests watching a DVD, playing a board game or sharing your skiing and boarding experiences. The RSH comes highly recommended for families, singles and small groups. It is not suitable for under the age of 5.

Hooting Owl Lodge

Imagine waking up to the snow falling outside the window with Mt Yotei or the beautiful silver birch forest as a spectacular back drop.  And all of this before you’ve gotten out of your super comfortable bed. Shortly after you will be greeted with a western style gourmet breakfast (yes bacon and eggs) along with a continental selection. This is Hooting Owl Lodge to a tee!

After breakfast you can gear up and get ready for the free ‘first tracks’ shuttle to the Niskeo Village gondola, and be one of the lucky few who get to enjoy those unforgettable first tracks down the mountain.

Hooting Owl is strictly adults only. All children must be over the age of 16. So if its a quiet retreat you’re looking for Hooting Owl is for you. Hooting Owl is located in the Niseko Village near the Hilton. The staff at Hooting Owl drop guests at the Hilton each morning, the main lifted point providing access to the rest of the resort.

Freeride Lodge

Located in the heart of the Niseko Village, Freeride lodge Niseko offers budget, back-packer style accommodation. Freeride lodge where you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend, taking with you memories and friendships that will last a life time.

After a full day on the mountain, the communal lounge is a great place to sit back and relax and share stories from your days riding. Kick back, relax, play some cards, listen to tunes or watch a movie and meet fellow travellers. Freeride is quite unique in Niseko in that it offers a fully equipped guest kitchen, providing all you need to cook up a meal (and save some money in the process) . Why not get a few of the crew and have a pot luck dinner?

Backpacker lodging is hard to find in Niskeo, but Freeride has you covered. Who could want more than fresh tracks, great snow, new friends and fantastic hospitality? Come and get neck deep with Freeride Lodge Niseko Japan!

Niseko Academy Ski School & Guiding

Niseko’s number one coaching academy; Niseko Academy offers top-quality instructor training courses, exclusive powder guiding products and a premier private lesson service. Founder and Director, Brian Findlay, is a good friend of the SRA, having guided the team through Niseko, Kiroro and Rusutsu, multiple times. Sensai Brian is one of the most experienced and technically advanced ski instructors in the region.

From half-day private lessons and multi-day coaching/guiding options, to week-long powder camps and season-long instructor training courses delivering international qualifications; Niseko Academy is the region’s top snowsports school and coaching academy.

From beginner skiers making their first turns through to snowboarders in the park for their first time or advanced skiers and riders getting into the backcountry; we teach every single level, from novice to expert. Start your holiday with lessons from Niseko’s best ski and snowboard school and make the most of what Niseko has to offer.

Brian, founder and Director at Niseko Academy, enjoying the regions champagne powder