Firstly, apologies for the extreme delay of this post. One project really did lead to another, and now here I am three months after this incredible trip skiing in Niseko, Japan and I’m only just sharing the content with you.
Bad blogger over here.
I reckon the content will make up for it though. I’ve just sorted the photos and there will be a video edit to follow too.
You may know already that I am an ambassador for the incredible company that is GoPro. Last year, in Sept 2016, GoPro flew me out to Lake Tahoe, California for the launch of their greatest technology yet, the Hero 5 cameras. Shop here.
Throughout the launch, in groups, we were challenged to make a video of our experience to enter the ambassador competition and (mainly due to Rory Kramer’s under-pressure editing skills)… we actually won!
The prize? A week in Niseko. Madness.
Niseko is a town on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido near, and with mind blowing views of, Mount Yotei… if the powder stops falling for long enough for it to be visible.
Niseko is renowned as a world-class snow destination with people travelling from all over to experience it. As a beginner-intermediate skier I can say first hand that, though there are extensive off-piste options here for the advanced skier, there are plenty of easier runs too.
To ease myself back into the slopes I took a two-hour ski lesson with GoSnow on the first day, after which I was good to go…
JOKING. We spent around 80% of our time on our butts. Though we did so with plenty of laughs and weird looks from fellow slope enthusiasts.
You have to start somewhere, right? Hahaha!
I departed for Sapporo (the closest airport to Niseko) from Manila, Philippines via Tokyo before taking the two-hour transfer to the world-class ski destination Niseko.
For the week’s duration we stayed in The Lankmark Hotel and dined on some of the finest sushi and matcha I’ve ever set my taste buds on. After all, Niseko is the home of the latter. We glided through powder that fell fresh by the minute and toasted many a sake to the incredible surroundings, despite the -8’C temperatures.
We just so happened to match our week in Niseko with that of the legend that is The Ski Week (the winter version of The Yacht Week) which meant we got to join in some awesome dinners and sake parties, making it one hell of a week.
Aside from the incredible privilege of the above, and a lot of skiing, as a group we took part in some extra activities like snowmobiling, a day trip to Rusutsu and a snowshoe hike which was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever partaken in.
I would definitely recommend a trip to Rusutsu – another famous ski destination around an hour’s drive from Niseko where you can ski through an abandoned theme park and let yourself loose on some fresh pistes. The resort is worth a visit in itself just to walk through the traditional Japanese interior and food outlets.
So, without further ado…
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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