- Order your skis in advance from Larry Adler. Not only are they all ready to go when you get there, but you can leave them at the Larry Adler office which is conveniently located right near the Ace Family Chair lift. The other advantage is that if you want to change ski styles or give snowboarding a go, they will take care of you (once again, none of this is endorsed, just our experience!).
- Book your guide well in advance. In busy periods, the demand far exceeds the supply, so get in quick and book as many days as you can, as they do a great job.
- Book your restaurants well in advance. Once again, in peak periods the best restaurants book out quickly. Our favourite for a special evening was Niseko Barn.
- Enjoy an Onsen while you are there. Be prepared to strip down to your birthday suit and slink into a dark, steamy bath with a towel balanced on your head. But don’t worry if you are shy, boys and girls pools are separate. Great for kids too. My 11 year old daughter and I went together and saw girls younger than her playing with snow on the side of the onsen pool and having a great time.
- Ensure you either have excellent grip on the bottom of your shoes or purchase grip foot. They clip onto the bottom of your shoes and stop you from sliding all over the place!
- Enjoy eating-in too. There’s nothing quite like chilling out, watching a movie while the snow buckets down right outside your window. The supermarkets are well stocked. My family are gluten intolerant, and we had no problem buying bread and other gluten free groceries while we were there.
- Get out on the slopes early! Sometimes it takes a little while for the fog to clear, but first tracks and no queues were a great start to the day.
As always, I would love to hear about your experiences in Niseko, please share them in the comments below.
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