Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu resort review (Kutchan Town, Hokkaido)

Reviews of Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu resort in Kutchan Town, Hokkaido Prefecture. Currently 79 reviews.
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by pdt_85 on 1st April 2016
Great Resort
We were lucky to have very light snowfall during our visit there in March (-4 cm per day), but it wasn't enough to refresh the slopes overnight. Snow was also icy instead of powder, but we were there in Spring, so even having snowfall was a fortunate blessing indeed.

I am a beginner skier, so kept mainly to the green slopes such as Kogen & Family. With the snow conditions as it was, it was a challenge to me but it
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by luke_wilby on 22nd February 2016
Perfect powder for endless tree skiing
Before visiting Niseko I'd read a lot about their snow fall and the quality of the snow and our visit didn't disappoint (and this is meant to be a below par season)!

We had close to a metre and a half of snow fall during our stay leading to some amazing days on the hill. I've been lucky enough to ski across a number of countries and this was hands down the best snow I've seen.

The four mountains provide good
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Fury on 7th January 2016
A unique experience, loved every minute of it!
Let's start at the beginning, we flew from Amsterdam to Tokyo first and stayed there for two days to see something of the city. Loved every minute of it, from the patchinko halls to a standing bar where we had "cloudy sake" with the locals. Brilliant :)

From Tokyo we did an overland to Niseko, we started with a Shinkansen bullet train which was a unique experience. Gradually the trains got smaller and the heaps of snow got larger. The past
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by powder rat on 16th July 2015
Tracked out in record time
I have been snowboarding in Niseko since 1999 and have spent the past 5 seasons (Jan & Feb) there.

The snowfall is amazing but so are the crowds. The point of chasing powder is to ride it when it is fresh and untracked....this is becoming increasingly difficult at all 4 Niseko united resorts and Moiwa. The crowds have stomped on every bit of untracked powder across all resorts by approximately 10.30am. After 5 seasons I know the resorts and the
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by kkk on 27th January 2015
Dry/wet spell
Niseko is excellent.... when the snow is great.

It needs those snow conditions though - more than other places, I think.

Let me explain.

Places like the 'other famous places' on Honshu have a lot to offer and it isn't just all about the snow. Steep terrain, lots of different resorts in a small area, not mad crazy cold temperatures, lots of cultural attractions nearby, monkeys soaking in onsen.... that kind of thing.

Niseko, I feel, is all about the snow...
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tabaluka on 2nd January 2015
Powder Kingdom
This was my third year visiting Niseko and everytime I come here there is always something new to experience. I was lucky enough to win an all mountain day pass through the SnowJapan prize draw which I put to good use!

Resorts:

The mountain is split into 4 resorts from left to right: Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono. Purchasing an all mountain pass will allow you access to all 4 resorts.
There is also a smaller less frequented resort called Moiwa
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by snowboard on 9th December 2014
First weekend of the season
Two weeks late but we can forgive Niseko that.

Snow conditions were pretty good over the opening weekend, though not mid-season great. Not that you would probably expect that in the first half of Niseko.

Still quiet before the hordes arrive, so I am hoping for some more snow to allow the mountain to fully open before it gets too busy.

Peak season Niseko is too busy for my liking so it's an early and late season place for me.
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by OzOzOz on 16th April 2014
Still the best
What has not been said about Niseko Grand Hirafu (and connecting).

When it's on - which is often - it really is simply the best.

It may not be the steepest.
It may get very busy.
It may get too many, er, boisterous foreigners spoiling things a bit.
It may get windy affecting lifts too often.

But the snow is just awesome and hard to beat.

Great restaurants and nightlife too.

Just don't go expecting a quaint traditional Japanese experience
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by peterson on 21st January 2014
Snow best I have experienced
Just come back from a fantastic week up in Hokkaido and specifically Niseko.
It was my first time there and wondered if the snow could really live up to the reputation.
It did.
We got such consistent and quality snow, it almost felt not possible!
Truly excellent and better than anywhere else I have experienced in Japan.

I have nothing against foreigners, I am one myself, but Niseko is no totally overwhelmed with international guests that it almost doesn't feel like Japan any
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by bowlsie50 on 6th January 2014
RECENT Niseko trip
2nd trip here

Have been to hakuba several times but also nozawa onsen, myoko kogen all the resorts in hakuba, tomminen, ashidake and furano.

Was a bit slushy on the road when we arrived but got 5 - 20cm everyday after.

Very windy for a few days which shut nearly the WHOLE mountain at times.

Got thru the gates and over the top twice into backbowl.

Was busy ++ especially when upper lifts shut due to the wind, gondola queue 10min at times!
Mind you mostly
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 26th March 2011
Niseko Grand Hirafu review btyMick Rich
I had heard many things about Niseko, both good and bad, so after 2 seasons based in Furano, decided I should see it for myself.

With a mid-March arrival, I was expecting less crowds and Spring-like conditions but I hadn't bargained on the Tohoku earthquake and consequent exodus of people and cancellations.

I based myself in Hirafu and spent the first few days exploring the Hirafu and Hanazono ski areas, having scored a cheap Hirafu pass. The slopes were relatively quiet
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 26th March 2011
Niseko Grand Hirafu
I had heard many things about Niseko, both good and bad, so after 2 seasons based in Furano, decided I should see it for myself.

With a mid-March arrival, I was expecting less crowds and Spring-like conditions but I hadn't bargained on the Tohoku earthquake and consequent exodus of people following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

I based myself in Hirafu and spent the first few days exploring the Hirafu and Hanazono ski areas, having scored a
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu

ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1200m
Min. elevation: 260m
Vertical: 940m
Steepest slope: 40°
Longest course: 5600m
Number of lifts: 12

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