Thank you to SnowJapan and HPG Hanazono Powder Guide for the prize of guiding for a day at Niseko.
Myself and my companions from The Old Farts Militia have been coming to Niseko for the past three years and have experienced the powder and tree skiing within the resort however we recognised we had neither the equipment or the experience to go out of bounds and experience the back country. That’s where Peter our guide came in.
Hanazono has got 3 chairs. Chair 1 you can access Strawberry Fields and Blueberry Fields, which have good tree runs. Chair 3 has got good tree runs off it too. Or you can ski the pistes. There is very easy access from Hirafu. You can just ski across or catch the shuttle bus.
There are good restaurants at the bottom, ski school and Hanazono Powder Guides.
It would be best to get an all mountain pass for the whole Niseko