Originally Posted by jovegajo
Hey everyone! New here.
So I am living in Korea, and while my nearest mountain is about an hour away via public transport (I'm there almost every weekend now), I am going to head over to Niseko Japan this February for a week (3rd-10th). I have always heard (and seen in videos) that Niseko is a goldmine of fresh powder, and is a great option for someone new to trying out powder, since the mountains themselves aren't exactly too huge.
My big question is, is it essential for me to hire a guide? I ask this because I haven't been able to find anything under 450$, since I am going solo to Japan. I'm pretty certain the answer is yes...?
I only recently began skiing more often than 3 times a year, but I would say that I am an intermediate skier.
Has anyone else had any experience going to Niseko? Any tips? I'm gonna be staying in Moiwa, if that matters.
Moderator note: Moved to International (outside North America)
Welcome to EpicSki! From what I've read, you will be able to find manageable powder without a guide. Spending a little money on a lesson or two may be worth considering. Assuming you want to learn to enjoy untracked powder that is > 10 inches deep. Note that there are instructors in Japan who are native speakers of English.
I added a tag (Topics Discussed in right hand column) for Niseko, scroll down to the linked page for a list of related threads. We have Americans and Australians who go to Niseko for ski vacations.
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Since most of the discussions around here are about skiing in North America, you will find more relevant info in threads in the International Zone. Unfortunately, as EpicSki grew in the last 15 years the location of some forums is not that obvious. To find a specific forum, try using the drop down under Forums (menu bar).