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Has anyone heard of a vacation/condo rental company called "Vacation Niseko"?  I'm thinking about booking through this agency for next year and want to make sure that they are legitimate.  Thank you!

 

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post #2 of 13

website looks ok: http://www.vacationniseko.com/en

there are quite a few outfits (mostly Aussie) handling Niseko condo rentals (mostly upscale) and related booking needs. you can find ads for them -- including vacation niseko -- at the snowjapan.com website, along with self-booking options under the Places to Stay button. 

happy to respond to specific Qs as/when you have them.

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Hi Jimintokyo

 

Thank you!  We went to Niseko 2 years ago and you helped me a lot with Niseko questions I posted.  3 of us went 2 years ago and next year we are going back with 10 close friends.  I do have other questions.  Do you know anything about Kiroro and Rutsutsu?  We'll be in Niseko for a week, so thinking about making a day trip to either Kiroro or Rutsutus or both.

Thank you as always!! 

post #4 of 13

You should absolutely spend a day or two (or three) at Rusutsu, great long cruisers, some of the best tree skiing and generally better weather than Niseko but the snow is just as good. scenically it's awesome, on a good day from the top you can see the Pacific and the Japan Sea and Lake Toya and Niseko behind and to the left of Mt Yotei.

I'm not personally a big fan of Kiroro, but a lot of people love the place and rave about its less-crowded off-piste. Also, it generally gets even more snow than Niseko, believe it or not, as it's directly in the storm path.

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Thank you as always!!!  You are a great help!

post #6 of 13

Vacation niseko is all good, some friends have worked for them, I think they are owned by the same people that own Hanazono, from HK. They don't have tonnes of exclusively managed apartments though, so if you like somewhere on there, check the prices on other providers as well, it's likely they might have them too. 

 

Agree with Jim about Rusutsu v Kiroro, the snow is amazing at Kiroro, but the terrain in Rusutsu is great for fast laps of good treeskiing. 

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Thank you for the input, really appreciate it!!  Since we'll be staying in Hirafu for 6 nights, we may make a day trip to both Rutsutsu and Kiroro.  I know both places have guided tours that include transportation from Niseko, but if we don't want the guide portion, any suggestion how to get to both places?  Or the guided tours is the way to go?

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Thank you for the input, really appreciate it!!  Since we'll be staying in Hirafu for 6 nights, we may make a day trip to both Rutsutsu and Kiroro.  I know both places have guided tours that include transportation from Niseko, but if we don't want the guide portion, any suggestion how to get to both places?  Or the guided tours is the way to go?

Well, as a guide, I am somewhat biased, but if you're only going for a day, a guide will get you to the goods a lot quicker. If you want to go on your own though, buses to Rusutsu leave from the welcome centre in Hirafu, you can book them the night before, or even just show up in the morning. 

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Oh, are you a guide in Niseko?  Are you affiliated with a company?  We are looking for a guide in Niseko as well.

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Oh, are you a guide in Niseko?  Are you affiliated with a company?  We are looking for a guide in Niseko as well.

Cool! Yeah I have been instructing and guiding in Niseko for 8 years now. My site (www.transitionski.com) is still somewhat under construction, but if you want to check it out, all my contact details are on there if you have any questions. 

post #11 of 13

Jim, are you in Niseko now, or shifted to Portillo for their winter?

I may look you up myself for a private lesson or two next season.

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Jim, are you in Niseko now, or shifted to Portillo for their winter?

I may look you up myself for a private lesson or two next season.

Hey Jim, sounds good. What sort of stuff do you want to work on? 

 

Just back in the UK actually, will be heading down to Portillo in a few weeks. 

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Nice, wish I could join you down there. It's on my bucket list -- but the list keeps getting longer as the years get shorter!

Haven't had a lesson for a long time, so no doubt many bad habits have crept into my skiing, which wasn't too great to begin with.

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