Mizunara - Snowy Mountain

Winter

Mizunara - Winter skiing with kids

Known for its ‘champagne powder’, unparalleled infrastructure, sophisticated dining and varied nightlife, Hirafu has been the driving force behind Niseko’s stellar rise as one of the world’s most phenomenal ski areas. With an average snowfall of 15 metres, Hirafu is known as the world’s second snowiest ski resort with flakes so large that locals jokingly refer to them as ‘chicken feathers’. Here’s how to make most of your winter holiday:

Chalet Mizunara is only one kilometre away from the Grand Hirafu Gondola which provides access to some of the area’s steepest slopes, as well as several great runs for beginners.

Whether you’re a first-timer trying to familiarise yourself with a pair of skis or an accomplished snowboarder aiming to perfect your turns, the Niseko Grand Hirafu Snow School has a wide range of lessons and programmes available which cater to all levels.

Part of four interconnected ski resorts, Hirafu and the neighbouring resort of Niseko Village boast of some of the steepest slopes in the region, with those in nearby Hanazono offering slightly easier terrain for beginners. Meanwhile, the Annupuri Resort is well-known for its backcountry gates, popular with accomplished skiers and snowboarders eager to access some of the area’s deep snow on off-piste trails – something we don’t recommend doing without necessary training.

Whether it is tobogganning or snowmobiling that gets your adrenaline pumping, what better place to slide down the slopes than Niseko? Our Concierge can help rent a snowmobile for your use or guide you on the best places to go to.

Mizunara - Winter Season

Guest Reviews

  • February 4th, 2020 - February 9th, 2020

    Full of light on all days, we loved this house. The service was kind and welcoming. Thank you.

    Mia W, Hong Kong
  • January 3rd, 2020 - January 10th, 2020

    This property was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There was an Elite Havens shuttle van available to take skiers to the mountain and to assist with other transportation needs. The house is amazing and 12 people can stay together while still having some privacy as the bedrooms are on different floors. The home is modern and up to date with WiFi, large TV, Xbox, plenty of bathrooms, excellent showers, modern and functional kitchen. The property was immaculate and fresh towels were provided every other day. The house is situated in such a way that there was privacy from the road but wonderful mountain views and ample sunlight. It snowed quite a bit during our stay and the large windows provided a wonderful indoor/outdoor experience. There is a combo washer/dryer, a boot room with separate entry for all the clunky ski gear, hooks for coats, hairdryers, ample cleaning supplies (dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry powder) and those lovely Japanese heated toilets! All in all, it is a wonder!

    Jane V, India
  • December 12th, 2019 - December 16th, 2019

    Great design, comfortable, big, spacious. Our family of nine absolutely enjoyed the stay here. Looking forward to coming back.

    Brenda W, Hong Kong
  • December 3rd, 2019 - December 5th, 2019

    A wonderful apartment with spaces carefully thought out while creating coziness at every corner. Its amenities are as complete as you can imagine - particularly if you intend to cook. The open kitchen area is next to the living area - designed in giving a sense of connection while whipping up a meal in the background. The main bedrooms layout at the top floor are well designed with a deep sunken bath to soak off after a day of activities. If you have young children or traveling alone, I'm confident that you will love the large bunk room. There's also an equipment room where you can access directly from outside of the apartment to store your ski stuff without the need to lug them through the main door. All in all, it had been a superb time spent in the apartment. Highly recommend if you're visiting Niseko.

    Joey C, Singapore
  • November 28th, 2019 - November 30th, 2019

    It's a very warm and comfortable lovely house. We had a great time here. Definitely the highlight of our trip, thank you.

    Zhe C, China
  • April 30th, 2019 - May 4th, 2019

    I would like to comment on how pleased I was with the service provided by the staff at Mizunara.

    Haruhiro O, Japan
  • January 8th, 2019 - January 14th, 2019

    Amazing house - fabulously appointed. Brilliant service from Niseko Boutiques (Elite Havens). The snow was superlative and the company exceptional. A great holiday.

    Mark S, United States
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