Powderlife Magazine

2022 Powderlife Magazine Released

Niseko’s 2022 Powderlife Magazine Released For Sale – Shipping Worldwide

Powderlife Magazine

While Japan’s borders remain closed, Niseko’s destination magazine Powderlife can now be ordered and shipped worldwide.

This year’s Powderlife Magazine is as rich as ever, with 164 pages of beautiful photography and hand-picked stories about Niseko’s local people and places.

As well as powder-lifestyle articles, the magazine includes the official Niseko United Resort Guide, Powderlife Real Estate Guide and Powderlife Restaurant & Bar Guide as special insert sections inside the magazine.

Powderlife Editor Kristian Lund said the magazine aimed to capture the essence of the Niseko powder lifestyle.

“Wherever you are in the world you can get a taste of Niseko when you turn the pages of Powderlife,” Kristian said.

“As always we’ve put a lot of love into creating this magazine to share our connections and experiences of life in Niseko for visitors, and now people who can’t make it here.

“We get orders to ship the magazine internationally from people who have never been to Niseko and want an introduction to the resort, as well as people who have been here before and want to relive the memories – Niseko is that kind of place.

“The Powderlife Real Estate Guide inside the magazine is Niseko’s go-to source of information about the property market here, so anyone with an interest in investing in Niseko always wants to get their hands on the latest issue.”

Magazines can be ordered online at Powderlife.com/Magazine.

Readers can also subscribe to receive the free digital version of the magazine in English, Japanese and Chinese language versions when it is released on New Year’s Day at the same link.

2022 Annupuri First Run


Come and enjoy the first run on the first day of 2022 in Annupuri resort!

Annupuri will be hosting early morning skiing from January 1st to 3rd and January 8th to 10th to celebrate the new year with the Annupuri Gondola operating from 7:20 am each morning.

See the announcement here.

Meet Santa Claus and New Year Countdown in Niseko Village

Credit: Niseko Village Facebook

Come along to meet Santa Claus and share your wishes!

On 25th Dec, Santa Claus will show up in the following places:

16:30 Hilton Niseko

17:00 Hinode Hills Niseko Village

17:30 Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve


New Year Countdown!

On the last day of 2021 (12/31) enjoy the live band and Taiko drum performance.

18:00 Live band performance at Hinode Hills Niseko Village

23:00 Taiko drum performance and Toshikoshi soba (fees apply)

Rita in Niseko

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3 Incredible Prizes

  • A stay with Holiday Niseko
  • Niseko Village Lift Pass
  • Insta360 Go Camera

Winners to be announced on 28 Jan 2022

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Win a stay with Holiday Niseko

Enjoy a one-night stay in Niseko in style with Holiday Niseko.

Discover what resort life is all about with a stay at the incredible Kabayama Townhouses in Niseko. With four bedrooms and a capacity of 10 guests, these spacious townhouses are the perfect getaway in powder paradise.

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Niseko Village Lift Pass

Win a free lift pass and enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Niseko Village.

Ski or snowboard at one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and ride through world-renowned powder snow in Niseko Village. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

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Insta360 Camera

Win the ultimate compact action camera – the Insta360 Go 2!

Capture your adventures with one of the lightest and most versatile action cameras available today. Share your adventures in Niseko with the Insta360 Go 2 action camera.

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    General Terms & Conditions

    • Entries close on 28 January 2022
    • Winners are chosen at random
    • Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or any other item
    • Prizes are subject to availability
    • All supplier terms and conditions apply
    • Entrants agree to receive marketing material from Niseko Tourism
    • Winners names may be published on Niseko Tourism and sponsor SNS channels
    • If selected winners cannot be contacted, or do not claim their prize in a timely manner, new winners will be chosen
    • Only one winner for each prize will be selected
    • Only one entry per person is permitted
    • Entrants must be over the age of 18
    • By entering this prize draw, entrants agree to all conditions laid out

    Accommodation Terms & Conditions

    • 1-night accommodation in Kabayama Townhouse
    • Max 10 pax
    • Not including breakfast
    • Stay dates valid from Winter 2021-22 until Winter 2022-23
    • Subject to availability
    • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes

    Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

    Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

    Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

    Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

    Lake Shikotsu, one of the highest water quality lakes in Japan, will be decorated with various ice sculptures and colorful lights. Lake Shikotsu shines in the daytime and will be illuminated by colorful lights at night, it is fun to visit this fancy world.

    Date: 2022/1/29~2022/2/23

    Time: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (light up at 16:30)

    Entry fee: 500 yen per person

    Due to the pandemic, the major events and activities have been scrapped, the fireworks, live performances, shops, and resting areas will not be held.

    72th Sapporo Snow Festival

    Credit: Sapporo snow festival official website

    One of Japan’s largest winter events with hundreds of beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures throughout the city. For 8 days in February (5th-12th), Sapporo transforms into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice, white snow, and fun!

    This year in order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection, the event will be held both online and offline. People will be able to see beautiful snow statues in Odori Park, meanwhile, the public participating activities will be held online.

    More details HERE

    2021-22 Hilton Niseko Village Winter Menu

    Enjoy the Gourmet Experience at Hilton Niseko Village This Winter.

    Hilton Niseko Village is presenting an exciting winter menu for guests to enjoy at Melt, Bar and Grill.

    1. Your Favorite Main Dish with All-you-can-eat Buffet

    A selection of Hokkaido meats, the buffet features about 50 different buffet items, including eight different salads made with local vegetables, daily original hot dishes, live grill and noodle stations, and a variety of desserts.

    Price is From 6,587 JPY

    2. Winter Western Course

    A Western course only available during the winter season!  Every dishes from the appetizer to the main dish is made with an abundance of ingredients from Hokkaido. Please enjoy the taste of Hokkaido.

    Price is 12,430 JPY  (From Dec 29th to Jan 3rd will be Festive Season menu which is 19,888 JPY)

    3. Chose Your Favorite Burger for Your Lunch from Our Unique Selection

    Hilton Niseko Village is serving very unique 4 different burgers which are Burger include Hokkaido venison, Juicy Salmon Burger, our legendary Ezo burger and vegetarian burger. You will find your favorite burger experience with us.

    Price is from 2,237

    To book, please call 0136-44-1111 or check out more details HERE

    2021-22 Niseko Shootout Proam

    Voting is now closed.

    Winners will be announced in the coming days.

    Pros & AMs - Niseko Shootout Wants You to Share in ¥200,000 - With ¥0 Down!

    ニセコシュートアウト Niseko Shootout

    There are no barriers to entry for this year’s Niseko Shootout ProAM – Niseko Tourism has announced entry is free, giving anyone who wishes to enter a chance at sharing the ¥200,000 prize pool.

    That is right – entry is FREE yet the CASH prizes remain as incredible as ever. The Judge’s Choice Winner will take home ¥120,000 and the Public Vote Winner ¥80,000.

    Here is the gig:

    Two person photographer and athlete teams will compete over a 4-day window in January 2022.

    Each team will submit just one shot which will be posted on Niseko Tourism Website-ProAM Voting Page.

    There are two categories to win – Judges Choice  and Public Vote.

    Each winner  shares from a cash prize pool of ¥200,000!

    This year, we invited world-renowned riders and photographers to join us as guest judges, including Eric Pollard, Torah Bright, Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata & Matias Fredrickson just to name a few. Full list to come soon.

    Contest Timeline:

    • Registration is open from now until January [email protected]:59pm
    • Contest will run from January [email protected]:00am – January 10th,@11:59pm day and night
    • Shots will be posted from January 15th(~10am) – January 18th (11:59pm)
    • Contest winners will be announced on January 21th, 2022 at the Award Ceremony.


    • ProAM Judges’ Choice Winners: ¥120,000 
    • ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000

    Teams are rolling in so make sure to claim your spot in the comp before time runs out! Registration ends January [email protected]:59pm.

    Registration is now closed.

    Niseko Shootout ProAM FAQ's

    From 12:01 am 2022 January 7th until 11:59 pm on January 10th.

    There are two winners for the ProAm photo contest. The main winner will be selected by a panel of judges who are professional skiers, filmmakers, and photographers from around the world. Public vote winners are decided by the highest number of votes by members of the public.

    The deadline is 2022 January 11th at 11:59 am (Tuesday). Submissions won’t be accepted past the deadline under any circumstances

    Images can be attached to an email and sent to [email protected] If the file size is too big for email, other methods such as Google Drive, WeTransfer, DropBox, Zenfolio, etc. are accepted.

    Image files should be a jpeg with a minimum resolution of 1920 pixels. The file can be a higher resolution, but the maximum file size should not be higher than 10MB.

    Please provide a caption of up to 25 words to explain the photo. Caption text can be either English or Japanese.

    Riding avalanche barriers is not allowed, and images submitted will be disqualified.

    Riders and photographers are encouraged to be creative, however please ensure your photo is respecting all cultural and community values.

    Entrants in the ProAm contest are made up of a team of two, rider and photographer. An entrant may enter multiple teams so long as the same two members of the team are not the same.

    If there are extenuating circumstances that require a change of teams, please contact us and will do our best to keep you in the contest.

    Sequences and video frame-grabs are both permitted, however, the final submission must be only a single image file.

    Votes for the public vote prize can be made on this page during the voting period.

    No. Entries must be a photo taken between 2022 January 7th and 2022 January 10th.

    Yes, but the submitted image must be a digital file.

    Yes, the judges will be announced on Niseko Shootout channels and the Niseko Tourism website.

    Yes, as long as it is before the deadline.

    If the same image wins the judge’s choice and the public choice, the team will win the judge’s choice prize, and the image with second-most amount of public votes will win the public vote prize.

    You can enter the same photo, however, if you win in the ProAm, the same image cannot win a prize in the main hashtag contest.

    Voting will be open on January 15th (~10AM) until January 18th at 23:59 JST SHARP!

    Terms & Conditions

    Entrants may be sponsored by a company. The sponsoring company will be given credit along with photographer and athlete names.

    The titles “photographer” and “athlete” are interchangeable amongst the team of two.

    Shots may be taken at any time of day in the given window in Shiribeshi area.

    Paid votes are not allowed. Niseko Tourism reserves the right to disqualify and remove entries at their own discretion regarding the suspicion of paid votes.

    The high resolution Entry Shot must be submitted on January 11th by 10AM JST via email to [email protected]

    Entry shot must be take from January 7th 12:00am to January 10th 11:59pm JST 2020.

    Voting will be open from time of posting on January 15th (~10AM) to January 18th at 23:59 JST SHARP! 

    Contest winner will be announced on January 20th at the Award Ceremony. If winners are not present in the Niseko area for cash prize pick-up at Niseko Tourism, winnings can be awarded via bank transfer. 

    Submitted photos must be original, created and/or taken by the contestant. It must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party for which you have not obtained a license, must not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

    Submitted photos must not depict scenes of action deemed illegal by Japanese law. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing and the damage of public/private property, i.e. Avalanche barriers, rails, public/private structure, etc.

    All entrants grant the Niseko Shootout presenters permission to reuse shots (along with a name credit) on social media, websites and blogs.

    Pension Grandpapa - Staff for Winter

    Grandpapa lodge is looking for staffs for this winter.
    Free Private staff dormitory in Hirafu.
    Japanese owner runs a small lodge since 1986. We are not perfect English speaker, but all of our team like to learn new languages and have more experience with foreign people who have different cultures!
    Please feel free to ask, if you have any questions.

    URL :https://niseko-grandpapa.com/workexchange/

    Work exchange : 2hours Free accommodation (free food) + Part timer : 3-4 hour

    Setsu Niseko Will Open in Summer 2022

    Setsu Niseko Crafted to Be A Destination Unto Itself - Ready
    to Welcome its First Guests in The Summer 2022

    • Six culinary partners including two Michelin-starred chefs set to breathe new life to the epicurean landscape in Niseko
    • Home to one of the largest wellness facilities in Grand Hirafu, the heart of the popular ski resort
    • Dedicated concierge service that takes the rein to help curate personalised journeys for cherished holiday moments at Setsu Niseko

    Setsu Niseko, one of the largest new luxury hotels under development in Niseko, located in Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan with spectacular views of Mount Yotei, often known as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido, today revealed that they will be ready to welcome guests from the summer 2022. The hotel which is expected to set new benchmarks in Niseko for its design and luxury lifestyle experience will be managed by Niseko Management Service, a real estate management company that represents Niseko.

    Conveniently located in the main resort of Grand Hirafu, Setsu Niseko will be the newest and largest full-service hotel in the Niseko area, bringing new energy to the main street. Managed as condominium hotel residences, apartments within Setsu Niseko are available for investment and come with full professional management and leasing services. Touted as the Aspen of the East, Niseko’s legendary reputation for its exceptional powder snow and consistent heavy snowfall is set to become a favourite destination for holidaymakers. Beyond the beauty of Niseko, guests can expect customised experiences at Setsu Niseko, with holidays curated by a dedicated concierge team to fit the needs of guests whether they are traveling as a group, couple or solo.

    Mr. Simon Cheong, Founder and Chairman of SC Global Developments, the luxury developer behind the project, said: “Setsu Niseko has all the important fundamentals of a great ski resort – our vision is to recreate the timeless luxury and romance of the classic ‘après-ski’ alpine experience. Together with our stellar collection of partners, Setsu Niseko will deliver a warm and personable hospitality experience that truly embraces Japanese culture. Setsu Niseko offers the best of both worlds, providing a cherished home for holidays and a prime investment opportunity for those who seek asset diversification.”

    With an extensive range of services and facilities, Setsu Niseko is crafted to be a destination in itself. From adrenaline-packed adventures to off-the-grid retreats, festive pop-up events and exploring culinary frontiers, Setsu Niseko aims to capture the authentic experience of community and celebration. Hotel Manager, Ms. Michiko Tamoto said “Taking cue from its beautiful location, our team is focused on creating meaningful experiences to surprise and delight our guests from around the world. Whatever the season, Setsu Niseko will offer an uplifting and memorable holiday experience for everyone.”

    A Hub of Culinary Experiences
    The laudable cast of culinary partners at Setsu Niseko will create one of the widest selections of dining venues in any Niseko resort, offering a myriad of gastronomic pleasures. The six distinct Setsu dining experiences will showcase Michelin star mastery and culinary traditions, whilst championing the ‘farm to table’ wholesome flavours of Hokkaido’s seasonal produce.

    Meli Melo Yuki No Koe is a new culinary collaboration led by Hokkaido native and Michelin-starred Chef Hironori Sato, together with Masaya Ishii from Sapporo-based roasterie Baristart Coffee. Guests can feast on an array of perfectly executed Japanese and Western comfort foods, from an à la carte menu or a carefully curated seasonal menu. Chef Sato’s culinary philosophy places three core elements at the heart of every dish; the ingredients, the aromas and the land. Set in a convivial, large open plan dining space accompanying a central bar, the warm oak wood interiors with stone accents create a homely yet airy contemporary Japanese feel that sits in perfect harmony with dramatic views of Mount Yotei afforded by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows along the restaurant’s façade.

    AFURI Ramen, Tokyo’s famed ramen joint will bring its famous noodles direct to Hokkaido, using the same techniques employed in the central kitchen at the foot of Afuri mountain. Noodles are meticulously crafted every day, a meditative and spell-binding process that can be witnessed in the open kitchen concept, set against the spectacular views of Mount Yotei. With outposts in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Lisbon, AFURI is making waves with its stylish décor, good vibes playlist and freshlymade noodles served in a delicate broth with hints of refreshing yuzu citrus.

    Tempura Araki, an intimate restaurant helmed by Michelin star Chef Yoshiyuki Araki invites guests to experience the Japanese tradition of omakase dining with exceptional tempura. Chef Araki’s passion for capturing Hokkaido’s beauty in crisp, light bites of tempura highlights the unbeatable freshness of the market’s daily ingredients. A key feature is the splendid wooden counter, where guests will be treated to an exquisite experience as the Chef skilfully prepares meals to perfection right in front of their eyes.

    Sushi Kato, spearheaded by highly respected seafood veteran Toshiaki Kato, a third generation of Kato Seafood, presents the ultimate ocean-to-table Japanese kaiseki cuisine. With over 50 years’ experience and an impeccable reputation for his crab markets and restaurants in Sapporo, Sushi Kato takes diners on a gastronomic journey that is second to none. The restaurant is centred around a traditional sushi counter, their twelve-seater private dining room offers an intimate space for group gatherings. Bar Kato could be the perfect spot to start or end the evening with its delectable nibbles and its extensive selection of drinks.

    Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House is an inspired dining concept that fuses classic European eateries of yesteryear with the cooking styles of America’s east coast. Boston raised Owner and Chef Travis Masiero celebrates old school favourites with a fresh and contemporary twist. Expanding the classic “chop house” concept based on a specialisation of prime steaks and chops, Masiero will showcase the fresh seafood offerings from Hokkaido’s coast, alongside hand-picked produce from the world’s finest ranchers and farmers who share his commitment to sustainably-sourced produce. Like his critically acclaimed Singapore-based restaurant of the same name, the Setsu Niseko outpost will bring new interpretations to ‘American perennial classics’. In true chophouse fashion, dining at the restaurant will be accompanied by a unique assemblage of the world’s finest wines from personally selected artisan winemakers to perfectly complement the flavours of the food.

    Park 90 Niseko, a bespoke lounge bar for wine lovers, experts and early explorers alike offers an extensive selection of wines specially curated from a network of partners, negociants and chateaux around the world. From old world to new world, Park 90’s sommeliers will be on hand to guide guests through an unforgettable journey of wine discovery. A welcoming sojourn at the end of the day, Park 90 Niseko will also offer a select menu of gourmet bites, whilst a premium range of sake, Hokkaido crafted beers and Japanese whiskies complement its notable wine collection.

    The Sanctuary of Wellness
    Setsu Niseko houses one of the largest wellness facilities in the heart of Niseko, where guests can expect to experience true wellness within thoughtfully-designed spaces. Spanning over 750 sqm, the Spa and Wellness Centre is designed to induce calm and well-being around a series of large indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, paying homage to one of Japan’s oldest traditions of onsen bathing.

    Bringing together some of the most sought-after practitioners in spa therapies, the Setsu experience takes a holistic approach blending nature inspired Japanese therapies with modern wellness treatments, for complete mind and body rejuvenation. The centre also features five treatment rooms including a couples room, four private onsen rooms, an onsen lounge, sauna facilities, cold dipping pool, gymnasium, yoga studio, children’s play room and a range of wellness programmes inspired by the beauty and essence of Niseko’s changing seasons.

    Bespoke Adventures
    Lauded as Asia’s No.1 powder paradise in winter and a sanctuary of rejuvenation in the warmer months, Niseko offers an abundance of activities beyond winter sports. From mountain hikes and local farm tours, to cultural insights and inspirations, the Setsu experience is able to tailor something special for everyone in every season. The resort hosts an onsite ski boutique managed by leading ski specialists Rhythm Japan, providing a one-stop shop for ski and boarding needs, with a premium range of equipment for sale and hire as well as the latest ski fashion to ensure guests hit the slopes in style. Rhythm Japan’s highly trained technicians are also on hand to offer waxing, tuning, mounting and repair services. Their ski concierge
    have in-depth knowledge of the mountains, and are known for sharing tips on their favourite runs, whilst dedicated private lockers enabled by each guests’ room key ensure a hassle free experience. During green season, the team expand their expertise to include bike rental and other outdoor activities for adventure-filled days.

    An Impeccable Personal Journey
    Niseko Management Service, one of Niseko’s most trusted and experienced property management companies, will manage the hotel in collaboration with Seven Palms Resorts, renowned estate management arm of SC Global Developments.

    Reservations for Setsu Niseko will open this winter with the hotel pre-opening in summer 2022.

    For more information on hotel reservations and investment opportunities,
    please visit www.setsuniseko.com

    About Niseko
    Frequently referred to as ‘Japan’s Powder Paradise’, Niseko consistently claims the most snowfall of any major resort worldwide with an average snowfall of between 14-15 metres each season and benefits from an unusually long season running from December through to early May. In 2017, Niseko enjoyed one of its best seasons with close to 18 metres of snow. Whilst Niseko has always been known as a popular winter destination, visitor arrivals have shown that Niseko has become increasingly popular in summer months. With the onset of international luxury developments like Setsu Niseko and improved accessibility from the new Shinkansen service between Tokyo and Hokkaido, the destination is quickly transforming into a mainstream year-round holiday destination.

    About SC Global Developments Pte Ltd
    SC Global Developments is a leading developer of up-market residences of rare and exquisite design quality, with an emphasis on craftsmanship, refinement and a contemporary definition of the premium lifestyle. The Group embraces a philosophy of delivering the promise of “The Ultimate Living” experience with all its projects introducing original living concepts, service standards and architectural treatment to its various properties. Completed developments include the iconic architectural landmark Sculptura Ardmore, Singapore’s only beachfront development Seven Palms, Sentosa Cove, the unparalleled luxury of The Marq on Paterson Hill, fittingly described as “Mansions in the Sky”, Hilltops, the botanical resort-themed residential haven overlooking Orchard Road, and Martin No.38, conceptualised on the appeal of trendy warehouse lofts.

    In 2018, the Group launched their new ‘Petit Collectibles’ collection designed for those seeking stylish pied-à-terre apartments within prime city locations. The first ‘Petit Collectible’, Petit Jervois is located in the distinguished Bishopsgate enclave and is expected to receive ‘TOP’ in January 2022, whilst Cuscaden Reserve is projected to complete at the end of 2022.

    SC Global has long been reputed for creating the finest residential developments. To safeguard this legacy, it created its own real estate management arm ‘Seven Palms Resorts’ which has managed over 650 luxury apartments within its portfolio, thus ensuring that the same dedicated care and attention is continued through in the professional management of each and every property under the responsibility of the Group.

    The development of ‘Setsu Niseko’ is aligned with the Group’s geographical diversification and strategy to participate in the growing tourism market in Japan, through the acquisition of prime real estate in destinations around the region. SC Global also holds a substantial interest of over 53% in ASX-listed AVJennings Limited, which is one of Australia’s leading residential property development companies.

    More information can be found on the company’s website at www.scglobal.com.sg

    About Niseko Management Service
    Niseko Management Service (NMS) was established in 2006 in response to the growing number of property developments in Niseko. NMS has grown its property and rental management offerings to include a full suite of services including building maintenance, reservations management, marketing, account management, owners association, and development consulting. NMS operates a retail brand called Vacation Niseko, managing an extensive and varied portfolio of over 300 units within the Niseko
    area. Over the years, this brand has become one of Niseko’s most experienced and reputable brands and serves as a driver for both direct and agent bookings into NMS’s portfolio of properties.

    For further information please contact: [email protected]