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Old 12-28-2013, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Niseko mobbed by aussies in January?

I just read on another site that Niseko gets mobbed by Australians during January. My sister lives in Geelong. I've spent 4 months there so I can deal with rowdy australians but now I am a bit worried that maybe it will be hard to find a place to stay. The flight is way cheaper around the 15th of January but I am wondering if I should wait until the 15th of February. I'm trying to go for 2 weeks.
I'm looking for a quiet powder getaway vs. apres ski madness.

any tips on best time to go to get powder but also avoid the crowds?
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am no expert, but the research I have been doing suggests Rusutsu may be what your looking for. Same island and more remote with less people?
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rusutsu is a little too remote if you ask me. It's a day trip kind of place (and a fucking awesome one at that). There's not as much to do at night like there is in Niseko. However, if you're purely chasing the pow then it'd be unreal. It's a very nice hill.

Another quiet mountain outside of Niseko (about a 20-30min bus ride) is Moiwa. Not many lifts but heaps of snow and no crowds, there's a free shuttle that goes there from Niseko village. Worth a couple of days out there too.

There's no doubt there are heaps of Aussies at Niseko around then. It's busy, but not ridiculously busy. I was there for January this year and it was ok. There's so much mountain there that you'll always find a quiet spot, especially if you're willing to head into the side country. I'd stay there again.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rusutsu over niseko any day. Being an Aussie myself it shames me to say that the aussies have wrecked niseko. But its true. The only good thing is that they all flock like sheep to the same spot.
I know rusutsu inside out and there are some magic lines there that stay untracked got a long time. That shit just doesnt happen in niseko. Late feb is usually epic.
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Being an Aussie myself it shames me to say that the aussies have wrecked niseko.
I do agree with you on this one although I hadn't been to Niseko prior to this year so I have no reference for how it might have changed. It's a little embarrassing to say the least sometimes. I went with a great crew - focused on boarding, a few quiet beers of an evening and a good feed and we were stoked.

We were there for Australia day and normally I'd crack out the Aussie flag and wear it as a cape for the day to show off a bit of Aussie pride (not in the "F%ck yeah! Straya C#nt!" bogan style though) but it stayed firmly tucked away in my board bag because I was too ashamed to be put in the same class as some of the dickheads we saw running around.

Harsh but true.

Next time I head to Japan I'll be going somewhere different, that's not to say I didn't love every minute of Niseko.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Its becoming a problem all over Japan.

I say this as a Brit and anyone who has been to Spain knows we have ruined a large part of Spain and do so every summer. I am ashamed to be British when I go there.

If you come to Japan to board, wherever you are from, realize that most mountain locations are quiet peaceful places.

If you want to get rowdy do so in a bar that allows that sort of thing and not in the streets when people are sleeping. Also have manners on the mountain and don't go around screaming and shouting.

The only person to be badly injured in an avy at Nozawa last year was an Aussie in a place he shouldn't have been on a day that no one should be in the side country.

Also learn the rules for getting in the hot springs, the number of times I have had to explain and apologize to the locals for the lack of manners.

Simply put, don't go past the entrance with your shoes on there will be a step up and that is usually the place where your shoes come off, watch what others do.

Wash properly before you get in to the hot tub and towel off while in the bathing area so you don't get the changing area floor dripping wet.
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Ah the bath house rules. I've heard this is where the foreigners really screw the pooch on protocol. I guess I shouldn't be surprised you don't mention Americans. Everyone probably just expects us to fuck it up.
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Rusutsu over niseko any day. Being an Aussie myself it shames me to say that the aussies have wrecked niseko. But its true. The only good thing is that they all flock like sheep to the same spot.
I know rusutsu inside out and there are some magic lines there that stay untracked got a long time. That shit just doesnt happen in niseko. Late feb is usually epic.
Are there any other places to stay in Rusutsu besides the two big hotels and the two weird looking guest house places?
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Are there any other places to stay in Rusutsu besides the two big hotels and the two weird looking guest house places?
Try Deep powder tours they had heaps off accommodation options when we went there.
I will never go back to Niseko, as its so much better going to quieter areas.
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Are there any other places to stay in Rusutsu besides the two big hotels and the two weird looking guest house places?
There is the resort north and south wings and then the tower. Travel lodge which is right near the north wing and onsen. Pension yamada. Lila husset. Pension clydesdale and more I just cant remember them.
If you want to get fancy use google translate and search in japanese.
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