Early Sunday morning, I'm heading off with a bunch of buddies for a week-long ski trip to Niseko.
Located on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost major island, Niseko is made up of three linked ski areas: Hirafu, Annapuri, and Higashiyama. As Japanese resorts go, it's huge:
In my opinion, Niseko has the best terrain, powder, and apres-ski scene of any resort area in Japan. It's also unusual among Japanese resorts for letting people go off-piste in certain areas. They call it "Niseko Local Rules".
Last time I went, they had an internet cafe up there, so I will try to keep blogging during the trip, but posting will probably be on the light side.