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Two new luxury hotels planned for Niseko Village
1 month ago

Two new luxury hotels planned for Niseko Village

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Marriott International and YTL Hotels have the announced the development of two new hotels in Niseko Village, an EDITION and a W Hotel – two of Marriott’s luxury brands.

YTL …
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Russia banned from competing at PyeongChang 2018
1 month ago

Russia banned from competing at PyeongChang 2018

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russia from competing at next year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. The decision was made following an investigation into Russia’s doping violations …
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Sapporo a chance to host the 2026 Winter Olympics
2 months ago

Sapporo a chance to host the 2026 Winter Olympics

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The city of Sapporo is considering a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, which, if successful, would mean a third consecutive Asian host. PyeongChang, South Korea, is set to …
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Niseko and Hakuba announce earliest openings in 5 years
2 months ago

Niseko and Hakuba announce earliest openings in 5 years

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The Japanese winter season has arrived in spectacular fashion. Over the last week, Japan’s ski resorts have been hit by some of the heaviest early-season snowfall in recent years, prompting both …
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Niseko dethroned as Japan’s best ski resort at 2017 World Ski Awards
2 months ago

Niseko dethroned as Japan’s best ski resort at 2017 World Ski Awards

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Hokkaido’s Rusutsu Resort has been crowned Japan’s best ski resort at the 2017 World Ski Awards, toppling four-time winner Niseko United. It’s the first time in the awards’ five year …
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La Niña a 50% chance to affect the Japanese ski season
2 months ago

La Niña a 50% chance to affect the Japanese ski season

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The Japanese Meteorological Agency is, once again, predicting that La Niña is a chance (50%) of emerging before the season’s end. If this were to happen, Japan would likely experience …
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Niseko Village Winter Season 2017/18
3 months ago

Niseko Village Winter Season 2017/18

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Niseko Village has today released a promotional video for the upcoming ski season—a nice reminder that winter is well and truly on its way.

The 90 second clip features all …
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Snowyglow
3 months ago

Snowyglow

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Haglöfs Japan has released the teaser trailer for “Snowyglow”, a short film shot by Yasuyuki Shimanuki, featuring the powder fields of Hokkaido. The film explores the theme of “snow and …
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Nuclear tests force closure of China’s sole cat-skiing operation
3 months ago

Nuclear tests force closure of China’s sole cat-skiing operation

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Underground nuclear tests conducted by North Korea have triggered landslides across the Chinese border, prompting authorities to close off large sections of Changbaishan National Nature Reserve.

The announcement spells bad …
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Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort
4 months ago

Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort

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Earlier this year, snowboarder Jamie Barrow ventured into North Korea, eager to experience Kim Jong-un’s much-talked-about Masikyrong Ski Resort. At the time of construction, Masikyrong was widely condemned as a …
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