Black Diamond Lodge

Black Diamond Lodge

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Black Diamond Lodge

Black Diamond Lodge

Black Diamond Lodge Niseko Black Diamond Lodge fits the definition of a “real” ski (or snowboard) lodge. The style of accommodation is not swanky. They keep it simple because the focus is on the skiing and snowboarding. As such the lodge tends to attract an eclectic bunch of hard-core skiers and snowboarders, so the vibe of the lodge is fantastic. The atmosphere in the restaurant and bar is particularly friendly.

Where is the Black Diamond Lodge? The lodge is located in the Higashiyama Pension Village area of Niseko Village (formerly known as Higashiyama). It’s a 300 metre walk to the Niseko Village ski area lift, and the lodge is within walking distance of other restaurants and bars in Niseko Village, including those at the Hilton and Green Leaf hotels (although not a short walk).

If you want to go to Hirafu or other parts of Niseko, a Niseko United bus stop is about 50 metres from the lodge. This bus is free if you have a Niseko United lift ticket.

The Hilton Niseko Village shuttle bus can be another useful way to get around Niseko Village and to Hirafu, and this bus operates until the wee hours of the morning.

Lodge Rooms The lodge has small twin rooms in either tatami (Japanese) or western style, as well as quad share dormitory rooms. All linen is provided as well as very comfie doonas. The bathrooms are shared, with separate facilities for men and women.

Facilities & Services In addition to the range of Niseko ski tours that Black Diamond Tours offer, other services and facilities include:
  • nightly onsen shuttles
  • good wireless internet
  • three computers (two upstairs and one in the bar)
  • backcountry equipment rental
  • car rental
  • staff on hand to provide advice regarding activities, tours and transport
Restaurant and Bar The restaurant and bar is the hub of activity at the lodge. Après starts at 4pm with happy hour specials and the bar progressively fires up as powderhounds straggle in from a big day out. In the bar you can share powder stories of the day, watch ski and snowboard movies on either of the two big screens, play a game of billiards, or chat to the chicks behind the bar that are very pleasing on the optic nerve. The food on offer is pretty good value for money and includes a range of appetizers, mains and naughty desserts. It’s hard to envelope the type of cuisine as the menu generally includes a range of Japanese, Mexican, Canadian (e.g. poutine), and Italian dishes.

Lodge guests receive a discount in the restaurant and bar.

Breakfast in the restaurant is included in the room rates. Typical fare includes a few hot items, cereal, toast, juice, tea and coffee.

Why Stay at the Black Diamond Lodge? Good reasons include inexpensive accommodation and the opportunity to hang out with like minded powderhounds.

The lodge is home to Black Diamond Tours who run a range of off-piste and backcountry tours at Niseko and nearby ski resorts. Whilst BDT are only a phone call away for those staying elsewhere in Niseko, it seems advantageous to stay at the lodge and really keep in touch with the latest info on conditions and what tours they are doing over the next couple of days. The staff are really friendly and are a huge source of information for powderhounds.

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