Niseko Rentals, Lessons & Other Services

Niseko Rentals, Lessons & Other Services

Niseko Ski Hire & Snowboard Rentals

There are various Niseko ski hire shops located near the slopes that can provide you with all your snow equipment rental requirements, including those all important fat skis and powder snowboards for the deep powder. The quality of the Niseko rental equipment is generally higher than at many other Japanese ski resorts where you may find rear entry boots and ski and snowboard boots that aren’t big enough for western feet.

Another huge plus is that many of the Niseko ski hire shops will do in-hotel fittings or transport you to their shop.

Whilst there are a good number of Niseko ski rental shops, it always pays to pre-book your rental equipment especially if you want performance gear. Many of the Niseko ski hire shops will transport either you or your gear to and from your accommodation.

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Niseko Ski School - For Adults & Teens

There are several choices for ski and snowboard schools (also known as snow sports schools), with at least one Niseko ski school program on offer at each of the four Niseko ski areas.

For private lessons, most Niseko ski schools have a pickup service or have several meeting points so you don't need to worry too much about where the ski school is based.

Group lessons on the other hand may have only one or two meeting points:
  • Gondola Snowsports (Go Snow) have meeting points for adult and teen group lessons at both the Hirafu Gondola base area and the Ace Family chair lift. As the official Hirafu ski school, you'll receive lift priority access at Hirafu, so you won't need to wait in lift lines.
  • NISS (Niseko International Snowsports School) has the meeting point for group lessons at Hanazono. As the official Hanazono ski school, you'll receive priority lift access at the Hanazono ski resort.
  • ISS Japan has meeting points for group beginner lessons at Hirafu. 
If you're an advanced rider but just want a few tips on riding powder whilst being guided around Niseko, GoSnow offers private powder guiding with as little or as much hiking and/or traversing as you want. Avalanche safety gear rental and instruction on its use is included in the rates, and you can choose from half day, full day or 3 days of guiding/tuition.

Propeak also offers private lessons that can incorporate travel to nearby ski resorts such as Kiroro, Rusutsu, Kokusai and Moiwa.

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Niseko Ski School - For Kids

 Services
 Niseko Kids
 NBS Kids Club
NISS
Gondola Snowsports 
 
 Private
Ski
 Group
Ski
 Group
S/Board
 Private
Ski
 Group
Ski
Group
S/Board
 Group
Ski
 Group
S/Board
Group Ski  Group S/Board 
 2-3 years
                 
 3-5 years
               
 5-6 years
               
 7-12 yrs
                   
 12-14 yrs
               

Gondola Snowsports
Gondola Snowsports (GoSnow) offer group ski and snowboard lessons for kids (7 and up) and adults, and group ski lessons for kids ages 3-6. Lessons can be either for a half day or full day. Meeting points for lessons are either at the Hirafu Gondola area near the Ki Niseko hotel, or at the Family base near The Vale hotel.

Niseko Kids

Niseko Kids provides private and group ski lessons (and group snowboard lessons) for children. Niseko Kids is located next to the Hilton Hotel Niseko Village (in Niseko Village).

NBS Kids Club
NBS provides private and group ski lessons (and group snowboard lessons) and equipment rentals for kids. Group lessons are held for the full day (including lunch) or just the morning. NBS is located at the base of the Ace Family Lift in the Alpen Ridge building next to the Vale Hotel.

NISS
NISS (Niseko International Snowsports School) provide group ski & snowboard lessons for kids (as well as adults). The kids' group lessons are conducted over at Hanazono but they run special shuttle buses from the base of the Family Ace lift in Hirafu to get across to Hanazono. Private lessons have the convenience of starting from either Hanazono or Hirafu.

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Niseko Child Care

Niseko is very well set up for children including a range of kids’ activities and various options for childcare. Here's an overview of Niseko child care options.

 
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Babysitting
 Alpen
Hotel
 Niseko
Kids
Niseko
Kids Club
 
 0-12mths
       
 1-2yrs      
 2-3 years
       
 3-5 years
       
 5-6 years
       

Mobile Child Care & Babysitting Niseko
There are several providers of child care services where the carers come to your accommodation day and/or night to mind your children. An example is Niseko Babysitters who provide in-accommodation babysitting services with English speaking staff for children of all ages – from newborns to adolescents.

Alpen Hotel Childcare
A little cheaper than using babysitting services, the Alpen Hotel provides child care services, located in the Upper Village near Ace quad lift#2 and the Welcome Centre bus stop. Reservations are required via [email protected] The staff don’t speak fluent English but this is not a problem for most children.

Niseko Kids Club
Niseko Kids Club is located at Aya Niseko at the base of the beginner Family run and chair lift, providing child care for ages 12 months to 6 years. Click here for more information and to make a booking enquiry.

Niseko Kids
Niseko Kids provides child minding for the little ones ages 1 to 6, for a half day or full day. For children ages 3-5 there’s also the option to include a one hour private ski lesson. They also have a Night Owls program in the evenings from 6-9pm. Niseko Kids is located next to the Hilton Hotel Niseko Village (Niseko Village).

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Niseko On-Mountain Eating

Niseko has plenty of on-mountain restaurants with many of these located at the main base areas, or there are mid-mountain facilities such as Rest House Ace Hill (with the famous thermometer commonly used as a meeting place), and the King Bell Hut. Most of the restaurants have cafeteria “fast-food” that is very reasonably priced. Fare includes traditional Hokkaido dishes such as ramen, pork buns, donburi, tonkatsu and other curries.

A favourite amongst the gaijin is Edge at the base of the Hanazono area. The food is more expensive than elsewhere and the servings very meagre. This new building has limited seating, so try to avoid the peak lunch hour if you can.

Niseko ATMs/Banking Facilities

Niseko is still largely a cash society and only about half of the restaurants accept credit cards, so factor this into your budget. Thankfully credit cards are accepted for ski and snowboard rentals, most activities, and lift ticket purchases, although we found that the ticket office wanted us to pay cash for the card deposit.

You will need to budget reasonably well prior to visiting Niseko because ATMs that accept international cards still rather scarce in number. In Hirafu there’s an ATM at Shiki/Hyatt House and the convenience stores (Lawson, Seicomart, 7-Eleven). In the town of Kutchan there are a few 7-Elevens and post offices with ATMs. There is an ATM at the Hilton Hotel in Niseko Village or you can head down to Niseko town to the 7-Eleven or post office.
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