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Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015
The third World Ski Awards took place in Kitzbühel, Austria last week between 20 – 22 November, where Japan’s world-class ski resort Niseko once again swept the floor in the finals, scooping up not just one, but all of the awards in the Japan category!
Niseko United won Japan’s Best Ski Resort, HT Holidays Sekka Kan secured the award for Japan’s Best Ski Chalet, whilst Hilton Niseko Village hit the top spot for Japan’s Best Ski Hotel. On top of this, The Vale Niseko, a ski-in, ski-out hotel nestled at the base of the slopes in Hirafu, won the prestigious award for World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel, marking Niseko as one of the go-to places for skiing on the world map.
Niseko’s Ki Niseko and Nozomi Views also made it through to the finals for World’s Best Ski Hotel and World’s Best Ski Chalet respectively.
This marks the second year in a row that Niseko has scooped up all of the awards in its country category; the only resort to make such a clean sweep across the board.
Congratulations to everyone in Niseko!
The number of UK tourists visiting Niseko increased a whopping 170% year on year from winter 2013/14 to winter 2014/15, which goes to show how Japan’s powder slopes are beginning to receive more well-deserved recognition on an international stage. The increase in visitor numbers coincides with expansion developments in Niseko, with the announcement of Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village to open in 2020, which will offer views out over Mount Yotei, and the upcoming opening of the Park Hyatt Niseko in 2019. The presence of these luxury, international hotels will boost tourism in Niseko, helping cement its place as a globally renowned resort.
A major new resort area, Irenka Village, is also in development in Niseko’s Hirafu. This is the biggest and most ambitious land development to come to Niseko so far, with large plots available for purchase for commercial construction. Read more about these developments here.
For ski and snowboard buffs, Japan is always at the top of the list – not only for its famous powder snow, but also for its unforgettable night skiing, off-piste action, and the hot springs that make a fun day on the slopes continue into a soothing, satisfying soak amidst the mountain scenery in the evening. With 61 courses, 27 chair lifts, three gondolas and numerous world-class hotels and chalets highlighted by the Ski Awards, Niseko’s lit up slopes, reindeer sledding, snowmobiling and zip lining experiences make it a resort that offers both an incredible ski/snowboard trip, as well as a fully adventure-driven getaway.
Source:- Japan National Tourism Organization