British Olympic snowboarder and bronze medalist, and recent Niseko Central guest, Jenny Jones, shares with The Telegraph her top five reasons to snowboard in Japan. With Jenny having recently stayed with us, we were keen to see what her top tips were for a snowboarding trip to Niseko!
Here's her top five:
1. Riding Powder
Niseko's famous snow is top on Jenny's list. "Whatever the terrain lacks in steepness, it more than makes up for in deepness", notes the article.
2. Riding at Night
Jenny notes night riding being "big" in Japan, and Niseko doing it the "biggest and best". The inclusion of night riding included in the price of daytime lift passes is also a major pro for Jenny.
3. Soaking in Onsens
The article notes that, "there are few pleasures in life greater than slipping into an onsen". Japan's traditional onsens are the perfect way to rejuvenate tired msucles.
4. Cat skiing/boarding
For those that dream of hitting the pow, Jenny notes a cat skiing/boarding as a must-do in your Japan itinerary – great for intermediates to get their "powder wings in style".
5. Earning Your Turns
Jenny's final top tip is to challenge yourself and take in the scenery by making the journey to the summit by snowshoe or with increasingly popular split boards. She also recommends taking on 1,898m active volcano, Mount Yotei, if the weather is fine and you’re feeling "hardcore". "You’ll be amply rewarded by the view, the ride back down, and your bragging rights back at the onsen," the article notes.
Want to know more from Jenny's stay in Niseko? Check out our video, A Story of Youtei Tracks, of her time at Niseko Central accommodation, Youtei Tracks.