hi, we were at Niseko in 2009 and planning to return next year, we stayed at Kogen hotel and this time around are considering apartments instead near the Ace Family chairlift but they are either sold out or too expensive. we like the convenience of being able to return for a rest or a bite during the day before resuming on the slopes again.
The accommodation in the lower village or 2 blocks down (nearer to the Gondola) are much affordable. However, do how skiiers and boarders usually travel to and from accommodation without the shuttle bus? even if it's 5mins walking distance, it will be at least double the time with the ski/board boots on and on snow. Any tips? Do you swap to your shoes, if yes where do you store your shoes?