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advise needed on accommodation in lower Harifu village

Perth, Australia
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advise needed on accommodation in lower Harifu village

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?

thanks :)

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1. Re: advise needed on accommodation in lower Harifu village

Hi Loveducks,

You'll find there have been a lot of changes to the upper village since 2009. All the buildings except the Alpen Hotel are gone.

Typically people will walk to and from the access points to the mountain (gondola, Centre 4, Family Pair, etc) if they are not taking the bus. The alternative is to rent a car, but this may also be inconvenient if you have nowhere to park it and are consistently clearing it of snow.

As you may have noticed in your last trip, getting around in normal shoes might not be so warm or dry. Most rental stores will have winter boots you can hire for that extra bit of comfort. Nothing worse than starting a day on the slopes with cold wet socks. Once you are at either the Gondola station or Centre 4, you can store your shoes/boots in a locker. You'll also be able to store your skis overnight at the rental stores if you're renting (or a locker if you are lucky enough to get one at the end of the day) so less time having to try to walk with them everywhere.

Hope that helps.

Stuart

The Chalets at Country Resort

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