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World Ski Awards names Niseko United ‘Best Ski Resort in Japan’

November 25, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

YTL Hotels ultracool ski-in, ski-out The Green Leaf Niseko Village will reopen for the 2013/2014 winter season on 1 December, 2013 proudly brandishing the title of Best Ski Resort in Japan , after Japan s Niseko United, of which it is a part, took first place in the inaugural World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria last week. 
Niseko United, encompassing the four ski resorts of Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hanazono and Grand Hirafu, won the award in the inaugural World Ski Awards, a sister event of the World Travel Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the travel industry . This exclusive awards programme is the first ever to acknowledge the finest brands in the global ski hospitality industry in the top 20 ski nations.

The award confirms what ski enthusiasts have known for some time; Niseko Village, located on Mount Annupuri, is home to perfect white powder, a huge variety of ski and après-ski activities, stunning mountain vistas and an exquisite balance of traditional Japanese and modern facilities. Comprising of two YTL Hotel properties, the Hilton Niseko Village and the Green Leaf Niseko Village, the area is considered Japan s premier year-round mountain resort.

The Green Leaf Niseko Village is a 200-room hotel featuring everything from the natural outdoor traditional Japanese onsen to the ubiquitous Japanese vending machines on each floor of the hotel. The hotel s ski-in, ski-out facilities means the mountain is immediately accessible, and The Green Leaf Base Camp offers snow sports services for every level of skier; from mountain passes, ski and snowboard equipment rental, to lessons and activities such as Snowmobile Adventures, Cat Skiing and Snow Rafting.

After a day on the slopes, guests can relax in The Green Leaf s onsen, an outdoor rock pool filled by a natural volcanic hot spring, overlooking the snow-blanketed boughs of the alpine forest. If the onsen doesn’t appeal, travellers can sink into a deep shiatsu massage at the Green Leaf Spa for complete therapeutic relaxation.

Another key feature Niseko Village has mastered is its culinary options; guests can choose from contemporary Western and Japanese all-day dining at Goshiki, to warm mulled wine après ski drinks at Tomioka White. Guests can also head 5-minutes down the road to The Crab Shack to partake in a belly-warming feast featuring steaming nabe hotpot and Hokkaido s renowned snow crabs and hairy crabs.

The Green Leaf Niseko Village also offers guests complimentary WiFi, unbound by passwords. Rooms are comfortable and practical, equipped with ensuite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and large windows that highlight and communicate the breathtaking scenery that surrounds. This is echoed by the artwork of renowned Japanese artists Sochiro Tomioka and Emi Shiratori which are displayed throughout the hotel.

Australians who want to experience the best of skiing in Japan should head to The Green Leaf Niseko Village for the upcoming 2013/2014 winter season. Rates start from AUD $214 for a double room and are bookable through YTL Travel Centre (email or call +603 2783 1000). To peruse all-inclusive packages suited to beginner or intermediate skiers, singles, couples, or families, visit The Green Leaf Hotel website.

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