Battle of the Hokkaido ski resorts: Rusutsu vs. Club Med Sahoro

Looking for a hassle-free, ski-in-ski-out option ? See my thoughts about these two popular family-friendly resorts in Hokkaido.

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Hokkaido Dec2013 Hotel Review: Silver Birch, Niseko

Niseko Hirafu Upper Village location & possibly one of the cheapest 2BR apartments in Hirafu. If you can find 4 pax to share this would work out cheaper than a pension/lodge, with the added freedom of having your own living area. Since there’s no concierge, SB is better suited to independent travelers who don’t need a lot of hand-holding. Book early as there are only 4-5 units

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Hokkaido Hotel Review: Club Med Sahoro

[Updated Feb 2015!] All-inclusive concept so you don’t have to worry about organizing lift passes, lessons, food, accommodation separately. Overall a pretty decent option for families with young kids, large groups, and beginners who want to take lessons every day. Oh yeah, and people who drink a LOT of house pours. It is not the cheapest option but you can think of the cost premium as a convenience fee.

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