The perk of staying at Sapporo Mercure Hotel was that it was one of the pick up points for buses to Niseko. Due to the heavy snow, we left at 8 and reached at 1130am instead of 11am.
After arriving at Grand Hirafu Welcome center, we crossed the road to Hotel Niseko Alpen for check in. The room was not ready and we were told that the Base Rental shop was out of gears. We were asked to rent in the village.
I was quite upset because we had picked the hotel for ski in ski out access. Eventually, the hotel tried to help us and got Base Rental to give priority to hotel guests. Apparently, there were many people who did not stay on site but would rent from Base instead of shops in the village. Despite getting the main gear, we were short of the helmets. I missed Tommau’s free helmet rental for kids!
Heading down the village for lunch
We had reached Niseko too late to go to Hanazono snow park.
We were pleased with our family room which cost 56k yen for the first night and 70k yen for the second night. The perk of staying at Alpen hotel was that we got the ski pass at 3000yen per day per adult which was cheaper than the rack rate of 5500yen.
We decided to go for onsen while waiting for pizza delivery. We thought it was too cold to venture out for dinner.
We had a pizza party with our friends.