Wrap Up From the 2019 World Ski Awards

Niseko is beaming after bringing home five prestigious international awards, including the World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel.

Every year the World Ski Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in ski tourism and Niseko has received its fair share of global recognition. The 7th Annual Awards held in Austria this past weekend is like the Ski Oscars, rewarding excellence in ski resort hospitality around the world. Ki Niseko, Hakuchōzan, Skye Niseko and SkyExpress were rewarded for pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations on the world stage. 

Ki Niseko - World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel

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Ki Niseko was the only Japanese representative to take home a "World's Best" honour, receiving the prestigious award for the World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel! Ki Niseko beat over 100 boutique hotels from around the world to take the top prize. The ski-in ski-out hotel at the foot of Hirafu’s famous slopes combines modern alpine charm with Japanese sophistication, making it an idyllic winter escape. Congratulations to the Ki Niseko team for delivering unrivaled levels of service since opening in Winter 2014.  

Book your 2019/20 Winter boutique holiday at Ki Niseko here

Ki Niseko - Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel

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Not only did Ki Niseko win a World's Best, it also brought home the award for Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - beating off competition from 10 of the top boutique ski hotels across Japan. With doorstep access to the world’s best powder snow, Ki Niseko boasts tranquil Mount Yotei views, An Dining Café & Bar in-house restaurant and the relaxing Ki Onsen. 

Find out more about Ki Niseko here

Hakuchōzan - Japan's Best Ski Chalet


Hakuchōzan brought home the award for Japan’s Best Ski Chalet. This exclusive high-end 7 bedroom chalet in the middle of Hirafu provides a "full service" experience for guests including food and drinks in the chalet, live-in staff and even a shuffleboard table in the man cave! This is the second consecutive year the luxury chalet has claimed this award for Japan.

Discover more here

Skye Niseko - Top 3 World's Best New Ski Hotels

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Skye Niseko received recognition at one of the Top 3 World’s Best New Ski Hotels. Having opened in Winter 2018, Skye Niseko is already making a mark on the global and local scene as a new level of alpine luxury coupled with it's unbeatable ski-in ski-out location. The outstanding and personal service provided by the hotel staff is allied to the extensive in-house facilities including a fantastic restaurant, relaxing massage rooms and ski rental. The breathtaking views from the top of the village ensure a holiday to remember.

Experience your unforgettable dream ski holiday at Skye Niseko here

SkyExpress - Top 3 World's Best Ski Transfer Operators

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SkyExpress was acclaimed as one of the Top 3 World's Best Ski Transfer Operators. It provides a hassle-free private transfer service for international and domestic visitors to the Niseko area in comfortable and modern vehicles with experienced drivers.

Enjoy a pleasant and safe journey to the world’s best powder snow with SkyExpress here


Read our guide on all the Essentials for Your First Niseko Winter Holiday.