Where to go skiing for Christmas

Appi Kogen, Tohoku, Japan

With 282 hectares of ski area, Appi Kogen, is the Japan’s longest station, including 21 ski trails. Complete fresh snow and with quiet trails, Appi Kogen is absolutely a must-try if you want to go skiing for Christmas.


Pros of the station:

- Yamabato run, a 5.5 kilometers gentle trails for kids to stay and learn ski
- Plenty of off-piste options
- A dairy farm
- The Spondgebob Kids Park for first timers.

How to get there: Departing from Tokyo, take JR East's Shinkansen line to Morioka. Once at Morioka station, take train "Hanawa" headed for Appi Kogen station. There is a free shuttle bus from Appi Kogen station to the resort.

Alpensia Resort, Pyeongchang, South Korea

Constructed to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang covers 5 square kilometres of pure sensation. Close to the Odaesan National Park and the Samyang Ranch, this resort is a great way to spend some days for Christmas.

Ski Alpensia

Pros of the station:

- Sports park, biathlon ranges
- 2 amazing jump slopes
- A 160-meter tall ski jump

How to get there: Driving to Alpensia from Incheon International Airport takes approximately three hours and 30 minutes.

Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Located in the island of Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, Niseko station is one of the snowiest stations in the world and is the most popular station in Japan, due to an amazing nightlife all over the resort. If you plan to go skiing with friends for Christmas, Niseko resort is definitely the place for you.

Ski Niseko

Pros of the station:

- Off-piste trails
- Night skiing
- 4 ski resorts interlinked by ski areas

How to get there: There are JR trains operating to Niseko from Otaru, Sapporo, Hakodate and New Chitose Airport. Skiers can also drive there or take a bus from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.