When people talk about skiing deep powder snow, they have a tendency to think of Alaska, Canada or the U.S. In recent years this chain of thought has been transformed into thinking of Japan, to be more specific, Niseko on the northern island of Hokkaido. Hokkaido receives some of the world greatest snow conditions and has so much to offer in the way of ski-able terrain. In close proximity to Hokkaido's capital of Sapporo, you can find one of the most under rated resorts, Kokusai. Kokusai is just south of Sapporo and due to its close proximity to the city normally attracts a trendy, urban crowd that don't venture off the marked trails very often leaving a lot of untouched powder. If you are staying in Sapporo and transportation is a factor, try visiting Teine Ski Area. Approximately 30 minutes from the entertainment district of Susukino in Sapporo. Teine has something to offer everyone, Olympia, a perfect area for beginners and Highland, steeper with a terrain park that will keep you smiling for hours. If you are holidaying with the family perhaps try Kiroro Ski Resort, just outside of Otaru. Central Hokkaido has a number of quality resorts for all abilities from the back country powder lover to children and beginners. Furano does not receive as much snow as the Niseko area, but the snow that it receives is superght and tough to beat. The drawback to Furano is the lack of back country access due to the strict off-piste regulations that is enforced by the Nazi style ski patrol. However there is hope for the back country adventures; Asahidake is your dreams come true. It has one gondola and two massive runs surrounding a big bowl with some great terrain. Now strap on your snowshoes and hike to Hokkaido's highest peak, enjoy the view before you are subjected to some exhilarating skiing. Make sure you make your way back to the rope way (gondola) and do it all again. If luxury and kids facilities are a concern, head east to Club Med Sahoro. You will all the facilities you'd expect from a Club Med and is without a doubt the best resort for kids to enjoy. You will find Club Med just outside of Obihiro. Heading back towards the powder mecca of Niseko you will find Rusutsu Resort. A great escape from Niseko and easy access to Sapporo depending on your location. With 3 ski-able areas there is plenty of terrain to keep you finding new untouchednes all day long. When night falls you can make your way over to the half pipe that is underghts and a great way to finish your day, if your legs are up to it! Niseko, how to describe this majestically place that so many international snow junkies are now calling it their home all year round. It does not stop snowing, you might not see the sun or blue skies for weeks on end, off-piste and on terrain that you can let your imagination run wild to keep you entertained, resort is open for up to 9 hours a day, village atmosphere, 3 ski-able resortsnked under oneft pass, onsens and fantastic people. When choosing you Niseko accommodation for your stay, consider staying in a local hotel, pension or lodge to get the full Japan experience. Article by Bradley, editor of Niseko Webzine.
Cosmopolitan IS Now Open The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino (affectionately known as COSMO, our nearby neighbor) productively and officially opened their business on December 15th, 2010 at approximately 8:00 pm. Up-to-date news information teams were posted outside and Las Vegas Blvd. clamored with enthusiasm. The Grand Opening Celebration was held on December 31st, 2010. Popular music wasterally playing from the roof tops filling the Blvd. inhabitants with the New Years Eve mood. Cosmo has included our Las Vegas Blvd. portal signage with some landscape gardening by the north door. Do it yourself parking is at the present supplied for all Jockey Club owners and good friends. Level 3 B parking area on the inside Cosmo's 5 story undercover vehicle parking structure is the issued site for all Jockey Club vehicles. Level 3 B is the single level of the parking structure that the Jockey Club elevators are placed to gain access to your home away from home. And once Jockey Club homeowners park on the level 3B, you will participate in taking one of the two Jockey Club centrally located on the north wall of the structure designated and named elevators to the 1st floor or 2nd floor. Then go on to either the main vestibule or pool deck (pool doors are key card accessibility) segment of the Jockey Club. These elevators will also access the Cosmopolitan's Casino space as they both open on the south to the north and vice versa. As you may know the Cosmopolitan has expended approximately 8 million dollars into the Jockey Club to date. It commenced with changing the Fire Security System systems. Though we were code certified with fire safety, advancements were appropriate resulting from the close vicinity of the new Cosmo. All common space and interiors of each suite has actually been retrofitted with sprinklers, strobes and speakers for announcing possible emergencies. High tech emergency power generators as well as new water tanks have been equipped and all fire exiting has been redirected to the north drive. The water softening system tanks have been moved from underground to two gigantic above ground installations. Demolition of open area no longer used below our swimming pool deck has been carried out. Both Ascot and Derby Tower entrances have been migrated from the south side to the north side of both structures including matching marble and brass entrance doors. The Porte Cochere (major entrance overhang drive up) was built with natural stone drive up, stone faced pillars, stained concrete sidewalks, and Valet booth and bell storage. Our rubbish chutes were furnished with 2 compactors which allows for 4 dumpsters worth of waste to be allocated into one container. The gas meters and electric utility boxes have actually been transferred to a more strategic space. The team member only behind-the-scenes movement space has been improved for better ease of access from building to building withnens and large cleaning tools. The computer operations for the inner workings of the Jockey Club were relocated to the far west end of the Derby tower ground level. Cosmo has paid for the 24/7 Valet Parking service and the 2 years of overflow parking at the Planet Hollywood; however, Cosmo will stop paying for the Jockey Club Valet service upon the launching of the new resort. They have repaved the overall north drive with fresh blacktop. 75 daily pool passes have been allowed for Jockey Club owners and guests to use on the main Bamboo pool and sun veranda area of the Cosmo as well as the two Jockey Club tennis courts that are moved to the Cosmo roof top. If the truth is told, there are wonderful places in Las Vegas to visit in 2011.