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    The Red Ski House

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Approachable hosts Andrew & Kaori (and family) will soon make you feel at home, and with a prime spot in central Hirafu, The Red Ski House offers a wonderful combination of communal comfort and convenience. The location is ideal – far enough away from the partying for a good night’s sleep, adjacent to the shuttle bus stop, and a very short stroll to restaurants, shops and ski lifts.

There are 10 rooms in total sleeping up to three people, with shared, single-sex bathroom facilities. Communal areas include a dining room and a cozy lounge where there’s normally a film on or a board game in progress. The great thing about this place is that the welcoming vibe comes with a little more luxury than a backpackers lodge: the private rooms come with quality linen; complimentary towels and slippers; it's in a quiet, picturesque location and has irrepressibly amiable hosts.

Simply put, one of our favourites. 

  • Drying Room
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

In Middle Hirafu village, tucked away from the main restaurants and bars but within easy walking distance. The shuttle bus passes right outside. If you were to walk to the ski lifts it would take you, perhaps, ten minutes.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 400 metres
Shuttle Bus: 10 metres
Restaurants and Bars: 100 metres
Shop(s): 200 metres

To stay with Andrew & Kaori during low season would cost about ¥14,000 (£80) for a room during low season, rising to ¥20,000 (£115) during peak periods - based on two people sharing a room. A help yourself breakfast is included.

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  • Drying Room
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

In Middle Hirafu village, tucked away from the main restaurants and bars but within easy walking distance. The shuttle bus passes right outside. If you were to walk to the ski lifts it would take you, perhaps, ten minutes.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 400 metres
Shuttle Bus: 10 metres
Restaurants and Bars: 100 metres
Shop(s): 200 metres

To stay with Andrew & Kaori during low season would cost about ¥14,000 (£80) for a room during low season, rising to ¥20,000 (£115) during peak periods - based on two people sharing a room. A help yourself breakfast is included.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.