It’s a completely different experience - and technique - to traverse the valley bottom rather than come powering down the mountain. Gentle cross-country skiing provides the opportunity to slow it down a little and really take in those views to make your soul soar. Spend a couple of hours deep in the serene forests at the foot of the ski mountains - an eerily quiet and breathtakingly beautiful world away from the slopes. The guide leads you meandering through the trees on untrodden snow, which makes for a peaceful change of pace.
A maximum of six people per group ensures an intimate experience and both morning and afternoon tours are on offer from Niseko Village - a short (free) shuttle bus hop from Hirafu. Rental of good quality skis, boots & poles is included and no previous experience is required. These tours can serve as a first-introduction to the sport or, for those who have a bit of experience, guided tours take you along beautiful tracks.