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Snowgum Lodge is great value for money. Very hospitable hosts and a friendly environment allow you to meet and become good friends with lots of people. I ended up snowboarding with most of the other guests as we became very good friends. Unfortunately my wife was injured on the slopes but was well looked after by all of the staff which was truely a credit to them. Overall a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere. I would highly recommend snowgum to anyone who is looking for an affordable ski holiday. The free shuttle to the first lift was an added bonus. Thanks to Alan and the crew.
doodahandnic - Brissy - Feb 23, 2010
After a few cancellations to the party travelling i had to make some changes and was fortunate enough to get some accommodation at Snowgum Lodge. Despite the lateness of my booking Alan, Sue and Mike (managers of the property) were able to provide me with excellent rates that made the trip manageable in a short time. Everything was well organised, booking, pick up at the Village, daily commute in the morning which enabled us to get first lifts every time, lift passes and drop off.

Staff were friendly and always super helpful. The neighbouring Ramat Niseko (same management) offered a restaurant and bar which made both accommodations very social and easy to meet other guests. Rooms are basic but has all the essentials you need on a ski trip. Bathrooms were shared but they were sufficient for the size of the amount if accommodations and were always maintained in a clean state.

A continental breakfast was included in the price of the accommodation and was always served at 7am giving me plenty of time to get ready for the day and catch the fresh runs.

A great trip and opportunity to meet interesting like minded people along the way. Would recommend to single traveller, couples or groups travelling together. Like i said, i'll be going back.
craigontour - Gold Coast - Feb 20, 2010
My son (17) and I had a terrific 2 weeks in Niseko this year. This was our second trip together to Niseko and we have stayed at Snowgum Lodge both times. My son was keen to return as he had so much fun with the other young people that he met on the previous trip. I have also stayed at a local hotel and a pension in Niseko on previous trips. The hotel was pretty boring and the pension had some weird roster system for the showers which I wasn't very impressed with. The best thing about Snowgums is the atmosphere, as many of the guests are also Australian. The first tracks bus is very handy if you want an early run and the regular mountain shuttle brings you almost back to the doorstop. If you have ever tried a Japanese breakfast, you'll appreciate the continental breakkie included in the tab. Vic and Yvonne the hosts were very helpful with enquiries and advice re restaurants, onsens etc. We love Niseko for the snow, the Japanese restaurants, and did I mention the snow? Snowgums Lodge rounds out the trip for us as an affordable, friendly base for our daily adventures.
Doyfam - Toowoomba - Aug 23, 2009
I was by myself so was after somewhere that I could mix with others. Snowgum was perfect. There is a huge lounge/dining area where everyone meets for a drink and a chat after the day skiing. Several nights we all got together for a sing along - really great fun. You can cook your own food in the communal kitchen or catch the free bus to any number of restaurants. There are also several great restaurants within a short walk.

The staff really look after you - they pick you up at the bus station, they take you to hire your ski gear, they'll book your lessons, a restaurant etc etc.

The rooms are either standard twin western style or Japanese futon style. I stayed in the western type and it was fine. They have shared shower facitlities and I was initially worried about this but the showers are fantastic - hot and great water pressure.

They have free washing machines and driers too.
CuginaOz - Cairns - Aug 18, 2009
We have been to Snowgum Lodge in Niseko 4 times over the last 5 years (could not afford to go 1 year). Once for 2 weeks, once for 3 weeks and twice for 5 weeks. We travel as a family, 2 adults and 2 children, daughter 20 and son 17.

We are all keen snowboarders and getting the best snow is very important to us and Snowgum lodge runs it's own bus up to the lifts every morning for the whole season. The bus leaves at 8:10 AM sharp so Snowgum guest can be first (or very near) in line to catch the gondola up the mountain and thus get first tracks in the fantastic snow. If you miss Snowgum's bus then the free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes from after 8:30 (when the lifts open) till 9 PM. Getting back from the snow fields is no problem as you can catch a free shuttle bus back any time.

The lodge is run by keen snowboarders and they will quite often join/guide experience boarders and skiers on the mountain. They know best back country snow on the mountain.

When you arrive in Niseko you are met at the bus terminal or train station (not many accommodation establishments do this). Snowgum's staff runs you around to get your hire equipment or help you setup your gear if assistance is required. No effort is too much.

The lodge caters mainly to westerners but there are often Japanese and Asian guest. The lodge atmosphere is very social and includes single people, couples and families. In the evening a bus does a restaurant run around Niseko village dropping people off for dinner and then does a run around the village later in the evening to pick people up. Or you can dine in utilising the community kitchen to cook your own food. A couple of nights a week the Lodge management cook a meal for guest at a nominal cost per head to encourage the social environment (just like a big family meal). Several times a week trips are organised to the shops for food and booze supplies. The lodge is kept clean and neat which is very pleasing. The lodge environment and atmosphere is what keeps us coming back to Snowgum Lodge every year and the awesome snow and Japanese people are what keeps us coming back to Niseko every year.

February 2009 I hit a tree quite hard and the Snowgum staff helped me off the mountain, took me to medical assistance and back for follow ups with the physio. They were so helpful.

We are already booked for February 2010. See you there.
first_tracks_snow - Atherton Tablelands - Aug 15, 2009
Ramat Niseko - Snow Accommodation