The après-ski scene in Europe is synonymous with drinking, eating, and dancing after a full day of snow activities. And while it’s a great way to spend the winter season, things are done a little differently in Japan. While après-skiing in Japan is still developing its own identity, Raphael Holzer and Tim King are tearing it up in Hokkaido with Niseko Escapes, a platform bringing people together after days deep in the powder.


DSC_3392The brainchild of Tim King, Niseko Escapes combines ideal après-ski activities with Japanese sensibilities. Using the Japanese standard of casual izakayas with good music as inspiration, it was created as a platform to enjoy what Japan already has to offer without any interference from Europe’s already established scene. It brings together Chefs and local products to create unique events and provides an opportunity to experience something new in the Niseko area. 



This season, with the help of Raphael Holzer, Niseko Escapes hosted dinner parties alongside Chef Erik Idos of Chino, Fly By Jing x Sook by Mina Park, and Sake Samurai Elliot Faber. They also premiered pro-snowboarder Nicolas Müller’s Fruition with Müller and Norwegian pro Mikkel Bang in attendance. While Niseko Escapes is still in its early stages, it has the capacity to grow into a major attraction for people in the area to experience quality dining and cultural events during the winter season. Their philosophy is simple: quality snow, quality products, and quality people sharing a good time.

Images Courtesy Bruce King of Niseko Escapes

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