The Ski House of the Day is the loft-condo, Yasuragi-by-Odin, in Niseko, Japan. Built by international boutique developer Odin, this ski house is "just right" in my book for a top quality Japanese ski experience!
The loft, one of five in an iconic and dramatic "butterfly" shape building with floating roof, is a stunning 3-bedroom 3-bathroom luxury ski home. There are some common areas in the building, including this ski lounge (where skiers can swap stories about the deep powder):
The interior of the loft-condo has a placid, streamlined look with only those natural colors that resemble the snow and the trees outside. With floor-to-ceiling windows the inhabitants won't miss one minute of watching the snow falling all around. Here's a glimpse at the bedrooms which look sleek, peaceful and relaxing:
Odin's philosophy in creating places like this center around luxury...not just luxury as commonly defined, but rather a "quality of life" luxury that is defined by specifically creating time to really experience life. Creating time...a worthy philosophy indeed.
And in keeping with that philosophy, one of the best features of this loft-condo is its outdoor Japanese-style "onsen-type" spa. (Onsen means hot springs in Japanese and implies cultural and social connections to relaxation, communication and healing). Here's something worth making time for:
The location of the loft-condo is in the Lower Hirafu area of Niseko, and is a 15-minute walk (or quick shuttle bus ride from the front door) to the ski lifts. The NY Times says that Niseko is Japan's own St. Moritz, but to skiers it's also a powder-lovers paradise. Odin says it's called the Asian Whistler, and Powderhounds compares Niseko to a "snow factory" constantly pumping out the powder. Nice -- not only a top quality ski condo, but some top quality powder time, too!