has specialised in Japan’s best ski resorts for the past 20 years and is the largest and longest serving inbound tour operator in Hokkaido, bringing in more than 11,000 guests. With offices in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong we host guests in from all over the globe. Our main base of operations is located in the heart of popular Hirafu Niseko.


We’re passionate about people and snow. Powder suki? prides itself on our ability to deliver over and above expectation every time. Being snow lovers and travellers ourselves, we know what it takes to deliver the ultimate holiday experience and we want you to share in our passion for life, snow, travel and Japan! is a dynamic, innovative team offering an exciting, energetic work environment. We actively promote a “Can Do Culture” within our team and it is this proactive attitude that allows us to continually offer the most memorable and enjoyable holiday experience to our guests. To join our “Dream Team” of staff that delivers above expectation every time, you must be a motivated, fun loving and “genki” individual with an authentic “can-do” attitude!

The Perks genuinely looks after our staff like no other!

FREE Hirafu Lift Pass access (most positions include their very own pass)
FREE Mobile Phone – with unlimited calls between team members
FREE Staff Shuttle between Hirafu & Kutchan, all day, every day – Great for shopping and nights out!
FREE Gear Rentals & Ski/ Snowboard lessons with Niseko Base Snowsports
FREE & discounted tours and cultural activities
FREE high speed Wi-Fi and subsidised staff accommodation with many extras
Staff Discounts and deals from our partners in Hirafu Village & Kutchan
Holiday discounts for family and friends of staff
Departmental benefits, rewards and incentives
Excellent induction, training and coaching program
Regular staff events, activities and parties
Vibrant, fun and forward thinking team of staff and management
Working with a team of like-minded people from all over the world
Assistance with visas, foreigner registration & government paperwork


August 25th, 2016

2nd Round applications for the 2016/17 Winter Season are now open.
Applications close on the 30th of October.

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Open Positions

Do not send resumes and/or employment enquiries directly to Base Snowsports staff or customer enquiries addresses. Available positions are listed below and only resumes submitted via our job application system will be accepted. All others will be ignored.

All candidates must meet the legal requirements which entitle them to work in Japan, for more details please visit the Japanese Consulate’s website in your country. For more information on Japanese visas please refer to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website or the website of your country’s Japanese embassy.


Are there any year round positions available?

Please refer to the list of Open Positions on the Employment page. We will only accept online applications for jobs via the Positions Vacant page. Direct applications or resumes sent to any email address will be ignored.

When will employment applications for 2016/2017 winter open?

Applications will open on May 19th, 2016. All positions will be posted on the Employment page.

When do applications close?

Applications close on the 10th of July, 2016

I am a native English speaker. Is it a problem if I don't speak Japanese?

All staff need to have the ability to communicate in written and spoken English as our guests are mostly from English speaking countries. Japanese language skills are a must for some positions. Cantonese/ Mandarin skills are also highly regarded.

What type of staff accommodation is available?

We aim to provide twin, triple and quad share rooms at subsidised rents to our seasonal staff.

What type of visa do I need to arrange?

Working Holiday Visa is all that is required for most positions. It is up to you to arrange it before employment application or arrange it later. Sponsored Visas may be arranged for highly skilled positions depending on experience. If you are a Japanese passport holder, possess a Japanese spouse visa or Japanese permanent residency then you do not require any additional visas.

When do I know if I get position?

First interview will be around mid-July to mid-August, and offers likely be sent to you on September.

Do I get notice if I did not make it to interview?

Unfortunately, we cannot contact all of you. If you did not get contact from us by end of August, please proceed to alternative plan you have.

Can I get seasonal lift pass?

Most positions come with a personal NISEKO GRAND HIRAFU lift pass, whilst some other employees will have access to a share pass.

When do seasonal positions usually start and finish?

Generally winter employment dates start late November and finish mid/end of March.

What do seasonal positions usually pay?

Salary and pay will depend on position. Generally you can expect a monthly wage of approximately 180,000-250,000 JPY.