So yeah, I guess the title says it all. Me and a buddy are planning on spending the next season in Japan (Niseko - like the pros, off course!). We need a place to live, work and so on. So if you can help us in any way - please speak up! :)
Good luck man. I applied for like 20 jobs in Niseko and Hakuba. Basically if you arent an Aussie/Kiwi you are screwed. Visas for Americans are a bitch and they have 5000 kids from Aussie/NZ lined up to work for pennies.
Only way to do it is on saved money. Next season I will be there to flim.
Sorry, but unless you are teaching English, it's extremely difficult for foreigners to find work in Japan.
"I don't care what snobby Westerners think. Skiing is whatever you make it, and we try to make it fun. In the East, what else can you do? We ski rails. We build jumps. We'd ski pow every day if we could, but we can't." - Doug Bishop, president, Newschoolers.com
First of all, can you get a working holiday visa? If you can, you can probably get a job, if you can't, getting sponsored is going to be hard unless you are an experienced instructor.
Companies to look out for would be SkiJapan and Hokkaido Tracks, they're probably the biggest employers in town. Have a look on www.bigplanetplacements.com as well, they normally have a lot of Niseko jobs going.
Accomodation is a hard one, I get mine through my ski school, but there are cheap lodges and a hostel which I know people lived in all season. Have forgotten their names though. If you are really stuck I could facebook some people and find out.
It's definitely doable, loads of people work in Niseko for the winter, you just need to find out whether you can get a visa.