Niseko Winter

Niseko Winter is famous for its powder snow, uncrowded slopes, and hot volcanic spring baths. (Don't forget to check the Niseko Snow Report for snow fall, mountain conditions and web cameras.)
Niseko consists of three areas: Hirafu (biggest and best), Annupuri and Higashiyama. The three areas occupy different sides of the same mountain, and are all connected at the top. Tickets for each area are available separately, or a combined all-mountain pass can be purchased.
Some Niseko information:
  • Higher average snowfall than Whistler, Canada. Consistent low temperature maintains excellent snow quality.
  • Over 1000 metres of vertical drop serviced by 28 lifts and gondolas. Terrain to suit all levels of ability.
  • Slopes are open from 8:30 am until 9 pm (Hirafu area). An enormous flood-lit area makes night skiing truly awesome (Hirafu).
  • Season starts late November and runs until early May. Best powder mid December to mid March.
The three Niseko areas connect at the summit.
Niseko Hirafu boasts one of the largest illuminated areas in the world. Night skiing is a must.
Onsen (volcanic spring baths) are good for tired muscles. Enjoy and beware onsen with local beer!
Shizenkan Lodge and Backpacker
Niseko Hirafu Ski Resort, Hokkaido Japan