Skiing & Snowboarding in Niseko

Renowned for its non-stop light, powder snow, backcountry access, and spectacular scenery Niseko is the most famous ski resort in Japan and one of the top ski destinations in the world. The four main resorts, Hanazono, Hirafu, Niseko Village, and Annupuri form what is known as Niseko United and may be skied on one lift pass.

With over 47km of groomed slopes, Niseko United is perfect for first-timers, families, as well as highly experienced skiers.

Powder Snow Capital

Niseko is situated on the southwestern coast of Hokkaido in an ideal location for powder snow. The west to east flow of the wind carries cold air from the Siberian tundra over the relatively warm sea of Japan, sucking up moisture and forming dense clouds along the way. Niseko is positioned directly in the path of this wind, and the combination of moisture, cold air, and upward lift generated as the wind hits the mountains of Niseko creates Niseko’s famous dry powder snow. It isn’t uncommon for Niseko to receive in excess of 15 meters of snow during the winter season making it one of the top major ski destinations for average yearly snowfall.

Ski School & Equipment Rental

Niseko is home to a selection of international and Japanese ski schools for kids groups, beginners, and experienced riders looking to improve their technique. Take lessons from a qualified instructor at one of Niseko’s snowsports schools to safely learn and progress. Many ski schools offer lessons in multiple languages, so make sure to enquire about the language you’re most comfortable learning in.

Mountain Guiding

Those who wish to discover some of Niseko’s fantastic hidden spots and deep-powder stashes are advised to hire a qualified backcountry guide. There are many great places to tour and discover in the vast ranges around the Niseko area. Hiking Mt. Yotei is one of the more challenging backcountry adventures, and should only be attempted with a local guide during fine weather. Visitors can also hire a guide to be shown around the resort area to make the most of a day’s skiing and snowboarding.