Hidden Powder in Japan

In less than 48 hours FSF and 102 other individuals are heading to one of the top ski resorts in the world...Niseko, Japan!  Niseko is located in Hokkaido Japan, 100km southwest of Sapporo. Niseko is situated near Mt Yōtei (the "Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido") in a perfect spot to capture all the snow.  Niseko is made up of 5 different resorts: Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, Hanazono and Moiwa.  Hokkaido is probably the most famous Japan resort amongst international skiers and boarders. For those that love powder, Niseko Japan is the number one pick because it seems to constantly snow, and the deep, deep powder is way too enticing. Niseko the snow factory is one big powder playground!

Niseko Statistics:

 Ski Season: Dec - May

 Mountain Elevation: 1308m

 Steepest Run: 37 Degrees

 Longest Run: 5600m

 Number of Courses: 61

 Number of lifts: 27 chairs, 3 Gondolas

 Terrain Beginner: 30%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced 30%

Pros 

  • What sets Niseko apart from other Japanese ski resorts is the fabulous powder that falls in abundance (49-50 feet per season on average).
  • Niseko is a large resort and off-piste and sidecountry riding is permitted, so there’s plenty of terrain variety.
  • Niseko makes a great base to explore nearby ski resorts and there’s also nearby cat skiing and backcountry tours.
  • Niseko is one of only a few Japanese ski resorts that offer a range of accommodation options, including hotels, apartments, houses and backpackers. 

Cons:

  • Niseko is no longer a hidden gem. The ski area is often very crowded (especially over Xmas and during January) and freshies in-bounds don’t last for long, but with the snow factory frequently pumping out more snow, another powder day is never far away.
  • Many of the chair lifts are antiquated, which is surprising considering the number of lift tickets they sell.
  • Proportionally there isn’t that much ski-in ski-out accommodation. 

So there you have it, a little 411 on Niseko, Japan.  We will be reporting back with pics, footage, and recap on our return.  See you on the slopes!

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