Niseko Information – Overview

With world famous ski resorts and countryside that just keeps going, there is little wonder why Niseko is attracting an ever-increasing numbers of visitors. As most ski resorts develop and lose their traditional feeling, Niseko retains its authentic Japanese culture through the friendliness and warmth of local hospitality. This stunning region is set against the backdrop of Mt Yotei, the Mt Fuji of the North, an active volcano that plays a dynamic role in both Winter and Summer activities. Thanks to the winds that blow over from the Russian mainland, Mt Niseko-Annupuri receives some of the best powder snow in the world. Ski accommodation is advantageously located around the mountain to provide easy access for skiers and boarders to take advantage of the 48kms of perfect terrain. When the snow melts and spring arrives, Niseko is transformed into an oasis as fields of lavender and sunflowers start to bloom and summer activities such as hiking and mountain biking commence.

Hirafu Village

Niseko is a very popular destination for many internationals guests, especially Australians. For this reason you will find many Aussie owned restaurants, bars and accommodation in the village. Located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, Niseko’s closest city is Sapporo with New Chitose Airport approximately 120km away.

Mountain Information

 

Four ski resorts make up the Niseko ski area which is all interconnected by when reaching the peak. An All Mountain Lift Pass will allow you to travel between them all and explore all that Niseko has to offer.

Trail Map

 

Check out the trail map of all 4 ski areas below. With so much detail you’ll think you’ve already been to Niseko.

2013-2014 Snow Statistics

 

The 2013-14 season in Niseko was a cracker. A great snowfall was recorded with a surprising March and April bringing a collective 1.2 meters making it the one of the best springs we have seen in a while.

Niseko Snowfall Graph 2011-12
Nov 130cm
Dec 288cm
Jan 489cm
Feb 186cm
Mar 109cm
Total 1202cm

Mountain Statistics

 

Mountain Name Mt Niseko-Annupuri
Elevation 1,309m
Ski Resorts – Hanazono
– Grand Hirafu
– Annupuri
– Niseko Village
Ski Area 48km
Lift Operation 0830 – 1630
Night Skiing 1630 – 2100
Beginner Terrain 30%
Intermediate Terrain 40%
Advanced Terrain 30%
Number of Lifts 35
Number of Gondolas 3
Average snowfall 15m