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Niseko Ski Resort Guide

Niseko, Japan

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,308m4,291ft
Resort Height300m984ft
 Nearest AirportNew Chitose
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The ski area of Niseko comprises the ski slopes of 4 ski areas, including Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Hanazono and Niseko Village/Higashiyama.


The ski area includes 4 Ski Resorts with a combined total of 32km20 miles of downhill skiing, with 34 marked pistes, served by a total of 20 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in any of the ski areas of Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Hanazono and Niseko Village/Higashiyama.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Niseko offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Niseko?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Niseko.

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Snow Forecast by day for Niseko

Ski Area Stats

Niseko Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
32km20 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Niseko Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,308m4,291ft
Lowest Piste300m984ft
Resort Altitude (Niseko)300m984ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Niseko
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Niseko?

This ski resort is in Niseko-chō, Abuta-gun, Japan.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Niseko is New Chitose, 127 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 20 ski lifts are able to uplift 22,300 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 60 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Niseko open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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