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Niseko

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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Niseko

One of the most picturesque of Japan's many ski areas, divided in to six separate ski resorts, three of them inter-linked but not on the same lift pass. Excellent snow record guarantees a long season from mid-November to mid-May

Summary

The region of Niseko comprises the ski slopes of 4 ski areas, including Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu 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.

Skiing

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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Niseko?

The next notable snow forecast is 14cm5in, expected on 24 November, with around 72cm28in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Niseko Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
10
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
21
Downhill
Total Length
32km20 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
20

Altitudes

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
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Niseko Overview

One of the most picturesque of Japan's many ski areas, divided in to six separate ski resorts, three of them inter-linked . Excellent snow record guarantees a long season from mid-November to mid-May

Snowboarding

Also features table top, boarders welcome on most slopes.

Location and Map

Where is Niseko?

This ski resort is in Hokkaidō, Japan.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

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

Infrastructure

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.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Niseko, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Niseko Tourist Office for the latest.

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