Having been recognised as one of the world’s snowiest ski resorts by the World Ski Awards, Niseko enjoys an average of 15 metres of snow annually, and that, combined with the Japanese onsen tradition, delicious cuisine and rich culture makes it one of the most sought-after winter experiences in the world. Here are some tips to make the most of your stay in the white season.
With the Hirafu Gondola merely one kilometre away, we recommend you sign up with a snow school on your first morning, or book a private mountain orientation to learn the lay of the land and figure out the best runs to suit your skill level. Our concierge team can recommend a selection of services to suit your needs. Don’t forget to try night skiing - Grand Hirafu has four lifts open after dark, and floodlit runs to enable you to experience that magical terrain after dark.
Fun for the whole family, snow rafting and snowmobiling offer unique ways to experience the champagne powder of Niseko.
Guided snowshoe tours are highly recommended as they offer an entirely different perspective of the mountain. As you trek deeper into the forest, you will gradually be immersed in a still and serene winter wonderland, an experience that is sure to leave you inspired.
There’s nothing quite like stepping into a traditional Japanese log cabin, straight off the slopes for a lunch of piping hot katsu curry and udon at Boyoso. Further up the mountain on the Niseko Village side, The Lookout Café offers a more modern dining environment where you can fuel up before making your way downhill.
The Hanazono Tube Park has a dedicated area for snow tubing – an activity which spells delight for kids and adults alike. Best of all, a magic carpet takes you from the bottom of the tube run right to the top.