Rapidly becoming one of the world’s ski meccas, Niseko is made up of four interlinked ski resorts (Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri) offering a combined 2,191 acres of skiable terrain that is renowned for its consistency and quality of powder.


Known as the powder capital of the world, Niseko averages around 15 – 16 metres of snow each season. Ski season in Niseko generally begins in late December and runs through until the end of March, although sometimes the snow is so good that the ski season can even last up until mid-April.

If you’re travelling to Niseko this winter, here are three must-dos to get the most out of your holiday.

1 – Try Extreme Skiing & Snowboarding

While the resorts caters for all levels from beginners to experts with terrain split for beginners, for intermediate and expert, Niseko is famed for its wide-open powder bowls, spacious courses, spectacular back country, tree runs, and off-trail runs – which makes it one of the best places for extreme skiers and snowboarders.


2 – Go Night Skiing

Niseko is one of the best places in the world to experience the magic of night skiing. Offering some of the best flood-lit night terrain in the world with three of the four resorts still open for business after the sun sets. Grab your skis and hit the slopes of Hirafu, Niseko Village and An’nupuri: selected lifts operate up until 8.30pm every night.


3 – Build an igloo

Need a break from your ski equipment, but still want to enjoy the snow? Take the kids and immerse yourself in this winter wonderland with an unforgettable igloo experience. It’s fun for the family as you learn how to construct compact and secure snow houses.

Hyatt House Niseko. Image Credits: Powderlife.com

Where to stay in Niseko

Hyatt House Niseko: The first Hyatt House in all of Japan, Hyatt House Niseko is concealed in the wrapper of an icon of the city: Shiki Niseko. Recently renovated and rebranded, Hyatt House Niseko is one of the hottest properties in town, blending sleek design, ultra-luxe facilities and the luxury the Hyatt brand is synonym with.

The property boasts a collection of just 63 apartment style suites – all complete with modern facilities and panoramic views over the striking mountains – plus a long list of five-star facilities including a Michelin-starred restaurant, a stylish bar, a grocery shop open 24/7, a fitness centre complete with state-of-the-art equipment, and a complimentary shuttle service to the slopes.

Skye Niseko: Commanding an elevated position in Hokkaido National Park, nestled above the village of Hirafu, Skye Niseko is the first true five-star hotel in Niseko-Hirafu. Offering guests direct ski-in, ski-out access to all major lift systems in scenic Grand Hirafu, paired with full-service options including three Japanese onsens, fantastic dining, onsite ski rental, ski valet and a day spa, Skye Niseko is the perfect launchpad for your ski adventures.

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