Niseko is fast becoming one of the top destinations for ski and snowboard enthusiasts the world over, in search of the best powder snow skiing conditions.
World Famous Conditions.
The conditions in Niseko are arguably some of the best in the world. Despite being a small mountain, with a relatively limited ski area, the quality and quantity of snow makes up the difference to make the resort world class. The powder snow is world renowned as some of the best there is, and when it snows, it really snows.
One of the most interesting features of Niseko and Hokkaido as a whole for a ski area is that the geography is not as mountainous as it is in other places in the world such as in Europe. Instead of towering peaks and valleys surrounding you as you ski on the slopes the local environment is very flat in comparison to the ski mountain. However, this just frames the beautiful contrast between the surrounding flat area and Yotei-zan, locally nicknamed Ezo-Fuji. This dormant volcano is really the most spectacular piece of scenery to be seen on the ski slopes, and provides Niseko with a unique and instantly-recognisable picturesque view that tourists love to see and take pictures with.
A Place to Learn, and a Place to Practise.
Niseko accommodates for many types of skier and snowboarder, from the very novice who is experiencing the snow for the first time, to the seasoned expert who has skied all over the world and wants to get a taste of what Japan has to offer.
A Place For Everyone to Stay.
The town is filled with luxury hotels, and cosy lodges to suit any budget range. For me I was lucky enough to do a full season in Niseko, getting to enjoy the snow and the culture every day. If you are not as lucky as me and won’t get the chance to live and work in Niseko, I highly recommend you make some time to visit this wonderful place.
Words by James Rodgers
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Location: Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu, 〒044-0081 Hokkaido Prefecture, Abuta District, Kutchan, 山田204