Hokkaido, Japan

About Niseko

Niseko, located on the western coast of the island of Hokkaido, is widely known for having one of Japan’s biggest & most consistent snowfalls, averaging some 15 metres per year. In fact, It’s a serious contender for snowiest place in the world – this makes it a pretty popular destination for Australians and the international ski market.

Niseko is the largest of the Hokkaido ski areas and contains four interlinked first-class resorts; Niseko Mt Resort Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri. The Hirafu area is the largest and springs from the main township of Hirafu village beneath, Hanazono is the home of the Niseko International Snowsports School and Niseko’s main terrain park area. However, there’s no denying Niseko is all about ‘Pow’ or rather ‘Japow’. With over 1000 vertical metres to tame and exciting backcountry accessed via an impressively maintained ‘gate system’, Niseko should be on every self respecting skier or snowboarders list.


Snow Resort Stats


  • Elevation Top 1309m
  • Elevation Bottom 300m
  • Vertical Drop 1,009 metres
  • Skiable Terrain 887ha
  • Longest Run 5.6km (3.5 miles)
  • Beginner 30%%
  • Intermediate 40%%
  • Advanced 30%%
  • Total Number of Trails61


  • Total 38
  • Highest Lifted
    1,200 metres ( 3,937 feet)
  • Gondolas & Trams 3
  • High Speed Sixes
  • High Speed Quads 7
  • Quad Chairs 0
  • Triple Chairs 1
  • Double Chairs 15
  • Surface Lifts 12
  • Uphill Capacity

Snow Making

  • Snow Making n/a
  • Total Number of Guns n/a
  • Annual Average Snowfall 12m

Terrain Parks

  • Total 4
  • Name Paradise Course at Annupuri
  • Half Pipes 1
  • Half Pipe Size FIS competition size
  • Total Terrain Park Area Size