Niseko Resort - Niseko resort is an excellent location for your ski
holiday with world class
facilities. Niseko Resort has excellent
deep powder snow and long ski seasons.
Niseko resort facilities cater to the English language market
with bilingual signs.
Niseko Grand-Hirafu Lift Ticket Office. Picture
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In terms of size, Niseko is actually four resorts in one.
To the left of a typical non-topographical map can be found Niseko Moiwa it
has the least amount of infrastructure and is the least ventured of the four
main resorts. The next field is Niseko Annapuri which is typically hit with
the strongest winds and worst weather. It's upper chairs tend to close when
the gale force winds act up. But due to this weather, Annapuri has been
granted the best snow conditions that can be enjoyed when the staff chooses
to open the course.
In the middle can be found Niseko Higashiyama, managed by the Prince
Corporation. With a large Prince Hotel located at the bottom of the gondola,
the mountain is catered to families and touted as a major ski destination.
To the right is Niseko Hirafu, the most well-known and popular of the three
main resorts. Fast and efficient chairs offer excellent access to this large
resort that consists of two main subsections - Kokusai and Hanazono.
Hanazono itself is being rapidly developed by Australian and other foreign
investors into becoming a ski resort to rival Annapuri, Higashiyama and its
Niseko Annapuri, Higashiyama and Hirafu are are united at the top of the
mountain. To get from one resort to another, all one has to do is ride the
chair lifts to the peak and traverse to the other side. Alternatively, at
the base, a free shuttle bus links all three resorts under the Niseko United
Passport service. This service extends to the ski lifts and all three
resorts can be accessed by one smartcard lift ticket.
Mt. Annupuri Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski resort from the St.
Moritz memorial bridge. Picture
For the back country fans, Niseko has easily accessibly back-country courses
that are unofficially on the maps. To the furthest right of Annapuri lies
Sannozaka, an area prone to avalanche but with a snow quality unrivaled by
the rest of the resort. To the furthest left of Hanazono lies Higashi One,
an area also prone to avalanche but with a challenging terrain that could
only be found back-country. Near the lower half of Hanazono is a forest
route called Strawberries, which has a reputation for being only for
advanced skiers and snowboarders.
One hour away by car from Niseko is Rusutsu Resort. It is another
mega-resort but run by one corporation. It caters more towards families and
offers another alternative to Niseko.
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