The wind blows in from Siberia across the Sea of Japan, hits the Niseko mountain and explodes, dumping tons and tons of light dry powder.
Niseko is made up of three interconnecting villages – Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Higashiyama with a total of 38 ski lifts. In recent years Niseko has become accustomed to ‘powder hounds’ coming across from Australia and Europe to experience the amazing snow. Consequently they are much more relaxed about off-piste skiing than many of the ski areas in Japan with many off-piste areas open to the public. There is only one word to describe the powder here: WOW! Optional skiing in nearby Rusutsu, with the skiing spread across three mountains there’s plenty of skiing with 4 gondolas, 7 quads, 8 double chairlifts and hopefully more of Hokkaido’s legendary powder for which Rusutsu is renowned with some amazing tree skiing.