Niseko - A Snow Destination You Must Visit

Published: 18th May 2011
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Niseko is one of the snowiest ski destinations in the world with consistent falls of around 16 metres (640 inches) of light dry powder per season. It could be the best snow you will ever experience.

Frequent fresh powder is delivered consistently via cold frontal systems that flow across from Siberia. These unique weather conditions and temperatures produce snow with a mere 8% water content, resulting in some of the driest powder snow in the world. You will find it difficult to make a snowball most of the time the snow is that dry.

Niseko consists of 4 resorts: Annapuri, Higashiyama, Hanazono and Hirafu; these areas offer spectacular skiing and snowboarding for all levels. Wide groomed runs or off-piste with open powder bowls, drops, chutes and fields of trees, there is something to satisfy everyone's desires.

The Niseko United lift pass covers all four areas providing guests with over 48 km of ski runs serviced by 38 lifts. The longest run is a leg burning 5.6 km long. The resorts vertical measurement is 1,000 meters and comprising of 30% Beginner, 42% Intermediate and 28% Advanced.

The four-person high speed Hirafu Gondola lifts you 500 vertical meters to the mid station of the Hirafu ski area in under ten minutes. Lifts operate from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm everyday offering exceptional value for money with 12 and half hours of time on the mountain available. Niseko boasts one of the largest night ski areas in Japan, providing plenty of terrain runs and an amazing experience. Night temperatures drop only slightly from those during the day so there are no excuses.

Most lift lines don't exist except for those public holiday's when you can enjoy the company of the local skiers and boarders on the mountain, keep a good eye on them and you might find some secret local lines that you would not have thought possible so close to a groomed run. Park riders are catered for with three terrain parks offering table-tops, rails, spines and half pipes.

Experience Japanese cuisine, especially fresh local seafood in Hirafu and Kutchan, and enjoy the romantic surrounds of one of the numerous Onsens at the end of a brilliant day. Eating options on the slopes are abound with seventeen restaurants serving a vast array of Japanese cuisine and western style food.

At the end of an exhilarating day why not relax in one of the 16 local hot springs known locally as onsens, and then head out to celebrate or dine choosing from over 50 bars and restaurants in Hirafu?

To ensure your convenience while in Niseko Japan it is imperative that your Niseko accommodation is conveniently located near the main Gondola and close to restaurants and services that you require during your holiday.

Article by Brad, editor of Niseko Webzine

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