Mt Yotei with snow

A blanket of snow with Mt Yotei's snow peaks.

Niseko-Hirafu has welcomed a beautiful first snowfall today and over the weekend, which means its not long now until a winter playground is ready to ride! Mt Annupuri's snow resort's runs now look more and more like the perfect winter wonderland.

Sub-zero temperatures are expected for tonight, getting down to -2 degrees Celsius tonight. Today saw a top of 5 degrees Celsius in Niseko.

Mt Annupuri

Mt Annupuri with ski fields with blanket of snow.

Snow dome in Niseko.

Snow dome formed in Niseko.

Time to get ready for your winter vacation! If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to book! Here are the opening dates for the four resorts of Niseko United, posted on Niseko United site:

Niseko Annupuri: November 23, 2016 (Wed) - May 7, 2017 (Sun)

Niseko Village: December 1, 2016 (Tue) - April 2, 2017 (Sun)

Niseko Grand HIRAFU: November 23, 2016 (Wed) - May 7, 2017 (Sun)

Niseko HANAZONO: December 3, 2016 (Sat) - April 2, 2017 (Sun)