Looking for a day away from the Niseko-United resort? These three resorts can be easily accessed from the Niseko-Hirafu area for a day-trip and offer a variety of terrain and great powder snow.
The largest ski area in Hokkaido with 37 courses totaling 42 km in length. People head here for the amazing powder tree runs and long, smooth groomers.
Location: Rusutsu Village
How to get there: Car or bus (with NGS) - takes around 45 minutes from Niseko-Hirafu
No. of lifts: 18 including 4 gondolas
Price: ¥5,500 (Adult 1 day pass)
Operating hours: 9:00 - 21:00 (when night skiing available)
Operating dates: Late Nov - Early Apr
Moiwa Ski Resort
Located next to the Niseko Annupuri Resort, Moiwa is a great place for people looking for a powder fix without the crowds of the Niseko United areas.
Location: Mt. Moiwa (near Niseko Annupuri Resort)
How to get there: Car or free shuttle bus from Niseko-Hirafu (around 30-40 minutes)
No. of lifts: 3
Price: ¥4,300 (Adult 1 day pass)
Operating hours: 8:30 - 16:00
Operating dates: Dec 13 - Mar 31
Located on a different snow-belt to the Niseko area, Kiroro can catch some big snow dumps when other areas receive only moderate falls. An up-and-coming resort that has abundant powder snow and great tree skiing.
Location: Akaigawa Village
How to get there: Car - around 60 minutes from Niseko-Hirafu
No. of lifts: 9
Price: ¥5,000 (Adult 1 day pass for 2015-2016)
Operating hours: 9:00 - 20:00 (when night skiing available)
Operating dates: Early Dec - Early Apr