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What month to come?

Planning a trip to Niseko next winter and wondering when to come?

The short answer of course is anytime! If you are after a little more detail have a look below.

Hirafu is usually the first resort to open and shcedules it's opening day around the 24th of November, this is dependent on weather conditions and snow fall. 

The remaining resorts that make up the Niseko United, Annupuri, Niseko Village and Hanazono then usually open within a week of this.

So what can you expect when you arrive?

Late November / Early December


  • You can take your pick of accommodation and take advantage of some incredible deals!
  • There will be groomed runs open and this can be a good time to learn to ski
  • The likely hood of fresh snow is high and the slopes are uncrowded
  • The shuttle bus is running and all restaurants will be open.


  • The number of lifts open is dependent on snow fall
  • Resort opening is dependent on snow fall
  • Off piste skiing is generally limited


Hirafu ski resort
Autumn view of Hirafu Hanazono

Early to mid December


  • Fresh snow is highly likely
  • Early season excitement is running hot!
  • Less crowded in the village and on the slopes
  • Night skiing begins around the 10th of December
  • Excellent deals on accommodation with plenty of availablity
  • Again can be a great time to learn to ski and perfect technique on piste


  • Off piste skiing still limited
  • Open terrain and lifts dependent on snowfall


A skier carves the groomed
There are usually a number of groomed runs to choose from early to mid December

Mid December - December 20th


  • Fresh snow highly likely
  • Terrain begins to open up
  • Bars and restaurants are lively
  • There are still good deals on accommodation
  • The chances are good for some awesome uncrowded powder days


  • Although there will be increasing off piste opportunities most of the back country gates wil not be open


A snowboarder riding at night
Will Jackways making the most of his night pass

December 20th to mid February


  • Snowfalls are consitent and often constant through December, January and most of February
  • From first timer to seasoned pro, during these months there is something for everyone
  • Alternative activities such as snow shoeing and snowmobiling will all be in operation.
  • Most backcountry gates will open around Christmas (an awesome present!)
  • Snow conditions are excellent and the village will be humming and vibrant


  • Being the most popular months accommodation must be booked well in advance
  • The village and ski slopes will be busy, especially over the Christmas period
  • Airport transfers and ski lessons can sell out so are also best arranged in advance.


Deep powder skiing in Niseko
Enjoy powder like this!

Mid February to March


  • Snowfalls are still consistant during this tme and can be some of the best of the year
  • The snowpack is at its highest of the year and the tree skiing at its best
  • Slightly less people than earlier in the month
  • Bluebird powder days not uncommon!


  • Toward the end of the month storms are less frequent


The View of Mount Yotei from Hirafu
An incredible view each and everytime



  • Less crowds
  • Weather is more settled
  • Restaurants are all open but less busy
  • The terrain park is soft and great for the kids
  • A great time to learn to ski and lots of fun for the kids
  • Alternative activities such as snowmobiling and snowshoeing still great fun
  • Sunny days with soft snow are much more common than earlierin the season
  • Accommodation deals are excellent with many customers enjoying 50 - 60% off usual rates!


  • Storms and powder days less frequent


Spring time skiing in Hirafu with blue skies
March is a fantastic time to learn to ski or snowboard

April to close


  • Sunny days are the norm
  • You will have the place to yoursleves
  • The snow is soft and slushy (best skiing in the morning)
  • Accommodation is plentiful and realtively inexpensive


  • Hirafu resort will reduce operations fom 
  • 2019 Hanazono will close March 31st
  • 2109 Niseko Vilage will close April 7th
  • A number of restaurants in Hirafu Village will close
  • The Village Shuttle will only operate until April 7th


The View of Mount Yotei from Hirafu
April visits for spring skiing and great views!

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