Lift passes in the Niseko Ski Resort are plastic and credit card sized that should be place on the left hand side of your body for the electronic gates.A deposit of 1,000yen is added to the ticket price when lift tickets are purchased. The deposit is refunded when you insert the lift pass into a refund machine. Refund machines are located beside the ticket booths. There are no refunds for damaged cards.
Certain areas are permanently out of bounds due to high avalanche risk. If you are caught in these areas your pass will be confiscated. Back country gates are sometimes closed due to unstable snow conditions or poor weather. If you are caught out of bounds when the gates are closed your pass will also be confiscated.
Avalanche and backcountry conditions are published daily in English here.
A Hirafu 5 or 8 hour pass or a 12 Point Ticket is recommended. For Point Ticket holders, each gondola ride are 4 points, each high-speed lift are 2 points and other lifts is 1 point. The family ace beginner lift is 1 point per-ride. Please note: if you are taking ski lessons you will need a lift pass rather than a points pass.
If you pre-purchase a regular season All-Mountain pass from Holiday Niseko we are able to replace the pass. You will however need to pay 1,000yen for the deposit on the new pass. To avoid losing your pass we recommend designating one pocket in your outerwear as your lift pass pocket and use it for nothing else so the zip is always closed.
If you purchase the 50 hour All Mountain Niseko United Pass, it is activated when you pass through the electronic lift gates. One hour is initially deducted from your pass. You can use any lift for the next 60 minutes. Once the 60 mins has expired, the next time you go through the lift gates another hour will be deducted from your pass. If you are already on the lifts when the first 60mins expires this is O.K.
Niseko United offers a 12 in 14 day pass. The pass is valid for 14 days and you can ski any 12 of those 14 days, giving you two rest days. Another option is to purchase a Niseko United 50 hour pass which offers a lot more flexibility and is cheaper than the 12 in 14 day pass.