About Niseko and Annupuri

Niseko Ski Resort

Niseko is widely known as the best ski resort in Asia and it’s fast becoming one of the most popular winter destinations in the world. The amount and type of powder snow are the factors that draw people to this unique location that caters all levels from beginner to professional. Niseko’s annual snowfall is impressive 15 meters and it arrives with the cold frontal systems that flow down from Siberia. These unique conditions produce something that everyone’s after – the feeling of riding some of the driest powder in the world.

Niseko Ski Resort consists of four interlinked main areas – Annupuri, Higashiyama (Niseko Village), Hirafu and Hanazono. Together they hold 48km of ski runs that include wide open runs, gladed areas, groomed and off-piste slopes, several terrain parks, a halfpipe and the adventurous backcountry. The terrain is divided into 30% beginner 43% intermediate and 27% advanced. The bottom lift in Niseko starts at 280 meters as the top lift goes to 1200 meters giving 920 vertical meters of lift accessed terrain. The peak is in 1308 meters and it takes about 15 minutes to hike there from the top lift. Up there you can see an amazing panoramic view of the Japan Sea, and the Niseko area including the ever present volcanic cone of Mt Yotei.

Quick Facts About Niseko

  • The Niseko United Ski Resort is on Mt Annupuri
  • Mt Annupuri winter season runs from Dec right through until May
  • The steepest run is 37 degrees and the longest run is 5.6km
  • There are in total 64 runs on Mt Annupuri, 27 chair lifts and 3 gondolas.
  • 30% beginner, 43% intermmediate, 37% advanced 
  • Night skiing is available until 9pm

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Annupuri Ski Resort is located at the base of one of the area’s largest national parks (if you look at the four resorts, it’s the one furthest to the left). The resort has six lifts (including a gondola) that will take you up to enjoy some of the longest powder runs Niseko has to offer.

Annupuri offers wide green and red runs for all levels of skiers and boarders to practise on, with no flat sections in the middle where you have to haul yourself through. There are also a few patches of widely spaced trees along the runs for those who want a taste of powder and the rush of zipping between trees. The Champion, which is a black piste at the top, is the easiest black on the entire ski resort, so you can feel good about yourself by going down your first black run.  You can also ski down to the gully between Annupuri and Moiwa, and check out the famous Annupuri back bowl, which rides out to the bottom of Annupuri and joins the main crowd again without you having to walk out too far.  A good choice for those who aren’t into trekking around in powder with boards and skis. The other gate opens into the gully towards Niseko Village, and finally the last gate where you can hike up to the peak.

When you choose Annupuri, you are definitely going to get more powder and less people


Moiwa ski field is located next to Annupuri and you can ski there and back quite easily. You should still know where you’re going because you will be going through a forest. If you buy the All Mountain Pass we recommend that you buy one time ticket (400 yen) or 12 time ticket (3,500 yen) to Moiwa Ski field.

For example if you’re staying in Annupuri for a week, it’s wise to buy the Annupuri pass for 3 days and the All Mountain pass for 4 days. By doing this you can use the discount you get on Moiwa with the Annupuri pass.

Find out more about Moiwa and the discount prices from here.