Niseko on the island of Hokkaido is one of the most famous areas in the world among powder-snow buffs.
The icy winds sweeping across from Siberia usually release up to 15 metres of powder snow at a time. A snow depth of five feet is not uncommon. The sow’s water content is around 6% – compared for example to snow in Australia, which typically has a moisture content of 50%. This may perhaps explain the presence of so many Australians coming here to enjoy winter sports!
The effects of this are beneficial for UK visitors: signage in English, basic English spoken by most hoteliers and bar staff, and ski equipment for hire in generous sizes!
One of the benefits of Niseko is that experienced skiers can also do trail skiing at selected resorts. For those who do not wish to ski on the numerous slopes, you can explore the backcountry with activities such as snowshoeing, or you can enjoy the various restaurants and bars at the many ski resorts in the area.
In the summer, Niseko is still an adventure location but offers a different kind of experience. Visitors to this area can improve their golfing skills at the numerous golf resorts in and around the town. For those who want to get more active, mountain bike courses may be of interest. For enthusiastic hikers, the summits of Mt. Niseko and Mt. Yotei offer great views of the Niseko region.