ABOUT Niseko Snow Resort, Hokkaido
There are six major six ski resorts in the Niseko region. These include Hirafu, Higashiyama, Annupuri, Hanazono, Moiwa, Niseko Weiss. Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu, and Hanazono are interconnected and you can ski/board here with only the one ski pass. Together they form 2,191 acres (8.87 km2) of skiable area. The lift system comprises 38 gondolas and lifts connecting 61 ski runs. Niseko Moiwa, adjacent to Annupuri, can be skied to from Annupuri but is not currently connected by the lift system. Niseko Weiss has no lifts, but you can still ski/board this area, if you are taken uphill by snow cats. Niseko also has many excellent back-country ski-courses that are unofficially on the maps. To the furthest right of Annupuri lies Sannozaka, an area prone to avalanche but with high quality snow. To the far right of Hirafu lies Higashi One, also prone to avalanche but with a challenging back-country terrain. For those who dont mind climbing, Mount Yōtei also has some great back country skiing.