Hokkaido is the coldest part of Japan and is well-known for its beautiful snowfall during winter. It has a very good quality of snow which led to the popularity if winter sports in the area. There are many resorts which offer an unforgettable winter sports experience. Here are some of the places.
Niseko is a town in Hokkaido consisting of 4 ski areas: Niseko HANAZONO Ski Resort, Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, Niseko Village Ski Resort and Niseko Annupuri Ski Area. The resort is internationally known for having the lightest powder of snow and the longest ski season from November to early May. Added to this, the snow is not that dry compared to other places in Hokkaido. The nearest airport to the area is New Chitose Airport, which serves the Sapporo metropolitan area. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes traveling to Niseko from the airport.
Another hidden powder paradise is located an hour North-East of Niseko. This is a better place to escape from the lift lines and find deep untracked tree skiing. Fresh tracks can be found here for days. The resort also offers a wide array of rejuvenating activities with perfect luxurious accommodation for a family ski holiday. If you come from the New Chitose airport, it will take you 2 hours to arrive or a 45-minute free shuttle from the Old Japanese port town of Otaru.
Rusutsu Ski Resort has been rated as the number one ski resort in Hokkaido. It is located 90 minutes from the southwest of Sapporo. The place has incredible tree skiing and very powdery snow which is best for those who are learning to ski or just enjoy the abundance of dry powder. Relative to nearby Niseko, the place is uncrowded so there’s no need for you to share the fresh lines with other people. There are mainly two large hotel accommodations in the area: Rusutsu Resort Hotel and The Westin Rusutsu Resort. There are other lodging options such as cabins and pensions.