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NIGHT SKIING AT NISEKO SKI RESORT

 

Many people who are familiar with Niseko Ski Resort are familiar with Niseko night skiing and agree it is a major highlight of their visits. Other visitors are surprised to learn upon arrival that they can get on their skis after dinner and enjoy some fresh tracks! With lifts running from 08:30 in the morning until 19:00, there is the opportunity for everyone to get on the mountain. With fantastic powder snow that can fall throughout the day or night, many people are drawn to the slopes twice in one day. Superb snow aside, empty runs and seeing the snowflakes reflected in the floodlights at night makes a surreal atmosphere, almost as if you are in a different world away from the usual hustle of Niseko. It is no surprise that Niseko night skiing is one of the best in the world!

 

Niseko Night Skiing with Yotei View

What is Night Skiing in Niseko Like?

Night skiing allows you to see Niseko in a different light (no pun intended). Skiing at night is a totally different experience to skiing during the day. It’s hard to explain exactly why, but the floodlights, empty slopes and still atmosphere create a truly magical experience. There is no need to worry about visibility, as the powerful floodlights do an excellent job of lighting up all areas. Many would say that it is actually easier to navigate at night without the heavy fog that can be a frequent visitor during daytime at peak season.

You won’t have to put on more layers for Niseko night skiing either! Temperatures tend to sit a little colder around -10 degrees, but with wind speeds generally dropping at night, it is hard to tell the difference. You’ll hear many people say it somehow feels colder skiing during the day! The low temperatures also help to suck moisture out of the air and more importantly the snow, which keeps it super light and fluffy.

Whilst Niseko night skiing hours can be limited, it does not equate to less riding. It is not uncommon for there to be a lull in the number of skiers and snowboarders from late afternoon to early evening. This means that during a heavy snowfall, some areas can reset in a short period of time, leaving untracked deep powder for those hitting the slopes early in the evening. No lift lines means plenty of laps before the lifts close! Fewer crowds also mean that if you are a beginner or progressing rider, you can have a lot more space to practice during Niseko night skiing than during day time. No need to worry about bumping into others and only need to focus on your own lines!

Niseko Night Skiing Powder Tree Runs

Treading New Ground

When it comes to Niseko night skiing, Hirafu has always been popular, but the resort also took a big step in 2022-23 season to expland the night skiing area. Night skiing in Niseko is now more extensive than ever, with all 4 Niseko United resorts offering night skiing and the Hanazono Symphony Gondola opening for night skiing for the first time for the 2022-23 Japan ski season. Easily accessible night skiing for guests staying in any of Niseko’s accommodation options means you won’t have to venture far to have a taste of the incredible night skiing in Niseko and this truly sets Niseko aside from other ski resorts in the world.

The greatest thing about Niseko night skiing is the wide scope of coverage. No matter your ability level, there is terrain for everyone. The Hanazono Gondola and Annupuri Jumbo Quad chair provide long, wide-open slopes, whereas the Center Four lift in Hirafu provides a mixture of groomed slopes and gladed tree runs. Those feeling more adventurous can head to the steeper pitches on offer at SuperRidge. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages are guaranteed a good time!

When Can you Ski at Night in Niseko?

Weather and snow depending, Niseko night skiing operates from mid-December right through until the last half of March. If you can resist the lure of the world famous food and drink on offer in the resort for just a few hours, we recommend you get yourself on the mountain for at least one evening! You can also check out our Niseko Snow Report for daily updates.

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