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!