Ranked as one of the world’s snowiest international ski resorts, the brisk highland Niseko weather receives 15m of average annual snow fall. National Geographic recently named Niseko as the world’s best powder snow resort, thanks to almost constant storm cycles from nearby Siberia. The Niseko ski season generally begins in December and lasts up until May so check out the Niseko snow forecast to see what conditions will be like during your visit.
Whilst it’s wise to check the Niseko snow report daily to see what conditions you can expect on the mountain, the snow season can typically be divided into 5 categories: open season, early season, high season, shoulder season and end season. Each season offers its own unique conditions and a variety of benefits, depending on the kind of experience you’re chasing. For example, the open season offers cheap accommodation and no crowds however this also means some services may be limited.
Beginning late November and lasting until late December, open season and early season see early snowfall not guaranteed to be adequate for top to bottom skiing, off-piste skiing is limited and backcountry gates will not be open. However night skiing begins and a free shuttle bus around the village begins operation. From late December to mid-February, high season of course offers the best snow conditions with awesome night skiing and lots of dry powder but is also the busiest period. Accommodation prices are higher and there are not many sunny days, with temperatures ranging from - 11°C in the village to -25°C at the peak.
From mid-February to the end of March the shoulder season offers more sunny days and an excellent base of snow however snow conditions can vary. Great for families, prices drop but nightlife is still plentiful and skiing conditions are excellent. Temperatures average - 2°C and there is excellent back country hiking to be had. From the beginning of April to close of the snow season, the end of season again offers no crowds and plenty of cheap accommodation however many restaurants close and skiing is restricted. Although the ski season stretches all the way into early May, the village is very quiet.