Discover why more people are choosing to visit Niseko in March!

From quieter slopes, to stunning bluebird days and still plenty of activities, read on to learn why Niseko is becoming increasingly popular in March

Yes, while we love a great JaPOWDER snowstorm here during the peak winter months in Niseko, we also love it when March rolls around, and for good reason too!

Picture beautiful sunny bluebird days, fewer crowds, great discounts, and the ski season far from over - there are numerous reasons why March is an ideal time to plan your next visit.

Less crowds

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The peak powder months of January and February are traditionally the busiest time of the year in Niseko. However, come March, the crowds begin to dissipate, allowing visitors to take in the stunning beauty and tranquility of the mountain.

With fewer people on the slopes, you can take advantage of shorter lift lines and be surprised at the amount of first tracks you'll be able to ride without even trying.

Hirafu Village also takes on a more peaceful atmosphere, giving you a better chance of scoring a walk-in table at your favorite restaurant or bar.

Stunning bluebird days - sometimes even with fresh powder!

Spring Skiing is just around the corner.

March brings with it excellent skiing conditions, with a high likelihood of fresh, powder snow falling from the skies until the end of the month.

On clear days, the views from any run within the resort are breathtaking, with Mt Yotei and Hirafu village providing a stunning backdrop to your day of riding the slopes.

Maximise your time on the slopes

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With the start of spring bringing longer days, you can maximise your trip and make the most of the mountain.

Ski the best snow in the morning, explore the terrain with a snowmobile or snowshoe tour in the afternoon, and if you're feeling adventurous, get back on the mountain in the early evening by taking advantage of night skiing until Sunday 19 March at 7 PM.

Enjoy spring season savings!

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Yes, you heard us right - savings!

March is a super family-friendly time of year because of all the great discounts making for an even more affordable holiday.

Sky Express are offering 10%OFF private transfers from New Chitose Airport to Niseko, and accommodation providers, such as Niseko Central, are offering Spring Specials that can help lighten the load on your wallet.

There's also a number of special discounts for winter activities. GoSnow are offering 10%OFF all ski and snowboard lessons, making March the perfect time to take your skiing or boarding to the next level! Starting on March 20th, Grand Hirafu Resort Lift Tickets will also be available at reduced low-season prices.

March special events and activities galore

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As well as enjoying the slopes, there are some awesome events planned across Grand Hirafu and Hanazono for the month of March.

Niseko Shootout Film Festival: A giant 10m x 10m screen crafted from ice will illuminate the finalists in the Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival. The festival takes place on the evening of March 11, Local food trucks will be on-site, providing a grand selection of local cuisine to accompany the great local films.

Hanazono All Japan Snowboard Slopestyle competition: From March 23 - March 26, head on over to Hanazono Park to watch some of the best snowboarders in Japan compete for the Slopestyle and Big Air titles.

Hanazono Winter Zipline: After a long winter's hibernation, the Hanazono Zipline is finally open for limited bookings from March 15 to April 9. Dare to challenge your inner daredevil and take on one of the world's longest ziplines!


We hope we've inspired you to book a trip to come and see us in March. Be sure to read up on our 5 top tips for spring skiing article here.