Winter Begins in Niseko-Hirafu

Snow has fallen for the first time in Niseko-Hirafu for the Winter 2018/19 season.

To everyone's delight, Niseko has received its very first snowfall in town and all over the resort for the Winter 2018/19 season! Winter is almost here with the entirety of the resort to be covered in thick layers of snow over the coming months. Here's what Niseko looks like as of October 31, 2018.


Hirafu-zaka street in the early morning on 31st October, 2018.

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On the mountain, ski lifts are covered in snow.

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View from the mountain with the roofs of buildings in Hirafu village covered in white. 

With the much-anticipated snowfall, Niseko United resorts are scheduled to open (weather depending) on the following dates:

  • Niseko Grand Hirafu: Friday, 23rd Nov
  • Niseko Annupuri: Friday, 23rd Nov
  • Niseko Village: Saturday, 1st Dec
  • Niseko Hanazono: Saturday, 1st Dec

Stoked for winter? Check out this year's Niseko United Trail Map and essentials everyone forgets to book before coming to Niseko.