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Skiing Niseko, Japan

Big Ski Lines and The World's Best Snow in Niseko

Home to deep, light snow, amazing terrain and wonderful local food, the Japanese island of Hokkaido should be on every freerider's hitlist.

Freeride Skiing Moderate, Difficult

Skiing Niseko, Japan
Skiing Niseko, Japan Photo: Roderick Eime


Over the past decade Japan - and particularly Hokkaido - has become increasingly popular with adventurous skiers, and with good reason. The island is home to some of the finest ski terrain on the planet and the combination of this and famously light, deep snow is hard to beat. Add in some fascinating Japanese culture and food, and the whole package looks even better.

The most famous resort on the island is Niseko and we've put together a selection of lines for you to go at when you arrive there. Most of the biggest lines around Niseko require a hike to access but there are still some routes in this list that you can simply ski into from a lift.

When you're done skiing these, jump in a hot tub, crack open an Asahi beer and start dwelling on what sushi you're going to order!

Routes included