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Nitonupuri W Face Laps (Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan)


Easy access West Face of Nitonupuri (1080m) skin laps.

Ski Touring Moderate

5.9 km
686 m
686 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
615 m
High Point
1.1 km
Nitonupuri W Face Laps (Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan) Map

The broad West Face of Nitonupuri ニトヌプリ (1080m) offers a lot of lapping real-estate on this popular Niseko backcountry peak. With northwest aspects also on offer, there are plenty of options to fine-tune access to powder turns even later into the season. Access to the West Face is a slightly longer initial skin on the access road than the immediate SW aspects, but the extra effort is justly rewarded. Views from the false peak (1076m) are also stellar on a good day. Gaze upon the eastern aspects of Chisenupuri, the Japan Sea to the northwest, the volcanic plateau summit of Iwaonupuri, and Niseko Annupuri further to the east. Approx. 20-40 minute uphill laps with beautiful spaced tree skiing. As Nito is generally in the lee of of Chisenpuri, typically more sheltered from the prevailing NW winds making this a good option on lower-viz days. Park tight against snow banks at the road junction. Be sure to stop at the onsen just SW of the parking area on your way out. Credit to Hokkaido Wilds for majority of description.



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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