SKIING or riding in Niseko is all about getting first-tracks on a perfect powder day.
NISEKO’S mountain life is definitely a different experience. The day is about riding and finding powder stashes more than it is about skiing or snowboarding under sunshine and après ski, like in Europe and North America. Here, everyone is trying to get first tracks and there are a few options that can get you out before the crowds.
Niseko Village’s first-tracks cat skiing is an unforgettable experience; rise before everyone else (6:20 am start) and enjoy fresh turns before the lifts start running. There are also selected days in January when there is an early gondola at Niseko Village too, from 7:30 am on January 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
Annupuri opens early from 7:00 am on Januar 9–10 and on Februay 2 and 11. Hirafu will be open from 8:00 am everyday from January 11 to February 13.
And at Hanazono there is also a Powder Guides First Tracks Tour for those that want to be shown the best runs.