ONCE you’ve visited Niseko a couple of times, you grow pretty blasé about snowfall. Old hands watch Niseko first-timers thrilled by 10cm of light dry powder snow – knowing that within days the same people will hardly bat an eyelid at 20cm. Niseko turns you into a powder snob, and soon nowhere else compares.
Take January for example, when many amazing days of consistent snowfall delivered more than 6m of powder on top of December’s 6.5m+. So even if it stopped snowing now, we’d still be one of the snowiest resorts on the planet. But the snowfall doesn’t stop. And many locals say late February and early March offer Niseko’s best skiing conditions – lots of fresh snow, better weather, good visibility, and fewer tracks – even enough to satisfy powder snobs.
– by Chris Chan