A little further out than Niseko Moiwa is Chisenupuri Ski Jou, a small city run ski field consisting of a hooded 2 seater. From the top of the 2 seater you can go either way back to the base. Skiers right takes you on a course through an open bowl with trees to the left and ridge to the right. If you traverse high enough you can make it onto the ridge and drop off a cornice that forms over winter, some parts get quite large for those who look. Going skiers left of the lift you ride over a knoll through glades, or if you go wide skier left you will end up in a valley that takes you back to O'Yu Numa (hot water pond) that sits behind Yuki Chichibu Onsen Hot Spring. Chisenupuri even though having a short vertical drop has enough skiing to keep you happy for a good part of day if you like to explore.

Chisenupuri ski runOn piste at Chisenupuri in Niseko, great little spot to explore

From Chisenupuri you can also access the peak of Chisnenupri (Mountain) by going straight off the 2 seater. On a clear day you can see the peak and the trail . Obviously it is good to always be prepared when going backcountry and this is no exception but is rewarding for those who make it to the top with views of Youtei Zan, Niseko Annupuri, The Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean and all in between. The hike is about 1.5 hours and you can ride straight back to the resort.

Chisenupuri Peak Chisenupuri Peak from the top of the 2 seater, not far now

As mentioned earlier, right next to the ski jou is Yuki Chichibu Onsen so you can always have a soak afterwards or get a meal there before you return home. Chisenupuri is a great day option for those who like to do something a little different.

Chisenupuri BaseLooking back at the Chisenupuri Base from the skiers right ridge, Yuki Chichibu Onsen is back left

10/01/2013 - 13:05