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.
An Autumn day hiking Chisenupuri and looking back at Niseko Annupuri and Youtei-zan with Nitonupuri in the foreground recently bought back memories of hiking in the Niseko backcountry during last winter. For the rider well knowledged in the dangers of the backcountry the Niseko area has some great hikes, ranging from shorter 2 hours hikes to full day missions.
If your'e planning a trip to Niseko this winter, be it your first trip or returning, you will want to fit a day in at Kiroro. Kiroro Resort is in the mountains between Niseko and Otaru and because of its position it picks up snow from the west as Niseko does and also because on the north side is the Ishikare Bay it gets storms from the north too. Meaning more snow than Niseko, making it the snowiest place in Hokkaido.
The beauty of having a car while in Niseko.
For purveyors of fine whiskey or those who want a day off the slopes and to explore a bit, a visit to Yoichi and the Nikka distillery is great and short drive. Grab a designated driver and make the drive to the small seaside town of Yoichi only about 50 minutes from Kutchan on route 5; the drive itself is interesting too, over a mountain pass with a tunnel at the top.
Jumping in the car is always fun, especially when going somewhere new. Today we are off to Niseko Moiwa, a short 10 minute drive around the mountain and lucky for us it is a clear morning as is often the case at sunrise for some reason. So with our bellies full from a home cooked breakfast we are off, dropping in for a take out coffee on the way through Hirafu village.