Niseko Moiwa Snowboarding
The 5th most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Tuesday 30 January 2018 06:26 GMT
Southwest of Sapporo and west of Niseko, the Niseko Moiwa has 7 courses spread over 114 hectares served by 2 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 470m. This below-the-treeline region is known to have an average annual snowfall exceeding 10m. The small Niseko Moiwa ski area is also known as La Ponte and is popular for it's great powder. The powder can be found in the open off-piste glades and the hikeable backcountry.
If you are an advanced snowboarder, it is possible to ride between the An’nupuri ski area to the Niseko Moiwa ski area.
To reach the snowboarding at Niseko Moiwa by plane, fly into Sapporo New Chitose airport (CTS) on the southwest side of Hokkaido just southeast of Sapporo. There are numerous direct inter country flights from Tokyo. From the airport, there are numerous shuttle bus options to the various Hokkaido ski resorts. While at the airport, make sure to use the ATM since ATM machines can be quite hard to find at the resorts and credit cards are rarely accepted. From the airport, there is a shuttle bus service provided by Hokkaido Resort Liner. Alternately, there is a train from Sapporo (JR) to Niseko with a bus or taxi to the resort.
In addition to flying into Sapporo from Tokyo, there is also a train tunnel connecting Hokkaido Island with the main Honshu Island. The train route from Tokyo northbound passes through Aomori, and the total trip takes between 9 to 11 hours.
Tip - There is a free shuttle between Niseko Moiwa to Hirafu (11km).
Note - keep in mind that the ski areas on Hokkaido are not known to be particularly steep, but they are well known for big snow fall. They are also known for their ones, which are hot thermal spring-fed indoor or outdoor pools (be aware that they are usually naked pools). When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Niseko Moiwa is the 5th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Niseko Moiwa including Niseko United, Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri and Rusutsu Resort.