In Niseko, we are waving a fond farewell to winter and welcoming one of our favourite times of the year…spring! The colder months might be behind us but that doesn’t mean the fun and fantastic skiing conditions will come to an end. Here are our top reasons why it’s worth paying Niseko a visit between now and when the season shuts!
Nearly ten meters of snow fell during the months of December, January and February which made for epic skiing and boarding conditions, but also meant a lot of low visibility days. We will never complain about pow, but it’s always nice to see the sun. March is renowned for blue sky days, perfect for riding the current healthy snow base. Plus, it’s not uncommon to see around 1.5 meters of snow fall in March alone, so the chances of a powder day are still high!
Loads of Deals and Discounts
Spring is definitely the best time to pick up a great deal! At Rhythm we’re offering free rental upgrades from March 15thto the end of the season. Simply pre-book a standard ski or snowboard package and you’ll be upgraded at no extra charge. You can also find discounts on lift passes, ski lessons and accommodation.
Less Crowded Lifts, Restaurants, Bars and Onsens
From now until the end of the season is regarded as the ‘quiet time’. While we love it when the town is bustling and thriving, it’s also nice not queuing for lifts or battling crowds in bars. Also, there is nothing more magical than taking a soak in an onsen when you have it all to yourself!
Go Backcountry on Skis or a Splitboard
Days that are longer, sunnier and warmer make for perfect touring conditions. Niseko is home to loads of terrain that lies beyond the ski resort boundaries. If you have some local knowledge or a guide, plus the right gear, it’s often easy to find untouched snow even if it hasn’t dumped for a day or two. Your first stop should be Summit, our backcountry store which is located on the road above our main shop, next to Niseko Realty. At Summit you can rent everything you need for a backcountry adventure and get some advice from our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Check out the Cherry Blossoms
If you think Japan is pretty when it’s covered in white, wait until you see it clothed in pink! The Japanese Cherry Blossom Season begins in the southern regions of Kyushu and Shikoku on the 17th/ 18thMarch. The blossoms then travel north as temperatures start to rise, reaching Sapporo (Hokkaido’s largest city) on 3rdMay, coinciding with the final days of the ski season. Definitely something to keep in mind next time you’re planning a trip to Japan!