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Skiers and snowboarders from around the world rate Niseko very highly for its excellent snow conditions, and it remains a popular snow resort amongst visitors to Japan. Niseko United is located on the mountainside of Niseko Annupuri — a 1,308-meter-high mountain — and consists of four ski resorts: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Niseko Village Ski Resort, Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, and Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort. While each resort is independent, they all connect near the mountaintop and the Niseko United All Mountain Pass — an all-encompassing lift pass — is valid for each resort. Snow travelers can glide down a variety of courses at the four ski resorts, and each resort offers lessons and rental equipment.
Many high-level skiers and snowboarders are attracted to Niseko for its high-quality snow, but the area is also a great place for beginners hitting the slopes for the first time. There are also other ways to get active in the snow including riding on snowmobiles, snowshoeing through the wintry landscape, and relaxing in natural hot springs. The backcountry in the Niseko area is also popular, and you can enjoy Niseko’s great snow in the open bowls.