The snow quality at Niseko is all that you have heard and is the main reason for visiting this resort. We had a 10 day trip - it snowed for 6 days straight with 50cm of fresh powder one day and powder easily found on the others.
Tree runs were superb - and you could still find ones that weren't tracked out by lunch time if you looked.
When there is no fresh snow, Niseko (including Annupuri and Higashyama) is just
My snowboarding friends sang siren songs to me about Niseko, and the great conditions there. I had never skiied on powder before, so it ended up being akin to a religious experience - I have seen the light and am now converted! Even half-skiing, half tumbling down an over-my-ability black slope was the most fun I've ever had in my belated ski career.
Best of all, unlike many Japanese resorts that have no night skiing and hence herd everyone down
Niseko is a great town, not the luxury resort like say Banff or Zermatt, but there are plenty of good places to eat out without walking too far, people were friendly, prices reasonable.
The snow was silky smooth, and there was a wide variety of skiing areas - it never seemed too crowded. Visibility was poor all through our stay, and we were irritated that having bought three mountain lift tickets, it