This place far exceeded my expectations simply by amount of snow, terrain and overall experience. (Reviewing mountain as one entire area covering Hirafu, Higa's and Annurpurni).
After eighteen months without snow, a new stick under arm, I arrived straight from working twelve hours a day in 45C heat in northern Australia to boarding twelve hours a day in -10C and perfect powder. Feeding frenzy, was I in for the first few days.
I had heard a lot about niseko area over the past 7 yrs but had never got there. I'd always opted for Fernie and Whistler in BC, Canada.
We made it to Niseko this yr and were blown away. The village is awesome and has piles of snow everywhere. The temperature never got above -4 and it snowed every night bar one, in some capacity. We found fresh lines everyday (even as late as 3pm) and we were treated to one