Moiwa Ski Resort

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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

Many people think that Niseko Japan is made up of four ski resorts, yet in reality Niseko is comprised of five resorts. The small Moiwa ski resort is often considered to be the forgotten cousin of Niseko. Niseko-Moiwa may be hidden in the shadow of the ever popular “Niseko”, yet Moiwa can be a superb place to feed your addiction for powder. Away from the hustle and bustle of “Niseko”, the Niseko Moiwa resort (formerly known as La Ponte) receives awesome dumps of snow but minus the hordes.

Moiwa is far enough away from the frenzy of Hirafu so you can enjoy the serenity and the abundant fresh tracks, but also close enough to Niseko to provide easy access to the fun and frivolity of this large ski resort.

Moiwa Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The terrain at Moiwa may be short with only 470 metres of vertical, but it’s very sweet because it’s generally quiet and devoid of any crowds.

The ski resort is serviced by two chair lifts, a covered high speed quad and a 2-seater lift, which provide access to six runs (or courses as the Japanese like to call them). Most of the courses are delightfully groomed, but the main event for powderhounds is the many off-piste lines through the trees, and the delicious backcountry that’s a very short hike away.

Of course the piece de resistance of Moiwa is the snow. Moiwa scores really well on the pow-dometer. The ski resort sits at a lower elevation than Niseko proper, and receives only approximately 10 metres of snow per season, which of course is nothing to be sneezed at. With consistently cold temperatures, the reliability and quality of the snow is very similar to that of the famous Niseko. This could be the place to partake in some pillow talk and revel in over the head blower powder!

Where is Moiwa Ski Resort?

Moiwa is to the skiers’ right of the Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort; about 1.8km via road. It’s possible for intermediate riders and above to ski into the Moiwa village from An’nupuri, and in the right conditions experienced riders can ski over to Niseko via backcountry gate number 6. Alternatively there are free shuttle buses from Hirafu (the main village of Niseko) to Moiwa during the day, an 11km trip that takes about 10 minutes.

From the New-Chitose airport there are shuttle transfer options to get to Moiwa. Alternatively from Sapporo you can catch a train to JR Niseko Station, and then get a 10 minute taxi or bus to Niseko-Moiwa.

Niseko Moiwa shouldn’t be confused with the Mount Moiwa ropeway near Sapporo.

Moiwa Accommodation

Moiwa Accommodation Listings

One Niseko Resort Towers
is a luxury hotel located right at the base of Moiwa Ski Resort, with rooms ranging from studios to massive grand suites sleeping up to 5 adults.

Moiwa Lodge is also located slopeside. This Moiwa accommodation is popular with powder skiers and boarders who don’t need the frills of Hirafu, and enjoy hanging out with like-minded pow chasers in the lounge areas, restaurant and bar. The affordability is probably also a drawcard. Accommodation options include twin, triple and family rooms with private toilet and wash basin, and self-contained cottages. They also have dormitory accommodation for the particularly frugal. For those that don’t want to ski at Moiwa, free shuttles (3 minutes) are provided to Annupuri of Niseko United.

If you’re really looking for cheap accommodation and also want to fully immerse in the Japanese culture, check out The Lodge Moiwa 834. The lodge provides modern capsule accommodation, and it’s only a few minutes walk to the slopes. 

Alternatively stay in the Konbu Onsen area which is really close to the Moiwa lifts. Hotel Kanronomori is a beautiful boutique ryokan (Japanese inn) in this hot springs area. As to be expected for this hot springs area, the hotel has fantastic onsens on-site.
To ski at Moiwa you can also stay in one of the Niseko villages (Niseko Village, Hanazono, or the mega Niseko Hirafu) and ski in to Moiwa. Stay in Hirafu accommodation if you want to get the free shuttle bus to Moiwa. See our Niseko accommodation page for more information.

Moiwa Facilities

Moiwa has a snappy new day lodge that houses the ski resort facilities and services. Upstairs is a 200 seat restaurant where you can feast on ramen, udon noodles, hamburgers or fried chicken, whilst using the complimentary wireless internet.

Moiwa ski resort also offers snowboard and ski hire. In addition to standard rental equipment they also hire out fat powder skis. The modern day lodge has large changing rooms and a powder room for the chicks, also one could swear that the real powder room is out in the Moiwa backcountry!

Why Ski or Snowboard at Moiwa?

Moiwa is a little gem and is perfect to take in as a day trip from Niseko. Moiwa has the famous Niseko snow, but without all the punters and queues. Word is leaking out about Moiwa, so get there quickly before it becomes as well known as Niseko.

Tours That May Include Moiwa

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Hokkaido Storm Chaser
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
Price p/p
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USD 2,639
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 Late bird discount; take 20,000 JPY (6.9%) per person off the price for Feb 26 - Mar 4 tour date.
Hokkaido Explorer Tour
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu then Furano then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 3,543
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Southwest Solutions
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour can be based in or around the NISEKO area and is designed to CHASE THE BEST POWDER each day at NISEKO, RUSUTSU, KIRORO & MOIWA. The tour finishes with a couple of days chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI).
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 (per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 1,629
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Niseko Freeride Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This snowboarding tour takes in what many would argue are the best ski areas in Japan with a choice of up to 11 ski areas in the Niseko region. Home base is a nice hotel in Niseko so you have access to Niseko's vibrant nightlife. Have a guide to take you to the best powder stashes at each location.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 1,598
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Niseko Guided Day Tours
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Niseko with a group, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas (off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry). PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests (i.e. you cannot join a group).
Price p/p From price based on a PER PERSON rate for Niseko guided day tour for 2018-19 season (private groups only of 6 guests) in shoulder season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
From 60,000 yen for a group. *Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 106
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
Price p/p From price based on 1 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
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USD 137
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours

Ultimate Early Season Camps
8 nights | 7 days | Cat Skiing, Avi Training
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Beat the high season rates and crowds and get Japow earlier than the punters. Based in Niseko, you'll visit 4 ski resorts for lift accessed sidecountry, enjoy a day of cat skiing at Chisenupuri, receive 2 days of avalanche awareness training & get an intro to backcountry touring.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share, 9-day package for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,902
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Guided Tours
Private & Mixed Group
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Niseko Black Snowsports offer lift-access backcountry & sidecountry guiding services for advanced to expert mixed & private groups around Niseko/Moiwa, Rusutsu & Kiroro. Book for your own private group tour or join a group.
Price p/p price is per person per day (min 3 guests required for tour to operate)
base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Prices include tax.
USD 182
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable).
Price p/p From price based on per person rate for a private group of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 126
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BDT Guided BC Day Tours
Niseko Area | Shiribetsu & Yotei | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on an epic day (or days) of guided backcountry skiing or riding near Niseko. Ideal for private groups (or waiting list for group tours). Areas include Niseko backcountry areas, Shiribetsu, lower Mt Yotei or Yotei summit (weather pending).
Price p/p From price based on 1 day of guided backcountry skiing/riding per person (5 guests in your group e.g. 75,000 yen total).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 137
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Cat Skiing Tours

Shimamaki Snowcat Packages
Stay in a Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the best Japan cat skiing! Departing from Niseko, the trip offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing & boarding, staying in a traditional coastal Japanese inn. Ride deep untracked powder all day, feast on Japanese cuisine and soak in the hotel's onsen in the evening.
Price p/p Display price is based on 2 days + 2 nights per person for 2019 season (regular season)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 1,451
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Iwanai Cat Skiing Day Package
8 - 10 Runs (Approx 4,600m vertical/day)
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Iwanai Cat Skiing serves up powder runs of 325-650 metres of vertical bliss, with 8 to 10 runs for the day. Located near Niseko, the Iwanai Resort snowcat skiing terrain scores masses of snowfall. Ideal for strong intermediate & advanced riders.
Price p/p Price is per person per day for high season
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations. Price includes 8% sales tax
USD 639
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Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours
Single Day Guided, Inc. Lunch
Ability: Advanced to Expert
A day of awesome guided cat skiing near Niseko in backcountry terrain with some steep lines, technical trees, and pillows and mushrooms. The snowcat skiing is ideal for those craving bottomless untracked powder runs.
Price p/p From price is per person (min 4 persons required to operate)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese yen in taxes
*display price may vary slightly with fluctuations in currency
USD 510
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