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Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Powder Skiing Moiwa Hokkaido
Powder Skiing Moiwa Hokkaido
Day Lodge Moiwa
Day Lodge Moiwa
Quintessential Japan Skiing at Moiwa
Quintessential Japan Skiing at Moiwa
Tree Skiing
Tree Skiing
Powder Skiing Hokkaido
Powder Skiing Hokkaido
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Powder Skiing
Moiwa Powder Skiing
Niseko Moiwa Base Facilities
Niseko Moiwa Base Facilities
More Freshies!
More Freshies!
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Abundant Snowfall Like Nearby Niseko
Abundant Snowfall Like Nearby Niseko
Ski Hokkaido for Amazing Powder
Ski Hokkaido for Amazing Powder
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Moiwa Ski Resort
Puking With Snow at Niseko Moiwa
Puking With Snow at Niseko Moiwa
Groomed Runs for Beginners and Intermediates
Groomed Runs for Beginners and Intermediates
More Freshies Than at Niseko (Next Door)
More Freshies Than at Niseko (Next Door)
Moiwa Ski Resort Japan
Moiwa Ski Resort Japan

Moiwa

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 An’nupuri area of Niseko; about 1km 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 AccommodationOne 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.
 
One Niseko Hotel Moiwa One Niseko Moiwa (3 star)
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Offers a variety of studio rooms & suites of varying standards for up to 5 guests. Features kitchenettes, large picture window & separate seating areas, free WIFI & SatTV. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, hot springs & more...
Moiwa Lodge Moiwa Lodge (2 star)
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If a social rustic lodge is more your style this might be the one for you. Slope-side location with private & dorm rooms plus stand-alone cabins. Games room, 4 common lounge areas, restaurant, bar, free wifi & car parking & more...

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 DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,200
Book and pay deposit prior to C.O.B. August 31st 2016 and get 10% off the advertised price.
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Niseko United area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Renaissance Rider (Nth & Sth Islands) DETAILS
GUIDED SKI & CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
14 Day | 13 Nights | 8 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 3,784
Book and pay deposit by Aug 31 2016 for 7% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Immerse yourself in Japan's rich culture and ski powder up to your eyeballs at some of Japan's best destinations. Includes Kyoto & Tokyo tours & flight from Kyoto to Sapporo.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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Price p/p
USD 3,488
$AU100 off for 18th Feb tour if booked prior to Sept 30 2016
Ability: Advanced, 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.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Niseko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
From price based on Niseko guided day tour (private groups only of 6 guests). If you are a single the cost is 6X that shown pr person.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 88
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, 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 such as Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kiroro, Kokusai or Tiene. Tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests (i.e. you cannot join a group).
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours DETAILS
LIFT ASSISTED BACKOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
From price based on 2 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included). You cannot join a group on these tours.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 243
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on 2 days 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, Tiene & Kokusai.
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Powder Progression for Skiers DETAILS
GUIDED SKIER PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,090
Book by 30th Sept 2016 and get $AU100 off for tour dates of 27th Dec, 14th Jan, 19th Feb, 26th Feb & 5th March
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski deep powder and look like a pro? This tour focuses on helping you to develop your powder skiing skills whilst maintaining optimal fun. Includes day trips to Kiroro, Rusutsu & Moiwa
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
Kiroro Guiding DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM KIRORO
Private (up to 7 guests) or mixed group
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Price p/p
USD 132
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you're based in Kiroro, make the most of this powder laden resort by getting a guide to show you all the tastiest spots. Join a group for lift access backcountry riding or snowcat assisted BC touring, or private guiding is available for sidecountry & backcountry tours, or day trips to Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu, Teine..
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
From price based on private group of 5 guests.
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Price p/p
USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko then this could be the trip for you. This tour is specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable).
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition DETAILS
HOKKAIDO & HONSHU GUIDED BC TOUR
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 3,951
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard tour starts with 4 days in the Southwest of Hokkaido and then heads south to Honshu where you will ski or ride some of Tohoku's epic hidden gems. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need to have any experience in this area.
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided day at Niseko or a RESORT NEARBY this could be the trip for you. This tour aims to use the lifts where possible to minimise hiking. These tours are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests however 6 or more is possible with extra guides
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Cat Skiing Tours
Niseko Cat Skiing DETAILS
NISEKO CAT SKIING | Single day, guided
From price based on per person with a minimum of 4 persons to operate. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
Price p/p
USD 475
Ability: Advanced, 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.
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