Niseko Annupuri

Skiing in Annupuri is well known due to its wide and gentle groomers and access to some of Niseko’s best powder in O-Sawa and Kozan no Sawa bowls. Off the mountain Annupuri is less well known and why it is often referred to as the “local’s mountain”.

Niseko Annupuri owned by the local bus company Chuo so doesn’t yet have the big development plans of Niseko Village or Hanazono but that doesn’t mean that it has been forgotten. Over the past few years several of the Pensions located just a short walk from the gondola have been renovated offering affordable accommodation from as little as Y4000 per person. While the Northern Resort as renovated before the financial crisis offering ski-in ski out options.

The village is considered quasi-national park so building restrictions mean it will always be low density with a number of the private homes, some available to rent from Annupuri Village nestled in amongst the snow and Shirakaba trees.

There are a number of local restaurants in the area where the preparation of the food takes priority over the commercial aspects of running a restaurant. Most are only 4 or 5 tables while several only offer one sitting per meal and stick rigidly to their schedules – including closed days, regardless of demand. The best known is Rakuichi featured by http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldubx6MMJBs“>Anthony Bourdain  while the soba masters son runs the neighboring Karabina and nearby Cafe Grove is another Izakaya while Del Sole pizzeria is widely acclaimed as Niseko’s best pizza. All of these except Karabina are open for lunch (schedules permitting) and offer alternatives to eating at the Nook or Northern Resort. It is also well worth the 15minute drive in the evening perhaps combined with the almost deserted night skiing or a soak in Yugokorotei onsen.

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Niseko Snow Report, 25 November 2017

*27cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:45today the temperature was -5°C. This morning greets us with some exceptional conditions. The quality of the snow is light and fluffy and with this much accumulating at 200m it will undoubtably be mind blowing higher up on the mountain….waist deep? The outlook is for continued snowfall throughout the …

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Niseko Snow Report, 24 November 2017

*10cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was -4°C. A bitterly cold morning out there and feels colder than -4! Great to see a return of a sweet layer of fresh powder. Higher up on the mountain it looks like those lucky enough to be up there will score some fresh tracks …

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Niseko Snow Report, 23 November 2017

*0cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:30 today the temperature was 2°C. Over the last 24hrs we have seen a deluge of rain at lower elevations. The freezing level was well above 1000m so unlikely the resorts received much in the way of snowfall. In the grand scheme of things this rain is not a …

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