Moiwa Ski Resort

Moiwa Japan
Moiwa Ski Resort Japan
Modern day lodge at Niseko Moiwa
The Moiwa sidecountry
Moiwa is unintimidating for beginners
The cafeteria offers a range of Japanese & western fare
The cafeteria at the base of Moiwa
Small ski and snowboard retail shop in the day lodge
Small ski and snowboard rental shop
An izakaya in the Moiwa village
A cute little bar inside Moiwa Lodge
The Moiwa nightlife is reasonably sedate
Hotel Kanronomori in Moiwa has lovely onsen baths
Restaurant at Lodge Moiwa 834 opposite the slopes
Moiwa accommodation is mostly very affordable
Moiwa Japan
Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa is popular with beginners
Niseko Moiwa
The Moiwa snow is a highlight

Moiwa Ski Resort

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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

Many people think that Niseko is made up of four ski resorts, yet in reality Niseko is comprised of five ski areas. 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 United, yet Moiwa can be a superb place to feed your addiction for powder. Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Niseko United, the Niseko Moiwa Resort (formerly known as La Ponte) receives awesome dumps of snow but minus the mega hordes.

Pros and Cons of Moiwa

  • Moiwa Ski Resort is uncrowded relative to Niseko United.
  • Moiwa offers very good lift accessed backcountry, although long traverses are required to get back to the lifts (which isn’t too dissimilar to Niseko United).
  • As part of Konbu Onsen, the area around Moiwa is renowned for some amazing onsen.
  • Much of the Moiwa lodging provides better value for money than Hirafu or the other Niseko villages, and there is inexpensive accommodation close to the slopes.
  • The Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort is unintimidating, unfrenzied and stress-free, so it’s a nice place for beginners to learn.
  • You can ski or snowboard from Moiwa to Niseko United via the sidecountry (if the backcountry gate is open) and return via a trail.
  • Moiwa is a small ski area, especially on-piste.
  • If you stay in the Moiwa village, the options for evening dining and drinking are very limited.
  • It’s possible to get a shuttle bus from Moiwa to other parts of Niseko, but these are not very regular.
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • Moiwa is not part of the Niseko United lift pass or the Ikon Pass, but this helps to keep the crowds down.

Moiwa Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The terrain at Moiwa is small and short with only 8 marked trails (or courses as the Japanese like to call them) and 470 metres of vertical (330 – 800m), but it’s very sweet because it’s quiet relative to Niseko United. The Moiwa ski resort is serviced by 4 lifts: a covered high speed quad; 2 pair lifts; and a covered magic carpet for novices.

Most of the courses are delightfully groomed and nothing is steep, whilst the main event for powder hounds is the many off-piste lines through the trees, and the delicious backcountry that’s a very short hike away. Or if you purchase an inexpensive 2 point lift pass, advanced riders can get across to Niseko Annupuri and then onto other parts of Niseko United.

Moiwa Snow

Of course the piece de resistance of Niseko Moiwa is the snow. Moiwa receives about 10 to 14 metres of snow per season, which amounts to a very good score on the pow-dometer. The aspect is sunnier than the nearby ski areas, yet with consistently cold temperatures in winter, the reliability and quality of the snow is very similar to that of its famous neighbour. Moiwa could be the place to revel in over the head blower powder!

Where is Moiwa Ski Resort?

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

Moiwa sits on the same mountain as the Niseko United ski resorts, 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 (but not back), and in the right conditions experienced riders can ski over to Niseko via backcountry gate number 6. Alternatively there are occasional shuttle buses between Hirafu and Moiwa during the day - an 11km trip that takes about 15 minutes. Some of the hotels and lodges in the area also provide shuttles.

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

If you’re really looking for inexpensive Moiwa accommodation, check out Lodge Moiwa 834. The lodge provides modern capsule accommodation, and it’s only 1 minute walk to the slopes.

Moiwa Lodge is just a few minutes walk to the lifts. 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 are provided to Annupuri of Niseko United.

Hotel Kanronomori is a beautiful Japanese hotel that has fantastic indoor and outdoor onsen baths on-site. It's located about 700m from the lifts, and shuttles are provided to the Moiwa slopes, Annupuri and Hirafu.

One Niseko Resort Towers is a deluxe hotel located near the base of Moiwa Ski Resort, with rooms ranging from studios to massive grand suites that sleep up to 5 adults.

To ski at Moiwa you can also stay in one of the Niseko villages (Niseko Village, Hanazono, or the mega Niseko Hirafu). Stay in Hirafu accommodation if you want to get the free shuttle bus to Moiwa. See our Niseko accommodation page for more lodging options.

Moiwa Facilities

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

The day lodge also has a small ski and snowboard rental shop, and large changing rooms and a powder room for the ladies, although one could swear that the real powder room is out in the Moiwa backcountry!

The Moiwa ski school offers snowsports lessons in a private format, and they offer a complimentary shuttle service from neighbouring hotels.

Moiwa Restaurants & Bars

The base area of Moiwa has very limited options for evening dining and nightlife.

[AdListings collection="Japan" category="Niseko" subcategory="Moiwa Restaurants"]   Nearby at One Niseko Resort is the Tura Restaurant and One Bar, which is a very sedate whisky bar.

A little further afield at Hotel Kanronomori is Restaurant Cullinet which requires a reservation, and Restaurant Creo which serves snacks and a la carte meals.
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. Share
Price p/p Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax for 2021 season.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,914
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 Early bird special: 10% off listed prices until Aug 31
Southwest Solutions
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour for your group 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 or 6 with 1 guide (per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 1,777
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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 in the side country at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links and Tomamu.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2019-20 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,901
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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 1,800
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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 PRIVATE group of 6 in peak season. Full price is 78,000 yen for group.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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USD 122
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Otaru & Niseko Powder Chaser
7 Nights | 6 Days Chasing Powder
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are on a budget but still want to ride all of the best spots around Niseko & Otaru then this package/tour is for you! Join as a solo traveller or small group or book the entire 7 spots!
Price p/p Price based on a bed in a shared room.
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 1,692
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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.
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USD 1,965
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

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.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 141
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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 - 7 is also possible with a tail guide).
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON for a PRIVATE GROUP of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 141
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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 141
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Cat Skiing Tours

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 325-650m 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 shoulder season
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations. Price includes 8% sales tax
USD 658
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Shimamaki Snowcat Packages
Stay in Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
Ability: Advanced 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 2020 season (regular season)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*Display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 1,650
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Unguided cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri. You have the freedom to explore and it is ideal for apprentice powder hounds or advanced riders heading to Niseko. Chisenupuri cat skiing is a lust-do! Finish the cat ski day with a soak in an amazing onsen.
Price p/p Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 517
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