Seki Onsen Ski Resort | Japan’s Best Powder

Seki Onsen Ski Resort in Myoko, usually simply referred to as Seki by most foreign visitors, is perfect for those who desire a genuine back-country skiing experience with the best free-riding possibilities in Japan. This small two lift resort has firmly bounced onto the radar of foreign skiers as having some of Japan’s best powder snow.

Best powder snow in Japan

Seki Onsen Ski Resort

Seki Onsen Ski Area in Myoko Japan is famous for its ungroomed snow and wild powder runs. There are only two small lifts and the top single seater lift is usually not open on quieter days. Despite this, visitors are able to access plenty of off-piste areas providing access to some spectacular terrain, forest trails and steep gullies. Little grooming of the slopes is done, if at all.

As the season winds down elsewhere in the local area from mid-March, Seki becomes a hive of activity with many events, including a banked slalom competition and fireworks festival. It is often open right through until early-mid May, long after most other local resorts have all closed.

While there are some areas suitable for beginners this is usually a resort that more advanced skiers and boarders head to (Split = Beginner 20% / Intermediate 50% / Advanced 30%) in order to enjoy some of Japan’s best powder snow. The resort attracts a lot of hype for its steep tree skiing and the masses of snow that bestow the ski area – somewhere in the realm of 14-16 metres on average per season! But before you get too amped and ready to go, if it hasn’t snowed for a day or two at Seki the piste can get tracked out quickly. Hence timing is everything to avoid disappointment!

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Seki Onsen Ski Resort accommodation

The local village at the bottom of the lifts is unique, surrounded by traditional streets of days gone by and dotted with onsen hotsprings. So after spending a great day in the Seki powder, guests can relax in body and spirit with a soak in the onsen. Being only a small village there are limited accommodation options & places to eat.

Recommended accommodation in or near Seki Onsen

Seki Onsen Village

Seki Onsen Ski Info Box

Open DatesTransportContact / WebWebcamTrail MapLift TicketsVideoVillage Map
Mid-December through mid-May (depending on snow conditions)
Twenty minutes on the local bus from Sekiyama Station bound for Tsubame Onsen or ten minutes by taxi (fare 2,000 yen app.). Some unofficial shuttles run from Akakura Onsen (ask at your accommodation). If you are a group of 5 or more the resort offers a free pick up service. This service has to be booked in advance so please speak to your accommodation and ask them to help arrange pick up for you. Taxis can also be booked.
Phone: +81 (0)255-82-2316
Seki Onsen Webcam

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Please note that lift tickets prices at Seki Onsen are subject to change

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Read the excellent article on Seki by Powder magazine

Riding up the single chair during full-blown winter storm that dropped two feet of snow in one day, I felt like I’d been dropped off on a snowy planet deep in outer space. It seemed that I’d finally found a place that understands who I am as a skier…These experiences, where skiing is distilled down to its very foundational goodness, are increasingly rare. As such, I have reservations about even writing about Seki, which has been a revered secret to a handful of powder hounds in North America. Read more…

How deep does it get at Seki?
How deep does it get at Seki?