Niseko Winterlab

Ski and Snowboard Instruction and Guiding

Established in 2009, Niseko Winterlab is Annupuri's English-speaking Ski and Snowboard School.  We now cover the entire Niseko United area, offering expert instruction in Annupuri and Hirafu, as well as backcountry guiding and tours of more remote powder spots.  Our experienced instructors are all internationally-certified and our guides are Canadian Avalanche Association accredited. We pride ourselves on safety, personal focus and attention.

Our mission is simple: to share the best of our sport and the area we know and love with our valued guests.


Hi again guys - Alice here: helpful hand and office monkey!!

Hope you’ve had an awesome summer/winter (delete as applicable, depending on where you live in the world…) – we just wanted to say a quick hello to let you know what we’ve got in the pipeline for this year!

We are fully in the swing of getting ready for the coming season at Winterlab and the Annupuri Lodge. With loads of returning staff, as well as familiar faces already booking in, we’re in for another wonderful season. We’re definitely still the number one boutique snow sports school in Annupuri, offering the most exclusive lessons, and guided tours around Niseko, and even further afield, personalized to all ages and abilities.

This year all our instructors are going through their avalanche training, so you’ll in the safest hands that you’ve ever been in. We’ve got an amazing group who has taught across the globe, from Australia to the French Alps, the Black Forest to Canada, naming just a few! With our most experienced instructor now taking on his 19th season, I’m super stoked with our team for this year. So you guys can book in for such a huge range of types of lessons and tours, covering freestyle, exploring beyond the piste, through the gorgeous gates of Mt. Annupuri, jibbing sessions, and you can even chase the snow, with one of our backcountry guides, where you’ll be taken to some stunning secret spots that will be untouched by human ski/board.

Keep checking up on here, to keep you guys all up to date with ski school developments, exciting things happening at Luckyfingers (our epic, very swanky bar and restaurant – we make the best Yuzu Sour in Hokkaido), and some sneaky top tips for your time in Niseko, to make sure you have the raddest week in the snow ever!

If you guys haven’t sorted out you trip to the lovely Japan yet, we are already taking bookings, so pop either Matt or myself an email and we will book you in to enjoy with us the best snow in the world. Whether you are a complete newbie, seasoned veteran, frothing park-rat, or intrepid pioneer of the mountain, we’ll find something for you, to take you to the next level of skiing or snowboarding in the lightest, fluffiest, most delicious powder you’ve ever seen!

Can’t wait to see you guys out there – we’re due more snow than last year, so I’m definitely going to buying taller snowboots for all that crazy pow we’re going to get in Niseko.

Alice & the rest of the Winterlab crew :)