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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by XR89 on 27th November 2017
Pre-season jaunt to Geto Kogen (100cm of fresh pow in November!)
So this was my second visit to Geto Kogen (GK) and both times I have been greeted with over knee deep powder.

Outside of Hokkaido resorts GK gets some of the highest levels of snowfall in Japan and you won't be disappointed.

There are several tree runs (which unfortunately were not open when I went in November) with three more opening this season. Yet to get that beautiful powder you don't even need to venture off the piste, just head to the
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Fun in the trees
Final day of a week in Hokkaido with my sons. This was my 2nd time to Rusutsu and it again did not disappoint. The snow depth seemed a bit less than Niseko but was still fun. My boys liked it a lot as well. Best part is skiing the trees then dumping out on to a groomer to get back to a lift - no hiking required
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Kiroro
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder real deep but slope not steep
We day tripped from Niseko, signed up for the off-piste "no hike" side country area, then waded through thigh deep snow in the trees. The snow seemed a slight bit heavy which made it difficult to move downhill at times since the terrain was not very steep. It was bitterly cold as well with wind so we had to warm up every few runs. I would like to catch a rare good weather day following snow which
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
ニセコHANAZONOリゾート
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Snow...snow...and more snow
Day 3 of son trip (took a down day in Sapporo...check out the beer museum).

We bought the Hanazono only pass and were not disappointed. Similar to my previous Niseko trip, I don't think we saw the sun. The snow would let up a bit, then start again. Tracks on groomers would fill in after a few hours. All that is fine - we came for powder. We did laps under the upper quad chair, and when the
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Funky Arm Band Off-Piste System
Day 2 of my sons and my Hokkaido week. We day tripped from Furano in some blustery conditions but while skiing it was mainly gray overcast. We did the arm band thing which grants us the OK to ski off piste (unless that was Kiroro?). We didn't have new snow so skiing was just so-so. Plus, off-piste wasn't readily available other than in the trees at the resort boundary (where we maybe weren't supposed to go). My sons
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder + Sun = Fun
Me and my boys thoroughly enjoyed our morning off-piste run to the far right (skiers view) with some amazing powder turns in unexpected sunshine. However, we had a long run-out that included a short uphill step by a dam so we didn't repeat the run. The rest of the day was spent looking for powder with limited success as it seemed to be skied out. The lift infrastructure overall seemed decent. We only did one day which
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Sapporo Bankei
ばんけいの森 さっぽろばんけい
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by ggrady on 9th March 2017
Resort close to Sapporo city
The resort is convenient to Sapporo, public transport is subway to Maruyama-Koen (Tozai Line) & then #14 bus from the bus terminal adjacent to the subway station. The bus stops across the road from stairs leading to the Resort base.

The resort was relatively busy on my visit, up to 10 minutes waiting in the lift line. A lot of the trails are winding ones that children's ski classes take. The open slopes are quick runs back to the base,
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