Hatoriko is an ok resort if you only have one day up your sleeve and are only a beginner to intermediate level. The mountain has some quiet long runs around 3.5kms, but unfortunately it's quiet flat, so there is not much of a challenge.
After big dumps this place really does suck as there isn't enough gradient to really get you going. The snow park lacks any imagination - it's impossible to access the rails, as they are put off
If you're a boarder, stay away from this place - it is really flat so if there is a lot of powder you're in trouble, and the top lift is closed to boarders as they reackon it's too narrow at the top so boarders would have trouble. Pretty stupid if you ask me, although if your a skier it would be relly nice - no boarders to bother you, plus it looks fairly step and challenging.
The both of us are new at snowboarding (I'm a previous skier, now converted.) This was our third attempt at snowboarding.
The weather forecast said "cloudy with some snow," but when we got there the guy at the ticket booth said the wind was strong so a few lifts were out-of-order. Big shock for my son, who wanted to ride the gondola.
So, what it ended up to be was a choice of 2 working
Myself and three buddies had a ball....riding waist deep powder through the trees and under the lifts.....lots of nice little cornices/ marshmellow shaped humps to pop off and never had to wait longer than a couple of mins for the lifts....We hit the short Quad all morning then under a longer quad lift all afternooon!...Never been to Hokkaido but this day would take a fair bit to