Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 14 reviews.
Asahidake Ropeway
旭岳ロープウゥイ
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by dizzy on 31st January 2005
Asahidake Ropeway
You can hike up past the ropeway, which I did in the summer when there was no snow.

But in winter, there are plenty of places 2 ride/ski, and there weren't 2 many people.

I went on a sat. My favorite mt. in japan
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by dizzy on 31st January 2005
Furano review by dizzy
This was the first ski resort I went 2 in Japan and had my standards set high, coming from Colorado.

I wasn't disappointed. It's an OK place. I was much more impressed with other resorts in Japan--don't believe people when they tell you japan is narrow!

Go out and see the other resorts
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Sapporo Teine
サッポロテイネ
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by dizzy on 31st January 2005
Sapporo Teine review by dizzy
Only been on weeknights, 'casue my buddy used to live in Teine and we'd go on a friday night to warm up for the weekend at other resorts.

The cool thing about T. Highland are the kickers towards the top, the absolutely gorgeous night views of sapporo (imagine hitting a 5m kicker and seeing the city lights glimmering while you r boning your air and free floating!!)

The other cool thing about T. Highland is the one-make contests they have--anyone can
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Hidaka Kokusai
日高国際
Hidaka Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by dizzy on 31st January 2005
Hidaka Kokusai review by dizzy
If you live in hidaka-kannai or want a great night skiing place, this is it.

I used 2 finish work @ 4:10, drive back home, pick up my gear and be on the slopes by 5:45. I went here so much 'cause it was so close 2 home.

Small, but a nice place.

Reminds me of Mid-west skiing (Wisconsin, upper pennisula of Michigan, etc.) back home
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 31st January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by snake
The snow quality at Niseko is all that you have heard and is the main reason for visiting this resort. We had a 10 day trip - it snowed for 6 days straight with 50cm of fresh powder one day and powder easily found on the others.

Tree runs were superb - and you could still find ones that weren't tracked out by lunch time if you looked.

When there is no fresh snow, Niseko (including Annupuri and Higashyama) is just
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Crimsongriffin
My snowboarding friends sang siren songs to me about Niseko, and the great conditions there. I had never skiied on powder before, so it ended up being akin to a religious experience - I have seen the light and am now converted! Even half-skiing, half tumbling down an over-my-ability black slope was the most fun I've ever had in my belated ski career.

Best of all, unlike many Japanese resorts that have no night skiing and hence herd everyone down
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by spearman on 26th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by spearman
This reminded of being home (Canada).

A real resort, you can go between runs and hog the powder, which is something we don't see often enough here in Japan ("stay on the "course" please").

A great place - and check out the Freedom Inn where we stayed, friendly and great service
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by abakabar on 25th January 2005
Furano review
Furano isn't as bad as it is made out to be. Yeah, there are flat parts that require you to unclip for a few yards until you get going, but the slopes were almost empty on Monday and Tuesday.

As for the patrol, I never even saw one and I guess that could be because I am not in the habit of going to a resort so I can board down the side of the mountain that is possibly
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Sapporo Teine
サッポロテイネ
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by sooperspryte on 24th January 2005
Sapporo Teine review by sooperspryte
They've done this big "renewal" this year, including a new gondola and a 6 km slope connecting Highland and Olympia, the longest one in Hokkaido.

Unfortunately, the mountain's not that high, so the 6km run is very narrow and very flat in several places. Not so fun for boarders.

Overall, I wasn't impressed.
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 16th January 2005
Hoshino Resort Tomamu review by
I was really excited to go to Tomamu, but then I got there.

I arrived early in the season but still late in December. The website and pamphlets said everything would be open by then...it wasn't. Many of the best runs were still closed. I was told it was because of lack of snow, but my first flight up to Hokkaido was cancelled because of too much snow!! Also, the restaurants in the hotel and on
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Sapporo Kokusai
札幌国際
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by spearman on 12th January 2005
Sapporo Kokusai review by spearman
Great snow, and a good place to learn, but it would get boring quick for intermediate and higher types..
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Nogs on 12th January 2005
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Nogs
Skill level - 7-8

Ages: 54, 41 and 9

skis - supersports

Niseko is a great town, not the luxury resort like say Banff or Zermatt, but there are plenty of good places to eat out without walking too far, people were friendly, prices reasonable.

The snow was silky smooth, and there was a wide variety of skiing areas - it never seemed too crowded. Visibility was poor all through our stay, and we were irritated that having bought three mountain lift tickets, it
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