Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 12 reviews.
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 Mick Rich on 26th March 2011
Niseko Grand Hirafu review btyMick Rich
I had heard many things about Niseko, both good and bad, so after 2 seasons based in Furano, decided I should see it for myself.

With a mid-March arrival, I was expecting less crowds and Spring-like conditions but I hadn't bargained on the Tohoku earthquake and consequent exodus of people and cancellations.

I based myself in Hirafu and spent the first few days exploring the Hirafu and Hanazono ski areas, having scored a cheap Hirafu pass. The slopes were relatively quiet
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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 Mick Rich on 26th March 2011
Niseko Grand Hirafu
I had heard many things about Niseko, both good and bad, so after 2 seasons based in Furano, decided I should see it for myself.

With a mid-March arrival, I was expecting less crowds and Spring-like conditions but I hadn't bargained on the Tohoku earthquake and consequent exodus of people following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

I based myself in Hirafu and spent the first few days exploring the Hirafu and Hanazono ski areas, having scored a
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Asahidake Ropeway
旭岳ロープウゥイ
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd March 2011
Asahidake Ropeway review by Fraser
Arrived and snowing with no breeze at base. Ascended Cable Car into clouds.

Exited Cable car in semi Blizzard. Skied on ice and alpine windpack to find trail in whiteout. Descended over bluff to find stillnes and wow pow knee plus. Skied both marked trails and trees. Bottom 1/3 montain flat trails back to base.

Repeated this all day. Two runs later all first tracks filled in and pristine. \r\n\r\nDid not have guide and am sure there
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 20th March 2011
Rusutsu Resort review
I took a day trip to Rusutsu from Niseko the other day. I had heard good things about the resort and as I've been riding Hirafu for 3 days in a row, a change of scene was due plus a bit of overnight snow had been forecast. When I arrived I found 5-10cm of fresh snow and that the slopes seemed to be in better condition than Hirafu.

Anyway, here are my thoughts:-

The good things:-

1
The trees!
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 20th March 2011
Rusutsu
I took a day trip to Rusutsu from Niseko using the local bus from Kutchan, as the shuttle bus service had stopped. When I arrived I found 5-10cm of fresh snow and that the slopes seemed to be in better condition than Hirafu.

Anyway, here are my thoughts:-

The good things:-

1. The trees! I love tree runs and Rusutsu didn't disappoint! My favourite sections were on Mt Isola, namely around Heavenly Ridge and Steamboat B. Both had
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Asahidake Ropeway
旭岳ロープウゥイ
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 8th March 2011
Asahidake Ropeway review
Ever since I've started coming to Hokkaido, I've wanted to check out Asahidake. I think I'm right in saying that Asahidake is an active volcano, as well as being the highest mountain in the area at 2,291m. It's accessed by a single ropeway and there are two groomed tracks that run down from the top (course A to the skiers left of the ropeway station and course B to the skiers right). They then merge into courses C and D
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Asahidake Ropeway
旭岳ロープウゥイ
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 8th March 2011
Asahidake Ropeway review
Ever since I've started coming to Hokkaido, I've wanted to check out Asahidake. For those of you who don't know, Asahidake is the highest mountain in the area and is accessed by a single ropeway. There are two groomed tracks that run down from the top (course A to the skiers left of the ropeway station and course B to the skiers right). They then merge into courses C and D respectively. But forget about
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Kamui Ski Links
カムイスキーリンクス
Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 4th March 2011
Kamui Ski Links review
I went to Kamui on a day trip from Furano last year (2010) and although there was no new snow, it was a beautiful, bluebird day and I really enjoyed it, vowing to return when there was fresh pow. That day came to pass this January and it was worth the wait!!

So, the good things:-

1.
Going off-piste!

Unlike some other resorts (ie, those beginning with F and ending with o), Kamui positively encourages off-piste riding. It's not owned by a big hotel
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Kamui Ski Links
カムイスキーリンクス
Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 4th March 2011
Kamui Ski Links review
I went to Kamui on a day trip from Furano in 2010 and although there was no new snow, it was a beautiful, bluebird day and I really enjoyed it, vowing to return when there was fresh pow. That day came to pass this January and it was worth the wait!!

So, the good things:-

1. Off-piste! Unlike some other resorts (ie, those beginning with F and ending with o), Kamui positively encourages off-piste riding. It's not owned by a big hotel
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 4th March 2011
Furano review
Ok, I'm into the 3rd month of my second season in Furano so thought it was about time I wrote a review. Not so much an in-depth review of the slopes but more of my general feelings about the place. By way of background, I'm a boarder who's been to various resorts in Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan over the last 11 years or so.

So, let's cut to the chase, I like Furano - alot!
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 4th March 2011
Furano Review
Ok, I'm into the 3rd month of my second season in Furano so thought it was about time I wrote a review. Not so much an in-depth review of the slopes but more of my general feelings about the place. By way of background, I'm a boarder who's been to various resorts in Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan over the last 11 years or so.

So, let's cut to the chase, I like Furano - alot!
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Mount Racey
マウントレースイ
Yubari City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 2nd March 2011
Mount Racey review by Humphrey
The resort has some ungroomed runs that were amazing after a fresh dump of snow.

Try ducking under the ropes to the right of the gondola station, there is a beautiful section with a few trees and loads of snow. Was some of the best boarding I've ever done.

It's a shame that apart from this there isn't much of note, but with some good conditions it's worth it for that section alone
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