Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 68 reviews.
Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Furano review (submitted before 2003)
Massive yours on Furano.

On-piste skiing is very flat and completely lacks any interesting bits. Very difficult to find any good powder off-piste, and when you do the local ski patrol are relentless in their pursuit of 'offenders'. I have skied for more than 20 yrs at many resorts across the globe and I have never seen more obnoxious ski patrol in my life. They even have a police siren that they blast if you venture one meter off piste!
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Furano review (submitted before 2003)
One reader described this resort as 'Furanai.'

I prefer 'Furanot'--not an operatic allusion (to 'Turando') but rather a recommendation that you should not go to this resort. Flat mountain, very average snow, psychotic ski patrol, small mountain, and zippo for apres ski.

There are far better mountains in Japan, doesn't justify the trip from Tokyo.
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Furano review (submitted before 2003)
I hadn't read much about Furano before we went, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe this was a hidden gem, I thought.

It turns out they actually held world cup skiing there quite a few years ago, so that should tell you this is no small resort.

Far from it. The runs are long (4km is the longest) and get very wide closer to the bottom. The resort is split into two areas, with swift gondolas to the top of
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Niseko Village Ski Resort
ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Niseko Village Ski Resort review (submitted before 2003)
Had a wonderful visit to Niseko last year in March.

Over 6 ft base.

Not too crowded. Stayed at the Niseko youth hostel which was lovely
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Sapporo Kokusai
札幌国際
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sapporo Kokusai review (submitted before 2003)
I love Sapporo Kokusai! There has been decent snow this season with good trails for skiing and snowboarding.

There are some great backcountry options too for the adventurous.

There are many awesome jumps for catching major air and good facilities for eating and shopping for cheap gear. I think the best deal if you live in Sapporo is to take the subway to the Makomanai station and then take a bus to Kokusai with all-day lift ticket included for around
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Sapporo Kokusai
札幌国際
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sapporo Kokusai review (submitted before 2003)
Maa-maa place if you do not want to venture much outside of Sapporo - probably the best choice if you are thinking that way.

Although you should really take some time out and take the trip to Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro or somewhere else bigger.
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Niseko Village Ski Resort
ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Niseko Village Ski Resort review (submitted before 2003)
I don't care what you read this place rocks!

I have been to the New Prince Higashiyama hotel 3 times. The last time I went was a little disappointing, no, very disappointing!

UNTIL the last day. It dumped about 60cm of new powder on the entire mountain overnight leaving the best conditions you could hope for. Knee to waist deep powder everywhere!

Not just on the powder runs! Bring a big board and soak it up. Sweet sweet sweet. Try it
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Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sahoro Resort review (submitted before 2003)
All that mountain and hardly anyone on it! For days I skied under a majestically blue sky, bright burning sun and although no powder graced the slopes last week, the snow was excellent and even better, quick!

No lines, space for everyone. You could pick a line to ski and not worry about anyone crossing over into your desired path.

This place is truly awesome!

Adventure trails in the forest, a bump and jump set off to one side of the slope for
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Sapporo Teine
サッポロテイネ
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sapporo Teine review (submitted before 2003)
Do all the resorts play canned music through loudspeakers?

Nope! Not here
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Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sahoro Resort review (submitted before 2003)
We have just come back from a 4 day holiday at Sahoro, and we must say we had a wonderful time. We stayed at Club Med which is ultra-gaijin-friendly and it was a great place to stay with a family (as we are).

The resort is good too.

There are English lessons to be had - and lots of instructors too.
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Hoshino Resort Tomamu review (submitted before 2003)
Tomamu was a fun place to ski and snowboard. Tons of off-trail snow was to be had the weekend of Jan. 20—Jan. 21.

The Ice Dome Village is a cool place to visit when you are done with the slopes.

My complaint was with the grooming; way too much grooming when there is fresh powder to enjoy.
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Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Sahoro Resort review (submitted before 2003)
OK, this is not so much a resort review but a general review of "what's good for you" in Japan skiing. Tonight our family of 5 skiers is packing our bags for our 2nd trip to Club Med Sahoro. My husband and I have skied for more than 50 years between us. After that many years you tend not to bother with lessons.

Well,let me tell you that no matter how good or bad you are, your skiing can always
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