Sapporo Kokusai resort review (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

Sapporo Kokusai
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 8th March 2014
Let's Kokusai!
Visited here on a day trip from Sapporo, using the handy shuttle bus service from one of the downtown hotels, to which I walked from my hostel. The “Bus Pack” cost 4,800Yen which included the return bus journey and day pass. On the day I went the sun was out and warming things up quickly, frustratingly turning the 20-30cm of off-piste snow into sludge. Many of the easily-accessible tree runs were on south-facing slopes so after a few, unsuccessful attempts at finding some decent snow (including a hike out of a gully I got sucked into), I spent the rest of the morning exploring the resort and playing on the groomers. The latter are nice and wide, so good to practise on, especially for beginners, though there's nothing steep to challenge the more advanced.

Although it didn’t deliver the goods on the day I went, Kokusai had lots of trees to play in and I would love to return during more favourable conditions. One criticism I have is the limited number of lifts. Access to the top of the resort is either by gondola or a longer, around-the-houses route using 1 quad and 2 double chairs. Needless to say the gondola was busy, which I can imagine would be much worse on a weekend though that wouldn’t put me off from coming as I think the tree runs worth be worth the wait for a gondola car.

Like the nearby resort of Kiroro (and for that matter, Teine), Kokusai is definitely worth a visit if you fancy a change of scene from Niseko or are in Sapporo for a few days. I’ll be going back for those tree runs!
Date visited: From 27 February, 2014
Snow condition on visit: Lots of snow in the trees but Spring-like conditions.
Things I liked: Easily accessible tree runs
Things I didn't like: Lack of lifts
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Families & children
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Advanced riders
General score: 60
Snow conditions: 25
Courses/Terrain: 65
Lift system: 25

Sapporo Kokusai

Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 70
Snow conditions: 52
Courses/Terrain: 67
Lift system: 52
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1100m
Min. elevation: 630m
Vertical: 470m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 3600m
Number of lifts: 5

Other resorts nearby

Asarigawa Onsen 14.50km
Otaru Tenguyama 25.30km
Snow Cruise Onze 27.10km
Fu's Snow Area 29.80km
Kiroro 40.70km
Sapporo Teine 42.60km
Sapporo Bankei 43.20km
Takino Snow World 43.70km

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