I have nothing but nice things to say about this place. Still a bit gutted that we only gave one day to it on our whirlwind Hokkaido tour.
When we pulled up, our first impression was that this is a small mountain at low elevation and it was clear that it hadn\\'t snowed for a few days, despite the fact we'd left Sapporo in a snowstorm the night before. Also, bus loads of high school students were arriving at the same
Why isn't there a zero star button? We were not impressed with Furano.
This place is probably great for skiers or alpine boarders who want lots of groomed piste, but for serious freeriding snowboarders it is not cool. Almost everywhere is groomed, any interesting terrain is roped off and ski patrol are out en masse to catch people ducking the ropes to get to the fun stuff.
Of the two black courses on the North side, the longer one from
This place is similar to Hakkodo in Aomori, with it's single cable car and backcountry all areas decent vibe. However, this comes at a cost; if you don't know the mountain it is pretty difficult to access the good stuff. Therefore, if you are heading up there for a one off, it'll probably be well worth trying to find a guide to get the most for your time.
If you don't know the mountain so well, there are plenty of
So far the best place I have ridden in Japan. It seems like the lift system was actually planned rather than decided by geriatric throwing darts at a picture of the mountain. There is plenty of tree riding to be had and the management seems to actively endorse it by grooming up to an exit point of a gulley where it might otherwise be too flat to ride out.
Probably the best area for off piste riding is the bowl formed