Preseason skiing can be hit or miss, but Hokkaido is far enough north that sometimes you get lucky. Friends booked an ANA package tour from 9-12 December to the Shin-Furano Prince for 38,000 yen including air (Haneda-Chitose), bus, hotel, breakfast, and lifts. We decided to join, but stay one more day and come home on Sunday, which was regular season; that cost us 52,000 yen each.
Only the Furano zone was open and not all of the lifts were
Hakkoda isn't known for it's groomed runs, and they are pretty forgettable. Unfortunately the top of the mountain wasn't open as we don't have nearly enough snow yet, but considering there was nowhere else to go I was more than happy to ride the two runs that were open all day!
Price was good, since it was early season, we paid ¥2700 per person and rode all day... Snow conditions were, as I said, OK but not great. Lodge was nice,