Asahidake Ropeway resort review (Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido)

Asahidake Ropeway
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by agillgren on 28th February 2014
Stunning day on the volcano
We are more easy slack country riders more than full back country types so I was a bit hesitant to head to Asahidake.

We failed in our attempts to find a guide ---- but with a gorgeous bluebird day and no wind we decided to give it a shot. The views alone were pretty worth it - quite stunning up there.

Although "tall" the ropeway doesn't cover a lot of vertical so the runs aren't long. It had been a day or so since new snow and the "easy" access powder and been visited a bit. But we did still find some nice pockets of fresh stuff.

We weren't confident enough to venture to far in finding the goods but I"m sure those with the skill/gear would have a ball here. For us it was still good fun, my main gripe was the very flat (and uphill sometimes) bottom half of the runs which meant having to go for speed on the cat track to get through on the board. The beautiful views helped ease the boredom.

It's definately a off piste resort --- the two cat tracks are only really there to get you out. In fact it seemed the whole place isn't really intended as a ski place -- that just by chance - the ropeway is there for the views/hiking in summer. It's obvious on the ropeway ride that most are there for some serious backcountry/hiking work. I wouldn't bother going there if your after groomed runs.

If the visibility was poor I wouldn't have gone out or felt game enough to go off piste at all without a guide-- this place does feel more rugged than any other place in Hokkaido.

We finished the day at one of the spa hotels in the nicest onsen I've ever had --- luxury with couch shaped comfy onsens to soak out the sore muscles.
Date visited: From 29 January, 2013 To 29 January, 2013
Snow condition on visit: Tracked Powder (well the easy to get to parts)
Things I liked: Views, altitude, great onsen
Things I didn't like: flat cat track back to ropeway
Recommended for: Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Snow Park
General score: 80
Snow conditions: 85
Courses/Terrain: 20
Lift system: 40
Apres ski: 50

Asahidake Ropeway

Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 75
Snow conditions: 82
Courses/Terrain: 35
Lift system: 37
Apres ski: 50

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1600m
Min. elevation: 1100m
Vertical: 500m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 2500m
Number of lifts: 1

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