Imakane-cho Pirika is located in Imakane town in the south western region of Hokkaido, around half way between Hakodate city and the Niseko resorts. Pirika overlooks Lake Pirika.
A big change was made for the 2017-2018 season at Pirika. The ski lift is no longer operating and instead skiers and boarders are now taken up to the top of the slopes via snowcat vehicle. The former 'A Course' is now used exclusively by the snowcat vehicle and so is not open for skiing and snowboarding. There are 4 snowcat vehicles operating and each holds up to 10 people. On weekdays when school groups are using the facilities, Pilika is not open to the general public.
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
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