Imakane-cho Pirika (Imakane Town, Hokkaido)

Imakane-cho Pirika
今金町ピリカ (北海道 今金町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
Not always open to the public on weekdays
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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 Mountain

410m
277m
133m
30"
4
1210m
0
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Imakane-cho Pirika Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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1st - - 1st 45cm 65cm 1st 90cm 90cm 1st 90cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 65cm 2nd 90cm 90cm 2nd 90cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 65cm 3rd 90cm 90cm 3rd 90cm 115cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 65cm 4th 90cm 95cm 4th 90cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 70cm 5th 90cm 95cm 5th 80cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 55cm 70cm 6th 90cm 95cm 6th 75cm 110cm
7th - - 7th 55cm 75cm 7th 90cm 90cm 7th 75cm 110cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 75cm 8th 90cm 90cm 8th 75cm 110cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 70cm 9th 90cm 95cm 9th 70cm 105cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 70cm 10th 90cm 95cm 10th 70cm 105cm
11th - - 11th 60cm 70cm 11th 90cm 95cm 11th 70cm 105cm
12th - - 12th 60cm 80cm 12th 90cm 95cm 12th 70cm 105cm
13th - - 13th 60cm 80cm 13th 90cm 95cm 13th 70cm 105cm
14th - - 14th 60cm 80cm 14th 90cm 95cm 14th 70cm 105cm
15th - - 15th 60cm 80cm 15th 90cm 95cm 15th 70cm 105cm
16th - - 16th 60cm 80cm 16th 95cm 95cm 16th 70cm 105cm
17th - - 17th 65cm 80cm 17th 95cm 100cm 17th 70cm 100cm
18th - - 18th 70cm 80cm 18th 95cm 100cm 18th 70cm 100cm
19th - - 19th 70cm 80cm 19th 95cm 100cm 19th 70cm 100cm
20th - - 20th 70cm 80cm 20th 95cm 110cm 20th 60cm 100cm
21st - - 21st 70cm 80cm 21st 90cm 110cm 21st 60cm 100cm
22nd 30cm - 22nd 70cm 85cm 22nd 90cm 110cm 22nd 60cm 100cm
23rd 30cm 70cm 23rd 70cm 85cm 23rd 90cm 110cm 23rd 50cm 100cm
24th 30cm 70cm 24th 80cm 85cm 24th 90cm 110cm 24th 50cm 95cm
25th 30cm 70cm 25th 90cm 85cm 25th 90cm 110cm 25th - 95cm
26th 35cm 70cm 26th 90cm 90cm 26th 90cm 110cm 26th - -
27th 20cm 70cm 27th 90cm 90cm 27th 90cm 110cm 27th - -
28th 40cm 70cm 28th 90cm 90cm 28th 90cm 110cm 28th - -
29th 40cm 70cm 29th 90cm 90cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 45cm 70cm 30th 90cm 90cm 30th 30th - -
31st 45cm 70cm 31st 90cm 90cm 31st 31st - -

Imakane-cho Pirika Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
Unconfirmed. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
It appears there are no children facilities this season. 
Park Information
Park information
It appears there is no specific snow park facilities this season. 

Imakane-cho Pirika Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays
Weekdays
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information

Imakane-cho Pirika Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
1 Time 300 yen 200 yen
Season Ticket 6,000 yen 3,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Charges are for using the snowcat, not the old ski lift.

Getting to Imakane-cho Pirika

By public transport
Train
Train
13km from Kunnui Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Kunnui Station on the Hakodate Honsen train line is about 13km away from Imakane-cho Pilika.

>> More information on the Hakodate Honsen train line
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
Car
11.6km from the Kunnui IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 230 (1.2km away)
Direction
Direction
Imakane-cho Pirika is just less than 12km from the Kunnui IC exit of the Hokkaido Expressway, about 15 minutes drive away.

At the Kunnui IC exit, go straight ahead on Route 230 for 10.5km. Turn left to head towards Imakane-cho Pilika which is just over 1km off the main road.

>> More information on Hokkaido Expressway
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of the ski hill.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Pirika 205-1
Imakane-cho
Setana-gun
Hokkaido
049-4151
Telephone
Telephone
0137-83-7111
2019-2020 SEASON INFO
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