Sunlaiva (Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido)

(北海道 登別市)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until mid March 2020
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Sunlaiva is located in the Karurusu-cho area just to the north of central Noboribetsu in Hokkaido. The popular Noboribetsu Onsen hot spring area is nearby. The full formal name of the ski hill is actually Karurusu Onsen Sunlaiva, though that hardly ever seems used. There are three lifts, but one seems to be in a 'not operating' status with two of the courses also 'not available'.

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

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Sunlaiva Snow Depth Statistics

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

Previous Statistics

Sunlaiva Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sunlaiva. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information

Sunlaiva Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Sunlaiva is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm every day.

Just the Number 1 lift is open from 4:00pm until 5:00pm on weekdays.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Sunlaiva Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (9am-4pm) 3,000 yen 2,400 yen 2,300 yen
6 Hours 2,600 yen 2,100 yen
4 Hours 2,300 yen 1,900 yen
1 Lift Coupon 230 yen 190 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,300 yen 1,900 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 6 Hour ticket is valid for six hours from the time of purchase.

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Sunlaiva

By public transport
13.9km from Noboribetsu Station on the Muroran Honsen line
Transport Information
Noboribetsu Station on the Muroran Honsen line is the closest train station. It is just under 14km from the resort and close to the coastline.
A bus service from Noboribetsu Station is available and takes about 25 minutes.
By Car
12km from the Noboribetsu Higashi IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 36 (13.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 2
Sunlaiva is 12km from the Noboribetsu Higashi IC exit of the Hokkaido Expressway.

From the Noboribetsu Higashi IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 2 (Noboribetsu Onsen Dori) and follow this road for just over 11km up to the signposted turn off for the resort base.

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About 20 minutes from Noboribetsu Station by car
About 60 minutes from Shin Chitose Airport by car
About 90 minutes from Sapporo Station by car
Parking for about 600 vehicles is available near the base of Sunlaiva. Parking is free every day of the season.

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