Pippu (Pippu Town, Hokkaido)

Pippu
ぴっぷ (北海道 比布町)
Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until mid March 2019
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Pippu is ski hill is located to the north of Pippu town centre in the northern region of Hokkaido. Pippu is within reach from Asahikawa city and is popular for some fine views of the Daisetsuzan mountain range on a clear day.

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

580m
330m
250m
36"
9
2200m
7
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
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Pippu 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 - 85cm 1st - 115cm 1st - 155cm
2nd - - 2nd - 85cm 2nd - 115cm 2nd - 130cm
3rd - - 3rd - 75cm 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 75cm 4th - 110cm 4th - 125cm
5th - - 5th - 80cm 5th - 110cm 5th - 110cm
6th - - 6th - 85cm 6th - 110cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th - 80cm 7th - 110cm 7th - 125cm
8th - 50cm 8th - 80cm 8th - 110cm 8th - 125cm
9th - 50cm 9th - 95cm 9th - 115cm 9th - 115cm
10th - 50cm 10th - 105cm 10th - 115cm 10th - 110cm
11th - 55cm 11th - 105cm 11th - 120cm 11th - 105cm
12th - 60cm 12th - 105cm 12th - 120cm 12th - 105cm
13th - 60cm 13th - 105cm 13th - 125cm 13th - 100cm
14th - 60cm 14th - 105cm 14th - 130cm 14th - 100cm
15th - 60cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 135cm 15th - 110cm
16th - 60cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 135cm 16th - 110cm
17th - 60cm 17th - 120cm 17th - 135cm 17th - 110cm
18th - 70cm 18th - 120cm 18th - 135cm 18th - 110cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 110cm 19th - 135cm 19th - 105cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 105cm
21st - 80cm 21st - 105cm 21st - 145cm 21st - 105cm
22nd - 85cm 22nd - 110cm 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd - 75cm 23rd - 110cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 95cm
24th - 75cm 24th - 105cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 95cm
25th - 70cm 25th - 105cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 90cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 110cm 26th - 155cm 26th - -
27th - 80cm 27th - 110cm 27th - 155cm 27th - -
28th - 80cm 28th - 110cm 28th - 155cm 28th - -
29th - 85cm 29th - 115cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 85cm 30th - 115cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 85cm 31st - 115cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Pippu Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Pippu. 
Rental
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
The 'Snow Park' is located on the upper area of Pippu by the Number 2 beginner course. 

Pippu Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Pippu is normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta operations are from 4:00pm until 9:00pm and usually on the Kappa and Silver courses (usually from mod December until late February).

Pippu Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
Junior High School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (9am-4pm) 3,000 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
5 Hours 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
3 Hours 1,900 yen 1,600 yen
1 Lift Voucher 200 yen 170 yen
12 Lift Vouchers 1,900 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta (4pm-9pm) 1,200 yen 1,000 yen
Season Pass 39,800 yen 24,800 yen 29,800 yen 29,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Ropetow lift is free to use.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The 3 Hour ticket is valid for three hours from the time of purchase.

A family pack 1 day ticket is available - 1 parent pays 3000 yen and one child of elementary school age or below can ride the lifts for free.

Ladies Day is every Wednesday (except national holidays). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is 1,600 yen.

Mens Day is every Monday (except national holidays). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is 1,600 yen.

Getting to Pippu

By public transport
Train
Train
8.7km from Pippu Station on the Soya Honsen line
26.8km from Asahikawa Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
The closest station from Pippu is Ranru Station on the Souya Honsen line. It is about 3km away from the ski hill.

The larger Pippu Station is about less than 9km to the south of the ski hill.

Asahikawa Station on the Hakodate Honsen line is just under 27km from Pippu.

>> More information on the Hakodate Honsen train line
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available that operates between Pippu Station and the ski hill. The journey from the station takes about 30 minutes.

There is also a bus service leaving Asahikawa Station which costs 640 yen for adults and 320 yen for children.
By Car
Car
2km from the Pippu Kita IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway
13.6km from the Wassamu IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
15.1km from the Asahikawa Kita IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 40 (1.9km away)
Direction
Direction
Pippu is under 4km from the Pippu Kita IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway (which is directly connected with the Hokkaido Expressway).

From the Pippu Kita IC exit turn left onto Prefecture Road 1143, under the expressway and then turn left again. After just over 1km turn right at the junction and continue for another 500 metres to reach the base of Pippu.

>> More information on Hokkaido Expressway

Parking
Parking
A number of car parks are available at the base of Pippu. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Kita 7-17
Pippu-cho
Kamikawa-gun
Hokkaido
078-0327
Telephone
Telephone
0166-85-2111
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!

At the time of writing more than 60% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season. We are continuing to manually update the information on these ski resort pages of SnowJapan but for the moment things are unavoidably a mix of old and new. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(30th October 2018)
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