Hokkaido

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Resorts in Hokkaido

Nestled in the centre of Hokkaido, the picturesque town of Furano offers an authentic Japanese experience. Furano benefits from over 9 metres of snow each season and sees more blue sky powder days than most resorts in Japan. The mountain is divided into 2 linked zones with the terrain consists of long groomed trails perfect for families, and challenging steeps and open ungroomed powder fields. Backcountry restrictions have been relaxed in recent years providing access to some great powder bowls and tree runs. If you’re looking for great skiing coupled with a cultural experience, then Furano is the place for you. Make the most of the free ski host services; these guides will fill you in on local history as well as recommending somewhere delicious for dinner.
Kiroro is an up-and-coming resort with uncrowded slopes, more powder than Niseko and arguably some of the best tree skiing in Japan. This modern ski resort was built in 1991 and is located just two hours from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. Kiroro is located 1 hour from Niseko so makes for a great addition to a Hokkaido powder tour. The terrain and hotels are both family friendly. Spread over two peaks the pistes are varied and well-groomed, but the real appeal of Kiroro ski holidays is its Powder Zone and off-piste - the backcountry was recently opened up, with three designated points giving easy access. For the best powder skiing, we usually head for the trees.
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Niseko is Japan’s best known resort and for good reason! Located on the south west side of the island of Hokkaido, Niseko is famed for having some of the best powder conditions to be found anywhere – this is one for the powder hounds! Niseko is the largest of Hokkaido’s ski areas with 4 inter-linked first class resorts – Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono. As well as the powder runs and tree skiing, Niseko has a great learner’s area with English speaking instructors and a family friendly Kids Snow Park. One of the highlights is night skiing, with lifts open daily from 8.30am to 8.30pm. A powder night session is a must!
Rusutsu is a quirky, Disney-style resort that offers almost unparalleled powder and tree skiing. Don’t be surprised to find a singing tree in the entrance way of the Rusutsu hotel and base, it’s all part of the charm. With over 14 metres of snow a season it’s easy to see why this resort attracts powder seekers from around the world. The resort is made up of 3 mountains - East, West and Isola. Between the three there is terrain suited to all abilities, including gladed areas, wide groomed runs and open powder bowls. Freestyle fans should check out the natural terrain park, home to many a great photoshoot.
Traditional Japanese town Tomamu is known for its breathtaking views and great snow conditions, boasting an average of 14 metres of the white stuff annually! This Hokkaido based resort is only 90 minutes from Chitose Airport and is great for beginners and experts alike. The uncrowded slopes include tree bowls, beginners area and backcountry galore! Adventurers will be delighted as off-piste skiing is permitted at Tomamu, somewhat of a rarity for Japan!