Ahh..Furano. I've read the reviews and believe what they say about the paranoid ski patrol and the management (is there any?) because it has become laughable at times. Besides the very convenient 'Family Romance' being closed (it links the two mountains), there are seriously too many things to list here warning you not to spend your valuable ski/board dollars here. For locals, head to Kamui and further afield, Furano is a last resort, literally. You were warned!
Last winter I went to Sapporo during the Snow Festival and spent a day at Sapporo Kokusai resort. It was -9 brr! It was probably because of the snow festival that it was really crowded there, and the runs all ended at the same place. \r\n\r\nBut everyone, from little kids to old people, was really experienced there, and they zoomed down the runs.
Personally I didn't have a good day and Kokusai kicked my ass!
Rusutsu is probably my favourite ski resort in Hokkaido as there are 3 mountains (East, West and Isola) with varied terrain and the most amazing snow.
While at Niseko a lot of time is wasted waiting in lines for the gondola and silly one seater lifts, at Rusutsu you never wait more than 3 minutes until you are on a gondola or covered lift (which is nice on the cold days). My favourite mountain is Isola, great tree runs and