Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 9 reviews.
Sapporo Kokusai
札幌国際
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Sapporo Kokusai review
It was one of my stops during an 8 day Christmas/Newyears trip to Hokkaido.

During that trip I tried Hakodatte-Nanae, Niseko-hirafu, and Sapporo-kokusai.

I must say that it was my favorite. Lots of fresh powder for everyone and not as much as crowded as Niseko.

I really liked the fact that the gondola takes you all the way to the top. The only problem is that the courses in general are a bit short.

The tempreture was around -5...But, that's Hokkaido!

The night course was
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Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
函館七飯スノーパーク
Nanae Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park review
I was there only for one day. I was staying in Hakodate, which I mast say is a very pretty town, so I thought I'd try the local resort as well.

Well, as I mentioned before, Hakodate is a beautiful town, with many romantic places to visit if you go there with your girlfriend and the well known Hokkaido food!

I must say that there are more nice things to say about the city than the resort.

It is about 35km away, with
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 28th January 2004
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Matt
Went up to Niseko for a couple of weeks 2 years ago expecting to be blown away by it. Was a bit disappointed by the reality but still had some awesome days in strawberries and off the peak.

The run off the peak is the best run but you have to hike it and there are usually ten thousand others trying the same thing so it gets tracked quite quickly. Also the inbounds terrain is really flat with short steep sections.
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Nakafurano Hokusei
中富良野北星
Nakafurano Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 25th January 2004
Nakafurano Hokusei review by J
The one run here is short and steep.

Come in the summer instead when it is full of lavender
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 24th January 2004
Hoshino Resort Tomamu review by Norio
I went there in late December 2003. There wasn't so much snow, but what there was, was great quality. It's an intermediate resort with good facilities and friendly hotels.

Sapporo sushi and crab at the hotel were delicious! So was the beer.
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2004
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu review by GAWA
Fantastic snow conditions to satisfy all. I think the resort is a bit overrated but it was fun anyway.

Even Thredbo in Australia offered more adrenalin pumping runs than Niseko.

Needs more variety of terrain to make it world class. Lack of gradient also.

Accomodation in Higashiyama world class and onsen very relaxing. Ski hire is expensive though.

If you are into photography, this is the place.

Good skiers will probably be disappointed with lack of challenge.
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by jacktheripper on 19th January 2004
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu review by jacktheripper
A load of us went up to Niseko for a week after reading last years weather reports for the same period. We didn't have half as much snow as we anticipated, but last year the snow did get to Japan quite early.

I was a little annoyed because due to the lack of snow the 'gates' to the backcountry and the Niseko 'local rules' were not open and not in effect. The chair lifts were terrible as well. I suppose I
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
ニセコアンヌプリ国際
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 17th January 2004
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai review
We've just returned from our second trip to Niseko and, despite being there during the worst blizzard conditions for many years (Shin-Chitose airport was closed for almost two days, despite a fleet of eighty snowploughs working round the clock), we enjoyed it even more than the first time round.

We're intermediate skiiers, so the mountain provides us with some challenging areas, as well as some nice, flattish, practice areas. The resort is unusual in that there are also several, un-groomed
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by crazyski on 7th January 2004
10/01/2002 4:00:00 PM
For my first skiing experience in Japan, I was impressed.

I grew up skiing in the dry, deep powder of the American West (CO/UT), so skiing in Japan had a lot to live up to. For the most part, Niseko Hirafu delivered.

The most surprising thing for me was the lack of crowds, followed closely by the decent deal I got on accommodation/lift passes (80,000 yen for 15 days skiing/lodging). The last week or so of the trip the
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