This is a fantastic resort with facilities and three main resorts to ski, it snowed 22 out of 23 days and we had powder up to our eye balls most of the time, if you know where to go.
I am extremly concerned about the Australian visitors in particular creating a "Bali" in this resort - they were inpolite to the japanese, they constantly ducked ropes into dangerous bowls, cornice areas and ridges making it highley hazerdous for skiers below.
Furano and Kitanomine are adjacent areas that are connected and a single lift pass covers both. Kitanomine has most hotels at its base but we stayed at The New Furano Prince - the only hotel at the base of the Furano slopes.
Arriving on Friday evening we sampled the apres ski before the ski. FOr Furano, you are stuck with the hotel or Soh's cabin - a log cabin restaurant which is a delightful 5 minute walk through the woods
Nukabira is a huge local hill or a small resort, depending on the way you look at it. It's not Niseko so I won't compare Nukabira to it. What I like about it is that its cheap (you can ride from 10 to 2 for 2200yen), it has no crowds at all (I can still get fresh lines by 12:00 on powder days), its close to my house (Obihiro), and the setting/vistas are fantastic.
Pirika is a great little hill, although it's unlikely to ever be visited by foreigners other than the 4 or 5 local English teachers.
I've never stood in a line longer than 5 people, and on most days you can be the only person on a run at any given time. The hill only has a few runs to choose from, and all but one are groomed. However, the snow quality is excellent, and the runs are
Me and my wife went to Tomamu for X'mas which is the first time for us to ski in Hokkaido.
The snow was great and the people are very nice at the resort. The ski area is not that big and I think there are only 10 lifts all together. The facilities are ageing but they are maintained in a reasonable condition.
We had lots of fun as the food was great and there are plenty of