Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 9 reviews.
Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd March 2006
Rusutsu Resort review by airwalk
The snow kept coming and coming.

The top of East Mt. & Isora were super windy most of the times to the point of a white out. East Mt. is nothing but powder on top of ice it was so windy over there. Isora however, was amazing. Was on the trails for a few runs, then the rest of the weekend, only the woods. I have never had so many "first tracks" throughout all the wooded areas. It was more
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 16th March 2006
Furano review by Andrew
I don't know if Furano has recently changed but I found heaps of piste powder courses.

There were also lots of tree runs and powder areas that were off piste and accessable.

I didn't have to duck ropes to get fresh tracks.

I thought the resort is good and has some nice steep sections.

I was never hassled by the ski patrol and only saw them once or twice.

This is a great resort after
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 16th March 2006
Rusutsu Resort review by number9
Fantastic resort, my favourite in Japan now.

The mountain's big with nice wide long runs. It's an hour away from Niseko, so it gets similar light dry fluffy powder, but without the crowds of powder hounds tracking everything in sight. Off piste mostly exit nicely back onto courses, Mt.Isola's an awesome wide open playground. We had crap snow the first two days, but the powder heaven on the last day made up for everything and more. The runs connect nicely so
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Asahidake Ropeway
旭岳ロープウゥイ
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 13th March 2006
Asahidake Ropeway review by Simon
A friendly low key resort suitable for experienced skiers who like powderwhich is great if there isnt much wind.

The terrain is extremely varied from steep to flat- there are 2 groomed roads to get your bearings
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 13th March 2006
Furano review by Simon
As others have stated Furano is a great resort for piste skiing with immaculate grooming and long runs.

It is not flat like much of Niseko.

The great powder is often ruined by excessive grooming.

However much of the terrain is roped off for no apparent reason except to entertain the ski patrol in their cat + mouse game.

Many duck the ropes but why should you have to
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 5th March 2006
Furano review by cnk
Although we had a few of the warmest days for months will still had 3 days out of 6 with very dry powder of varying degrees of depth. And I found the music playing over to PA system novel and after a few days you start humming along!!

My first trip skiing overseas and I would go to Furano again. It has more than just the snow to see and do even in winter
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Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Sanno on 3rd March 2006
Sahoro Review by marnix
3 days Club Med a good experience combined with good fresh snow.

Good tree runs nothing particularly steep but a lot of fun.

This is really a great place for the whole family. Drop you kids at the kids club in the monirng and truly enjoy skiing the whole day.

Sahoro doesn't get as much snow as some other resorts but we were in luck and had nice knee-deep snow and good practice groomed slopes for people that stick to groomers
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Sanno on 3rd March 2006
Furano review by marnix
I didn't see any patrol and was able to make quite some good powder runs.

Not deep but just enough to enjoy it.

The most interesting terrain is better looked after by patrol I think, but sometimes you can be lucky
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 2nd March 2006
Rusutsu Resort review by Mark
Best resort I've been in Japan.

We'd tonnes of powder.



Beautiful off piste with lots of trees for tree runs. You can get right in there and not see piste on either side.

Decent half pipe too and couple of good big jumps.

All seemed to be well maintained.

Staff were friendly and everything was nearby and accessable like rental and restaurants and the hotels.

I recommend it for anyone that loves off piste
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