After winning some tickets from Snowjapan (and getting a re-up from unclaimed tickets!! domo!), me and some mates piled into a car and headed east from Sapporo to Tomamu. With the weather the way it has been recently we certainly weren't expecting to find any blower powder conditions, we were dead set ready for some spring slush! Unfortunately, nobody thought to tell Tomamu!! The recent conditions in the Sapporo region has been warm and sunny, resulting in some ace soft,
Visited here on a day trip from Sapporo, using the handy shuttle bus service from one of the downtown hotels, to which I walked from my hostel. The “Bus Pack” cost 4,800Yen which included the return bus journey and day pass. On the day I went the sun was out and warming things up quickly, frustratingly turning the 20-30cm of off-piste snow into sludge. Many of the easily-accessible tree runs were on south-facing slopes so after a few, unsuccessful attempts
Had a day here en route from Otaru to Sapporo. Teine station is close to Sapporo station so is easily accessible from there and you can get some cheaper, all-in-one train/lift tickets from Sapporo station though I don't know the details. There’s a bus service from the south exit of Teine station to Teine Highland, departing from the stop outside Mister Donuts. The first bus departs at 09:10 and was busy, even on a Wednesday, so my advice is to
Took a day trip to Kiroro from Otaru, killing 2 birds with one stone as I’d wanted to visit both for some time. I stayed at a cool little hostel called Morinoki, which is about a 20 minute walk from the JR station though a local bus would half that. There’s an infrequent shuttle bus from the station to the resort, departing at 08:10 and 11:30, and returning at 13:30 and 17:00. If you’re staying at Morinoki, you can use
What a nice surprise. When we first arrived my first thoughts were this place was tiny....
Definitely more of a hill than a mountain. But what a fun one. It had been three days since fresh snow so we really came just to check the place out expecting the off-piste to be tracked out or sun affected. We splashed out a full 1600 Yen for a 3 hour pass (super cheap) and then set out to explore. At the top of
I really like this little place. We came last year on a snowy day on a day trip from Furano 2012 and had a ball - especially after being hemmed in over there. So I have to admit to a soft spot for the place.
This year we were met with a gorgeous blue bird day. There had been 5-10cm the night before, not quite enough to fill in old tracks but enough to refresh things a bit. The day started
We had a lovely sunny calm day at Sahoro. There has been a good bit of snow the day before and the resort had been closed so we got very lucky with perfect conditions. All the "advanced" runs hadn't been groomed and had a nice shin high coating on them -- that stayed pretty untouched for the first few hours:
In the afternoon we scouted out the many tree areas that aren't roped off where we could find some
The second day into a 1-week stay at Niseko Annupuri and it’s a full-on powder day. I therefore decided to escape the Chinese New Year crowds and head over to neighbouring Moiwa, the smallest of the Niseko resorts and one that I’d heard lots of good things about.
I arrived just after 9am to find people already heading up to join the queue for the quad lift, which doesn’t usually open until 9.30. There are 3 lifts at Moiwa. Looking