I visited Furano last christmas and have just booked again for this year...I LOVE THIS PLACE.
I wouldn't class myself as the best rider in the world but I have been to many resorts in Gunma, Nigata, Nagano, Tochigi, Fukushima and Hokkaido in 9 years of riding in Japan and out of every resort I have I have ever been to FURANO rocks!
There are some great powder courses in Furano which, after a heavy snowfall, provide great powder skiing. These areas
We had a great time at this resort. Decided to go after the rush of New Year and it paid off - the place wasn't busy at all. The previous night there had been 20cm of snow fall and so conditions were good. I wouldn't recommend the place to beginners as theres a lot of steepness going on (and quite a few moguls)
Quikly dropped in here for a day on the way home from Niigata and managed to get a 5 hour ticket for only 3,000. A nice price...
The courses are all quite steep which makes for some nice fast runs. They are also relatively wide making it easy to dodge people. On this particular day it wasn't very crowded though, so this wasn't an issue.
Lots of snowboarders at this place and lots of jumps, terrain parks and rails.
I am a local rider in Minakami that has been riding Tenjin for the past 13 years.
As the on piste terrain is very limited, it is likey that intermediate to advanced on piste riders would start to get bored by the end of the day unless you are into powder (which there can be a lot of on piste). There is one good run for beginners but because of the huge amounts of snow and sometimes windy conditions it is