As I don't have a car I got the bus from Maruyama (return bus ticket, day lift pass - ¥4,800) and got there at around 9:30am. Today was a Sunday, so quite busy waiting for the gondola. It hadn't snowed for a few days so I had low expectations.....how wrong I was!! I'm not someone that likes to stay on the courses, especially not today because there were MANY people taking lessons blocking up the courses, so, I spent most of the day riding under the main gondola. There was plenty of fresh lines to choose, especially in the trees to the side of the path under the gondola and I was finding fresh lines until 3pm!
Kokusai is a great resort if you are on holiday in Sapporo or staying in Jozankei, also great for people like me because I don't have to go to Sapporo JR station to catch the bus! Very busy on weekends or holidays, especially when there are school trips going. No hotels. No resort. Great snow.