Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 305 reviews.
Sapporo Bankei
ばんけいの森 さっぽろばんけい
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by ggrady on 9th March 2017
Resort close to Sapporo city
The resort is convenient to Sapporo, public transport is subway to Maruyama-Koen (Tozai Line) & then #14 bus from the bus terminal adjacent to the subway station. The bus stops across the road from stairs leading to the Resort base.

The resort was relatively busy on my visit, up to 10 minutes waiting in the lift line. A lot of the trails are winding ones that children's ski classes take. The open slopes are quick runs back to the base,
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Kiroro Snow World
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by AndyK on 2nd February 2017
Waste of Money
The steeper slops are short and ending always with an flat sections. So you have to speed up, that you get over the flat section.
The same is with the free-riding area.... Really short steep beginning ended up with a flat section.

The resort is good for beginners, but not for freeriders from overseas looking for steeper terrain... sorry, but for us it was a waste of time & money and the advertising the resort does is delusory
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd September 2016
Too Much Tree Fun
After 2 days at Niseko I took one of the buses to Rusutsu to give that a go (bus transfer is easy from the transportation hub with two different outfits). The area base is kind of different since a smallish set of runs is at the resort/hotel base, but the better skiing is on the adjacent mountain which you ride a gondola to access, and then a chair or two to get where you want to go.

I thought the
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
ニセコアンヌプリ国際
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Wow. Just wow.
I can't say enough good things about Niseko United, and specifically the Annupuri side. I've been riding in Japan for three seasons and I've never experienced anything quite like this. We spent a half a day on the Grand Hirafu side and then went over to Annupuri and never looked back.

Grand Hirafu was slightly crowded; not terrible, for the time of year, but crowded nonetheless. Annupuri was basically empty. No wait time for the lifts, no congestion on the runs,
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by pdt_85 on 1st April 2016
Great Resort
We were lucky to have very light snowfall during our visit there in March (-4 cm per day), but it wasn't enough to refresh the slopes overnight. Snow was also icy instead of powder, but we were there in Spring, so even having snowfall was a fortunate blessing indeed.

I am a beginner skier, so kept mainly to the green slopes such as Kogen & Family. With the snow conditions as it was, it was a challenge to me but it
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
ニセコアンヌプリ国際
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by pl4 on 10th March 2016
So much Powder!
Using one of the day passes I won in a giveaway from SnowJapan, we had an amazing time at Annupuri.

Every day there was plenty of fresh, light powder to ski. I can't say I've ever experienced better conditions.

Heading skier's right off of the "bubble chair" quad at Annupuri resulted in untracked lines through the trees all day long.

I can't wait to get back
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by luke_wilby on 22nd February 2016
Perfect powder for endless tree skiing
Before visiting Niseko I'd read a lot about their snow fall and the quality of the snow and our visit didn't disappoint (and this is meant to be a below par season)!

We had close to a metre and a half of snow fall during our stay leading to some amazing days on the hill. I've been lucky enough to ski across a number of countries and this was hands down the best snow I've seen.

The four mountains provide good
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
ニセコHANAZONOリゾート
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by gwyld on 15th February 2016
Thanks guys
Thank you to SnowJapan and HPG Hanazono Powder Guide for the prize of guiding for a day at Niseko.

Myself and my companions from The Old Farts Militia have been coming to Niseko for the past three years and have experienced the powder and tree skiing within the resort however we recognised we had neither the equipment or the experience to go out of bounds and experience the back country. That’s where Peter our guide came in.

After some test
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Fury on 7th January 2016
A unique experience, loved every minute of it!
Let's start at the beginning, we flew from Amsterdam to Tokyo first and stayed there for two days to see something of the city. Loved every minute of it, from the patchinko halls to a standing bar where we had "cloudy sake" with the locals. Brilliant :)

From Tokyo we did an overland to Niseko, we started with a Shinkansen bullet train which was a unique experience. Gradually the trains got smaller and the heaps of snow got larger. The past
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by rick on 17th December 2015
Screaming bargain!
Preseason skiing can be hit or miss, but Hokkaido is far enough north that sometimes you get lucky. Friends booked an ANA package tour from 9-12 December to the Shin-Furano Prince for 38,000 yen including air (Haneda-Chitose), bus, hotel, breakfast, and lifts. We decided to join, but stay one more day and come home on Sunday, which was regular season; that cost us 52,000 yen each.

Only the Furano zone was open and not all of the lifts were
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by powder rat on 16th July 2015
Tracked out in record time
I have been snowboarding in Niseko since 1999 and have spent the past 5 seasons (Jan & Feb) there.

The snowfall is amazing but so are the crowds. The point of chasing powder is to ride it when it is fresh and untracked....this is becoming increasingly difficult at all 4 Niseko united resorts and Moiwa. The crowds have stomped on every bit of untracked powder across all resorts by approximately 10.30am. After 5 seasons I know the resorts and the
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Kiroro Snow World
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by endure on 6th March 2015
Kiroro resort
My friend and I had a great time at Kiroro for a day trip. We were staying near Niseko and it was about an hours drive to get there. It was great to get away from the crowds around Hirafu. The drive was easy, even with some freezing rain on the roads.

Once we got there, we were told that the gondola was closed for the day because of the weather (moderate to high winds in particular).
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