When I stayed in Otaru in February 2014 I kept looking over at the slopes of what I found out was Tenguyama. so decided to check it out on my return visit to Otaru this season. It was snowing on the day I went but the snowfall was accompanied by strong, blustery winds, which stopped the lower lifts from operating. This meant that only the ropeway and the single top lift were running, the latter being the only lift available
Some say this resort gets more than the close by big N. Can't say that for sure, but it does get slightly different weather sometimes and we've had a few great days here over the years when it has been shallow elsewhere.
First thing that stands out is the quick/modern lift system. I think all lifts are covered they are quick too... we also never seemed to be waiting in lines. Was definitely a nice change
We were staying in Otaru and decided to take the bus up to Asari somehow got there on the bus (bus driver was very nice). Was lucky enough that there where some young skiers on the same bus and I could follow then to asari. it was couple minute walk from bus station
When I got there got the lift upto the top and was greeted with a run of fresh powder underneath the highest lift.
It's literally on the edge of town and offers great views back over the city and ocean. It has some decent pitch too. Probably some of the steeper "courses" I've seen in Hokkiado.
But alas not that long with only around 450m vertical. In fact I think true "beginners" would struggle on the green run accessed by the rope way - but the area at the top accessed by chair is a perfect pitch but might get a bit
A smallish resort - this time just outside of Otaru (10 minutes).
There was fresh snow on the day we visited, and not the greatest weather. Good thing is we seemed to be a bit out of the wind. Being low and close to the ocean the powder wasn't as fluffy as other places but still good. Looked like they get plenty of it still.
It's got 4 lifts - although it takes 3 to get to the top.