Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 8 reviews.
Mashike Choei Syokanbetsudake
Mashike Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd February 2008
Mashike Choei review by Brett Dennis
Small local hill near interesting fishing village of Mashike. Not much vertical but plenty of snow and quite a novelty riding so close to coast.

Considering size of field, it is well serviced with two double chairs, two groomers and night skiing. After a memorable night staying at a local ryokan, we had some great fresh snow. The patronage seemed to be mainly local school kids and the army, we were the only westerners and I was one of only two
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Otoineppu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd February 2008
Otoifuji review by Brett Dennis
With much expectation we arrived in Otoineppu. Leaving the coast, the snow just got deeper and deeper as we heaed inland and plenty of superb looking backcountry could be seen just of the main road. Even farmers fields had some great lines.

With it's location in the centre of a broad peninsula and low ranges this area is obviously a snow magnet. On arrival in the town, we found a community besieged by winter. Deep almost bottomless snow covered the whole
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Kamui Ski Links
Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd February 2008
Kamui Ski Links review by Brett Dennis
In keeping with other reviewers, I've got nothing but good things to say about this place, apart from having less snow than other areas at the time we visited.

Nice amount of vertical, some great fast and quite long groomers, well planned lift lay-out and best of all welcoming ride all areas policy.

When we first pulled up on the Sunday of a long weekend, things looked glum. The gondola line was snaking back down the hill and for Hokkaido the
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Asahidake Ropeway
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd February 2008
Asahikawa Ropeway review by Brett Dennis
Stirling natural landscape, beautiful forests, streams and superb thermal activity. Visited on a long weekend, so was a reasonable number of people on the mountain.

Along with others, found the flatness of the groomed runs a bit frustrating but plenty of fun in the trees, chutes and bowls nearby. Snow depth was quite variable being crusty and windblown up high, was only time I had trouble with rocks and partially covered shrubs while in Hokkaido.

Definitely a mountain with plenty of
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Shibetsu-shi Hinata
Shibetsu-shi City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd February 2008
Shibetsu-shi Hinata review by Brett Dennis
Dropped in for a couple of hours after seeing hill from highway.

Another local field with mainly schoolkids there when we arrived, however probaly see's a few more westerners being closer to Asahikawa.

Two single chairs service a limited numbers of shortish runs with a couple of nice steep sections. Could buy a cheap ticket (about $8.00) allowing about 12 trips on the lifts, lift closest to base was fairly short and had to walk uphill to access the second longer lift
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 20th February 2008
Tomamu review by Peter Cohen
We had a group of 10 experienced skiers.

It took us 5 days to track out the back O.B. areas. rating 3+ (out of 5)

Food excellent at the various japanese eateries.\r\n\r\nThe piste is moderately intermediate & can be found anywhere.

Would I go back? Yes, if freshies were on
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 12th February 2008
Rusutsu Resort review by Hard to please
Not quite the scale and variety one finds in the US and Europe -- Rusustu is a small mountain that is good for a week at most. But the snow is unbelievable -- the lightness and the quantity are amazing -- and no crowds other than on weekends. This plus great tree skiing makes this a great ski mountain (we have skied all over the US and Europe and ski Aspen and Canadian heli every year). The
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Kamui Ski Links
Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Submitted by JA on 2nd February 2008
Kamui Ski Links review
In addition to the huge groomed pistes, the "no out of bounds" policy gives access to heaps of tree runs and the powder stashes to be found just off the piste.

Highly disorganised restaurant at top of goldola line is the main downside to this very nice "one day" resort
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