Sapporo Bankei resort review (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

Sapporo Bankei
ばんけいの森 さっぽろばんけい
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Shonan Kuma on 25th December 2007
Sapporo Bankei review by Shonan Kuma
I finally got my new skis and bindings all mounted up and decided go for a night ski.

So I headed up to Bankei (only 20 mins from my home).

The place was empty, and the view back to Sapporo was great. But that was about it.

I found the lift was too small (low) as I sat in the chair I had to be careful not to catch the chair on the back of the top of my boots.

The ride was slowish, and had an unbearably uncomfortable cross beam which may be ok for small Japanese, but after a few runs I was developing a very sore spot across my back.

The snow at the very top was magnificent but at 2 places down the mountain it turned to large sheets of ice. Very unpleasant stuff.

All in all Bankei may only be a few minutes from my home - but I doubt I will be back any time soon.
Date visited: From 21 December, 2007
Snow condition on visit: Good base, but icy in parts
Things I liked: Empty, very close, cheap
Things I didn't like: Boring, icy

Sapporo Bankei

ばんけいの森 さっぽろばんけい
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 55
Snow conditions: 50
Courses/Terrain: 50
Lift system: 55
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 483m
Min. elevation: 200m
Vertical: 283m
Steepest slope: 33°
Longest course: 1200m
Number of lifts: 6

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