Asarigawa Onsen resort review (Otaru City, Hokkaido)

Asarigawa Onsen
Otaru City, Hokkaido
Submitted by agillgren on 28th February 2014
Otaru local
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. There is a small gap between the lifts so this was slightly frustrating on snowboards - but our efforts were again rewarded.

AS expected so close to Otaru he resort was busy -- but everyone seemed to be school groups or with the ski club practicing slalom. No one seemed to want "deep snow". So even the powder on the side of the groomers was untouched. Spent a few hours cruising the sides of runs finding bits of untouched snow. Ocean views were quite the novelty too.

Visibility wasn't epic, and quite a few tree patches seemed to have either a dam, bad fall line or a creek around so we didn't head too far into the off piste areas. Didn't really have a need to either.

Bargain 2500 yen day ticket. Well worth a visit if staying Otaru way and want something different from the larger places. There is enough there to fill a day.
Date visited: From 30 January, 2013 To 30 January, 2013
Snow condition on visit: Heavy powder
Things I liked: Local feel.
Close to Otaru
Things I didn't like: Lift layout
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Authentic Japan experience
General score: 75
Snow conditions: 70
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 55

Asarigawa Onsen

Otaru City, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 77
Snow conditions: 75
Courses/Terrain: 55
Lift system: 52
Apres ski: 40

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 680m
Min. elevation: 140m
Vertical: 540m
Steepest slope: 36°
Longest course: 3000m
Number of lifts: 4

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