Kiroro resort review (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido)

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). This was disappointing, as it reduced the terrain potential by about half, but we decided to continue anyways.

It snowed about 5 to 10 cm overnight but temperatures were near-zero, so it was heavy. Further, it was still freezing rain a bit in the morning, covering everything with a thin layer of ice. This only lightly affected the snow quality, as it was breakable.

The runs themselves were mostly groomed and cruisy. The terrain without the gondola open is good for beginners and intermediates but less so for advanced skiers. There are no steep runs off the other chairs. We were forced to find our own terrain off-piste. We brought our full avalanche equipment setup, including skins, so we were able to find some excellent steeper terrain off the sides of the highest chair.

Overall, we had a good day of skiing. The resort itself is worth a visit for people around Sapporo or Niseko. The only accommodation there looked to be large hotels so I think a day trip would be the way to go. Apres possibilities looked limited.
Date visited: From 16 February, 2015 To 16 February, 2015
Snow condition on visit: Heavy powder, groomed
Things I liked: Covered chairs
Things I didn't like: Closed lifts (weather dependent)
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
General score: 80
Snow conditions: 60
Courses/Terrain: 80
Lift system: 80
Apres ski: 40


Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 76
Snow conditions: 86
Courses/Terrain: 72
Lift system: 71
Apres ski: 43

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1180m
Min. elevation: 570m
Vertical: 610m
Steepest slope: 37°
Longest course: 4050m
Number of lifts: 9

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