NisekoisthemostfamousskiresortinJapan duetoalmostnonstoppowderconditions. The snowjustneverseemstostop!Ridingis permittedprettymuchanywheresoitiseasy togetpowderonalmostanygivenday.Itis also the largest ski resort in Hokkaido.
FuranoisoneofJapan'sbiggestresortsand hasoneofthebiggestverticaldropsofnearly 1,000mtrs.Itismoreknownforit'slegtesting longgroomersthananythingelsebutdoes havegreatbackcountryandsidecountryruns too if you know where to look.
Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
TeineisonlyanhourfromSapporoandisnota largearea.Ithasarangeofterrainsuiting beginnerstoexpertridersalthoughnottoo muchinbetween.Ithasbreathtakingviews from the top.
Kamui Ski Resort
KamuiisclosetoAsahikawacity,andhas2 benefits.Firstly,youwillseeveryfew westernersthere,makingyourdayseemmore culturallyauthenticandsecondly,thereareno real off limit areas.
Hokkaido, Japan Ski &
Most people who go to Hokkaido just go to Niseko and maybe Rusutsu, but with over 100 ski resorts Hokkaido has much more to offer than that. This page has a summary of the main resorts or you can go straight to each resort’s webpage via the quick links below.
Ninja Ski Packages
Tomamu Ski Resort*
Thisresortisonlyanhourfromthe internationalairport.Itisasmallresortbut rarelygetscrowded.Thecablecargetsyouto thetopliftwhichprovidessomegreattree runs. There is a great snow park.
Kurodake Ski Resort*
KurodakeisontheothersideofAsahidake, andagainitisnotreallyaresort,rathera mountainwithropewayaccess.Bestrunis straightundertheropewaywithsomeofthe steepest skiing in Hokkaido.
Saporo Kokusai Ski Resort*
KokusaiisaboutanhrfromdowntownSapporo andcangetalittlecrowded. Thegroomersare nothingtowritehomeaboutbutthe sidecountrytreerunswillkeepallbutthe most expert riders happy.
Kiroro Ski Resort*
Kiroro is close to both Sapporo and Niseko, and has great tree runs (albeit not too steep) with reliable snow. Has great lift infrastructure and will suit beginners and intermediates.
Asahidake Ski Resort
Asahidakeisnotreallyaskiresort,morelikea mountainwitharopewaytogiveyouaccess.It isnotespeciallysteepbutgetslotsof extremelydrysnow(driestinJapan?)andisan all natural terrain.
Goryu Ski Resort•No of lifts: 12•No of courses: 16 •Vertical drop:925mtrs•Steepest run:36cGreat variety of runs from beginner to advanced
Happo Ski Resort•No of lifts: 22•No of courses: 15•Vertical drop:1070mtrs•Steepest run:35cHome to some of the events in the 1998 Olympics.
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort•No of lifts: 6•No of courses: 8•Vertical drop:794 mtrs•Steepest run:32cGreat resort with some long steep runs. Fantastic on powder days.
Iwatake Ski Resort•No of lifts: 16•No of courses: 25•Vertical drop:539 mtrs•Steepest run:35cGood medium size resort very popular with boarders.
Tsugaike Ski Resort•No of lifts: 21•No of courses: 15•Vertical drop:904 mtrs•Steepest run:35cBig ski resort with great variety of runs including great beginner’s slopes
Norikura Ski Resort•No of lifts: 9•No of courses: 17•Vertical drop:600 mtrs•Steepest run:35cLarge resort with a great variety of runs and a great terraine park.
Cortina Ski Resort•No of lifts: 7•No of courses: 16•Vertical drop:500 mtrs•Steepest run:42cHome to the steepest and deepest tree skiing in Japan.
Minekata Ski Resort•No of lifts: 2•No of courses: 6•Vertical drop:210 mtrs•Steepest run:35cBest cross country cross with some great views.
Sanosaka Ski Resort•No of lifts: 5•No of courses: 6•Vertical drop:460 mtrs•Steepest run:33cSmall resort with nice views of Lake Aokiko with great terrain park.
Kashimayari Ski Resort•No of lifts: 7•No of courses: 22•Vertical drop:720mtrs•Steepest run:388Amazing views from the top with some good challenging runs.
Jigatake Ski Resort•No of lifts: 4•No of courses: 5•Vertical drop:250mtrs•Steepest run:28cGreat spot for families and beginners, especially on a weekday.