As the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido receives some of the most consistent winter weather in the nation, perfect for skiing and snowboarding. But, knowing where to travel on your ski trip to Hokkaido isn’t easy.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you. With dozens of ski resorts to explore, these are the destinations you need to visit on your ski and snowboard trip to Hokkaido.
Notorious for its powder bowls and backcountry slopes, Niseko Ski Resort is regarded by many as the top ski destination in Hokkaido. The area features four different ski resorts and averages 50 feet of snow each season. Waist-deep powder and incredible views of Mt. Yotei continue to draw skiers and snowboarders to Niseko every season.
Thanks to its blue skies and fluffy powder, Furano is a top spot for skiers and snowboarders. With a wide variety of terrain from groomed runs to off-piste acreage, Furano is an excellent choice for both beginners and more advanced riders. The family-friendly resort also offers affordable accommodations and dining options.
For equally as impressive powder with fewer crowds, Rusutsu Resort is the ideal destination. Rusutsu boasts an annual 600 inches of snowfall with 37 runs across 3 peaks. Its close proximity to the Pacific coast serves up several sunny days throughout the winter season and its incredible tree skiing and lift infrastructure give this resort extra points, too.
Sapporo Teine offers some of the most incredible skiing for a much more reasonable price as opposed to other Japanese resorts. The resort itself refrains from attracting large crowds but it is still easily accessible. Sapporo, the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics, boasts some of the steepest slopes in Hokkaido along with incredible panoramic views.
Aside from stunning panoramic views of the Tokachi Plains, Sahoro Ski Resort also offers terrain for every level of skier or snowboarder. More than 15 miles of slopes and 8 lifts to access it means tons of groomed runs and off-piste skiing. Nearby accommodations complete the Sahoro ski experience.
As a company of active skiers, we have experienced the hassles of traveling with your gear and understand how important these items are to you. Our team is available 7 days a week ready to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.