Explore one of the snowiest places on Earth
If you want powder skiing, then you need to ski and/or snowboard in Hokkaido. Up to 30m of the stuff can fall any given season meaning that if you time it well, you will get at least one 1+ foot dump any 7 days you are there between late December and mid-March. Most of the time it snows non-stop with 3-4 foot accumulating literally overnight.
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If you’re thinking that these storms would force you to spend a few days indoors, you’d be mistaken… well most of the time. The low altitude and abundance of trees shield most areas from the wind and depending on the resort, visibility is generally good.
Japan as a ski destination was really discovered in the early 2000s when powderhounds were drawn by tales of stupidly deep powder days on practically deserted resorts. This still holds true in many of the 500+ resorts in Japan, but if you go to Niseko you’ll find resorts on their way to being world-class complete with 1000’s of Aussies tracking out the pow by midday.
However, it’s still quieter than a powder day in the US, Canada or Europe and the snow is much more consistent.
Population: 5 million
Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture of Japan, and it’s second largest island after Honshu. Capital city: Sapporo.
Well…what can you say? 20m+ of snow each year, 4 mountains wrapping around a dormant volcano, great nightlife, world class accommodation, awesome skiing and snowboarding and loads of POW!
Located in the exact geographical centre of Hokkaido, Furano is known for its champagne light powder, long runs and bluebird days. Without the same crowds as some of the bigger resorts in Hokkaido, Furano has retained an authentic Japanese charm.
Just 40 minutes from Niseko, Rusutsu is home to a series of pow filled valleys and playful terrain. There’s a few other suprises in store here too.. make sure you check both sides of the resort!
The home of snow.. Kiroro regularly scores some of the highest overnight snowfalls in Hokkaido.
The highest peak in Hokkaido and the home of deep, deep dry powder. This place is an enigma, and an essential visit during your time here.
An ancient fishing village that still retains it’s charm, beautiful Otaru is home to great seafood, Ainu history and of course some great ski resorts to explore.
One of the snowiest cities on earth, located 1hr from Furano and 45mins from Asahidake. A great base to explore further north into Hokkaido.
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