Furano Ski Resort » Japan
Furano occupies the geographic centre of Hokkaido Japan. Furano ski resort has two great ski areas: Furano and Kitanomine. Both areas are interconnected by the lifts and boast over 900 vertical meters of terrain suitable for all abilities and will challenge even expert skiers.
Furano offers you all the options: dry powder snow, day trip options to other nearby ski areas, some of the best groomed fall line skiing, more bluebird days and a genuine cultural experience.
Furano Ski Area
Furano Ski Resort combines some of the steepest and longest runs in Hokkaido with superb quality powder snow that is likely to be the lightest and driest that you will ever ski on. Due to its central location Furano gets stable weather systems and more bluebird days affording spectacular views across the town to the Daisetsusan mountain range across the valley. Ideal for advanced skiers to families the ski area is uncrowded and the high speed modern lifts ensure you will spend more time on the snow.
Famous for its impeccable grooming it also offers good powder areas and has a lift ticket exchange system with nearby Tomamu Resort and Kamui Ski Links, meaning you can ski up to 3 different resorts using Furano as your base. Add to this day trips to the backcountry areas of Asahidake or Tokachidake, and Furano offers a whole lot of options. Families are well catered for with ski-in ski-out accommodation, kids ski lessons and an international kids care. Furano town lies at the base of the ski area and will turn your ski holiday into the cultural experience of a lifetime.
Explore downtown Furano after skiing and you will find endless local bars and restaurants with friendly locals waiting to welcome you to their town. During the main season there are also free cultural events held on the ski area.
Mountain Facts: Opens Dec ~ Apr, Snowfall - 8m, Base Altitude - 235m, Peak Altitude - 1209m, Vertical - 974m, Longest run - 4klm, Lifts:, 1 Ropeway 101 persons, 1 gondolas , 2 quad chairs, 6 double chairs, 1 single chairs, Lifts Open - 8:30 a.m., Lifts Close - 5:00 p.m., Beginner - 40%, Intermediate - 20%, Advanced - 20%, Mtn restaurants - 6, Half pipe - Yes
Furano Resort Services
To enhance your stay in Furano ski resort an established Ski Host or Mountain guide service is available through Furano Tourism, which is free for all our guests to use. Includes: * Local mountain guide on your first morning of skiing * Information & help desk for assistance with local services * Emergency 24 hour phone number * Support service for Deep Powder Tours guests
Furano Night Skiing
Open until 9pm at both Furano and Kitanomine, night skiing is a spectacular way to spend an evening. As you cruise down the well-lit groomers, you'll enjoy amazing views of the area as it comes to life each night. On the Kitanomine side you can ski or snowboard virtually to the door of some bars such as the Ice Dome to order a beer or a hot baked potato without even stepping out of your bindings. With an abundance of restaurants, bars and activities in the Furano township you'll never be short of things to do once you have unbuckled your boots for the evening.
If you want to experience the best snow in the world, you need to be prepared, as it can get cold. It's not unusual to receive 30cm+ of snow over night in Furano. Take plenty of warm clothing and waterproof outerwear. Thermals are a must, along with warm gloves, and of course, a good pair of double lens goggles is highly recommended.
People's initial thoughts are that Japan is expensive and crowded. That may be the case in the 5 star Tokyo hotels. Furano is very reasonably priced, you will need to carry Yen Cash and we strongly suggest to bring some with you. Credit cards are readily accepted in Furano town through the restaurants and shops but you can't use them on the mountain to buy lunches. Cash is king in Japan and if need be you can access an ATM in Kitanomine at the 7 Eleven or in downtown Furano at the Post Office.