Furano Ski Area
Furano Ski Area information
Lonely Planet review
Lying between two Prince hotels, this world-class winter-sports resort has hosted numerous FIS World Ski and Snowboarding events, yet remains relatively undiscovered by foreign visitors compared to Niseko. While Furano does not allow for off-piste skiing, there is plenty here to take your fancy.
Open from late November until early May, the slopes are predominantly beginner and intermediate, but there is a handful of steep, ungroomed advanced runs. The novice-friendly courses, all with perfect powder, can run up to 3km in length. They also wind scenically through pristine birch forests, and open up in sections to tremendous views. Eleven lifts, including the fastest gondola in Japan, help to keep the crowds in check.
The two Prince hotels provide a wonderful après-ski atmosphere of fine dining, lively drinking and curative onsen soaking. Full equipment rental is available for ¥4500 per day. English signage is adequate.