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Furano Ski Resort: Getting the Ultimate Powder Experience at Hokkaido's Famous Slopes!

Furano Ski Resort: Getting the Ultimate Powder Experience at Hokkaido's Famous Slopes!

Date published: 27 August 2020
Last updated: 29 September 2020

Furano Ski Resort is one of the premier pistes in Hokkaido. Thanks to the cold, dry winter air in Hokkaido, this area sees exceptional powder. Furano is especially cold in winter, with average temperatures even lower than in Sapporo, and you can enjoy it in a variety of ways!

Here you will find useful information on ways to have fun when you go to the Furano Ski Resort.

Table of Contents
  1. Best time to go to skiing in Furano: Mid-December to late February
  2. Lift ticket options at Furano Ski Resort
  3. Ski equipment rentals at Furano Ski Resort
  4. Furano ski resort course overview
  5. Furano Zone
  6. Kitanomine Zone
  7. Great for beginners! Furano Ski Area Coach Lesson
  8. Furano skiing area snow activities for the whole family!
  9. Furano Ski Resort restaurants
  10. Two hotels at Furano Ski Resort: Directly connected to the ski area!
  11. Furano Ski Area Coronavirus Measures
  12. Getting to the Furano Ski Area

Best time to go to skiing in Furano: Mid-December to late February

Best time to go to skiing in Furano: Mid-December to late February

Furano Ski Resort opened in 1962 and is visited by 200,000 people (November 2019 to March 2020) every year. When the Alpine World Cup Furano Tournament was held in 1977, it became known around the world.

At that time, the name was changed from Kitanomine Ski Area to Furano Ski Area so as to better appeal the Furano region as a ski destination. By 1995, the Alpine World Cup was held here 10 times, and various events and events such as the Snowboard World Cup and the All Japan Championship were hosted.

Furano Ski Resort is located inland area near the center of Hokkaido. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Daisetsuzan mountain range.

The snow conditions are stable, and it has been highly appraised overseas for having quality powder snow. The best season is from mid-December to late February.

During that time, Furano is particularly cold, and it is not uncommon to see temperatures at and below freezing during the day and -10°C during the morning and evening. You will need to prepare for these temperatures.

Lift ticket options at Furano Ski Resort

Lift ticket options at Furano Ski Resort

The best part of the lift tickets at Furano Ski Resort is the wide variety available! If you want to ski just for a short time, you can choose a lift ticket that suits your needs, such as a 3-hour or a 5-hour ticket.

(1) Types of lift tickets (example)
One-day ticket
Early season (November 21st to December 4th)
Adults: 4,500 yen
Seniors: 4,000 yen

Regular season (December 5th to March 21st)
Adults: 6,000 yen
Seniors: 5,400 yen

Spring Ski (March 22nd to May 5th)
Adults: 4,500 yen
Seniors: 4,000 yen
3-hour ticket
Adults: 4,400 yen
Seniors: 3,800 yen
5-hour ticket
Adults: 5,200 yen
Seniors: 4,600 yen
Sunset & Night Ticket
Adults: 5,200 yen
Seniors: 4,600 yen
Night ticket
Adults: 2,200 yen
Seniors: 2,000 yen

(2) How to purchase a lift ticket
You can buy a lift ticket for the Furano Ski Resort in advance online or at the ticket counter on the day of purchase.

■How to purchase online
Purchase from the "webket" online ticket app or website. It can be purchased until 11 pm the day before. You can only pay by credit card. At the time of the first purchase, you will receive and use an IC card that will be redeemed as a lift ticket at the ticket counter.

If you charge the IC card, you can use it again. At the time of first purchase, 500 yen will be added as a deposit for the IC card in addition to the lift ticket fee, but it will be refunded if you return the lift ticket. For details on online purchases, please check the Furano Ski Resort official website (English available).

■How to purchase at the ticket counter
Lift tickets can also be purchased on the day at the lift ticket office inside the ski resort. There are three lift ticket booths: a lift ticket booth at the foot of the Furano Ropeway Station, a Kitanomine Daiichi Express Lift ticket booth, and a Kitanomine Ticket Center lift ticket booth. At the counters, a Poketalk translator is installed for convenience.

At the Furano Ski Resort, lift tickets are free for elementary school students! You can pick up a free lift ticket at the ticket office. Preschool children are prohibited from using the lift, so be sure to have a guardian accompany.

Ski equipment rentals at Furano Ski Resort

Ski equipment rentals at Furano Ski Resort

At the Furano Ski Resort, English speaking staff are stationed at all four rental shops.

There are a variety of rental plans – you are bound to find the right one for you! The Full Set is a plan where you can rent a complete set of ski equipment such as a helmet, goggles, ski wear, boots, and skis or snowboard so that you can enjoy solo skiing. It is recommended for those who want to enjoy skiing while traveling or who want to travel with less luggage.

Skiwear and snowboard sets are recommended for those who want to rent only certain items, such as skis or boots, separately.

Each rental plan has a 5-hour plan and an option to rent up to 7 days. Be sure to choose the best plan according to your needs.

●Full set charge example
5-Hour: Adults 8,800 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 5,900 yen
1-Day: Adults 9,800 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 6,600 yen
2-Day: Adults 16,800 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 11,200~ yen

●Standard ski set and snowboard set price example
5-Hour: Adults 5,400 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 3,500 yen
1-Day: Adults 5,800 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 3,800 yen
2-Day: Adults 9,800 yen; Children (to junior-high school age) 6,500~ yen

Both options can be rented for up to 7 days. Please check the official website for details on rates and other rental plans.

Furano ski resort course overview

Furano ski resort course overview
There is a ski slope map in English (Image above is from the 2019-2020 season)

The total area of the slopes is 194 hectares! It consists of two areas, Furano Zone and Kitanomine Zone. There are 28 courses in total, with the longest run at 4,000 meters.

Furano Zone

Furano Zone

The Furano Zone has the Furano Ropeway, which can hold up to 101 people, and you can climb to the summit all at once. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view along the way. In the future, it will be operated with a limited number of people and ventilation to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.

Kitanomine Zone

Kitanomine Zone

If you feel confident in skiing, then you want to try the Kitanomine Zone. There are slopes for beginners that are great for families. It is a wide course, suitable for practice. There is a giant course for intermediate users that is ideal for gaining additional skill and confidence. The premium zone for advanced skiers is an uncompacted snow powder course that is open for a limited time. Because the snow conditions vary from day to day, it will only be open when the ski area decides it is safe.

The Kitanomine Zone has the Kitanomine Gondola that climbs to the top of the mountain, but please note that there is no beginner course available here.

Great for beginners! Furano Ski Area Coach Lesson

Great for beginners! Furano Ski Area Coach Lesson

If you are new to skiing or want to improve your skills, why not join the ski school at Furano Ski Resort? The Furano Kimura Kosen Ski School (group lesson for junior high school students and above, starting from 7,000 yen for 2 hours) is run by alpine skier Kiminori Kimura, who has participated in the Olympic games four times.

This school is perfect for children who are skiing for the first time. The Furano Pandaruman Kids School (3 to 9 years old, group lesson, 2 hours 9,500 yen) has various lessons from group to private lessons.

There are many English-speaking schools available. There are foreign staff at Furano Snow School and Kojima Academy, and English lessons are available. There is also the Oji Ski School that specializes in Chinese. You can apply for day-of lessons if there is space available, but if are counting on participating, be sure to make an advance reservation.

Furano skiing area snow activities for the whole family!

Furano skiing area snow activities for the whole family!

Waku Waku Family Snow Land is a great place for parents and children to play together! This is an area where you can enjoy activities other than skiing.

Snow activities such as snow rafting (1 time 800 yen), snowmobile (1 lap course 1,500 yen, forest course 4,000 yen), snow banana boat (short course 800 yen, long course 1,200 yen) are available for small children to enjoy.

Plus, they also offer walking skis, traditional Japanese kanjiki snowshoes, and sleigh rentals, so you can still enjoy the snow even when the weather is bad and you cannot ski.

Place: Waku Waku Family Snow Land (Two-minute walk from New Furano Prince Hotel)
Business period: Mid-December to late March
Hours: 9am – 4pm

Furano Ski Resort restaurants

Furano Ski Resort restaurants
Restaurant Downhill

Stop in if you are hungry! There are restaurants in each area of Furano Zone and Kitanomine Zone. At the Furano Zone, there is a Ramen Corner where you can eat ramen made by Chinese cuisine chefs, and Restaurant Downhill. Downhill has a menu of mainly Western food. The white curry (1400 yen) is excellent. On sunny days, you can dine while enjoying spectacular views of the Furano Basin.

The recommended ramen corner entrees are Miso Vegetable Ramen (1,000 yen) and Soy Sauce Ramen (900 yen)
The white curry looks like cream stew

In the Kitanomine Zone, there is a building called Kitanomine Terminal. On the first floor, you can find Restaurant KITA YATAI and on the second floor, there is Restaurant UMI YAMA KITA. Each shop offers a variety of fare such as curry and spaghetti, as well as standard items such as alcohol and snacks.

Kitanomine Terminal
Restaurant UMI YAMA KITA on the second floor

Two hotels at Furano Ski Resort: Directly connected to the ski area!

Two hotels at Furano Ski Resort: Directly connected to the ski area!

The Furano Ski Resort has two hotels: New Furano Prince Hotel and Furano Prince Hotel.

If you like hot springs, we recommend the Shisai no Yu hot spring at the New Furano Prince Hotel. Shisai no Yu is characterized by its smooth-textured water, which bubbles up from a source located 1,010 meters underground. In addition, there is the shopping area Ningle Terrace that consists of 15 log houses nearby where you can enjoy shopping for craftworks inspired by nature.

Shisai no Yu hot spring

Furano Prince Hotel is a historic resort hotel with a triangular roof where you can relax in a calm atmosphere. You can go directly to the slopes from both the New Furano Prince Hotel and the Furano Prince Hotel. Each facility is equipped with lockers for skiing and snowboarding.

If you want to take a break, you can return to the hotel easily. It's okay to go for a ski in the morning, and night skiing is also fun. It is the best environment to enjoy skiing all day long.

Furano Ski Area Coronavirus Measures

The Furano Ski Resort is working throughout the Prince Hotel on measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. All attendants will be wearing masks and displaying social distance at the ticket office. They installed disinfectant solutions at ticket offices, toilets, and restaurants, and regularly disinfect these areas. Thermal cameras will be introduced in the future.

Getting to the Furano Ski Area

Getting to the Furano Ski Area

●By train
From Sapporo Station, take the train bound for Takikawa on the JR Hakodate Main Line. Get off at Takikawa Station and transfer to the JR Nemuro Main Line bound for Furano. When you get off at Furano Station, we recommend taking a taxi. It is a ten-minute drive.

●For cars
Take the Hokkaido Expressway from Sapporo IC, get off at Takikawa IC, and then take Route 38. You will arrive in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the Hokkaido Expressway from Sapporo IC, get off at Mikasa IC, and proceed via the Bibai-Furano Line. This route takes about 2 hours.

●By bus
From Asahikawa Airport, take the Furano Bus Lavender. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

  • Furano Ski Resort
    • Address Nakagoryo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-8511, 076-8511
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    • Nearest Station Furano Station (Nemuro Main Line / Furano Line)
    • Phone Number 0167-22-1111

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Text by: Minna no Kotobasha
*The information in this article is as of August 2020.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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