Ski & Snowboard

 

FURANO

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Located in central Hokkaido Furano, JAPAN is one of Japan's largest ski and snowboard resorts receiving 8 meters of dry light powder each season.

Furano Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Furano ski

Furano Japan

Furano is divided into 2 linked zones; the Furano Zone and the Kitanomine Zone.

Terrain consists of challenging steeps, open powder fields, treed terrain, long groomed wide trails and beginner areas.

The trails are expertly groomed and maintained daily. The lift system is fast and efficient with Furano boasting Japan’s fastest cable car.

Furano does attract crowds on weekends but midweek is generally uncrowded.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding in Furano

The infamous fast Men’s Downhill run starting at the top of the Furano Zone is fantastic after a fresh snowfall and a guaranteed leg burner.

For deep powder and awesome tree skiing and snowboarding head to the ungroomed Furikozawa terrain under the Kitanomine Gondola.

The upper Furano Zone has fast tree lined runs above the cable car while the runs on the far left hand side are fantastic for speed giant carving turns after a snowfall.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding in Furano

Intermediates love the long wide rolling cruisers of varying steepness across both zones. The longest intermediate runs are 3.5km long all expertly groomed top to bottom nightly.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain in Furano

Beginner runs are located on the lowers slopes of both zones.

The only beginner run running the length of the mountain is the wide Sailer C staring at the top of the cable car in the Furano Zone leading all the way down to the base area.

The Furano Snow School has group and private lessons in English for all ability levels.

Furano Skiing and Snowboarding Mountain Guides

Furano is the only resort in Japan offering free guided tours with local English speaking guides.

The local guides meet international visitors at the lift base each morning. The tours cater for all levels of skiers and snowboarders in both large and small groups.

As well as showing you every aspect of the resort the guides also give local history lessons, can recommend Furano’s best restaurants and bars and let you know about up and coming events.

Furano Night Skiing and Snowboarding

Night skiing and snowboarding is open until 9pm every day at Furano.

Furano Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Furano has a small terrain park and a boardercross course. A World Cup size competition halfpipe was created for the 2007/2008 winter season.

Other Activities at Furano

Furano offers a lot of activities other than skiing and snowboarding. Try hot air ballooning to a height of 1000 meters, ice fishing, snowmobiling, 4WD motor bikes and snow carts, snow rafting, snow tubing, parasailing, horse riding, paragliding and hot spring tours.

Furano has a cheese factory which visitors can tour and even make their own cheese, butter and ice cream. Furano also has a jam factory and a winery both open for tours.

Be sure to have an onsen; a Japanese style bath filled with natural hot spring water. Nothing soothes aching muscles better. The Ryounaku Onsen is at the highest point on Hokkaido and has an outdoor onsen that has spectacular views of the mountains. Shuttle buses go there from the Furano.

Furano Resort and the City of Furano

Visitors to Furano can either stay in the ski in ski out Furano Resort or in the traditional Japanese City of Furano just 10 minutes away from the slopes. Shuttle buses operate between the resort and Furano regularly during the day and into the evenings.

Shopping in Furano

Furano has many souvenir shops, food stores, bakeries, a winery, ice cream shops, speciality Japanese food stores and clothing and toy shops.

Furano Restaurants

Furano has over 100 restaurants. It has small sushi restaurants, noodle cafes, barbeque houses, steak restaurants and French and Italian restaurants.

On the slopes two igloo bars are built in the Kitanomine Zone and a barbeque area.

More About Furano

Furano accommodation

Get directions to Furano

Your Furano Ski & Snowboard Resort Reviews

Write a Resort Review

Marcus L, USA , I've ridden a few resorts in Japan, happo one being a personal favourite, but was keen to test out Furano. Came away satisfied but still don't know if I would rush back. The snow was great with a dusting of fresh powder on top but most of the off piste was unaccessable. The ski patrol likes you to stick to the groomers and pistes and not venture off. They are really quite strict with the out of bounds, the patrollers seem to watch you like hawks!.....and I thought the Italians were strict! Anyway overall it's a good resort with heaps of intermediate runs with some advanced areas and as usual the Japanese are welcoming and friendly.

Write a Resort Review

Bookmark and Share

Ski map furano

Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
3,967
1,209
Base
771
235
Average Snowfall
8 meters
Lifts
10
Trails
24
470 acres
Terrain %
advanced
20
intermediate
40
beginner
40
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
Resort Website