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Japan Skiing at Kiroro Snow World
Japan Skiing at Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Powder Skiing Kiroro
Powder Skiing Kiroro
Sheraton Hotel & Base Facilities Kiroro
Sheraton Hotel & Base Facilities Kiroro
Some of the Best Powder Skiing in Japan
Some of the Best Powder Skiing in Japan
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Ski Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Deep Deep Powder!
Deep Deep Powder!
Kiroro Ski Resort Hokkaido
Kiroro Ski Resort Hokkaido
Hokkaido Skiing at its Best
Hokkaido Skiing at its Best
Kiroro Ski Resort
Kiroro Ski Resort
Kiroro Receives 13m+ of Snow Per Season
Kiroro Receives 13m+ of Snow Per Season
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More Powder....
Kiroro In-Bound Glades
Kiroro In-Bound Glades
Kiroro Night Skiing
Kiroro Night Skiing
Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Japan
Kiroro Powder Line
Kiroro Powder Line
Hokkaido Ski Resort Kiroro
Hokkaido Ski Resort Kiroro
Kiroro Snow World
Kiroro Snow World
Groomed Run Kiroro
Groomed Run Kiroro

Kiroro

Kiroro Ski Resort

Kiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort with modern facilities and infrastructure. Kiroro flies under the radar relative to some of the high profile Hokkaido ski resorts nearby, but the lack of crowds is an advantage for discerning powder hounds who make the most of the abundant snow and the tree skiing.

Kiroro Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Kiroro is a medium sized resort spread over two mountain peaks. The resort has 21 runs, or courses as the Japanese like to call them, with an equal spread of green, blue and black piste. Even though a third of the slopes are rated as black, the on-piste terrain is not particularly challenging and is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates. The exceptions are the couple of mogul courses where you can watch the locals having a whale of a time ruining their knees! Kiroro also has a basic terrain park for those with a desire to use their travel insurance.

Skiers and snowboarders who love cruising will enjoy the Grand Line, whilst “L plate” powder hounds will adore the Powder Line which is famed amongst the locals. Meanwhile the real powder skiing and riding can be found in the trees, although it’s very hit and miss as to whether the patrollers turn a blind eye to going off-piste. And if you want to head into the sidecountry (ie outside the resort boundaries) you need to submit a backcountry plan to get permission which can be a little messy.

Kiroro Snow and Weather

Combined with an average of 13 metres of snowfall per season (or 21 metres if you believe the recent statistic cited by Kiroro Resort!!) and a base of 3-4 metres, Kiroro is a destination that will please most powder-holics.

Hokkaido is often chilly which keeps the snow in pristine condition, yet you may not need to wear your thermals at Kiroro (unless you go night skiing!). Thankfully the Kiroro lift infrastructure is incredibly well developed. Of the nine lifts, one is a toasty gondola, whilst five are detachable fast chairs with cosy hoods.

Where is Kiroro Snow World?

The Kiroro ski resort and the associated Akaigawa Village is located 43km west of Sapporo Hokkaido, and 28km from the seaside town of Otaru. From the Sapporo New Chitose Airport, Kiroro is a 2 hour bus ride. Alternatively it’s a 70 minute express train ride to Otaru, followed by a 30-50 minute trip by taxi or bus to Kiroro.

Kiroro is only 60 minutes from Niseko, so if you’ve got some wheels or go on a guided tour, you can get away from the Niseko crowds and take a day trip to Kiroro.

Kiroro Hotels

Kiroro is a resort in the truest sense because there is no village or real town. Kiroro has a couple of resort complexes centred around the two Kiroro hotels. Both hotels provide a high standard of accommodation and a range of facilities. The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort (formerly called the Mountain Hotel) is conveniently located at the base of the ski area. A ten minute walk (or a shuttle bus ride) down the hill is the larger The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (formerly called Piano Hotel).

Facilities

The facilities and services at Kiroro Resort are well set up and include a few shops, a ski and snowboard rental shop, ski school, and kids’ day care. It’s also de rigueur for kids to go to the French inspired “Annie’s Kids Ski Academy”, the child specific ski school.

Kiroro has several restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, and as to be expected for a Japanese ski resort, the nightlife is incredibly sedate.

Kiroro Activities

Besides the skiing and snowboarding, Kiroro has various winter activities on offer. Kiroro has a couple of onsens with both indoor and open air hot springs, as well as a swimming pool and day spa to maximise on relaxation. Other activities include snowcat sightseeing tours, snow shoe tours, sledding, and snow tubing. Otherwise you can hang out in the games arcade, play billiards or get into the Japanese culture with some pachinko.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Kiroro?

Those who like to stay on the corduroy will enjoy the absence of the hordes, and families will like Kiroro because the needs of the whipper-snappers are mostly catered for.

The views at Kiroro are amazing and you can largely enjoy the serenity without the annoying loudspeaker announcements that Japanese ski resorts are famous for. Of course if you love noise and blaring music, you can get a great fix in the karaoke room.

Kiroro is blessed with lots of yuki and because the ski resort is uncrowded and very few riders go off-piste, there’s a very high chance of scoring freshies. Now that the Powderhounds have sniffed out the powder at Kiroro, the cat is completely out of the bag so you’d better get to Kiroro before anyone else discovers the joys of this little treasure. 

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros 
  • As with many of the other Hokkaido ski resorts, the quality and quantity of the powder is fabulous.
  • This is a great destination for powder hounds for a few days or as a day trip from Niseko.
  • Fantastic lift infrastructure.
  • Ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the ski resort. 
  • Kiroro Hokkaido is a good choice if you want to go skiing early in the season.
Cons
  • Kiroro is only a medium sized ski resort (by Japanese standards) so there might not adequate piste terrain for stays of more than 4-5 days.
  • Hotel accommodation is the only style of lodging available and it's rather expensive.
  • Quiet nightlife (as with most Japanese ski resorts). 

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • Very family oriented with lots of kids’ activities, although they don’t offer group ski lessons in English (only private lessons) and the child care staff don’t speak English.
  • Kiroro is a very well established resort with all the required facilities and services. There’s no village at Kiroro and it offers a modern Japanese cultural experience.
  • The off-piste areas are uncrowded and the sidecountry is almost devoid of other riders. Off-piste riding isn’t officially allowed and you can only do it if you’re very discrete. To head into the sidecountry you have to register and this has rules associated with it that seem to change depending on the mood of the patrol staff. Guides seem to be able to navigate this messiness well, so your best bet might be to utilise Kiroro guiding services.

Tours That May Include Kiroro

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Snow Tow DETAILS
HOSTED & SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURE
6 Nights | 7 Days | 5 Skiing | 5 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 1,496
Book and pay deposit prior to Nov 30, 2016 and get 14.7% off advertised price
Book by November 30 & get 14.7% off the advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Take the hassle out of organising your powder adventure to Hokkaido Japan next season by joining one of these great unguided tours. You still have the freedom to do your own thing at the ski areas but all of the logistics are taken care of.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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Price p/p
USD 3,397
$AU100 off for 18th Feb tour if booked prior to Sept 30 2016
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu, then Furano, then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Niseko Explorer Tour DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ADVENTURE
10 Nights - Niseko + 5 Other Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,731
Book before 30th Sept 2016 for $AU100 off 27th Dec and 5th March tour dates
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Do you want to get the full Niseko "Whiteroom" experience? That's what you will get with this Niseko Explorer tour; 7 nights in Niseko, 3 nights in Otaru, 6 resorts, complete flexibility & as much POW as you can handle!
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Niseko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For private groups of up to 6 guests
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USD 88
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in Niseko, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas such as Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kiroro, Kokusai or Tiene. Tours are for private groups only of up to 6 guests.
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BDT Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED SKI & SNOWBOARDING DAY TOURS
Niseko Area | Private & Mixed Groups
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USD 140
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on an epic day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas. Other areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Tiene, Kokusai, Shiranetsu, Yotei & Kurodake.
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Powder Progression for Skiers DETAILS
GUIDED SKIER PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 2,035
Book by 30th Sept 2016 and get $AU100 off for tour dates of 27th Dec, 14th Jan, 19th Feb, 26th Feb & 5th March
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski deep powder and look like a pro? This tour focuses on helping you to develop your powder skiing skills whilst maintaining optimal fun. Includes day trips to Kiroro, Rusutsu & Moiwa
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
Kiroro Guiding DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM KIRORO
Private (up to 7 guests) or mixed group
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USD 132
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you're based in Kiroro, make the most of this powder laden resort by getting a guide to show you all the tastiest spots. Join a group for lift access backcountry riding or snowcat assisted BC touring, or private guiding is available for sidecountry & backcountry tours, or day trips to Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu, Teine..
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
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USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko then this could be the trip for you. This tour is specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable).
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition DETAILS
HOKKAIDO & HONSHU GUIDED BC TOUR
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days
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USD 3,951
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard tour starts with 4 days in the Southwest of Hokkaido and then heads south to Honshu where you will ski or ride some of Tohoku's epic hidden gems. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need to have any experience in this area.
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only
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Price p/p
USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided day at Niseko or a RESORT NEARBY this could be the trip for you. This tour aims to use the lifts where possible to minimise hiking. These tours are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests however 6 or more is possible with extra guides
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