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Hokkaido Fix Tour - Niseko, Central Hokkaido & Sapporo Areas

Sahoro Japan
Sahoro Japan
Sahoro ski resort isn't just great for the kids; adults will love it too
Sahoro ski resort isn't just great for the kids; adults will love it too
Nice views from the top of the gondola
Nice views from the top of the gondola
Sahoro Resort has some long groomed runs
Sahoro Resort has some long groomed runs
The powder on the north facing aspects can be divine
The powder on the north facing aspects can be divine
Sahoro Resort Japan
Sahoro Resort Japan
Powder hounds will like Sahoro because very few people ride off piste
Powder hounds will like Sahoro because very few people ride off piste
Club Med Sahoro
Club Med Sahoro
One of the room types at Club Med Sahoro
One of the room types at Club Med Sahoro
At Club Med Japan the kids lessons are included
At Club Med Japan the kids lessons are included
...as are the adults' lessons
...as are the adults' lessons
The pool at Sahoro Club Med
The pool at Sahoro Club Med
Club Med Sahoro is conveniently ski-in ski-out
Club Med Sahoro is conveniently ski-in ski-out
The Sahoro Resort Hotel is more economical
The Sahoro Resort Hotel is more economical
The cafe and restaurant at the Sahoro Resort Hotel
The cafe and restaurant at the Sahoro Resort Hotel
Powder Skiing Sahoro
Powder Skiing Sahoro
Tree skiing zones at Sahoro Hokkaido
Tree skiing zones at Sahoro Hokkaido
A 3 day stay at Sahoro would be good for advanced riders
A 3 day stay at Sahoro would be good for advanced riders
The main lift is a gondola
The main lift is a gondola
The Club Med ski instructors speak English
The Club Med ski instructors speak English

Sahoro

Sahoro Resort Japan

Sahoro Resort in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort that provides two distinct experiences depending on your choice of hotel. Sahoro Japan features the Club Med Sahoro that is very popular with western families due to the convenience of the amenities and services such as ski and snowboard lessons and kids club.

The other face of Sahoro is the Sahoro Resort Hotel where the Japanese folks stay, as well as a few gaijin looking for a different experience.

The Sahoro ski resort is also a great option to visit for day trips from nearby Furano or Tomamu, or as part of a multi-day tour.

Sahoro Ski and Snowboard Terrain

NB A new lift and new terrain is being added (in addition to below) for the 2016-17 season on the “backside” which will significantly add to the size of Sahoro.

The Sahoro Ski Resort is medium sized with only 17 courses, (ie marked runs), 81 hectares of piste terrain and 610 metres of vertical, so advanced riders may find the terrain a little repetitive for trips of more than 3-4 days. The upside of the smallish size of the resort is that you don’t need to worry about losing any family members – they won’t be far away!

The Sahoro ski resort is all below the treeline with various runs cut through the forest. Of the 17 trails, 9 are rated for beginners, 3 runs for intermediates, and 5 for advanced riders (black runs). One of the black runs has a maximum gradient of 39 degrees, but the steep pitch is just momentary. The other black runs would be more aptly rated as intermediate runs, but their degree of difficulty really depends on the size of the moguls.

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will prefer to get off-piste because the tree skiing provides a lot of fun.

The lift network is reasonably well developed with a gondola, 2 high speed quads, and 5 other lifts. The slopes of Sahoro are renowned for being uncrowded, although sometimes lift queues can develop at the gondola if there are lots of local school kids.

Sahoro Snow

With an average of 8 metres of snowfall per season, Sahoro Japan doesn’t receive as much snow as some of the coastal Hokkaido ski resorts (e.g. Niseko, Sapporo Kokusai). Akin to the other central Hokkaido resorts the quality of the powder is generally delightfully dry, although it’s not as optimal as some other Hokkaido ski resorts due to slopes that are largely east to southeast facing.

NB the new terrain for 2016-17 is mostly north facing

Where is Sahoro?

The Sahoro Resort is located in central Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, 167km east of Sapporo and 130km from the New Chitose Airport (Sapporo International Airport).

Sahoro is only 32km southwest from Tomamu and 68km southeast of Furano ski resort.

See the travel to Sahoro page for information on getting there.

Sahoro Accommodation

There are two main Sahoro accommodation options.

Club Med Sahoro sits a little way up the mountain and is delightfully ski-in ski-out via beginner trails. This Club Med Japan hotel (Karikachi Kogen) offers the ultimate in convenience and a completely hassle free ski holiday, especially for families. Like other Club Med properties, the holiday is mostly all-inclusive and includes accommodation in upscale rooms, lift tickets, three meals a day, snacks, most beverages, and ski and snowboard lessons (in English). Kids’ programs are also included (for children over 4) and child care for 2-4 year olds is available, so parents can relax knowing that the kids are taken care of. The complex also comes complete with a huge swimming pool that has day beds and umbrellas - it feels a little like one of their exotic tropical locations!

The other Sahoro accommodation option is the Sahoro Resort Hotel at the base of the ski area, which is almost ski-in ski-out. You might want to stay at this Sahoro hotel if you don’t need group lessons (in English), need child care, or if one restaurant choice, fixed meal times, and activity schedules are not your thing. The Sahoro Resort Hotel also has the advantage of providing more of a cultural Japanese experience, whilst ClubMed offers more of a modern western atmosphere. The Sahoro Resort Hotel also has a lovely onsen with indoor and outdoor bathing areas.

In summary, Club Med is more family oriented whilst the Sahoro Resort Hotel is more adult oriented.

Sahoro Resort Hotel Sahoro Resort Hotel
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Almost ski-in/ski-out hotel offering twin & single western-style rooms with private ensuite, cable & sat TV. Restaurants, hot springs Japanese bath house, wifi in public areas (LAN internet in rooms) & more..

Activities

Sahoro Resort offers various other activities during winter besides skiing and snowboarding. These include evening grooming tours, fishing, snow shoe tours (3 hours), snow rafting behind a snowmobile, snow field horseback trekking (30 or 50 minute rides), and tubing and sledding. It’s also possible to get a taste of snowmobiling with 5 minute rides.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Sahoro Japan

Pros

  • The ski resort is exceptional for beginners and if you stay at Club Med, group ski and snowboard lessons in English for kids and adults are available (Sahoro is one of only a handful of Japanese ski resorts to offer this).
  • If you stay at Club Med it’s very family friendly and you can have a stress free resort holiday with the kids. You don’t have to carry the kids’ skis, and you know the kids will be having fun! Everything is looked after. Ahhhh…..heaven!
  • A Club Med experience is not for everyone, and it’s great that there’s another hotel there to suit others’ needs.
  • Both hotels are very conveniently ski-in ski-out or close to it.
  • The tree skiing is pretty good and generally there are very few people riding off-piste, so fresh tracks are reasonably easy to come by.
  • Sahoro offers great views across the Tokachi Plains.

Cons

  • Like many other Japanese ski resorts, this is a resort in the truest sense. There’s no village with restaurants and shops to explore, and you’ll spend every night at the hotel where there’s negligible nightlife. However if you want to explore some other restaurants and escape the resort, you can catch a taxi into the nearby town of Shintoku.
  • Like most other Japan ski resorts, there’s not enough terrain to entertain advanced riders and powder hounds for more than a few days, but it’s good to visit as part of a multi-resort trip.
  • The top lift is generally only open on weekends, so powder hounds who want to ride some of the best trees have to ski the full vertical of the resort and ride the gondola. This gets a bit repetitive and sometimes there are lift queues at the gondola due to an abundance of school kids.

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FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 6 Ski Areas
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USD 2,428
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Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Avoid the crowds and come and play at some of Hokkaido's hidden gems including Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Big Mountain Rewards DETAILS
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5 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
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USD 1,575
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
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USD 81
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in Furano with a group, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas such as Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro, Yubari & more. Tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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