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Sapporo Teine Ski Resort Sapporo Teine is a great little ski resort located close to Sapporo. It is frequented by beginners yet it also caters really well to day-tripping powder hounds who want powder lines that are steep, deep and cheap.

Sapporo Teine is made up of two small areas, Olympia and Highland. Sapporo Teine Olympia was the site of the bobsled competition for the 1972 Sapporo Olympic Games. Olympia still has the old Olympic flame tower as well as various other reminders of a bygone era. The Teine Olympia ski area offers delightfully mellow slopes for beginners as well as night skiing.

Further up the mountain is Sapporo Teine Highland. At 1,000 metres above sea level, the ski area offers spectacular views of Sapporo and the ocean, and whilst standing at the top of one of the black runs (that they call red runs!) you may suddenly develop vertigo. The Highland Zone features some of the steepest in-bounds terrain in Japan, with one of the steep pitches used for the Olympic GS course.

Sapporo Teine Ski and Snowboard Terrain Sapporo Teine is incredibly well suited to novices and upper end beginners. On the contrary, intermediates are not well catered for at Teine. Like many Japanese ski resorts there are only a handful of on-piste advanced runs, but these are wonderfully steep.

The real excitement for advanced and expert riders can be found in the off-piste and side-country areas. Heading out of bounds is strongly discouraged although the patrollers don’t seem to mind if you duck a rope (at your own risk) and revel in the awesome Hokkaido powder. The vertical drop is only short, but the ride is very sweet.

The Teine Highland cable car that was built for the 1972 Winter Olympic Games was an institution of Sapporo Teine. It’s unfortunately been put out to pasture (but sort of fortunately considering it looks like it was built in the early 60s not the 70s!). Sapporo Teine has a super modern gondola that connects the two ski areas and a fast hooded quad that services the full vertical of Highland. At the other end of the spectrum are some pre-historic double chairs that should also be put out to pasture.

Where is Sapporo Teine? Sapporo Teine is located 20km northwest of the city of Sapporo in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan, a drive that takes about 40-45 minutes. If you don’t have your own wheels there are various transport options to get there. You can catch a shuttle bus from various Sapporo hotels, take a train and bus combination, or catch a taxi. Transport can be packaged up very economically with a lift ticket and the option of ski or snowboard rental. However this can all get a bit unwieldy, so it's no surprise that powder hounds often visit Teine as part of a multi-resort tour such as the Niseko Explorer Tour where transport is included.

Sapporo Teine is a 37km drive southeast from the seaside town of Otaru.

Sapporo Teine is 105km (2 hours) from Niseko. If the crowds have tracked out Niseko, Sapporo Teine is a potential alternative for a day trip. You could hire a car in Niseko and drive yourself, or there are guided ski and snowboard tours of Sapporo Teine that include transportation from Niseko.

Sapporo Teine Accommodation Sapporo Teine doesn’t have any on-mountain accommodation. Either stay in Niseko accommodation or at one of the many Sapporo hotels to enjoy the buzz of this big city. For convenience choose a hotel on or near the Hokkaido Resort Liner bus route (see the Sapporo accommodation page for information on hotels on the shuttle bus route), or near the major subway stations such as Odori, Susukino or Sapporo.

Otherwise you can stay in the quaint town of Otaru. If you have a car you could stay at the Grand Park Otaru, a lovely hotel offering great views of the sea and the mountains. Alternatively the Dormy Inn Hotel is really close to the Otaru train station. You can catch a train to Teine station and then a bus to the ski area.

Facilities The base areas of both Highland and Olympia have well developed facilities that include cafeterias and lockers. Equipment rental can be included in a transport and lift ticket package, and they also have performance skis and snowboards for hire. Ski or snowboard lessons in English can be provided in a private format.

Sapporo Teine is reasonably well set up for families. Childcare is available for kids aged 1-6, and there is a Kids Park where little tackers can go tubing or sledding (or sledging as the Japanese sometimes call it!).

Why Ski or Snowboard at Sapporo Teine? Sapporo Teine is cheap and cheerful and in close proximity to Sapporo. It can get a little busy in the Olympia beginners area on weekends, but on weekdays in particular, powderhounds won’t have to compete hard for freshies. The locals know about Sapporo Teine, but most of the international visitors that invade Niseko are oblivious. The slopes are north facing so the Hokkaido powder remains pristine, and commonly the pow is bottomless. Combined with the steep terrain, Sapporo Teine should be on the Hokkaido bucket list for any powder hound.

Powderhounds.com has provided Sapporo Teine with two “best ski resort in Japan” awards for the steeps and the slack-country (easily accessed backcountry).

Tours that may include Sapporo Teine

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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USD 3,345 USD 3,345
Early bird discount of 4-4.4% if booked and paid prior to June 30th 2017
Discount of 4-4.4% if you book & pay before June 30th
Ability: Advanced to 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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Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 3,231
Ability: Advanced to Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Southwest Solutions DETAILS
NISEKO & SAPPORO POWDER CHASER
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
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USD 1,611
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour can be based in or around the NISEKO area and is designed to CHASE THE BEST POWDER each day at NISEKO, RUSUTSU, KIRORO & MOIWA. The tour finishes with a couple of days chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI).
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Mint Niseko Freeride Tour DETAILS
POWDER ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
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USD 1,627 USD 1,627
To be eligible for this special price you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions
Book by July 31 & get 10% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This tour takes in what many would argue are the best ski areas in Japan with a choice of up to 11 ski areas in the Niseko region. Home base is a nice hotel in Niseko so you have access to Niseko's vibrant nightlife. Have a guide to take you to the best powder stashes at each location.
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Niseko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
From price based on a PER PERSON rate for Niseko guided day tour (private groups only of 6 guests) in low season.
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USD 97
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Niseko with a group, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas (off-piste, sidecountry or backcountry). PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests (i.e. you cannot join a group).
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours DETAILS
LIFT ASSISTED BACKOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
From price based on 2 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included). You cannot join a group on these tours.
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USD 270
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on 2 days of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Tiene & Kokusai.
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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 124
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit before June 15th 2017.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are 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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High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
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USD 2,601
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn`t suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good!
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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 124
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit before June 15th 2017
Ability: Strong Intermediate to 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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