Sapporo Teine

Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
Sapporo Teine Sidecountry
Mid-mountain Sapporo Teine
A modern gondola connects the 2 areas
A fast quad lift gets you to most of the goods
Sapporo Teine Hokkaido
Teine Sidecountry
Teine Olympia is good for beginners
Sapporo Teine Japan
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Teine Olympia
Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
Close to the coast
Sapporo Highland
Dramatic views from the ski area
Sapporo Teine Ski Resort
Sapporo Teine Japan
Powder Skiing Teine
Views to the coast
Sapporo Teine is not shy on pitch

Sapporo Teine

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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 and it still has various 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 you may suddenly develop vertigo. The Highland Zone features some of the steepest in-bounds terrain in Japan.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Sapporo Teine

Pros
  • Sapporo Teine has some steep off-piste and slackcountry terrain (a rarity in Hokkaido), so it should be on the Hokkaido bucket list for any powder hound.
  • The slopes are north facing so the Hokkaido powder remains pristine, and the pow is commonly bottomless.
  • The locals know about Sapporo Teine, but many of the international visitors that invade Niseko are oblivious. It’s not a secret powder hound ski area, but it doesn’t get tracked out as quickly as some of the big name destination resorts.
  • The views from the top are very nice.
Con
  • Powder hounds will only be interested in the Highland zone of the ski resort which is rather small.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective  
  • There is no on-mountain accommodation but its proximity to the vibrant city of Sapporo is a plus. The sidecountry tree skiing and bowls are very tasty, but to get to the fresh it may require significant traversing to get in and out.

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 where you can 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 or on a guided tour, 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.

Sapporo Teine Accommodation Sapporo Teine doesn’t have on-mountain accommodation. You could stay 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 (37km away). 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.

Ski Resort Facilities

The base areas of both Highland and Olympia have well developed facilities that include cafeterias and lockers. Equipment rental is readily available and the rental outlets have standard and performance skis and snowboards. 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!).
Tours That May Include Teine

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Hokkaido Storm Chaser
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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USD 2,552
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: 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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2018-19 season.
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USD 3,593
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Hokkaido Unplugged
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2017-18 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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USD 3,159
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Niseko Freeride Tour
POWDER ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This snowboarding 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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
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USD 1,620
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Niseko Guided Day Tours
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests
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).
Price p/p From price based on a PER PERSON rate for Niseko guided day tour for 2018-19 season (private groups only of 6 guests) in shoulder season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
From 60,000 yen for a group. *Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 103
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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours
LIFT ASSISTED BACKOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day 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, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
Price p/p From price based on 1 day tour per person - 5 people in private group (lift tickets not included).
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USD 132
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours

Ultimate Early Season Camps
EARLY SEASON TOUR
8 nights | 7 days | Cat Skiing, Avi Training
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Beat the high season rates and crowds and get Japow earlier than the punters. Based in Niseko, you'll visit 4 ski resorts for lift accessed sidecountry, enjoy a day of cat skiing at Chisenupuri, receive 2 days of avalanche awareness training & get an intro to backcountry touring.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share, 9-day package for 2018-19 season.
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USD 1,839
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Niseko Xtreme Guided Day Tours
GUIDED DAY TOURS IN / AROUND NISEKO AREA
For PRIVATE GROUPS only
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Niseko Xtreme offers a variety of PRIVATE GROUP (max 6 per group) tours in and around the Niseko area. The tours range from in-bounds resort powder hunting to full blown backcountry touring. Destinations include Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine, Kokusai, Mt Yotei & more.
Price p/p From price based on private group of 6 people on a full-day "Hidden Secrets" In-Bound Resort Tour of Niseko or Rusutsu.
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USD 74
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
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).
Price p/p From price based on per person rate for a private group of 5 guests.
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USD 121
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High Earnings
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
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!
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share with breakfast 2018-19 season.
Price per person for a group of 5. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 2,719
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