Overall Rating

Asahidake

Asahidake3/522
Asahidake3 out of 5 based on 22 reviews
  • Recommend
    73%
  • Would Revisit
    68%

Asahidake - Reviews

Asahidake - Reviews

Overrated

Alex
07/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Overrated

Alex
07/01/2020
Unless u like waiting 40min for a 2min run, dont go there. Way overrated. Too many people on a nice day and on a cloudy day u cant see shit. Would never go back.

Deepest powder of the trip!

Caroline Guenther
07/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Deepest powder of the trip!

Caroline Guenther
07/02/2019
It’s worth the trip to ski Asahidache! I took a day trip here from Furano with Whiteroom guides. My guide was a really nice guy named Jaacko from Finland. It was a big storm day but luckily the ropeway was running. We got in 4 runs before they closed it due to high winds. The powder was blower pow over my head every turn. Incredibly deep. Visibility decreased throughout the day but the powder was the deepest of the trip. By the time we got back to the car it had snowed 2 feet on the car while we had been skiing. Amazing! I can see why this isn't a good place for snowboarders with the long run outs at the end and especially with 5+ feet of powder and the need to break trail at times but honestly I would like to go back and spend a week here as long as I could drive to other resorts. I loved that there wasn't more than 20 people there and when the ropeway closed we went to one of the oldest onsens for the rest of the day. Really cool experience. Would highly recommend!

Don’t buy the hype

Vlad
01/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Don’t buy the hype

Vlad
01/02/2019
We stayed in Furano for a few days and rented a car (100 usd per day for a four seater) to make a side trip to the famous Asahidake.

The place itself is beautiful with the steamy vulcano and beatiful views of the Daisetsuzan range.

The onsen is also nice, I was especially impressed by the wood basin and the vintage feel.

Now...about the skiing. Asahidake is very windy and cloudy we picked one of the few blue bird days. The snow on the upper side was wind blown and packed. The terrain accesible by the cable car offers very limited options, the vertical drop is vert short and half of rhe run is flat. If you ski tour to the top of the mountain you get a good vertical drop and probably nice views. We did not climb, as the sbiw was windblown and hardpacked, i cannot imagine how can you find powder above the tree line on that mountain. Probably there are two days in a season with perfecf conditions. Because blue bird is rare, it was very crowded, all the powder in the trees was shreded, the options being limited everything is skied really fast.

The quotes we got for guiding were really high (we got one at 200 usd per person per day) amd compared to other amazing places where I have hired a guide this is really overpriced. This is just a personal opinion of course.

So, to conclude, the place is worth a visit, but do not get your expectations too high about the skiing.

Not worth the trouble

Andrei
31/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Not worth the trouble

Andrei
31/01/2019
We traveled from Furano to Asahidake on a single day trip, hoping to find the powder this area is renowned for. It was one of the rare bluebird days available here.
Unfortunately reality did not raise up to the expectations. Leaving aside the fact that there was little unshredded powder (most of the top faces being covered by hardpack snow), the terrain is not great for skiing no matter the state of the snow. For snowboarders this is especially true, considering the long flats. The elevation difference is small from the bottom to the top of the lift and because of the flats it gives little descent options.
Also, the increasing number of offpiste skiers driven to Asakidake by excessively positive reviews is a problem by itself. I would not recommend this destination to anyone visiting Hokkaido in the search of good skiing options.

Best powder experience ever

Steven Konstadt
23/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Best powder experience ever

Steven Konstadt
23/12/2018
In 20 years of powder riding, this is best I’ve ever done. Deep light snow. Great guide.

Season 2015 - Snowboarders be ready to walk

Mr Hu
01/11/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Season 2015 - Snowboarders be ready to walk

Mr Hu
01/11/2017
So I checked out this resort a while ago, spent about 5 days there, and overall as a regular snowboarder (meaning not doing split or walking too much) I am not sure I would recommend the resort.

Elevation is not so high which makes for really short runs, relief got some flat parts meaning taking speed or having sticks to keep yourself in motion and most of the time you will have to be walking at some point.
Steepness is present in some places but overall really rare, so I believe for deep snow runs the place is good, but the rides will be rather very mellow.

That is unless you ride with some people that knows the spot in which case you can find few runs that are longer, but will end up walking nonetheless.

So yeah, out of these 5 days I got couple of mind blowing runs with pillows; but 40 min walk behind anyways.
Just keep it in mind.

Best Powder Ever!

Tim Giles
29/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Best Powder Ever!

Tim Giles
29/03/2017
just heaven
deep powder
Ignore the 3 out of 5 rating. This isn't a place for piste skiers/boarders or children (you'd lose them in the powder) so the low scores on those indicators don't count. We did a day trip from Furano but if I'd known there were hotels at the base of the hill I'd have stayed there. Also don't be put off by the lack of apres - there isn't any that we could find in Japan, it's really not like Europe in that regard. Look on the plus side, it means you've got a clear head for all that powder. It was staggering!

asahidake powder place

mr lee
24/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

asahidake powder place

mr lee
24/03/2017
visited in late January when the weather finally allowed!

single ropeway runs every 20 mins. we had bad vis and strong winds at top (-20c with wind chill it was -30c) but still managed 6 runs. abit of hiking from top of ropeway meant fresh lines all day but the run out road was frustrating especially for boarders and some small hike outs were needed to get back to run out road.

the snow was bliss when you dropped in over the top - waist to chest deep and in places reasonably steep pitch but aarrggh that run out road...

laps of the ropeway took 40min to 1hour -lift 10min - hike 10min - powder bliss 10min - road 10min - just missed lift 20min!

I would return but on a clear day and on skis. guide recomended

Stunning place with amazing snow!

Victoria Incani
05/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Stunning place with amazing snow!

Victoria Incani
05/02/2017
If you want groomed runs and crowds, this is not your place. If you want amazing powder, endless possibilities of untracked runs (if you are happy to make a little effort) and the most beautiful winter wonderland scenery all from one easily accessed ropeway (never had to wait for another because of too many people), then this is for you. There are a few hotels and a great little Tourist Information Centre there but that's about it. And that is part of the appeal. Peaceful, beautiful and amazing snow....Heaven!

hammy good and bad

steveW
29/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

hammy good and bad

steveW
29/05/2016
look out........there are some sensational side country runs if you are prepared to walk a bit but for me it was a place that was awesome to go to just the once...........and the onsen next door was a perfect finish to the day.
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