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Asari

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Asari3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Asari - Reviews

Asari - Reviews

Seriously Japanese

Denis23/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Seriously Japanese

Denis23/02/2017
Asari is small in Japan field terms but bigger than you would think. The lifts are all pretty old and slow which makes it a slow process to get to the top. You will find very few non Japanese here, which is one of the big pluses for the place. The locals love to do their big GS turns down the hill and build up some good mogul runs. They don't like the trees or the powder. Bingo, you have the place to yourself, some reallly nice tree runs untracked, though nothing steep. Asari shares its space with the Sasson Golf Club which leaves you with the unique result of skiing on a fairways on the way back out of the trees to the lifts. Some pushing is required but not much if yoiu don't stray too far to the right. This is a neat little filed with enough to explore over say 2 days.

Give it a miss

Crunky01/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Give it a miss

Crunky01/03/2014
After a week in the area knocking off other ski hills, the day came with howling westerlies shutting down the top half of Niseko and making most of Kiroro a real face freezer (Kiroro faces NW). So we decided to give Asari a crack.

Asari is low. You feel like you've barely started up the valley and there is the ski hill. It also was the cheapest place with a lift ticket and lunch for $40 US!

All the lifts are coded in different colours and I don't know how that helped because when they were built everything was in black and white. Really ancient, really slow gear with no handrail to lower on any of the chairs so just remember that if you're thinking of bringing kids.

The bottom being basically sea level was ice and with a nasty storm it was difficult to scope the trees. I'm sure there are some nice lines somewhere and there were NO powderhounds here but if you come here like we did to escape a storm the problem is that once you're on the hill you get no respite. Ski down and then sit on a ancient chair with no hood getting frozen as it crawls up the hill. The novelty factor wore off really fast.

Compared to Kokusai with the same aspect but much higher up the valley (better snow) with gondolas to recover in and it was a no brainer. We bailed after only a couple of runs and went to Kokusai, again for better powder, terrain and lift that were build in the last 50 years.

The terrain park looked good in Asari and I suspect being so close to a population centre that is their drawcard.

No Competition for Fresh Lines

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/05/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

No Competition for Fresh Lines

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/05/2013
Asari is a lovely little ski resort for powderhounds, particularly those on their L plates (strong intermediate/advanced powder skiers and boarders). There’s enough merriment in the off-piste and out-of-bounds areas to keep a powderhound entertained for a day (or two), so Asari is good for a day trip from Sapporo or Otaru. This is a good choice if lifts are closed at nearby ski resorts due to high winds.

Other pros include no lift lines and very inexpensive lift tickets and lift ticket packages.

Cons include the small size of the resort and the low elevation, so the snow may not be as pristine as at other Hokkaido ski resorts.

For more detailed ratings of Asari and to see how it compares to other Japan ski resorts, see our powderhounds resort ratings.

ski reveiw

emma hoffieltine04/05/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    1

ski reveiw

emma hoffieltine04/05/2013
I experienced good powder skiing with many exellent memories made by staff. The staff were very freindly although some did not apply brilliant customer service skills they were very helpful. English speaking staff would have been better.