Best Ski Resorts in Hokkaido Japan

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Niseko is rated overall best ski resort in Hokkaido
Niseko is rated overall best ski resort in Hokkaido
Niseko ranks very well for snow, terrain, restaurants, bars & accommodation options
Niseko ranks very well for snow, terrain, restaurants, bars & accommodation options
Furano in Central Hokkaido ranks # 2 for best ski resorts in Hokkaido
Furano in Central Hokkaido ranks # 2 for best ski resorts in Hokkaido
Furano has great snow, good lift infrastructure & good all-round facilities & accommodation options
Furano has great snow, good lift infrastructure & good all-round facilities & accommodation options
Kiroro in Otaru ranks in the top Hokkaido ski resorts for snow & lifts
Kiroro in Otaru ranks in the top Hokkaido ski resorts for snow & lifts
Kiroro is very family friendly & gets incredible snow plus great lift infrastructure
Kiroro is very family friendly & gets incredible snow plus great lift infrastructure
Rusutsu (near Niseko) ranks #3 best overall Hokkaido ski resort
Rusutsu (near Niseko) ranks #3 best overall Hokkaido ski resort
Rusutsu has great lifts, great snow & fabulous off-piste tree skiing & is family friendly
Rusutsu has great lifts, great snow & fabulous off-piste tree skiing & is family friendly
Tomamu is in the top 5 Hokkaido ski resorts
Tomamu is in the top 5 Hokkaido ski resorts
Tomamu is the top Hokkaido ski resort for families with great snow & ski-in/out accommodation
Tomamu is the top Hokkaido ski resort for families with great snow & ski-in/out accommodation
Moiwa (next to Niseko) is a popular pick by readers
Moiwa (next to Niseko) is a popular pick by readers
Moiwa has great snow, off-piste & tree skiing & provides very good value
Moiwa has great snow, off-piste & tree skiing & provides very good value
Sahoro is a top Hokkaido ski resort for family friendliness
Sahoro is a top Hokkaido ski resort for family friendliness
Sahoro is very family friendly, has great lift infrastructure, great snow & off-piste skiing & ski-in/out accom
Sahoro is very family friendly, has great lift infrastructure, great snow & off-piste skiing & ski-in/out accom
In the top 10 Hokkaido best ski resorts list is Sapporo Teine
In the top 10 Hokkaido best ski resorts list is Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Teine is renowned for its steep terrain, great tree skiing & great snow
Sapporo Teine is renowned for its steep terrain, great tree skiing & great snow
Asahidake is one of the best Hokkaido ski areas for snow
Asahidake is one of the best Hokkaido ski areas for snow
Asahidake has exceptional deep powder skiing & is mostly a backcountry ski area
Asahidake has exceptional deep powder skiing & is mostly a backcountry ski area
Kamui Links ranks #10 best resort in Hokkaido
Kamui Links ranks #10 best resort in Hokkaido
Kamui Links gets fabulous snow & generally low crowds making it a great place to get freshies
Kamui Links gets fabulous snow & generally low crowds making it a great place to get freshies

Best Ski Resorts in Hokkaido Japan

Best Hokkaido Ski Resorts - Powderhounds

Here are our awards for the best ski resorts in Hokkaido as rated by Powderhounds.com. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to a Hokkaido snow trip so we’ve provided our top picks by terrain by ability levels and other categories such as family friendliness and nightlife, which are also outlined in detail on our Japan ski resort ratings. You can also check out the best Hokkaido ski resorts as rated by the readers of Powderhounds.com.

Best Overall Hokkaido Ski Resorts

  1. Niseko
  2. Furano
  3. Rusutsu

Other top rated ski resorts in Hokkaido are Tomamu, Kiroro and Sahoro.

Top Hokkaido Ski Areas for Powder Hounds

Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity + lack of people riding off-piste

  1. Kurodake
  2. Piyashiri
  3. Otaru Tenguyama

Tenguyama like a few other little powder gems are only ideal when temps are low. Other top rated Hokkaido ski areas for powder skiing and riding are Furano, Sahoro, Tomamu and Asahidake. Keep in mind that to get the most out of some of these Hokkaido ski areas, you’ll need to head into the sidecountry as well as the backcountry and therefore require expert riding, route-finding and backcountry skills (and/or a guide).

Powderhounds.com Awards for the Best Skiing in Hokkaido

Skiing and Snowboarding

Hokkaido Snow

Lots of Hokkaido ski resorts score full marks for the snow quality/quantity and likelihood of scoring fresh tracks. See the Japanese ski resort ratings for more information.

Other Awards for the Best Hokkaido Ski Resorts

Best Hokkaido Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in Hokkaido" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top Hokkaido ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the Hokkaido ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only Hokkaido ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall Hokkaido ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best Hokkaido powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
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