Furano Ski Resort

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Furano Japan

Furano Hokkaido finds a great balance for a Japan ski or snowboard holiday. The Furano ski resort has very well developed amenities and services, but unlike some Japan ski resorts, Furano doesn’t feel too “resortified”. The nearby town of Furano is rather authentic, and both the town and resort provide adequate creature comforts including the ability to cater to English speaking guests, without losing the essence of Japan.

The Furano Ski Resort is a fantastic all-rounder with ski and snowboard terrain for all ability levels, off-piste riding, and quality Central Hokkaido powder.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Furano Japan is very well suited to on-piste riding for beginners through to advanced riders and is a decent sized resort (by Japanese standards).
  • Furano is family friendly and caters reasonably well to English speaking children.
  • It makes a great base to explore nearby ski resorts that are great for powder hounds and guided day trips from Furano are available if booked in advance. And nearby are backcountry areas such as Furano-dake and Tokachidake
  • Most Japanese ski resorts don’t have enough on offer to keep the interest of advanced and expert riders for more than a few days. A powder hound could play at Furano for 10-14 days, especially considering the number of day trip options to chase powder.
  • Furano is one of only a handful of Japanese ski resorts to have self-contained accommodation (e.g. apartments) as well as hotels, pensions and backpackers.
  • Furano isn’t overly westernised. It provides a good Japanese cultural experience particularly in the town of Furano, and there are lots of different Japanese restaurants.
  • Furano accommodation offers good value for money and kids 12 and under ski free.
Cons
  • Furano doesn’t have much in the way of premium or luxury accommodation.
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • Due to its central Hokkaido location, the quality of the snow is generally even better than the coastal resorts such as Niseko. The volume of snow is somewhat less, but the upside is more fine weather days.
  • The prohibition of off-piste and sidecountry skiing has been lifted. Whilst you can hit the powder without fear of losing your lift ticket, there are now more people heading into the trees and a lot less freshies on offer.

Furano Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Furano Japan is a large ski resort by Japanese standards (so it’s not huge!), with 9 lifts and 24 courses (ie marked runs) and 974 metres of vertical, which has enabled the resort to be put on the world cup ski racing map.

Furano is renowned for the many long groomed runs for beginners through to advanced riders, and whether you like to cruise or want to zoom down runs at Mach 2 until your eyes water, if you like groomers then Furano skiing is for you. And most of the Furano lifts are fast, so your legs will need to be super fit to last the day!

Furano also has on-piste runs that are left au naturel, with pitch at up to 34 degrees. For advanced and experts the main attraction is the very good off-piste terrain and amazing side-country (easily accessed backcountry) for those with avalanche gear and the know-how.

Furano used to have a reputation for the prohibition of off-piste and tree skiing, and a history of this being policed very strictly. Thankfully this is no longer the case, and off-piste skiing is now permitted in most parts of Furano so you no longer have to appear invisible.

Furano Snow

Furano receives 9 metres of snow per season on average, which is less than some of the coastal Hokkaido ski resorts such as Niseko and Rusutsu. Nevertheless the Furano powder is still often knee deep, commonly waist deep, and we’ve even experienced it neck deep! And the powder is generally delightfully light and fluffy – this is what Hokkaido skiing is all about!

The Furano weather is generally more pleasant and there are more blue-sky days than at ski resorts such as Niseko.

See the Furano travel page for information on airport to Furano transfers and other transport information.

Where is Furano Ski Resort?

Furano is located in Central Hokkaido, Japan. Furano is 59km south of Asahikawa (about an hour away) and 141km (by road) northeast of Sapporo.

Furano makes a good base for a ski holiday from which nearby ski resorts can be accessed for a day trip such as Kamui, Asahidake and Tomamu, and more deep powder is also available at Sahoro. Or Furano Hokkaido makes a great base to head out on a guided ski tour to nearby backcountry areas.

Furano Accommodation

Furano accommodation consists of mostly western style hotels and pensions. Furano is somewhat unique for a Japanese ski resort in that it also has a small range of self-contained accommodation options such as apartments and houses. Furano is less expensive than Niseko accommodation, and there are lodgings to suit most budgets, although high end accommodation is somewhat limited.

Family Friendly Japan Ski Resort

As outlined on the where to ski in Japan page, Furano is somewhat unique in that it can cater for English speaking kids. Child care is available with English speaking staff and ski lessons for children are available with English speaking instructors. Furano also has various other family friendly activities on offer.

Activities

A Furano ski holiday can also be well supplemented by a range of activities including backcountry ski tours, snowmobiling, onsen tours, ice hole fishing, or dressing up in a kimono if that’s what takes your fancy!?
Tours At or Near Furano

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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Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
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USD 2,883
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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 in the side country at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links and Tomamu.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2019-20 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 3,860
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 4.8% discount on listed price for Feb 25 tour if you book by end of Sept
Hokkaido Safari
GUIDED POWDER PROGRESSION ROAD TRIP
12 Days | 8 Days Guided Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore up to 7 Hokkaido ski areas on this amazing powder progression adventure for advanced to expert skiers & boarders. Locations include the Otaru/Sapporo & Furano ski areas. Groups of up to 4 guests are guided by 1 guide. From price is based on twin share in deluxe western-style room.
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USD 4,765
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Central Hokkaido Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned high quality Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro and Tomamu. Mostly lift accessed powder hunting, plus the option to do a little hiking to get more goods.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share group option for 2019-20 per person.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 2,837
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 6.6% discount on prices shown for Feb 25 & Mar 6 tours if you book by end of Sept
Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience
LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 5 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Experience the best powder that Furano & the Central Hokkaido region has to offer. Venture off-piste in Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro & Asahidake with local guides. It’s their passion to show you great skiing/boarding, relaxing onsens & the enjoyment of dining at their favourite local restaurants where few tourists go.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share room.
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USD 1,962
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Central Hokkaido Guided Tours
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON rate for PRIVATE GROUP of 6 in peak season. Full rate is 78,000 yen for group of up to 6.
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USD 121
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Backcountry Delights
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Journey into Central Hokkaido on this incredible backcountry tour. Some days will include a little lift access otherwise you earn your turns at Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Furano, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share accommodation for group tour 2020.
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USD 2,976
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High Earnings
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
8 Nights | 7 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 2019-20 season.
Price per person for a group of 5 or 6 with 1 guide. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 2,744
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Hokkaido Backcountry Tour
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
9 Nights | 7-8 Days Touring
Ability: Expert
Earn your turns with backcountry touring. Flexibility is the key & the trip will go where the best untouched lines are, from the Daisetsu National Park in the North to the crater of Mt Yotei near Niseko. Only 4 spots!
Price p/p From price based on twin share option for group tour for 2020 season. Min 3 guests required to run tour.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 2,771
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Cat Skiing Tours

Otoe Day Cat Skiing
DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGES
Mixed Group or Private Group
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Amazing Central Hokkaido powder and only a max of 11 other guests to share all the powder with. The Otoe cat tour package includes a full day of guided cat skiing and transport to/from Furano (if required)
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USD 419
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