Furano Ski Hire & Facilities


Furano Ski Hire & Facilities

The Furano ski resort is reasonably well developed with very good services and facilities, especially when compared to many other Hokkaido ski resorts.

Furano Ski Hire and Snowboard Rentals

There are various Furano ski and snowboard rental shops located at or near the ski area, however the quality of the Furano ski hire varies dramatically and quite a few of the shops only have basic snow equipment for beginners. You may also need to scratch around to find decent fat skis to rip up that deep powder.

Rhythm is a good Furano ski rental shop in Kitanomine inside the Fenix, with a decent range of standard and premium ski and snowboard equipment. The shop also has avalanche safety gear rentals, touring skis and skins, and splitboards and skins.

Furano Ski School

There are a couple of Furano ski schools that cater well to English speaking clients. You should pre-book lessons because English speaking instructors can be in short supply.

The Furano Snow School offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults. Group lessons are held (in English) for kids ages 6 to 13 in both the morning and afternoon (so you’ll have to pick the kids up for lunch), or private lessons can be provided for children ages 4 and up. Furano Snow School offers group first-timer lessons for teens and adults (ages 13+), otherwise if you want a lesson it will need to be in a private format. Furano Snow School offers ski school from either the Furano or Kitanomine side of the ski resort.

The Furano International Snowsports School (FISS) also has ski and snowboard lessons from instructors that are fluent in English or are native English language speakers. They only provide lessons in a private format but they don’t charge extra for additional people in the lesson. The Furano International Snowsports School Office is located on the top floor of the Kitanomine Gondola building yet they run lessons from either side of the resort.

Furano Child Care

Furano International Snowsports School has a child care centre in the Kitanomine Gondola with qualified English speaking staff. The childcare caters for kids 1 to 5 years of age (you can enquire re babies and they may be able to assist). It is recommended to pre-book this service. The childcare can be provided for a half day or for the full day. FISS can also provide a child care/ski lesson combo if you want your child to have a one hour private ski lesson (ski equipment included).

Eating On Mountain

There are a handful of eateries available on-mountain at the Furano Ski Resort. There is one restaurant at the top of the Furano ropeway and two at the base of the ropeway, with Japanese cuisine downstairs and Chinese cuisine upstairs. The Chinese restaurant left us wondering what the difference was between Japanese and Chinese, with similar fare available at both!

If you’ve burned plenty of calories skiing, we highly recommend the bakery next to the New Furano Prince Hotel (Prince Bakery Pan Kobo). They have lots of rolls and buns created in an array of tempting ways. Yummy! Or if you want a substantial lunch, you can pop into the New Furano Prince Hotel for a buffet feast.

On the Kitanomine side you can eat at the gondola station or ski into the Furano Prince Hotel for lunch.

Banking Facilities

Furano is established enough to have some access to the all important yen, with international ATMs with commands in English. These are at the 7-Eleven in Kitanomine on the main street, the lobby of the New Furano Prince Hotel, and the post office and Furano Marche in downtown Furano town.

Credit cards are accepted for lift ticket purchases, but there are still many restaurants and bars that only accept cash.