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Kamui

Kamui3.5/59
Kamui3.5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
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Kamui - Reviews

Kamui - Reviews

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dany
23/02/2018
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  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

kamui

dany
23/02/2018
kamui its very ggod powder destination, and very cheap lift tickets

Very Enjoyable

ROGER HOWARD
01/02/2017
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    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Very Enjoyable

ROGER HOWARD
01/02/2017
Visited Kamui last week for two days 24-25 January 2017.
One of the most enjoyable places to snowboard.
I visited mid-week (Tue-Wed) hoping for no crowd. Unfortunately the school kids were out in force on both days.
The base and green beginner runs were very crowded as a result.
However once I ventured onto the intermediate runs, it was a non-issue.

Lunch at the main building was a simple tempura soba for JPY800. Very tasty. The hot soup was very welcome.
Ramen at the ramen house next to the main building was the best I ever had. Again only JPY800.
The steam buns are also highly recommended.

The school kids were gone by 2.30pm and the resort was deserted. Its like we hired the whole place to ourselves.

Unlike Nagano region which has been reporting up to 350cm snow depths, Kamui only had 75cm. However it was still pretty good considering it was snowing mildy through out the day. I also think Kamui understates their depths not bothering reporting if less than 5cm.

I liked the moderately long cruisy runs here. The edges of the trails where it has not been groomed were particularly good. Untracked powdery snow goodness!

I dislike that you cannot buy multi-day lift pass nor hire gear. You have to line up daily to buy it. you need to fill up the same form for hire as well. It is basic equipment but for my skill level, its fine.

Slow chair-lifts, so your best bet is to take the modern looking gondola which will take you all the way to the top.

There is no on-mountain accommodation so we based ourselves in the nearby Asahikawa city about 45mins away by shuttle bus. It costs JPY1000 per person one way. The bus snakes through several other hotels but if it went direct (or if you hire a car), it will only take 20mins approx.

Because of Kamui's size, two days is about perfect, perhaps even three.

One of Japan's Best Kept Secrets

STurner
19/05/2016
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

One of Japan's Best Kept Secrets

STurner
19/05/2016
Charging down one of the wide open off piste areas on the back side
Stereotypical scene on the back side at 11:30 on a weekday with my tracks the only ones about still!
Looking up from the base at 9am...looking like your own private mountain!
Go here on a week day and if the snow is there and you know where to go, you'll have one of the best days skiing that Japan can offer!
I spent 2 months in Niseko at the start of the season and then January through till the end of March based at Kamui as a ski and snowboard instructor this last season (2015/2016) and can honestly say that I would rather be at Kamui than in Niseko! The slopes are empty of people and you'd be hard pressed to find a lift que anywhere more than 3 people in front of you (unless its a weekend as locals travel from the nearby towns and city).
With exception of the brand new gondola, all other lifts are fairly dated but have been given a fresh lick of paint.
Off piste here definitely far out weighs the on slope options for intermediate/advanced/expert skiers/snowboarders and even having spent the majority of the season there, myself and other locals were still finding new spots to session. Theres several big drops, various sized fallen trees that make amazing rails, natural kickers and countless places and features to build more!
None of the runs are exceptionally long but with the lack of people there, it just means that you can get more runs in a day than almost anywhere else and also that you get to really learn the hill! Could be worth getting a mornings tour guide though just so you know the sweet spots for the rest of your time!
Beginners here will have a great time here too as the slopes here are really well marked and are wide(150meters in places) and are normally empty apart from groups of Japanese school children having ski lessons.
All in all...this is a brilliant little mountain and with an international company based at the bottom of the hill who do instructing/guiding at Kamui as well as cat tours only 15 minutes drive away if you want it, Kamui really is somewhere I would highly recommend visiting during your trip to Japan!

March

Jens Diehr
12/03/2016
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    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    1

March

Jens Diehr
12/03/2016
The snow was kinda frozen und just a little powder on top... But I guess that's what you get in the middle of March...

Good resort for all

Daniel Sutton
29/06/2015
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  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    1

Good resort for all

Daniel Sutton
29/06/2015
Wonderfull resort with great food, lifts,and runs. Unfortunately didn't get hit with snow before coming here, but there where lots of untouched spots away from the crowds with little to no transversing or hoofing!

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11/06/2014

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11/06/2014
When we last visited in 2008, off-piste skiing was permitted but sidecountry riding was frowned upon, which meant that pretty much no one else headed out-of-bounds. Kamui Links is now a little more discovered and more people are heading into the sidecountry (including the Japanese) so fresh tracks are not as prolific as they used to be. Nevertheless Kamui is a fun spot for powder hounds considering the quality of the snow, and the tree skiing on offer.

See our overview of Kamui Ski Links for our thoughts on the pros and cons.

Great little side adventure

Cam
06/05/2012
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  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great little side adventure

Cam
06/05/2012
This was a little side trip that a friend and I decided to take before we hit Niseko. The hill is absolutely fantastic. We skied 3 days here, and each day, not including the school groups (who stay only on the gentle slopes) and a race team (who can't be counted as competition for freshies), there was maybe 100 other people AT MOST on any of the days; and of these, even less hopped over to the back lift or went off through the trees. Every day we rode fresh lines right up until close.

Must be said, every morning we were there saw a significant amount of new snow, the quality of which was insane. Easily the driest snow I've ever skied and made the stuff at Niseko feel like sludge.

The hill itself is fairly small, however the open stance on off-piste riding and nicely spaced trees pretty much everywhere easily provided ample enjoyment for the few days.

Try to steer clear of the cafeteria at the base as this is frequented by the school groups. The eatery at the top of the Gondola was definitely the place to be and has a nice fire place and atmosphere.

This was an incredible few days skiing and incidentally provided hands down the best day riding of our entire trip.

Just a note, while Asahikawa was a cool place to stay (lots of quirky restaurants and bars/karaoke bars if you're willing to go hunting), it is 'proper' Japan, the surrounds are quite rural and VERY few people speak English. So, pro tip: The info center outside the train station staffed an English speaking employee who proved a great help with pretty much everything we did.

A must visit from Furano

Crunky
15/02/2012
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    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

A must visit from Furano

Crunky
15/02/2012
What can I say, I love this hill. I've visited several times on two ski trips and both times missed out on fresh dumps. The best word to describe Kamui is COOL.

After having been at Furano and having everything roped off, to get on a bus from Furano and be here in an hour at this little gem with its open trees, its powder trees, a field of pines designated for skiing, and its sensible backcountry policy (there is flagging in the trees off the back so you know where the traverse out is, and flag dangerous spots), Kamui Links is a joy.

Best for intermediate skiers. It does lack a bit of steeps like most hills in Japan and there is no "if I don't stick this turn I'm going to die" moments. The open trees down the front under the gondola are lots of fun. There is a bermed run for tubing and in lots of places on boring sections there are little jumps and hucks (noticably absent at Furano).

Food at the top station is great with some Mexican influence. A contour map at the top station restaurant can give you ideas but the slackcountry off either side is rather disappointing (save for the drop straight off the back that you traverse out and end up in-bounds). Regardless we always enjoy our days a Kamui, I just dream about getting here after a dump, with zero crowds.

A Little Gem

15/07/2010

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A Little Gem

15/07/2010
Kamui Links is a fun little ski resort for off-piste skiing and boarding. The official statistic of annual snowfall is 8 metres, but this stat seems somewhat low considering its reputation for deep deep pow. For advanced skiers and boarders, the ability to be allowed to go off-piste is a huge bonus. The patrollers turning a blind eye regarding going into the slackcountry (easily accessed backcountry) is also great for responsible skiers (snowboarders may not enjoy the amount of traversing).

Other pros: good terrain for beginners and intermediates; the dry powder; cheap; and great for the family (if you’re happy to bundle the family into the car to get there).

Cons: no steeps; inability to stay on-mountain so a commute is required each day; and Kamui is a small ski area so it’s only good for a 2-3 day visit.

Another powderhound plus was the lack of crowds (apart from groups of army boys learning to ski) in 2008. Hopefully not too many other powderhounds have invaded Kamui Links since then.