Yubari Lifts & Terrain

Yubari Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

  • Vertical (m)
    298 – 702 (404)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 metres
  • Lifts (5)
    1 gondola
    2 quad chairs
  • Ski Hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    early Dec - early April
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 18
    Longest run – 3.5 km
    Beginner - 20%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Advanced - 40%
Other than a big bunch of school kids, the Yubari Ski Resort is usually deserted. It feels like your own private ski resort.

By Japanese standards the Yubari Ski Resort (Mt Racey) is medium sized, which on an international scale makes it rather small. The Yubari Resort terrain is a case of what you see is what you get. It won’t take you long to scope out the ski area!

Lifts

Mt Racey Ski Resort has 5 lifts. One of these is an old retro gondola that looks a bit like an egg, which runs the full vertical of the ski hill. Thankfully they’ve fitted racks on the gondolas that fit fat skis and snowboards. A quad chair lift services the main beginner area which lines up with a fast quad chair to service the quintessential intermediate racey runs.

A double chair (that’s not too slow) services all the terrain out to the lookers’ right of the Yubari Ski Resort. And is often the case at ski resorts, the best powder hound terrain is serviced by a slow double chair.

Some of the lifts are open for night skiing, and they service a decent amount of terrain for beginners and intermediates.

Yubari Snow

Yubari Ski Resort receives approximately 8 metres of snow on average per season, and the quality is generally somewhat typical of central Hokkaido powder, although the elevation is somewhat lower than most of the main Hokkaido ski resorts.

Beginner Skiing Yubari

Mt Racey Ski Resort is ideal for beginners, which may be part of the reason it’s sometimes inundated with school kids. If the government ever stopped the schools’ skiing subsidies, the Yubari Ski Resort might not exist!

Near the base is a small kids’ area with a magic carpet. For other novices, there’s a dedicated quad chair lift that services a couple of mellow, wide-open trails. More confident beginners can take the next quad lift up and take long lap around the outskirts of the resort.

Ski Mt Racey For the Intermediate

The Yubari Ski Resort is renowned for race training and it’s not just because it’s called Mount Racey! The ski area has a handful of intermediate rated slopes, and the wide Dancing Line slope typically has race poles set up for the punters to try.

Terrain Parks

The Mt Racey Ski Resort has a little kids’ terrain park and a decent terrain park that is usually set up with lots of jumps, and boxes and rails.

Advanced Skiing Yubari – On-Piste

Yubari Ski Resort has several black piste runs. Some of these are traditional cut piste, whilst others are “nature” courses with a smattering of trees such as the short Racoon Line that hits a maximum gradient of 45 degrees for a moment.

The Carving Line is a long, reasonably challenging run, although it’s not particularly aptly named unless you’re good at carving down moguls!

Off Piste & Sidecountry Skiing and Riding

There are negligible fences and ropes at Yubari, and seemingly no whistle happy ski patrollers, so you can probably go for it in the trees.

Off the top are some very steep short lines through the trees as well as some rocky outcroppings that are ridiculously gnarly unless there’s good snow cover. The top double chair also provides some good tree skiing of varying spacing, and just to the skiers’ right of the Carving Lines are some lovely trees. Further down, either side of the Thrilling Lines are some cheap thrills.