Bluebird Powder Paradise
Furano is a true year-round Hokkaido resort destination – in the summer, there are endless stunning flower fields, delicious ice cream, and delectable produce, and in the winter, world-class skiing and snowboarding conditions. Situated in central Hokkaido, Furano sees more moderate snowfall than its western Hokkaido peers like Niseko and at the same time, more bluebird days. These two elements work fantastically together to bring exceptional conditions for skiing both groomers and off-piste. With free lift passes for children aged 12 and under, Furano is perfect for family ski holidays. The runs at Furano extend beyond the groomed trails and into the backcountry with convenient gate access, satisfying even the hardest-to-please powder enthusiasts.
Furano Ski Resort
Furano ski resort is located just on the edge of Furano City in central Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. With its proximity to major transportation hubs – 2.5 hours from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport and just over an hour from Asahikawa Airport, Furano is easily accessible. As powderhounds worldwide look for alternative options beside the long-standing big names like Niseko and Hakuba, Furano has been gaining immense popularity in recent years.
Consisting of 2 zones, Furano and Kitanomine, Furano ski resort offers a combined total of 28 ski runs, covering over 25km of ski areas. Both of these zones are accessible on one Furano lift pass and riders can move between the zones using a link lift if coming from Kitanomine to Furano or ski down Link Run C if coming the other way. Other than the link lift, there are 11 other ski lifts in Furano, including 1 ropeway with a capacity of 101 and travelling at a speed of 10m per second! With 80% of the on-piste terrains being beginner and intermediate, progressing skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice on the groomers! While Furano used to have a strict no off-piste policy, it has opened up side-country and backcountry access in recent years – a move much welcomed by advanced and expert riders seeking big powder lines.
Families with young children will have an incredible time in Furano with wide gentle slopes, few crowds, mild weather, plenty of family-friendly activities, and free ski pass for kids under 12s!
Furano Ski Resort Info
Furano is renowned for its extra light and dry ‘champagne snow’ and with an average snowfall greater than some of the highest resorts in the European Alps, there is more than enough snow for everyone! Vertical runs are amongst the longest in Hokkaido, with over 100m longer than in Niseko, and with the opening of off-piste gates, there is an incredible variety of terrains that will spoil riders of all levels.
|Yes – 1 small terrain park & 1 family snow park
|1 Ropeway / 1 Gondola / 7 Lifts
|Families, groomers, ski in ski out, bluebird powder
|40% Beginner / 40% Intermediate / 20% Expert
Skiers and snowboarders visiting Furano will get access to 11 lifts and 28 ski runs spanning over 25km of Tokachidake Mountain Range. With close to 1,000m of vertical skiing, there are plenty of options for riders of all levels!
Kitanomine Zone presents wide gentle slopes and magic carpets at the bottom, perfect for beginner and progressing riders or for those looking to cruise and improve on their techniques, and some black runs at the top for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. Don’t miss out on the fun cat track in Furikozawa Course – the constant turns will give your legs a workout for sure! Ski trails in Furano Zone tend to be narrower but longer, ideal for those looking to build their endurance. Both zones have some ungroomed on-piste areas – a big attraction for powder novices seeking some fresh powder lines after a heavy overnight dump.
While Furano’s on-piste caters more for beginners and intermediates, in 2015, the resort introduced a backcountry gate system providing access to a terrific range of off-piste terrains and enabling skiers and snowboarders to fully appreciate the famed Hokkaido powder. Furano also provides an excellent base for backcountry adventurers with multiple ski ranges within 60km radius, notably Daisetsuzan Kurodake, known locally as ‘the Playground of the Gods’.
It is critical to understand that once you exit the backcountry gates, your safety is entirely your responsibility. Make sure to follow the resort’s regulations, check all your equipment, the weather forecast and your planned routes, and don’t forget to sign out at the closest office desk before heading out. We highly recommend booking a backcountry guide for an unforgettable experience in the wilderness!
Why choose Furano?
If you would like to trade extreme snowfall (often accompanied by blizzard-like conditions!) for conditions that typically offer champagne powder and bluebird skies, Furano could be the resort for you! While beginners and intermediates will have a superb time on wide, quiet, immaculately groomed runs, advanced riders equipped to ride off-piste will love having access to uninterrupted fall-line skiing and snowboarding, and some of the longest lift-accessed off-piste runs in Hokkaido. With fewer crowds, Furano is the perfect place to enjoy the famed Japanese powder at your pace. Furano’s proximity to Daisetsuzan and other mountain ranges in central Hokkaido makes it the perfect gateway to some of Japan’s best backcountry. Its central location also makes it the perfect base to explore other areas in Hokkaido, including Sapporo, Asahikawa, and Biei.
While Furano used to lack the high standard of accommodation and resort services to which discerning international visitors to Niseko and Hakuba have grown accustomed, this is no longer the case, with premium accommodation and facilities located right at the bottom of the slopes (see ‘what’s new’ section below!). If you are interested in a Furano ski holiday, our specialised team at Japan Ski Experience is here to help you find the perfect accommodation for your stay. We also offer to book all essential Furano resort services at no extra cost as part of your Furano ski holiday package. Enquire now, and let us take away the stress of planning and allow yourself to enjoy Furano Resort to the fullest!
What’s New In Furano
Furano has been growing rapidly in recent years with more developments in the pipeline. Check out the new additions to the resort below and get ready for an unforgettable ski holiday!
Luxury New Apartment Complexes
There are increasingly more accommodation options in Furano, notably in the premier condominium market, offering ultimate comfort and convenience. Fenix Furano, Fenix West, and Kaku Place are all new joiners in Kitanomine Zone with thoughtfully-designed high-end apartments and unbeatable locations granting effortless access to the slopes.
Premium Equipment Rental Services
With the introduction of Fenix Furano comes a brand new equipment rental outlet – Rhythm Furano. A long-standing reputable ski hire provider with multiple stores in Niseko and Australia, Rhythm Furano offers a diverse range of equipment, from beginner to powder-specific models, to elevate your skiing and snowboarding experience.
Bespoke Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Summit Ski School & Guiding
Furano is a fantastic place to improve your skiing and snowboarding skills with its varied terrain and what’s a better way to do so than a well-curated private lesson with Summit Ski School & Guiding? With their wealth of local knowledge, Summit’s highly-experienced instructors will help you reach your riding goals safely and effectively. They have recently moved their office to Fenix West, a central location providing unparalleled access to Kitanomine’s ski slopes.
Furano Ski Holidays
If you are planning a visit to Furano this winter, Japan Ski Experience offers a one-stop shop for accommodation and all essential resort services. Get in touch today to secure the best deals for your ski holiday and get impartial advice from our team of local ski specialists.GET A FURANO QUOTE