Bluebird Powder Paradise
Furano is a true year round Hokkaido resort destination with visitors coming to see flower farms and eat ice cream during the summer and for world class skiing in winter. Situated in central Hokkaido, snowfall is more moderate than at Westerly Hokkaido resorts like Niseko, meaning more bluebird days and exceptional conditions for skiing groomers as well as off-piste. This together with FREE LIFT PASSES FOR CHILDREN aged 12 and under makes Furano perfect for family ski holidays.
Furano Ski Resort
Furano ski resort consists of 2 zones, Furano and Kitanomine, which have a combined total of 28 ski runs and are connected at the top of the mountain. Both of these zones can be accessed on the one pass and are serviced by 11 lifts. The Furano Ropeway is one way to get there and allows up to 101 people to reach the summit at a speed of 10 metres per second! There are 10 other ski lifts in Furano ski resort which between them offer access to more than 25 kilometres of ski runs. While Furano used to operate a strict no off-piste policy, it has opened up sidecountry and backcountry access in recent years, much welcomed by expert and advanced riders. Beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice on the groomers!
Both Furano zone and Kitanomine zone areas have a variety of Furano accommodation options from ski in ski out hotels and apartments to friendly Japanese lodges. Downtown Furano is less than a 10 minute shuttle bus ride and is home to a wide array of restaurants and bars as well as all the services you would expect to find in a typical Japanese city. Onsen (hot springs) close to the ski area allow you to soak tired muscles while taking in wonderful views of the mountains and the central Hokkaido location means there are plenty of sightseeing options nearby which make for fun experiences.
Furano Resort Info
|Lifts||1 Ropeway / 1 Gondola / 7 Lifts|
|Best for||Families, groomers, ski in ski out, bluebird powder|
|Terrain||40% Beginner / 40% Intermediate / 20% Expert|
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Furano Trail Map
With close to 1000m of vertical skiing Furano Japan has plenty to offer! With its consistent snow conditions, it has hosted many national and international skiing events and has long been a regular spot on the FIS Downhill World Cup circuit. While the resort itself caters more for beginners and intermediates, Furano now operates backcountry gates so skiers and boarders can fully appreciate the Hokkaido powder, and Furano provides an excellent base for hikers and backcountry adventurers who wish to explore Daisetsuzan National Park, known locally as “the Playground of the Gods”.
What’s New In Furano
Over the past few years while Japan has been closed to international visitors, Furano has seen the addition of two incredible new accommodation options.
New Furano Properties 2022-23
Fenix Furano and Fenix West
A classic ski resort, which has long boasted 2 traditional ski hotels together and seen a gradual development of smaller properties, Furano has just had 2 breathtaking world class accommodation options built at the base of its ski runs, one in the Furano Zone and one in the Kitanomine Zone. Fenix Furano and Fenix West will no doubt do a lot to raise Furano’s profile as an international ski destination.