Furano

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Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee

Overall

4.6

Light and dry Central Hokkaido powder is what skiers and snowboarders come to Furano for. In fact, the snow here is often better than at the more well-known Niseko (and without the crowds of foreign visitors too). While there are some westerners on the slopes, Furano makes for a much more authentic Japanese experience.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Furano vs
FuranoAkakura Kanko
beginner40 %40 %
intermediate40 %30 %
advanced20 %30 %
expert--
total runs24 10
ski area1,101ac -
summit elevation3,524ft 4,921ft
total lifts10 7
child lift ticketFree ¥3,000 JPY ($27 USD)
adult lift ticket¥5,500 JPY ($50 USD) ¥4,300 JPY ($39 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall228″ -

Furano Reviews

Fabulous

4.3 / 5

based on 16 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

May 05, 2018
Alan M. Alan M.
advanced skier
Located on Hokkaido, Japan, this resort enjoys spectacular quality snow. Access to town is good, although additional lift access between the Kitanomine side and the Furano side would be beneficial.... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jan 08, 2018
THTom H.
expert snowboarder
While most of the people tend to go to Niseko, I prefer Furano. A lot less people. Amazing possibilites for intermediate/experts and a more authentic feel (not so many foreign tourists)! Even in high season, the queues aren't long and surprisingly, accomodation, bars, food etc. is not overly expensive. highly recommended!... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Dec 30, 2017
JBJeffrey B.
advanced skier
If you’ve skied other former Olympic mountains, you know what to expect: Some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The powder was great, well groomed runs and small but well appointed accommodations.... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Dec 29, 2017
JSJessi S.
intermediate snowboarder
Being very close to the town Furano, English speaking guests will have an easy time adjusting to the Japanese culture. This resort has runs for all levels and has multiple terrain styles.... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Dec 21, 2017
MJMike J.
expert skier
I'm not sure the ski area is large enough to warrant a week vacation, but it is a very nice, low-hassle ski area. The area near the base of the ski area is a nice place to stay. I liked that it was easy to walk around the town and to the ski area. Note that when I say "town", I'm referring to the village-like area near the ski area, not the town... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Dec 19, 2017
AQAdam Q.
advanced skier
A great resort without the volume of visitors that Niseko or Nagano has. Absolutely amazing, wold class champagne powder for days bring endless smiles in a very friendly atmosphere. The facilities and accomodation is excellent, being modern and great value. Location of hotels and resorts to the lifts is also great. I really enjoyed my time at... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Dec 19, 2017
PBPeter B.
advanced skier
Awesome have had most of my best days skiing in furano, it has the best combination of snow and sun that i have ever seen its Disneyland for snow lovers... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Dec 17, 2017
LVLukas V.
expert skier
Furano is a really nicer resort for every skill level, but like everything in Japan, it starts to shine with a lot of powder. The treeskiing is amazing and the terrain in general is really good.... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Dec 11, 2017
RCRobert C.
advanced snowboarder
Never been to Hakuba, But spent a month between Furano and Niseko. Furano is utterly amazing. Little to no lift queues, fresh tracks everyday and just so, SO much powder. And off-piste is some of the best i've had!! It is an authentic small Japanese town experience. It is not a party town like niseko. Hardly anyone speaks english where as Niseko... More
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Dec 11, 2017
DMDylan M.
intermediate snowboarder
The slopes were mostly empty, no queues and had the best rides of my life. Waist deep powder, beautiful scenery and a truly genuine cultural experience. I want to go back sooo bad.... More
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