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 ($49 USD) ¥4,300 JPY ($38 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!4.1 / 5Dec 06, 2017
ANAndrew N.
advanced skier
#1 awesome snow. That's why you go to Japan. Were fortunate to stay at the base of the lift for very easy access. Would be a little trickier (ie: crowded bus) if you stay in town. This can limit dining options a bit, but still some good choices nearby. Decent amount of terrain for all levels. Easily accessible side-country is a big plus. There... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
SHSam H.
advanced snowboarder
Huge, fun, fast and pow. Furano caters for most on piste users with plenty of runs and some great powder after some snow. Best trip there we had nipple deep powder for the first few runs but unfortunately it got tracked out fairly quickly. Great resort but high amount of people.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 05, 2017
PGPete G.
advanced snowboarder
Furano is a relief after skiing at Niseko. There are so much fewer westerners here and people in general. The tree skiing is amazing and the access is so easy. We spent almost an entire day skiing lines under ONE LIFT and were getting fresh almost every turn. Definitely worth a visit if you're traveling around Hokkaido. Very close to Daisetsuzan... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 04, 2017
GRGlenn R.
expert skier
Furano is a true Japanese snow experience. Diverse terrain with world class powder minus the crowds and plenty of great food to be had. Staff on and off the hill are very friendly and accomodation can still be had at a fantastic rate. Two thumbs up.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Dec 04, 2017
NENathan E.
advanced skier
We skied and boarded at Furano again this year and despite locals telling us that it wasn't a good snow year the cover was still meters deep and we had plenty of bone dry powder days. In fact, the snow conditions were blissful. It snowed a little almost every day and despite that I think we had a little sunshine every day as well. What a great... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Dec 04, 2017
SLSean L.
advanced snowboarder
Furano is a good resort with good snow quality plenty of options for all skill levels. Access on the mountain is easy and the nearby town has many dinning options.... More

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