Adrenalin rush on Furano back country ski trails

FURANO SKI HOLIDAYS

Furano receives an abundant quality of powder each season due to its inland location on the well renown ‘powder belt’ in central Hokkaido, just 2 hours from Sapporo airport. This area boasts more bluebird days that any other Japanese ski resort, and is fast becoming a popular choice for skiers and boarders alike.

With its 957 vertical drop, over 23 perfectly groomed trails, two resorts (Kitanomine and Furano zones) and 10 lifts which include the fastest cable car currently located in Japan, Furano offers a nice range of terrain to include: 40% green, 40% red (blue), and 20% advanced. However, on powder days they usually leave a couple of trails ungroomed for those that enjoy fresh powder.

Families will love Furano for its friendly facilities which include an english speaking ski school, as well as a daycare facility, with plenty of on and off snow activities in store to keep the little ones occupied for days.

For those who are wanting to source fresh powder and backcountry terrain then Furano would make a great base to the discover other ski resorts with Kamui, Tomamu, and Asahidake all within day trip distance. Multi resort tickets are available for purchase, and regular shuttles from Furano make exploring the Furano region exciting, simple, and most importantly affordable.

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Furano is a great destination for those looking for pristine groomed runs.  Definitely worth considering a visit if you are wanting a base to explore some backcountry/deep pow within the surrounding region Shona – Amped

10 Top Reasons to Ski Furano

  • Powder Heaven: Located on Hokkaido’s infamous powder belt, Furano needs no introduction when it comes to resorts offering great amounts of high quality POW!
  • Easy to get to: With so many direct and non-direct daily flight options ex NZ and Australia, Furano is a breeze to get to, and affordable!
  • Affordable: Furano offers a range of good quality accommodations
  • Family Friendly: With english speaking instructions, a day care option, and loads of ‘off ski’ activities, Furano is a great Japanese ski destination.
  • Quality Trail: Renowned for its high quality, groomed trail, Furano is a great resort those who enjoy green and blue (red) runs. Pristinely kept
  • Night Skiing: Furano offers night skiing/boarding for part of their season (approx mid Dec-Mar)
  • Snow conditions apply
  • Japanese Culture: Immerse yourself into the Japanese cultural through unique Japanese tours and cultural experiences.
  • Children Ski Free: 2013/14 season is offering Kids ski free 12 years and under ski free! Conditions apply – so talk to your specialist at AMPED for all the details.
  • 2013/14 Adults Free Ski Offer: For multi day lift passes, 5 & 8 days, receive 1 free skiing at Kamui or Tomamu ski area. Conditions apply – so talk to your specialist at AMPED for all the details.
  • Rental car free: Enjoy the ease of regular village bus shuttles to get you anywhere you want to go.
Aerial shot of Furano ski resort

Furano Facts & Stats

  • Ski Season: Dec – May
  • Mountain Elevation: 957 m
  • Groomed Terrain: 25 km of groomed terrain
  • Longest Run: 3.4 km
  • Average Snowfall: 8 metres
  • Number of lifts: 10 ski lifts including 101 person cable car
  • Terrain: Beginner: 40%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced 20%
  • Night Skiing: Mid Dec-Mar – conditions dependant

FURANO USEFUL TIPS

  • If skiing, bring carving skis with plenty of width in the tips and tails to keep you floating above all of Furanos’ glorious snow!
  • If boarding, bring a snowboard longer than your usual length, as you will need it! Remember: the snow will be deeper than anything you will have experienced anywhere.
  • Take lots of yen cash as most shops and restaurants don’t take credit cards.
  • Be careful with baggage weights as Japanese airline staff are stricter than their North American counterparts. High quality demo skis and boards are available in Furano, so ask your AMPED Ski and Dive Consultant for pricing on these and save yourself the hassle and expense of taking your own gear.
  • Japanese electrical goods run at 110V and consist of two prongs with no earth. So a 110V-240V adaptor is required to run a 240V electronic device or appliance.

FURANO RESORT BACK-COUNTRY SKIING

Out of bounds skiing/snowboarding is strictly prohibited at the Furano Ski Resort; this is heavily policed. There are opportunities however to enjoy back-country skiing/boarding with reputable local operators, so talk to AMPED about this further if you are interested.

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Getting to Furano

Location:

Furano is based on the northern Japanese island providence of Hokkaido, and is an approximate 2.5 hour transfer, snow dependant, from Chitose Airport, Sapporo.

Ex New Zealand

  • Daily direct flights with Air NZ from Auckland through to Tokyo, to then connect with internal domestic connections through to Sapporo
  • Daily flights from Auckland via Sydney to Tokyo with Qantas, to then connect with internal domestic connections through to Sapporo
  • Daily flights with China Eastern from Auckland to Sapporo, via Taipei
  • Daily flights with Japan Airlines from Auckland to Sapporo, via Sydney and Tokyo.

Ex Australia

  • Daily flights from Sydney to Tokyo with Qantas and/or Japan Airlines, to then connect with internal domestic connections through to Sapporo.
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Daily flights from Sydney to Sapporo, via Seoul, on Korean Airlines.
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Sapporo, via Taipei, with China eastern.
  • Furano location map(copy)
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth to Sapporo, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney to Sapporo, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysian Airlines
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, to Sapporo, via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific
  • Land Transfers
  • Scheduled resort shuttles transfer guests upon arrival
  • Private airport vehicle transfers are also available at an extra upgrade cost
  • Scheduled resort shuttles transfer guests upon arrival
  • Private airport vehicle transfers are also available at an extra upgrade cost
  • Train services are also available to Niseko from Tokyo and Sapporo

The above schedules are subject to change at any time as set down by the carriers involved, and are to be used as a guide only.

INTER RESORT

Niseko to Furano: Travel time is approximately 5 hours. Transfers go via Chitose airport.
Asahikawa Airport: Travel time is approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Furano to Totamu: Regular and Jumbo taxis’ are available for hire to take in a day trip to the amazing Totamu ski resort and enjoy some backcountry touring.

GETTING AROUND

Around the ski resort: Scheduled shuttles run between Kitanomine area and the New Furano Prince Hotel. Charges may apply.

FURANO EVENING SHUTTLE BUS

The resort shuttle provides hassle free transportation between the ski district and Furano Town. Shuttles run only certain times/dates in the ski season (Dec-Mar). 2013 rates for this service were 300 yen each way.

Furano Resort Trail Map

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Free Mountain Tours / Ski Hosts

MOUNTAIN SKI/SNOWBOARD TOURS

Complimentary mountain hosts are available in Furano, and can take you on runs which suit your ability, as well as find your way around the mountain. These tours are free of charge and depart from the Information centre of basement of Kitanomine Gondola Station at set times during the winter season.

Other Resort Activities

  • Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake day tours to neighbouring ski resorts
  • Free Sunday night cultural live performances (Jan-Feb), at Shi-Shi restaurant at Kitanomine
  • see the Sapporo Ice Festival on your way (February, dates vary)
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Furano Snow Night Fantasy at New Furano Prince Hotel
  • 1st week in February – Furano Winter Festival
  • Winter theatre performances
  • Evening Apres in Furano Township
Sapporo Ice Festival

Furano Ski School and Daycare

ADULT

The Furano Ski Resort has multiple options when it comes to ski schools. The Furano Snow School has professional English speaking teachers who offer guests a fun and safe chance to learn to ski or progress their skiing abilities with an expert’s assistance.

Ski Services available range from:

  • 1 hour private (3+)
  • Private lessons (4+)
  • First timers program (10+)
  • Group lessons (13+)
  • Kids Group (6-12)
  • Kids Group 1 day lunch combo (6-12)
  • Adult group (13+)

For those looking to seriously improve or focus in a specific area of Skiing, the Furano International  Snowsports School has a team of ski and board specialists from all over the world, each with many years of experience. Furano International Snowsports school claims to be “Furano’s highest qualified Ski & Snowboard School” and with Ski Instructors all having multiple ski accolades, the Furano International Snowsports School will not disappoint.

Ski Services available range from:

Half Day (AM or PM)

  • 2 hours
  • 2.5 hours
  • 3 hours

Full Day

  • 4 hours
  • 5 hours

CHILD & TEEN LESSONS

offering classes per hour, both the Furano International Snowsports and the Furano Snow School have options to help young and old children to learn to ski and get visible results in their confidence and technique

CHILDCARE SERVICES / DAYCARE

The Furano International Snowsports school offers full and half day daycare options for 1 year olds and older, as well as a nursery. Younger guests of the Furano Snowsports School can also be put in a daycare which includes a ski lesson. This combo lets you ensure that your younger children are with experienced people, safe and protected with the right gear including helmets, and are happy at all time, letting them progress in the quickest way possible while still being manageable and fun.

Happy Students at Furano Snow School

Accommodation at Furano Mountain Resort

Hotel Naturwald- Moderate, walk to gondola

The Hotel Naturwald is one of the most conveniently located accommodations in Furano, a short walk away from Furano’s Kitanomine High Speed Gondola. Hotel Naturwald’s Western and Traditional Japanese Style room options will have the right lifestyle to suit all guests. With private bathrooms and toilets in all Western styled rooms, as well as free hotel wide Wi-Fi, an Onsen, complimentary breakfast, a restaurant, and a free daily shuttle service to Furano town.

Available Are

  • Standard Single
  • Standard Twin
  • Standard Triple

Hotel Naturwald has comfortable suites to suit all guests

Hotel Naturwald

Tsuru Apartments- Deluxe, walk to lifts

The luxurious Tsuru Apartments are a convenient 5 minute walk away from the lifts, and are also close to stores, and rental facilities. The Tsuru Apartments offer privacy and style, these self-contained apartments  offer full kitchens, separate lounge and bedrooms, Wi-Fi, washer/ dryer, and most importantly, a free daily morning lift shuttle

Available Are

  • 1 Bedroom Twin Apartment
  • 2 Bedroom Triple Apartment
  • 2 Bedroom Quad Apartment
  • 2 Bedroom 5 Person Apartment

Tsuru Apartments Offer  Modern, Trendy Suites

Fresh Powder Apartments- Deluxe, Close to Gondola

The Fresh Powder Apartments are ideally located a short minute’s walk from the high Speed Kitanomine gondola, allowing guests to almost step out their front door straight onto the ski fields. The Fresh Powder Apartments are also walking distance to the Furano village’s restaurants and bars, the Furano apartments offer western kitchens, dishwashers, private bathroom and laundry, as well as English Satelite TV. Double and triple rooms also include gas fireplace, with traditional rooms offering private Onsens.

Available Are

  • Studio Fireplace Twin Room
  • 1 Bedroom Twin Room
  • 2 Bedroom Triple Room
  • 2 Bedroom Quad Room
  • 3 Bedroom 5 Person Room
  • 3 Bedroom 6 Person Room

Fresh Powder Apartments.

Furano Fresh Powder Apartments

New Furano Prince Hotel- Deluxe, near the peak cable car

Furano’s Premier Hotel, the New Furano Prince Hotel is located near the cable car leading to the mountaintop. With deluxe accommodation, full ski in/ ski out access, complimentary breakfast, 5 restaurants, 2 bars, a bakery, and 2 café’s as well as an ATM, a convenience store, sauna, spa, souvenir shop, rental shop and ski school, guests may never need to leave the comforts of the New Furano Prince Hotel, for those who wish to discover a bit, the New Furano Prince Hotel is right across Family Snowland and the Ningle terrace arts and crafts shopping boardwalk. For those who wish to go to Furano central however, shuttles do operate daily from the New Furano Prince Hotel to and from Furano’s downtown area

Available Are

  • Standard single
  • Standard Twin
  • Standard Triple
  • Triple Suite
  • Quad Suite

New Furano Prince Hotel

New Furano Prince Room, Twin