Stayed here for a ski related conference and was extremely impressed (not all that easy to achieve!). As I’ve experienced before with big Japanese ski hotels its incredibly well organised and everything is designed to make your stay as simple and relaxed as possible. Free ski lockers next to the rental facility, wifi free, lots of options for food and it can all be charged to your room. The rooms (I was in the north wing) are large, clean and well heated. Wifi is available but when everyone returns from the slopes the download speed degrades significantly! I borrowed a LAN cable for free from the front desk for my laptop which solved this problem. Breakfast was included in my rate and was a decent spread of both western and Japanese options. I chose the buffet option to eat most nights (there are several to chose from). Good value for 4275 yen with lots of sushi and sashimi included as well as snow crab. Water and coffee are included but drinks are extra. Prices generally weren’t too bad here and there’s a 7/11 and another small shop across the road where you can also buy food and drink cheaper. There are staff everywhere who are only too pleased to help, very polite and speak good English.
Visit the hotel website and you’ll see there are lots of food, entertainment and leisure options available in the hotel. The onsen is great, the indoor pool is not really for swimming though – it’s a wave pool with a (short but fast!) water slide into it. There’s a small Jacuzzi as well. You need a 100 yen coin for the lockers.
Access to the ski area is very easy and the skiing is wonderful – it was very cold when I was there (reaching minus 19 degrees C) with powder snow falling most nights and sunny days following – perfect! The slopes are very quiet and there are no lift queues to speak of. Guests are mainly Japanese and Australian. There are several options to eat on the slopes – they all serve the same food at the same price. The large restaurant at the base of the Isola Grand gondola was by far the least crowded option. Night skiing is included in the price of a day ticket and runs til 9pm – well worth doing if your legs are up to it!
Check out is 11am. They offer free luggage storage in lockers if (like me) you have a few hours to kill prior to the 2 hour transfer to Chitose airport. I must say I really loved staying at this hotel – the conference facilities were good too. I will plan to return soon with my wife and kids – there’s lots to keep the latter entertained. Ski Japan organised my trip and they are also highly recommended. Can't wait to come back!
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