Furano Ski Resort

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Furano Ski Resort
4.5
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Furano is the northernmost Prince Snow Resorts. The ski resort consists of 2 zones, Furano and Kitanomine, which have 23 trails in total. You can reach the summit directly by a 101 passenger Furano Ropeway and see a great view of the Daisetsu Mountain Range. There are 2 ski-in ski-out Prince Hotels at the bottom of each area, in which you can enjoy après. Hot springs near the ski area and sightseeing in Furano town are also fun experiences.
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Wai
7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
First experience skiing in Japan and it was really great. Had an average of 10cm of fresh snow each morning. Some runs had powder snow until just below my knees. Unfortunate that the Kitanomine gondola was only working 3 out of the 4 days I was there.

The beginner runs near the base were so wide and with great snow

Only issue was the queue at the lifts and some of the runs were a little crowded. Guess it’s popularity is leading to more and more crowds
Written January 3, 2020
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wllmwong1
George Town, Malaysia15 contributions
Feb 2020
For starters, beginners or intermediate skiers will find Kitanomine slopes good for practice to fine tune their turns, rythmn and eventually speed.
At the Furano slopes, there is variety for the advanced intermediate and advance levels This group of skiers will enjoy whole day long without any hesitation.
For F&B, there are numerous small eateries around the ski areas, catering different cuisines for small and cozy groups. Sapporo beers and sake are in abundance and reasonably priced. No reason to travel to Furano town for F&B, unless you want to gallivant the nights in town. Need to take a taxi there, which can be quite costly for a group.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jayden S
Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Killer resort thats not yet known very well, very good groomers and plenty of places to shread pow in the trees.

Small cafe at the bottom and not really developed for big crowds yet. Non English speaking but they do have a translator app
Written February 8, 2020
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Bec
5 contributions
Jan 2020
The gondola seems to close many times according to others too. It was open on ly 2 days in my week there. As this is a regular problem year after year, surely they should action this repair permanently! The snow coverage was very good on many of the runs yet were never opened. All of these problems drive skiers to overcrowd the Furano zone where lift lines were like Mt Buller on a weekend sunny day. Given lifts close at 3pm, it is just madness and extremely disappointing. Run closures in good snow, lack of an operating gondola all make me seriously reconsider if I ever come back due to these problems.

The ski resort side is very underdeveloped. Only one 7/11 right at the boot end of the resort and no other convenience store. No shops for tourism but I happened to find a small souvenir shop in Naturwald Hotel.

In saying all these negatives, there are positive - cheap for families with kids under 12 as they ski free. As the place is no commercialised as much as other places, it is quieter generally (when lifts and runs are open that is!!)
Written January 15, 2020
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NathanButterwick
Garrett Speirs16 contributions
Jan 2020
Furano has decent potential as a ski mountain. But before I get to the good let me describe the bad. As many have stated, the lines to buy tickets are insane. Waiting for half an hour in a line with only one ticket counter open in high season is just unforgivable for a "resort" mountain. Strike one. Strike two was the fact that when we arrived in the late afternoon we wanted to get some turns in so we bought an evening pass. Great right...no, after one run they closed the lifts down. Surprised we inquired at the ticket counter. We were told the only lift that was open was at the other side of the mountain and we would have to take a bus to get there. Well, we would have to wait for over an hour for that bus or take a taxi. 25 bucks later and another half hour later we were skiing. Why they would not have a bus scheduled when they close the lifts down is just bad organization from management. Very poor. Strike three? The main gondola was never open during the three days of skiing at Furano. There was no weather or storms so it was either because they dont want to spend any more money or the lift was broken. Not sure but either way Furano didnt endear itself to our group. On the plus side we loved the town of Furano. The food was great and it was a very nice provincial town. I would go back for the town and food. Prince Resorts (Furano ski area)??? An emphatic no.
Written February 14, 2020
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EmperorTikki
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Prince Hotel owns and manages the mountain. Nature has gifted them a beautiful mountain with amazing powder. But for too many years now they have a complete inability to manage capacity, ensure equipment/lifts/gondolas/magic carpets are properly working; restaurants are beyond capacity, transport between kitanomine and prince hotel side is sketchy and plagued with capacity problems.
Seibu group - please partner with someone who knows how to run a proper ski resort; please send your managers to other resorts to see how a proper and modern ski resort can be run profitably; please understand you need to start with solid beginner lessons/terrain; provide the teenagers some fun and safe terrain, allow everyone more lifts, and make sure we all can easily eat a good meal without waiting in line for an hour.
It’s a disappointment to see such a beautiful place wasted upon a group that doesn’t seem to want or be willing to keep it special and unique.
Written January 5, 2020
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Themillersfarm
Lake Oswego, OR79 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I really enjoyed the mountain. Really good off piste skiing here. Fresh tracks can be had after even after a few days without snow. Tree skiing is really good! I am not a fan of trams and you have to ride one to get to the top. It’s also hard to get from one side of the mountain to the other.
Written February 1, 2020
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Bill S
Big Bear Lake, CA2,150 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
One of the better ski resorts I’ve been to. A gondola, a ropeway and nine other lifts. Many runs to chose from, most of them are wide and well groomed. Staff at the resort are very friendly and helpful. A hand full of places to eat and many shops for rentals and apparel. Best of all it the view.
Written March 19, 2021
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Felix L
London, UK98 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
This is not Niseko. Furano is much more chilled and relaxed without the shenanigans that may be annoying to some who are not into drunken foreigners. Get a guide to show you the backcountry / side-country once you are done with the piste. The new gate system is a good guide for the side-country if you are not keen to spend on a guide.
Good food in the village and a decent town at the bottom of the ski hill for night activities. A ski resort for connoisseurs, not the masses.
Written April 29, 2016
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Jones888
Hong Kong, China144 contributions
Jan 2020
We have stayed a collective 30 days over the 2013, 2018 and 2019 Christmas holidays.

Pros:

1) Less expensive and crowded as compared to Niseko

2) Due to central Hokkaido location less cold and windy as compared to Niseko.

3) Great snow and off piste skiing

4) Easy to get to from Chitose airport

Cons

1) the operator of the mountain (Prince hotel and Seibu) uses various tactics (lift closures, ski school availability and snow making) to divert ski traffic to their large hotel and event side of the mountain. This is to the detriment of skiers and local businesses.

There are two side of the mountain: the New Prince hotel side and the Kitonamine side. Almost all accommodation and dining is on the Kitonamine side of the mountain (excluding the new prince hotel).

Most of the double blacks and best off piste is on the Kitonamine side.

The operator of the mountain actively diverts traffic to the new Prince hotel side of the mountain. They underinvested in the Kitonamine side. For example the Kitonamine side does not have snow making equipment although much of it is sun facing. This means the season on the Kitonamine side is much shorter than the New Prince hotel side. There are are no high speed covered chairs on the Kitonamine side. The gondola on the Kitonamine side is also subject to frequent closures for “maintenance”. The magic carpet for kids skiing also opens much later as compared to the new prince hotel side.

In short the ski-in-ski-out place you booked in Kitonamine may not be open early season. Even if it is open due to the magic carpet issue there may be no kids ski school.

This blatant shenanigans by the operator kills rental shops and other business in the the village. It causes overcrowding on the New Prince side. It also is also causing underinvestment in the village as all businessesare held hostage to the whims of the ski resort management.

This has resulted in a major problem for dining options. This is the second biggest drawback of Furano. There are very few dining options in the village. Those that exist keep irregulars hours and do not take
Bookings.

It is a necessity to taxi or drive to dining options across the river. And even there, the selection is limited.

The resort management’s short-term profit first thinking is a big problem.
Written January 4, 2020
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