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“Great skiing, easy day-trip from Sapporo city”
Review of Mt. Teine

Mt. Teine
Ranked #57 of 394 things to do in Sapporo
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We took a local train from Sapporo central station, to Teine Station (approx 15 minutes) and followed people with skis to get onto the right bus to get to 'Teine Highland' the main centre on the mountain. There, you can walk in, purchase lift tickets (per ride, 4 hours, or full day I think - good options) and rent any or all the gear you require, right down to gloves and goggles (gear rental rates are minimum one full day). We hadn't skied in years, but the range of runs on Teine, from beginner through to intermediate, through to black runs, means it's suitable for all types of skiiers, and with beginner runs up to 5-6km long, we soon had the hang of things again and were able to progress. There are lessons available, but I am unsure if any are in English - most people skiing and snowboarding here were Japanese. I would highly recommend a day at Teine as a great way to get back into skiing, or take beginners. The number of lifts operating and runs open was a dream compared to skiing back home in Australia, and by going on a weekday we avoided any queues at all! There is no fee to enter Teine Highland, but you do need to pay for transport (shuttle bus from station), for lift passes, gear rental and coin-operated lockers. There's a large cafeteria with lots of choices, and the ubiquitous vending machines too. When you arrive, check at the information desk (where you get your lift passes) what times the shuttle bus will be leaving in the afternoon, as it is reasonably infrequent and it gets dark early here!

10  Thank kato_80_80
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

Went to Teine Ski Resort that is very near to Sapporo this Feb 2012 and had a wonderful ski holiday (lesson) there. The counter staff were not able to speak English but we managed to book the lesson nonetheless using our very limited Japanese language knowledge, sign language and of course printing out the ski lesson information (in Japanese) from online to show them does help a lot. We took the package that include full day (4hrs lesson) and ski set and lift. If I remembered correctly, the package costs us only Y7800 per person (not private lesson) which is so much value for money compared to other ski resorts. Since we were the only English speaking students, we were assigned a Japanese ski coach (Mr Hori) who can speak English pretty well and we would say he is definitely 1 good coach who managed to teach newbies like us to ski reasonably well on the beginner slopes within half a day (2 hours to be precise), we were always eagle to go on the slope again and again after learning to ski properly. A big thank you to Mr Hori (Teine Ski Resort) for being such a good coach.

Note that skiiing for newbies like us can be rather tiring just after a day and our lower limbs were still aching (especially the part where the front of the ski shoe is, the pain/ache/soreness was like someone has punched you real hard) a few days after, but of course we can still walk! I realised I can't tip-toe the next 2 days due to the muscle ache on the lower limb. Haha maybe I am an extreme case, so dont be too worried, just go and have fun at Teine Ski Resort. We will be back for sure.

The only negatives about the resort is the public transportation. There is only 1 Public Bus from the Teine JR Station to the resort and the bus schedule is not frequent on weekdays but this should not be a big issue for weekend when there is pretty much 1 bus every hour. Bus departure time from Teine JR Station: weekday 09:10, 10:15, 11:50, 14:40, 16:10, 17:50 weekend 08:40, 09:10, 09:40, 10:15, 11:15, 12:10, 13:10, 14:10, 15:10, 16:40, 17:50. Bus departure time from Teine Olympia House: weekday 12:36, 15:36, 17:16, 18:40, 20:00, 21:10 weekend 12:06, 13:06, 14:06, 15:06, 15:36, 16:06, 17:16, 17:36, 18:40, 20:00, 21:10

29  Thank 2009A
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I have done the "JR package" to Teine a number of times. I am an expert skier, and have also visited with rank beginners and intermediates. I recommend it for all skill levels -- particularly the Olympic (lowland) area for beginner-intermediate, and the Highland for intermediate-advanced. The package is four-step, if you will (buy at the JR counter Sapporo Station, the morning you go is fine). Trains run all the time to Teine (local and express stop there), buses from Teine JR station are frequent on weekends, less frequent on weekdays. So plan according to their schedule. Buses make three stops; if you have the package, don't get off at the first (no ski rental), but at the second (main Olympic area, many people) or the Highlands (final stop). I found the Highlands ski rental to be less busy and more convenient (at Olympic area, you must take a little shuttle, or walk up the hill). Note that the gondola is basically a means of getting from Olympic to Highlands, it doesn't really serve skiing except for the novice run back down to Olympic.

Note that the package is for four hours of rental and ski lift. Additional 2 hours is a few hundred yen, but additional rental time is about 1000 yen. Actually, on a good day, it's worth it, if you have the stamina, or want to take your time/leisure with lunch and breaks. They won't hold you to the minute for the rental (we gear up, rent skis, then get lift ticket), and even when you get a lift ticket for four hours, it usually has an additional 15 minutes.

There is a lot of variety to ski at Teine, but of the longer Highlands runs, a beginner will just ski a road-type trail, which can be crowded on weekends. Intermediates and especially experts have a range of choices of longer runs from the top. Because there are trails on both sides of the mountain, you can find sun and get away from wind, sometimes. This can be important on more wintry days, as the only covered lift that serves upper Teine is the main one, while there's some great skiing (and shorter lines) off H1 and H2. Actually, I've rarely stood long in line at Teine, and we typically break up to the singles line for the Highlands covered chair if there is a line.

There is also usually some open forest skiing to be done (and a double diamond run with trees, great with fresher snow), and this year they added a fun park with some jumps etc. off H1/H2. There are lots of snowboarders at Teine, but I can't say much about how that is.

Note--I don't speak Japanese. Train, bus, rental, tickets all straightforward. I required first aid once--everyone was very nice, but it was a challenge.

11  Thank Jody_11
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Staying in Sapporo and want to try skiing?
Teine Olympia overlooks the city, with access by bus or train/bus from downtown about 45 mins.
JR Hokkaido "Skippu Teine" pack, which you can buy on the day of travel at Sapporo Station: Train/Bus/4 hour Ski Lift Ticket Y3,750 per adult or Train/Bus/Ski or Board Rental / 4 hour Lift Ticket Y5,850. 9.05 train from Sapporo Station, then 9.40 am bus Teine Station. Ski by 10.15!
HINT: If you are a beginner or have very young kids you don't need a Lift Ticket, there are two easy slopes near the ski center you can walk up and (try to) ski down.

7  Thank Amanda
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Has 2 major ski slopes linked by a gondola. The lack of crowd was a major selling point. The Highland has a good warm cafeteria where I could hang out all day.

2  Thank asianms
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