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!
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