For those looking for a ski holiday that offers something very different on and off the slopes then Japan is a superb option. Skiing in Japan is nothing new, there are hundreds of ski holiday resorts which have mainly attracted domestic visitors. There is now a big push from the authorities in Japan to attract international visitors with the offer of superb snow and believe it or not, excellent value for money.
The 12 hour flight from Europe is similar to the west coast of North America and visiting skiers have superb powder accumulations, a dramatically different and fascinating culture, outstanding attention to detail and service, as well as fabulous food. And the biggest surprise of all about Japan is the outstanding value for money – one of the greatest misconceptions about Japan is the cost of living, in fact Japan offers excellent value.
Hokkaido is the Northern-most of the 4 main islands in Japan and it is located in the region of the coast of Siberia. Frigid winds blow in off the continent and meet the moist air depositing powder that is recognised as some of the driest in the world. Snow accumulations are certainly impressive, with the ski holiday resorts of Hokkaido enjoying lengthy seasons. One of the leading ski holiday resorts in Hokkaido is Furano, a ski resort boasting good gradient terrain and superb powder conditions for much of the winter season. Kamui Ski Links shares a ski pass with Furano and has a similar snow fall record. The terrain is more forgiving and is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Powder skiing in Kamui Ski Links is possible in the Birch wood forests and open bowls.