Furano Resort

The Furano Ski Resort is divided into two ski zones. One is known as Furano Zone, with the New Furano Hotel as its main base. The second is the Kitanomine Zone, with the Kitanomine accommodation area and the gondola at its base. Furano resort has fantastic lift systems, which include a gondola, cable car, fast quad chairs, 5 double chairs, and a single chair.

You can move easily between the town and the two ski zones by taxi or bus. Furano town has a population of about 25,000, which makes it ideal for all types of entertainment, food and accommodation. However, it is still a very quaint and cultural Japanese city with small town charm.

Furano is conveniently located near other resorts in the area. This makes it an ideal base for day tours to nearby ski resorts and backcountry locations. This is important because micro storms in Hokkaido can at times dump snow in select places. Backcountry and off-piste skiing is also restricted at Furano, but the day trips can offer you more powder action than you need.

Nearby ski areas include:

  • Sahoro
  • Tomamu
  • Kurodake
  • Kamui Links
  • Asahidake
  • Tokachidake

Getting started at Furano

Whether you are a beginner or looking to improve your skills on the skis or snowboard, Furano has everything you need. There are two ski schools offering beginner and kid’s classes, which can be group or private.

English instructors are available at the Furano Snow School, and the Furano International Snowsports School. Equipment rentals can also be found at various shops around the resort. These include skiing gear and backcountry equipment, such as shovels, beacons, and probes.

Furano ski terrain

The two ski zones at Furano resort have great on-piste skiing for both beginners and advanced skiers. They are connected by a lift and a link run, allowing you to ski between them without much inconvenience.

There are three well groomed areas where beginners can practice their craft. These are located off the Kitanomine quad chair, at the Furano base via the lower Romance Chair, and at the top of the ropeway via the upper Romance Chair.

A fabulous fall line and long cruisers on both ski zones create a skiing haven for intermediate skiers. There is also a half pipe and terrain park above the New Furano Prince Hotel, which features a bank, a table top, and a wave.

Advanced skiers will find better challenges on the upper side of the mountain. There are steeper descents, fast runs, and ungroomed runs under the gondola. However, Furano does not offer super steep runs, drop-offs, or chutes.

Off-piste skiing is restricted at Furano, unlike at other Japanese ski resorts. However, you may get away with skiing between the trees on either side of the gondola. Sidecountry skiing is great at Furano though, especially between the ski zones on the link run. These offer deep snow and steep descents, which will delight advanced skiers. Minimal hiking is needed to access the sidecountry.