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Skiing and Snowboarding in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is a winter sports mecca, with superb powder conditions, heavy snow cover, a lengthy season and facilities to match any of the ski resorts in Europe or North America. If you are thinking of enjoying a ski holiday in Japan, Hokkaido has great resorts, and in February also has the wonderful Sapporo Snow Festival to enjoy. For snow quality and vertical drops, Nagano Prefecture is the only other realistic contender.

The two big areas are Furano and Niseko, with the later enjoying a massive boom due to new investment (particularly from Australia) that has increased the number of skiers and snowboarders visiting the 3 major ski hills in Niseko, Hirafu (including Hanazono), Annapuri and Higashiyama.

If you enjoy the après-ski scene as much as the snow and don't want to be too far from great nightlife, or are studying in Hokkaido, note that Sapporo City has good skiing conditions close to hand, especially at Sapporo Kokusai and the interesting Sapporo Teine ski field.

   Regional areas:

   * Furano Ski Resort
   * Niseko Resort
   * Rusutsu
   * Sahoro
   * Tomamu (Heliskiing & Backcountry)

   Sapporo areas:

   * Sapporo Kokusai
   * Mount Moiwa
   * Sapporo Teine