For a crowd-free Hokkaido ski trip where family fun and powder tree skiing is the focus, Kiroro is a top-of-mind choice. And even though the resort flies under the radar, guests can enjoy modern resort facilities and infrastructure, most notably five high-speed quads, all with hoods. A charming purpose-built base village offers a range of services and facilities, including a couple retail shops, ski and snowboard rental shops, ski school facilities and kids’ day care.
Located just 27 miles from Sapporo, Kiroro is one of Hokkaido’s most convenient resorts. It’s easy to arrange for a shuttle or hop on a bus from Sapporo airport. The close proximity to this incredible Japanese city also makes sightseeing and cultural experience well within reach.
Additionally, Kiroro is a mere 60-minute ride from Niseko, making it easy to experience more than one Japanese ski resort during your travels. Kiroro itself provides plenty of off-mountain adventures and activities, including open-air hot springs (or onsens), snowshoe tours, sledding and snow tubing.
Spread over two mountain peaks, Kiroro features 21 runs, also known as “courses” to the locals. Generally, the terrain caters to beginners and intermediates, but there are some black trails so a wide range of skiers or snowboarders can experience the resort. Kiroro even has a terrain park for those who enjoy air time. Groomer lovers will enjoy cruising on Grand Line, while powder seekers have an abundance of deep tree skiing. Challenge-seekers also have some classic mogul runs to get their blood pumping, and night skiing is available for those who can’t get enough time on the slopes.
Receiving 43 feet on average of snow annually, Kiroro is a surefire destination for powder seekers. Sidecountry enthusiasts will find that out-of-bounds stashes are basically devoid of other skiers or riders.
Culture + Language
Only private ski or snowboard lessons are available in English and childcare providers do not speak English.