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Thank you everyone. It's good information, geezzz... I didn't know the people at snowjapan are so nice... :)

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Well, just be sure to tell us about your trip, always keen to hear about other peoples snow adventures :thumbsup:

Also, take some cheese...

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Yes, sure. Will do. Hey, just one more question. While looking up on google map, I noticed that there is ski resort called Biei cho min. But I checked on snowjapan resorts, there weren't such a resort. Not even on google, not much info. Anyone heard anything?

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Looks like that place has about 60m of vertical and 1 rope tow. If you are looking for a bit of variety near to Furano, you might want to consider Kamui ski links or Tomamu resort instead. I believe you can get shuttles to both of these resorts from Furano.

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Surfarthur,
I've been to Tomamu, nice place, very quiet and good quality snow. But it's a bit pricey $$$, lift ticket, ski rentals, food...etc kind of expensive. Overall a nice place, relaxing, and nice food in the Forest Mall. Kamui ski link, not yet, will go this trip. Anyway, you guys are awesome, I'll report back after my trip...Cheers :friend: .

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View Postgreatplaces, on 18 November 2012 - 01:10 PM, said:

Yes, sure. Will do. Hey, just one more question. While looking up on google map, I noticed that there is ski resort called Biei cho min. But I checked on snowjapan resorts, there weren't such a resort. Not even on google, not much info. Anyone heard anything?


There are lots of local, one-slope, one-lift, ski hills scattered around Hokkaido and that's one of them. Definitely not worth bothering with, unlike Kamui Ski Links which is excellent. Alpine Backpackers runs a shuttle bus there 2 or 3 times a week. :thumbsup:
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yeah, don't bother with Biei for skiing. It's only rolling hills and beautiful pastures (under snow) Besides Kamui, try also Asahidake. Close to Furano but I was driving.

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Thanks for the info. Sure, I'll give Biei a miss. But I am only a beginner kind of snowboarder and Ok-ish skier so Asahidake and Kurodake are out for me. Since on this subject, in the winter, is Sounkyo worth a visit? I know that in the Summer everyone enjoys the great hike across those two mountains. :confused:

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i think Sounkyo is closed during winter. but not sure.

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greatplaces, have you been to Niseko?

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Yes, I've Hirafu and Niseko village. Hirafu was a total disappointment to me. As I am a beginner boarder, I found it very tough, and to add to the disappointment, there were so many people at the family course, Singaporean, Hong Kong people....Why?

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sounkyo close!? :omg: I'm really surprise. But if it's true then I better confirm that and not make my way there. :D

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I found Furano to be very quiet, so you shouldn't have any issues finding some space to learn. The bottom area of both sides offer extensive green slopes, and as you gain confidence, you can go up a bit higher and try some of the reds. Are you planning on taking lessons? There are english speaking ski/snowboard schools at both Kitanomine zone and Furano zone.

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View Postgreatplaces, on 19 November 2012 - 11:39 PM, said:

kokodoko,
sounkyo close!? :omg: I'm really surprise. But if it's true then I better confirm that and not make my way there. :D


yes, you better check. I wanted to go there but found out that it was closed. forget where the info is now.. doh!

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View Postgreatplaces, on 19 November 2012 - 11:36 PM, said:

Yes, I've Hirafu and Niseko village. Hirafu was a total disappointment to me. As I am a beginner boarder, I found it very tough, and to add to the disappointment, there were so many people at the family course, Singaporean, Hong Kong people....Why?


Why? Perhaps they were beginners too wanting to use the family run.

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@Surfarthur, yes, I am planning on taking some lessons, so that's a good tip. I took one in Niseko village, he is not too bad (a Japanese).
@Winter Vacation soon, I found Niseko village slightly better, but both Nisekos- Hirafu and Village is crowded man! Unlike Tomamu.
You guys should try going to Tomamu sometime in the late January or so, it's quite good. The snow quality is good and it's like 10 people in each piste at anytime, no more than that.

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hi, am hoping this might be the right place to ask (i didn't want to start a whole new thread)

hoping to go to furano during next year's ski season, am wondering about visiting onsens while i am there.

I have been to niseko before and really like the yukuro onsen, I am wondering if there is something similar in furano?

if so, is it easy to get to?

any information you can share would be great.

thanks :)

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not that I have any first hand knowledge of furano but onsens are everywhere in Japan.....I'm sure there are more than a few places you can soak your weary body :thumbsup:
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I am pretty sure there is an onsen at the Prince Hotel.(at ski resort).
And there is an outdoor muddy onsen at Tokachi-dake. but its a fair way away from town.

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Yes, Furano Prince and lots of other onsen in and around Furano. Not called the stink for nothing.







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