Southwest of Sapporo near Hirafu, the Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri ski area has three courses served by a single highspeed lift accessing a maximum vertical drop of 281m. There is one groomed beginner course and two ungroomed intermediate courses. The Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri has excellent advanced off-piste powder to explore and an open boundary policy.
Try the lines off skiers left from the top, or hike up Chisenupuri peak. Many local snowboarders feel Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri is just as good as Niseko.
To reach the snowboarding at Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri by plane, use the Sapporo New Chitose airport. From the airport, there is a shuttle bus service provided by Hokkaido Resort Liner. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Rankoshi-Cho Chisenupuri is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan.