Kiroro Snow World Snowboarding
The 10th most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Monday 14 January 2019 06:26 GMT
West of Sapporo, the Kiroro Snow World has 21 courses served by 9 lifts spread across two mountain peaks that access a maximum vertical descent of 600m. The Kiroro Snow World is known to be very family-friendly with plenty of intermediate runs. The courses are equally spread across level of difficulty, though the marked advanced courses are not particularly difficult. Luckily, there is good powder found in the glades and there is a loose off-piste policy. The region is known to have an annual average snowfall exceeding 13m. Make sure to check out the locally known Powder Line and Powder Zone from the summit of Nagamine Peak. Another option is the C course from Asari Peak.
To reach the snowboarding at Kiroro Snow World by plane, use the Sapporo New Chitose airport. From the airport, there is a shuttle bus service provided by Hokkaido Resort Liner (2hr / 43km). The nearest train station is Otaru. The Kiroro Snow World is only a 60 minute drive from Niesko.
In addition to flying into Sapporo from Tokyo, there is also a train tunnel connecting Hokkaido Island with the main Honshu Island. The train route from Tokyo northbound passes through Aomori, and the total trip takes between 9 to 11 hours. While at the airport, make sure to use the ATM since ATM machines can be quite hard to find at the resorts and credit cards are rarely accepted.
Note - keep in mind that the ski areas on Hokkaido are not known to be particularly steep, but they are well known for big snow fall. They are also known for their onsens, which are hot thermal spring-fed indoor or outdoor pools (be aware that they are usually naked pools).
Overall, Kiroro Snow World is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 21 snowboarding resorts in Japan. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Kiroro Snow World including Sapporo Kokusai and Sapporo Teine.