Kiroro Snow World Snowboarding
The 11th most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Wednesday 19 October 2016 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 ones, which are hot thermal spring-fed indoor or outdoor pools (be aware that they are usually naked pools). 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, Kiroro Snow World is the 11th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Kiroro Snow World including Sapporo Kokusai and Sapporo Teine.