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Visitor reviews for Asahidake Ski Resort
December 17, 2013
Jack from South Korea
For nordic skiers: Asahidake is worth a couple of days, if you don't mind skiing the same 8k or so several times. The cross-country ski trails are perfectly groomed for both skate, ski and classic ski. The snow is abundant and the season is long. I was there the last week of March 2013 and it snowed three of my six days there, with no above-freezing temps until literally my last afternoon, as I was catching the bus back to Asahikawa. The bus is easy both directions. I recommend the Daisetsuzan Shirakaba hostel; English-fluent hosts, loads of delicious breakfast/dinner food (and optional take-with-you lunch) for very cheap, Western and Japanese-style rooms both private and shared, and the trail groomer lives next door. Snowshoe hiking is also very nice, and you can rent them for cheap at the park visitor center, a short walk from the hostel.
I'm not sure why the article says the nearest airport is Tokyo, Asahikawa, is an hour away and has an excellent international airport, and Sapporo's much larger and more modern airport is only a couple of hours further with easy train access between. I recommend a couple of days in Asahikawa enjoying their cross-country trails, then a couple of days at Asahidake, where the snow is deeper and the temperature is colder.
Overall: 2.9. Based on 3 votes and 11 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Asahidake.
Public Transport: 2.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Asahidake, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Asahidake, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Asahidake.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Asahidake, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Asahidake is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Asahidake relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 1.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Asahidake, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Asahidake are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Asahidake is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Asahidake, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.7
(1) Asahidake usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.0
(1) The staff at Asahidake are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Asahidake are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 1.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 2.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 2.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Asahidake has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Asahidake, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Asahidake, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Asahidake, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Asahidake has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.3
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.3
(1) Overall, Asahidake is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Asahidake is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
November 10, 2013
Pete from Australia
One gondola, flat terrain, nearly always have to hike out due to massive flat spot. Originally just a tourist gondola for viewing the nearby volcano so not designed for snow sports. 1600m of elevation, tonnes of snow on flattish runs makes for more anguish than adrenaline- massive energy sapping hikes, only one food outlet.
Worth a visit but not to stay.
October 06, 2012
Fraser Galloway from Australia
Ropeway is high, so top has alpine conditions. i.e. often windy, whiteout, windpack, waves and crust. Once over the lip has good pow most of the time. If you are prepared to hike/traverse a little, untracked pow is mostly easy to find. Some avalanche prone steep bits. Bottom run out very flat. Often is Heli skiing by ropeway. If you like side country skiing this is a great place. If you don't then don't bother skiing here.
January 11, 2012
Mike Banks from Australia
I had the deepest ski day of my life at Asahidake. Powder was over the head. Temperature -15 with 2.1% humidity. Unweighting out of each turn provided brief vision until being completely submerged under the snow in the next turn. Watching my buddies ski down towards me and seeing a mound under the snow that was their head was astounding. My 20+ years of skiing around the world were just a lead up to this sublime day – I had tears in my eyes. This is why I will always go back to this mountain – the best place in the world for lift accessed deep, deep powder.
November 08, 2011
jon from Australia
My favourite Asahidake (sorry make that skiing) moment came as I stepped into the terminal for the lift covered head to tow in soft light powder. A Japanese gentleman looked me up and down and nodded. He said simply, "This is Asahidake".
March 01, 2011
RPS from Australia
Been here 4 out of the past 5 years and never been disappointed. Sure, like any mountain anywhere in the world, it can be fickle. Keep your eye on the weather forecast, time it right and you'll score. Anywhere between 7-9 runs for the day is a good batting average.
This place is special, but only for the people who respect it for what it is.
February 04, 2011
Jon from New Zealand
Have had the old good dump at Asahidake but very rare occasion and it was packed and chopped up after the first run. Too many flat spots and the hiking is a bit lame, also the other downside is the lack of 'vert' per run and another downside is you only get about 6 runs a day. Good luck and may the force be with you. 200 meters 'vert' per run is not worth it, I could get more runs in by hiking.
April 27, 2010
Ron from Tokyo from Japan
Another reviewer was probably at Asahidake with his skis in June!
This place is the BEST powder mountain I have ridden. It's all about the BC - plenty of variety in terrain and sensational steep tree runs and shoots. Make sure you have your full BC gear as it's a relatively short 20-30 min hike out to some supurb powder lines.....
March 21, 2009
Jon from Japan
Asahidake has some of the best powder snow in the world, and plenty of it. Terrain is relatively good too. The down side is that all this snow means that the weather is often bad. Hitting a wind-free, cloud-free powder day is like winning the lottery. If you really want to ride "The Day", expect to be at Asahidake for at least 7 days, and have 6 bad ones. It is not a resort, so don't expect it to be one. It's the back country with a single ropeway access. The area at Asahidake is not patrolled. There is no immediate rescue on hand. Understand what this means, and treat the back country with respect.
February 13, 2009
joe from Afghanistan
Asahidake is overrated; hit and miss. Only go if you have nothing else to do.