Visitor reviews for Tokachi Sahoro Resort Ski Resort
December 17, 2014
Sam from Hong Kong
Went to Club Med Sahoro in March 2013, for 1st ski trip, with 5 1/2 year old. Loved every second of it. Everything is easy; ski lessons, other kids to play with, easy food, ski in/out & build snowmen right outside door. Also have hot tub, indoor pool, toboggan etc.
It is not the full European or USA experience but if you are looking for an easy skiing trip with young ones then this is the place to be. Last year I took my son by myself & it was easy. There were no queues, not even once and the slopes were nicely groomed with abundant snow.
Heading there again in late Feb this year!
Probably try somewhere different when he gets to 8 years old or so, but for now this is perfect.
Tokachi Sahoro Resort Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 4 votes and 6 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 Tokachi Sahoro Resort.
Public Transport: 3.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (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 Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Tokachi Sahoro Resort.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(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 Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (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) Tokachi Sahoro Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Tokachi Sahoro Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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) Tokachi Sahoro Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Tokachi Sahoro Resort, 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: 4.3
(1) Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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: 4.8
(1) The staff at Tokachi Sahoro Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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: 4.3
(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: 4.7
(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: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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 Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (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: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (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 Tokachi Sahoro Resort, (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) Tokachi Sahoro Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 1.3
(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: 5.0
(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: 3.0
(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: 3.7
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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, Tokachi Sahoro Resort 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 30, 2013
Stephen from Hong Kong
Disagree with the comments from another reviewer. We've been skiing at Sahoro five times and going again this Christmas. The resort has two hotels including the Club Med. The Club Med is fairly large and self contained with restaurants and bar plus indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. Lots of families and activities for kids. Ski in/ski out. Ski area itself is not huge but on the other hand the infrastructure was set up for up to eight hotels, not two, so you'll hardly need to queue for lifts even in peak weeks like Christmas. Instructors available in English and Japanese and we've found most are good. Compared to Niseko and Furano, they are better for adults and advanced skiers in my experience and I go there when skiing with friends, but I prefer Sahoro when I take my family.
March 28, 2013
Sean from Hong Kong
Can ski the whole resort in three hours, ski instruction hit or miss depending on language or instructor. Very expensive, avoid times when the French international schools are off (unless you are a cheese eating surrender monkey). Snow very good but the hotel is out of the seventies. Single glazing in the rooms and mattresses on the floor for the kids.
Won't be returning.
January 19, 2011
T Fowlie from Thailand
Absolutely brilliant. According to my husband (the heli-skier), Sahoro Resort has the best snow he has ever skied on and he's skied all over. However, not challenging for extreme skiers. For a complete beginner (me) and intermediates (my children aged 13 and 10) it doesn't get any better. From the instructors to the lessons to the facilities to... just everything is pretty much perfect. Do it! We are going again next month, 4th year running.
November 25, 2010
andy went from Singapore
The ClubMed is a great base for family skiing.
The slopes are ideal for beginners (adults and kids) as the beginners slope is long and wide. The hotel is ski-out and ski-in.
The cable car queues for the more advanced skiers are short and the powder is great (it tends to open the weekend about the 13th December onwards and it is not controlled by ClubMed.
Be cautious with when you go as the good snow arrives mid (2007) to late December (2008) and before that it is icy on the lower (junior slopes).
See you there from 4th Jan 2011 :)
April 27, 2009
kat from Australia
Winter season - March 09
A smaller resort, Sahoro Resort slopes groomed to perfection were uncrowded; the hotel guests are the only skiers and snowboarders you are going to see there. The locals were using the lifts on weekends, however, this was no problem.
The hotel staff (including skiing instructors) provide exceptional service. Sahoro Resort is great value for money. The hotel has a large indoor swimming pool, gym, spa, outdoor Canadian bath - so you will never run out of activities.
Skiing is Sahoro is great. Whatever you prefer: groomed, off-piste, powder or challenging moguls Sahoro Resort has it.