Almost half a month has passed since the New Year, how has everyone been? As we all know, winter sports is often associated with snowboarding and skiing. Since Hokkaido is famous for its good quality snow, we often see many people visiting for winter sports. This time we would like to introduce you to several of the ski resorts around the city of Sapporo.
Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
Courses: family/beginner 6 courses, intermediate 4 courses, advanced 4 courses
You can access this ski area by car in 20 minutes from the center of Sapporo, taking a taxi costs around 5000 yen. You can also take a bus from Maruyama Koen Station which costs 210 yen. This resort is very popular with families that have young children because there is a separate area where they can play on snow sledges and snow slides. There is also a canteen/restaurant on site that serves great lunches.
Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area
Courses: beginner 4 courses, intermediate 3 courses, advanced 3 courses
This is a ski-only area and snowboarding is prohibited. You can access this ski area by car in 20 minutes from the center of Sapporo. You can also take a taxi from Sumikawa Station or Makomanai Station which takes 10 minutes and costs around 1500 yen. This site is also family-friendly and has a separate play area for children.
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Area
Courses: beginner 2 courses, intermediate 4 courses, advanced 1 course
You can access this ski area by car in 60 minutes from the center of Sapporo. There is also a direct bus service that leaves from Sapporo Station. The main benefit of this ski area is that it opens the longest throughout the season, from early November to early May. It is also quite close to Jyozankei Onsen so you can relax in the hot springs and relax your tired body after skiing.
You can rent equipment at all of the sites mentioned in this blog post so you can enjoy a baggage-free trip. We hope you can refer back to this post throughout your time in Hokkaido. It’s still chilly up here though so please make sure to wrap up warm!