Do you like tree skiing?
Do you love skipping the crowds at ski resorts and riding lifts and gondolas by yourself?
Do you love beautiful scenery with snow-covered trees like in a magical winter wonderland?
If you’re planning a ski trip to Niseko in Japan, then consider at the very least, a day trip to Kiroro Ski Resort.
THE PRETTIEST LITTLE SKI RESORT IN HOKKAIDO
Okay, that’s a big claim, we haven’t been to every ski resort in Hokkaido to say Kiroro is the prettiest.
BUT we did hear on good authority from several sources that it was certainly right up there. And from our perspective? It was GORGEOUS.
On our recent trip to Japan, we had 6 days skiing and snowboarding at Niseko, and a seventh day free of any activities.
So we started investigating our options.
We could have gone to Sapporo for the day, but that was three hours away.
We’d heard about Rusutsu Ski Resort – another ski field less than an hour away with a good reputation.
And as we enquired about our options, we were pointed towards another little resort, Kiroro.
We were told Kiroro was beautiful, had lots of trees and some of the best snow in the region.
Best of all, it was only an hour’s drive from Niseko.
KIRORO SKI RESORT FACTS:
- Average snowfall: 21m
- 21 trails across the mountains of Asari and Nagamine
- Majority of staff are fluent in English
- Longest course: 4050m
- 5 x hooded lifts and 3 x pair lifts
- Night skiing available
- Adult day lift pass: ¥5800
- Steepest trail: 36.8°
You can easily organise a day trip from Niseko’s Welcome Centre at Grand Hirafu, including bus transfers.
ONE WITH NATURE
Kiroro was everything we could possibly imagine and then some more.
The scenery was delightful – beautiful trees covered in snow, lining the trails in the most magical, pretty winter setting we had experienced.
The snow was as soft as icing sugar and most of it was barely touched throughout the day.
At no point throughout the entire day did either of us need to wait in a queue to get on the gondola or chairlifts. We never even shared a gondola with anyone else – a huge contrast from our days at Niseko.
Check out these empty chairlifts:
Because there were so few skiers and boarders around, the trails were largely untouched and there was plenty of fresh powder among the trees, waiting for us to float through.
Every skier and snowboarder will know there’s something quite delicious about making first tracks through powder.
The trees provided a beautiful setting for a few photographs of John too:
One of the beginner trails is known as the ‘scenic route’ – and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s an easy, wide, gentle slope, perfect for soaking in the surrounding atmosphere:
IS A DAY TRIP TO KIRORO SKI RESORT WORTH IT?
Absolutely. If you are planning a ski trip to Niseko then allow for at least one day trip to Kiroro Ski Resort, or the other smaller ski fields in the area.
Our next ski trip to Japan will probably be Hakuba, but if we return to Niseko, we’ll definitely be spending a few days at Kiroro and staying a few nights out there after Niseko.
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DISCUSS: Have you ever been to Kiroro Ski Resort? When planning a ski and snowboard holiday, do you prefer big, busy resorts or the quieter, lesser known ski fields?
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