Making fresh tracks
- Dec 6, 2015
- California and Hokkaido
Furano less westernized? Well, I waited in line for the first ropeway in the morning for 4 days in January 2023. My brother owns several Airbnb in Furano. I’d say the 3 of us were among the 15% Asians onboard the 100 passenger ropeway, like Jackson Hole and Snowbird trams. You can decide if that’s less westernized.Considering I have never been, does this seem like a better plan than spending the whole trip in Niseko (with likely side trip for a day to Rusutsu)? I'm keen to get a taste of some less westernized areas and Furano seems to be less than Niseko from what I can tell.
I’d stick around Niseko and go to Kiroro, Rusutsu, and TenguYama in Otaru as day trips if you want to check out other ski areas. Or go straight from Chitose airport to Otaru for 1-2 nights to ski TenguYama and Kiroro, then onto Niseko and check out the whiskey distillery along the way.
I learned to ski at Alta while living in Salt Lake in the aughts for six years and continue to go back to AltaBird almost every year. Hokkaido has better and more consistently dry powder. January you will likely have 10 cm of powder every.single.day. So who cares if it’s not as steep?!