Kamui Ski Links

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Kamui Ski Links
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Resort Altitude
Winter Season Early Dec ~ Last weekend of March
Terrain Overall: Very good and varried
Beginner:
Intermediate:
Advanced:
Lift System OK
Highest Lift 2.5km gondola
Lowest Lift
Vertical 650m
Longest Run 4km
Avg Snowfall 8m
Terrain Parks Small terrain park with jumps and rails
Snow Sports Para gliding
Facilities 3 restaurants, bars and cafes. Ski and board rental. Ski school.
Nearest Town Asahikawa
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $2,800 YEN (times 5)
Adult 1 Day $2,800 YEN
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Very good ski area in Central Hokkaido with excellent snow. Great terrain and probably the most relaxed course policies in Japan which means more trees, more powder and more fun.

Location

Located in Central Hokkaido 50 minutes from Furano and 20 minutes from Asahikawa.

Pros

  • Great management meaning the place is run for true skiers and boarders.
  • Manager is a former pro free skier as is his son presently.
  • Cheap and rarely ever crowded

Cons

  • Very few unless you like big resorts and big base facitlities.
  • Pretty antiquated in those terms.
  • Limited advanced terrain.

Contacts

Phone: 0166-72-2311

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Planning

Getting There

Day trips from Furano run from the Furano ski area by a number of companies including the North Country Inn. It is also worth talking to the tourist information help desk which is located on the ground floor of the ski terminal building on the Kitanomine side as they run day trips.

Shuttle buses from Asahikawa and the hotels there is the easiest. These are good city hotels with great access to this ski area.

Accommodation

On Mountain

Nowhere to stay overnight that is anywhere close to the resort and no other restaurants nearby.

Off Mountain

Best to stay in Asahikawa if you want to ski this area more than one day (which you should). Palace, Grand, Terminal and Crescent are all good and convenient for skiing and all the things in Asahikawa.

Lift Tickets

Can get them in packages with the hotels in Asahikawa or from the window at the ski area.

The bus run from Furano resort allows the use of your Furano ticket on an "exchange" basis. That is, you can ski the day at Kamui using one day of your Furano ticket.

Ski School

Small but there is one.

Equipment Hire

Available at the ski area.


Resort Facilities

Getting Around

Just a car park and two restaurants at the base. A great cafe bar at the top. Walk or ski or board around; it is more fun that way anyway.

Parking

Plenty and free.

Activities

Great skiing and boarding. Also, para-gliding if you have your own.

Dining

Good restaurant and a fast food cafe at the base.

Great dining at the top with beers and juices. (Not sure when this was written, but in Jan 08, the "restaurant" at the top was a shambles! Very ordinary food and slap-dash service.) Yep, there are beers and juices, as everywhere in Japan, from vending machines.

Bars & Entertainment

Not a great deal to do on resort. This is not a "live in" place.

Asahikawa has over 2,000 bars and restaurants. The food and entertainment, dining, cafes, sightseeing, night clubs, bars and just about everything else is here. Fantastic city to spend a few days or even a week in.

Shopping

You would never come here for the shopping. There are a couple of restaurants at most.

Asahikawa has fastastic shopping for everything you could possibly want.

Children

Kids can toboggan on the lower slopes, near the base. Apart from that, unless they ski or board, there is little for them to do here.

However ...

Children exist in Asahikawa as well as the rest of the world. Therefore there is a lot to do in the downtown area. The Asahiyama Zoo is also one of the best in Japan where you can walk with penguins and see polar bears.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Great beginner area at the base.

Groomed Runs

Huge range of beginner, and intermediate terrain that is groomed to perfection.

Runs are long, well linked and beautifully prepared. In comaprison to Furano, there are plenty of "off piste" areas to ride.

Kamui Ski Links

Off Piste

Ski anywhere you like at the relaxed ski resort. Fantastic tree skiing with some good powder areas and well as some small drops to be found.

The resort has a "see it - ride it" policy, so anything within the resort boundaries is fair game. There are superb tree runs, under and around the gondola track.

Out of Bounds

Ski and ride it, but please do so with care and the proper equipment. Drop over the back in front of the gondola as you get off for great untouched powder.

Cross Country

N/A

Parks & Pipes

Small park with kickers and some rails and boxes.

Bumps

Some small bumps areas.

Powder Zones

Fantastic powder skiing and boarding as it is more like a NZ club field than a true ski resort. The runs are groomed very early each afternoon allowing the powder to build up, and the trees are a powder skiers dream.

Sheltered Runs

There are two sides to the ski area so if one side is blowing, head to the other. There is very little wind in this area however.

Snowplay

Yes, you can play with snow in Kamui Ski Links if you like.

Other

Weather

As with any resort on Hokkaido, this place can get very cold and gets its fair share of powder snow. Located in the middle of Hokkaido means it gets less snow than Niseko, but it also means that it can be colder. The day I visited the temperature was -9C and apparently that was not a cold day.

Geography

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History

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Resources

http://www.visitfurano.com/English/asahikawa/a-kamuiskiarea.html

Maps

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