Asahidake3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
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Asahidake Ropeway (Cable Car)
Asahidake Ropeway (Cable Car)
Asahidake Japan
Asahidake Japan
We score Asahi-dake with 5/5 for the powder!
We score Asahi-dake with 5/5 for the powder!
Asahidake is a great powder skiing destination
Asahidake is a great powder skiing destination
Asahidake Ropeway (Cable Car)
Asahidake Ropeway (Cable Car)
Asahidake Ski Resort Japan
Asahidake Ski Resort Japan
Asahidake Japan fumaroles
Asahidake Japan fumaroles
Asahi Dake - It's Smoking!
Asahi Dake - It's Smoking!
Powder skiing Asahidake Japan
Powder skiing Asahidake Japan
Getting up close to one of the fumaroles
Getting up close to one of the fumaroles
Asahidake
Asahidake
Easily accessed powder...
Easily accessed powder...
One of 4 groomed runs in the foreground
One of 4 groomed runs in the foreground
Asahidake Ropeway
Asahidake Ropeway
A bit of poling is required in parts of the terrain
A bit of poling is required in parts of the terrain
Asahidake Ski Resort
Asahidake Ski Resort
You'll get the most out of Asahidake on a tour
You'll get the most out of Asahidake on a tour
Asahidake Tree Skiing
Asahidake Tree Skiing
Terrain under the ropeway
Terrain under the ropeway
Asahidake Onsen: one of a handful of onsens
Asahidake Onsen: one of a handful of onsens

Asahidake

Asahidake HokkaidoThe Asahidake ski resort in Hokkaido Japan is a haven for powder hounds. It’s essentially a backcountry ski area that has the luxury of being serviced by a cable car. Asahidake could be considered Japan skiing at its best!! Ever watched a ski movie and salivated over the pros skiing waist deep powder and wished it was you? Stop being a drooling powder hound and get to Asahi-dake to potentially ski or snowboard some of the deepest powder of your life!

Asahidake has an abundance of powder with an average of about 14 metres of snow per season, but no one really bothers to put too much emphasis on measuring the amount of snow because there’s so much of the white stuff. Asahidake is pretty much the crème de la crème of the powder that Hokkaido skiing is renowned for. This is the highest mountain in Hokkaido so the snow is kept super cold. And unlike Niseko, Asahidake is not near the ocean, so the powder isn’t just dry; it’s often sublime!

Some folks refer to Asahi-dake as Mt Asahidake, but that’s a bit like calling an “ATM” an “ATM machine”!

Asahidake Ski and Snowboard Terrain The Asahidake ski terrain is smokin’ – literally considering that Asahi-dake is an active volcano with lots of fumaroles emitting steam and gas (so it’s a little stinky sometimes!).

The Asahidake ropeway (cable car) provides access to 500 vertical metres of terrain and four groomed mellow trails, but this is definitely not a ski area for beginners or intermediates. These trails are really just cat tracks to facilitate access to the off-piste playground, much of which consists of terrific tree skiing. The ski area under the Asahidake Ropeway tends to get tracked out reasonably quickly because it’s so easily accessible. If you’re willing to earn your turns a little, you can head a little wider where there are plenty of freshies just begging to be ripped up.



There are even more fresh lines above the ropeway in the alpine areas of Asahi-dake. If you love to earn your turns, you’ll be in powder heaven.

Where is Asahidake Ski Resort? The Asahidake ski area sits on Mount Asahi (no relationship to the beer!), which is part of the Daisetsuzan National Park. The Asahidake ropeway sits at the top of Asahidake Onsen, a village with a small collection of hotels with onsens.

Asahidake is situated in Central Hokkaido Japan, about 1 hour east of Asahikawa, and approximately 50 minutes from Furano ski resort. Asahidake can be accessed from Asahikawa or Furano by car, public bus or a tour bus.

Include Asahidake on a DIY tour of Central Hokkaido, or head there on a formal multi-day tour or a day tour from Furano so that the experts can show you the best that Asahidake has to offer.

Asahidake Accommodation Asahidake Onsen is a small village that consists of several hotels and a youth hostel. The Asahidake accommodation is dotted along the road below the ropeway building.

Asahidake Hotels Listings

Alternatively Asahidake can be accessed as a day trip from Asahikawa or Furano. See the Asahikawa hotels and Furano accommodation pages for information on lodging options.

Activities & Facilities Asahi-dake is in a national park rather than a ski resort so it has very limited facilities, but the powder hunters that frequent Asahidake don’t seem to mind. The ropeway building has an inexpensive cafeteria, a small food kiosk and a little shop that sells basics such as beanies and gloves, but that’s about the extent of the amenities at the Asahidake ski area.

Other than the backcountry skiing, winter activities at Asahidake are somewhat limited. There are a few cross country ski trails, and of course the village wouldn’t be called Asahidake Onsen unless it had the obligatory onsens! The onsens are housed within the Asahidake hotels and visitors can pay a fee to visit the hot springs if they’re not staying at the hotel.

Evening entertainment generally consists of dinner at your hotel. The Asahidake nightlife is so sedate that it’s almost non-existent unless you make your own fun with your duty free alcohol or beers from the vending machine! Most powder hounds are just happy to save their energy for the powder!

Ski Asahidake Japan - Pros and Cons
Pros

  • Asahidake scores lots of snow and it’s generally of amazing quality.
  • There are minimal crowds so you don’t have to use your elbows to find the freshies.
  • The terrain offers plenty of variety and both alpine and tree skiing.
  • Lift tickets are inexpensive.
  • The Asahidake accommodation options provide reasonably good value for money.
  • Asahidake has great onsens.
Cons
  • All that powder doesn’t fall from blue skies and the weather at Asahidake is often foul during the peak of winter. Visibility may be low and when there are high winds, the ropeway may close.
  • This is not a ski area for beginners, intermediates or those that don’t want to ride off-piste.
  • The bottom third of the ropeway accessed terrain is rather mellow and many sidecountry lines don’t run fall-line which necessitates a little bit of shuffling across some flats. Some snowboarders may hate Asahidake, especially if they don’t have a guide.
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • Asahidake offers amazing powder riding for those who are prepared to work at least a little bit for their turns.
  • The ropeway travels rather quickly but waiting for it to arrive can be a little tiresome.
  • Although very quiet, the tiny village has no hint of “resortification” and provides a chance to immerse yourself in the quirky Japanese culture.
  • There is a complete absence of nightlife and there are no après-ski activities except to have an onsen, a couple of beers or Chu-His from the vending machine, and dinner. For many powder hounds, the absence of frills and glamour is what lures them to Asahidake, but you’d probably only want to stay in the village for a maximum of 3-4 nights.

Tours That May Include Asahidake

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas

Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
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Price p/p
USD 2,610
Book before Aug 31st to receive 40,000 yen discount off the advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 3,643
Pay by 31 Aug for early bird special
Ability: Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu then Furano then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option for 2017-18 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,231
Ability: Advanced to Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Central Hokkaido Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin/double-share group option for 2018-19 per person.
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Price p/p
USD 2,745
Full payment required by Aug 31 2018. Some tour dates only.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Furano Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
From price based on guided single day tour in Furano (private groups only of 6) in low season for 2018-19. If you are a solo the cost is 6 x that shown.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 90
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience DETAILS
LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 5 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/triple-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc. taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 1,863
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Experience the best powder that Furano & the Central Hokkaido region has to offer. Venture off-piste in Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro & Asahidake with local guides. It’s their passion to show you great skiing/boarding, relaxing onsens & the enjoyment of dining at their favourite local restaurants where few tourists go.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Asahidake Backcountry Powder DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
6 Days | 5 Nights | 4 Days Touring/Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share option for 1 tour date.
Base/invoice currency is in yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,890
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Backcountry skiing at its finest at Asahidake that features deep dry powder and it's all yours! Asahidake offers a combo of lift accessed powder as well as pure backcountry touring.
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Backcountry Classic DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
11 Days | 10 Nights | Up to 8 Days Touring/Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share option.
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Price p/p
USD 3,420
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Backcountry Classic Tour is pure backcountry skiing at its finest at Asahidake & Tokachidake. Deep, deep dry powder and it's all yours!
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Daisetsu Backcountry Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
9 Nights | 7-8 Days Touring
From price based on twin/triple-share option for group tour for 2019 season. Min 4 guests required to run tour.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,738
Book and pay by aug 31 2018 to get $100 off advertised price
Ability: Expert
Explore Central Hokkaido's largest national park on this fully flexible backcountry touring adventure. Stay in traditional ryokans, soak in natural hot springs and ski the deepest powder on earth! What else could you ever need?
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