Asahidake - Reviews

Best Powder Ever!

Tim Giles
29/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
just heaven deep powder
Ignore the 3 out of 5 rating. This isn't a place for piste skiers/boarders or children (you'd lose them in the powder) so the low scores on those indicators don't count. We did a day trip from Furano but if I'd known there were hotels at the base of the hill I'd have stayed there. Also don't be put off by the lack of apres - there isn't any that we could find in Japan, it's really not like Europe in that regard. Look on the plus side, it means you've got a clear head for all that powder. It was staggering!

asahidake powder place

mr lee
24/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
visited in late January when the weather finally allowed!

single ropeway runs every 20 mins. we had bad vis and strong winds at top (-20c with wind chill it was -30c) but still managed 6 runs. abit of hiking from top of ropeway meant fresh lines all day but the run out road was frustrating especially for boarders and some small hike outs were needed to get back to run out road.

the snow was bliss when you dropped in over the top - waist to chest deep and in places reasonably steep pitch but aarrggh that run out road...

laps of the ropeway took 40min to 1hour -lift 10min - hike 10min - powder bliss 10min - road 10min - just missed lift 20min!

I would return but on a clear day and on skis. guide recomended

Stunning place with amazing snow!

Victoria Incani
05/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
If you want groomed runs and crowds, this is not your place. If you want amazing powder, endless possibilities of untracked runs (if you are happy to make a little effort) and the most beautiful winter wonderland scenery all from one easily accessed ropeway (never had to wait for another because of too many people), then this is for you. There are a few hotels and a great little Tourist Information Centre there but that's about it. And that is part of the appeal. Peaceful, beautiful and amazing snow....Heaven!

hammy good and bad

steveW
29/05/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
look out........there are some sensational side country runs if you are prepared to walk a bit but for me it was a place that was awesome to go to just the once...........and the onsen next door was a perfect finish to the day.

The Haters Can Go Elsewhere

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
27/05/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
How could you not love this? Powder worth doing a little work for A little bit of shuffling is sometimes required to get out Fumarole fun Love it!
Some people don’t like Asahidake (and write disparaging comments on Instagram!), but probably because they had expectations that they’d be able to get off the lift and ski steep untracked fall line runs all the way down to the bottom ropeway station. Not sure where they got those expectations – it sure wasn’t from Powderhounds.com! If you want perfectly untracked powder on long steep fall-line slopes that you don’t have to fossick or work for, go heli skiing! And if you don’t want to wear a beacon and carry avalanche safety gear, please go somewhere else (maybe Mt Buller)!

Many years ago when we went to Asahidake, we could always get a seat in the Asahidake ropeway and get fresh lines in the areas under the ropeway without ever hiking. It was blissful but we’re not sure how the ropeway winter operations remained financially viable. A few of these dreamy sort of ski areas still exist in Japan but Asahidake is no longer one of them because it’s become a little discovered. It was only a matter of time before the Euros and North Americans got wind of the amazing powder at Asahidake, but your perception of “crowds” just depends on relativities. Compared to Niseko or most North American ski resorts for that matter, Asahidake is uncrowded. Sometimes you have to wait for a second cable car, and purely lift-accessed powder gets tracked out reasonably quickly (but nothing in comparison to other parts of the world).

But think of Asahidake not as a ski resort. It’s a backcountry ski area so yes in order to get fresh lines you might have to do a little bit of work for it and have a guide. And the topography doesn’t fall perfectly down the fall-line, so you might have to traverse, pole and fossick a bit to find the steep lines (a nightmare for some snowboarders). Touring equipment opens up even more terrain and freshies galore.

We had an amazing time at Asahidake on this visit (thanks to a good guide), skiing deep fresh powder that was steep in parts, revelling in the fact that the haters were off riding Niseko with the real crowds!

For more on our thoughts on the pros and cons see the Asahidake overview page.

Powder Paradise

Jens
15/03/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    March
Like a lot of comments in this mountain already say... It's not a long run from top till you reach the slopes that lead you bag to the rope way but if you've ever been skiing here in powder to your shoulders you don't care about having to take the rope way maybe 2 or 3 times more often than usual. I guess it's probably the best snow you can still find on this planet.

Asahidake Skiers Mountain or not?

Steve McBarnacle
12/02/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
Made a visit to Asahidake. A skiers mountain or not is the question. I am afraid, not!. A single tram that covers a lot of ground but very little vertical. I believe the Tram was installed for summer access, and skiing was an afterthought years later. Only a short steep descents before long trails back to the base.

Ventured out wide, but nothing really gained.

So what is hot about Asahidake, a ski tourers paradise. But if you are looking for vertical, long runs, like Niseko, then look elsewhere.

Asahidake

Jod
12/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
Just spent 2 days at Asahidake. This is definitely a Tourers mountain. A long lift but relatively short vertical means there is a few (read one or two) short steep pitches then long flat ski outs. The snow was great but what could be accessed without walking was quickly gone. Long lines for the lift of up to an hour were not worth the wait. If back country is your thing it may be great but, if not it is best avoided

epic powder

Anders
01/09/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I have been to Asahidake twice,Asahidake is my favorite mountain.

Defiantly the best day of the trip!

Daniel Sutton
29/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Absolutely amazing experience, and amazing skiing if your not afraid of a little adventure!
Yay for Volcanos!!!!!!!
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