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Pippu Hokkaido
Pippu Hokkaido
Wide open groomed trails
Wide open groomed trails
The place is often deserted
The place is often deserted
Pippu has its own colour trail rating system
Pippu has its own colour trail rating system
Pippu Ski Resort Japan
Pippu Ski Resort Japan
The lift infrastructure is not modern
The lift infrastructure is not modern
Pippu Japan
Pippu Japan

Pippu

Pippu Ski Resort Pippu is a family oriented ski resort near Asahikawa in Hokkaido, yet behind the façade of the family fun is powder hound fun! On a powder day, the Pippu Ski Resort is nirvana for powder hounds where it feels like you have your own private ski resort. If you’ve charged big at Kurodake or Asahidake the day previously, Pippu is perfect to recover from your powder hangover. Of if it’s a brutal weather day and the ropeways at Asahidake and Kurodake are closed, Pippu is an ideal choice for storm riding.

Pippu Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The local tourist organisation says that “this ski ground is a thrilling experience for all skiers from beginners to seasoned experts”. It’s fun on a deep powder day, but otherwise they’re possibly overstating this little ski hill that has only 9 runs (courses) and 330 metres of vertical. It has nearly as many lifts as runs with 3 double chair lifts, 1 surface lift, and 3 single chairs with “pizza boxes” to sit on (that are rather small). Don’t expect to get up the hill super fast.

The official trail stats are 30% beginner, 50% intermediate and 20% advanced. Beginners have a couple of blue trails that run the full vertical of the hill. Pippu is renowned for its strawberries during summer and one of the beginner trails is called “Strawberry course”, although in the height of winter your chances of going strawberry picking are pretty doubtful!

The middle of the resort features wide groomed green trails for intermediates (they’ve invented their own trail colour rating system!), that are likely to be devoid of skiers and snowboarders.

Advanced riders have 2 pistes on the lookers’ left of the hill. “Deep Snow Course” is often aptly named whilst Golden Course hopefully has nothing to do with making yellow snow! These two runs should hold the attention of powder chasers for a nano-second before they head into the trees where the real fun is!

Pippu Snow

Pippu is a low elevation ski resort (250-580m) and it doesn’t score the same volumes of snow compared to its big name Hokkaido counterparts. Also, a mostly southwest facing aspect isn’t conducive to the powder being well maintained for too long. Fresh is best! That being said, the region is usually absolutely frigid, so the snow quality is pretty good in the height of winter.

Where is Pippu Hokkaido?

Pippu Ski Area isn’t located on nearby Mt Pippu, but it is situated just north of the little town of Pippu in the Kamikawa District. It’s located just off the Hokkaido Expressway and Asahikawa-Monbetsu Expressway and the phone number for GPS navigation is 0166-85-3056.

Pippu is 26km northeast of Asahikawa (35 minute drive), 66km northwest of Asahidake, and 51km northwest of Kurodake in Sounkyo.

If you don’t have a rental car or are not on a multi-day tour (see below), it is possible to get to Pippu via public transport. There are about 5 buses per day between Asahikawa station and Pippu (check with Asahikawa tourism for the latest timetables). The alternative is to catch the train to Pippu train station from where there are 3 buses per day to the ski area.

Pippu Accommodation

There are a few lodgings near the base of the ski area, one of which looks like it’s barely fit for the school kids to stay in! Yuyu Pippu is a good hotel that is located adjacent to the ski area, and has western rooms with private bathroom, as well as Japanese style rooms and suites. The hotel also has a great onsen that day trippers can use.

Most people visiting Pippu stay in Asahikawa where they have the flexibility to visit other nearby ski areas, and enjoy the proliferation of restaurants and bars. Asahikawa hotels tend to provide very good value for money.

Asahikawa Hotel Listings

Ski Resort Facilities

The amenities at Pippu are reasonably simple and mostly suited to the school kids that sometimes arrive in their droves. The ski resort has a simple cafeteria, and the basic BACK-UP ski and snowboard rental shop, and that’s about it!

Summary of Pros and Cons of Pippu Japan

Pros
  • The lift tickets are super cheap and if you want to save even more yen, there are 3 hour tickets on offer (which might be enough to charge at the trees).
  • The ski resort generally has just a handful of people there, unless the school kids are visiting, or the defence force is doing some training (god knows what exactly they’re training for with those ridiculously old white skis on!).
  • You’re not likely to see any/many gaijin there stealing your fresh powder!
Cons
  • It’s a small ski resort and it’s unlikely to capture your attention for more than a day.
  • It’s a low elevation ski area and it doesn’t get the same snow quality and quantity as the high profile Hokkaido ski resorts. The plus of the elevation is that it’s good for storm days.

Tours That May Include Pippu

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
From price based on twin/triple-share with breakfast 2018-19 season.
Price per person for a group of 5. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,781
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn`t suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good!
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Inter Island Explorer Tour DETAILS
MEGA POWDER CHASING ROAD TRIP
13 Nights | 11 Days Skiing/Boarding
From price based on twin/double-share option for 2019 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 4,278
early bird special requires full payment before Aug 31
Ability: Advanced to Expert
A big tour for the adventurous that takes in the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, exploring the areas of Central Hokkaido, Otaru then Tohoku staying in Hakkoda and Morioka. The ultimate road tripping powder hunting tour.
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Sky to Sea Progression Skiing DETAILS
GUIDED PROGRESSION SKI TOUR
10 Nights | 7 Days Instruction Furano/Otaru
From price based on twin/triple-share accom for last tour.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,088 USD 3,088
Full payment required by Aug 31 to get early bird discount
Up to 4.6% discount if you book & pay by Aug 31
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski powder? And also see some of the best Hokkaido ski resorts and experience the Japanese culture? The focus of this Furano and Otaru based tour is to help you develop your powder skiing skills without boring drills.
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See all Safari (Road Trip) tours that visit Pippu here
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.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,745 USD 2,745
Full payment required by Aug 31 2018. Some tour dates only.
Get up to 5% discount if you pay before Aug 31
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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Sky to Sea Progression Snowboarding DETAILS
GUIDED PROGRESSION TOUR
10 Nights | 7 Days Instruction Furano/Otaru
From price based on twin/triple-share accom for last tour date.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,088 USD 3,088
Pay by Aug 31 2018 to get discount
Up to 4.6% discount if you pay by Aug 31
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Do you want to learn to snowboard in powder? And also see some of the best Hokkaido ski resorts and experience the Japanese culture? The focus of this Furano and Otaru based tour is to help you develop your powder snowboarding skills without boring drills.
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See all Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area tours that visit Pippu here