This is Kiroro and its located in Hokkaido! Kiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort with modern facilities and infrastructure. Kiroro flies under the radar relative to some of the high profile Hokkaido ski resorts nearby, but the lack of crowds is an advantage for discerning powderhounds who make the most of the abundant snow and the tree skiing.
Kiroro is a medium sized resort spread over two mountain peaks. The resort has 21 runs, with an equal spread of green, blue and black piste. Even though a third of the slopes are rated as black, the on-piste terrain is not particularly challenging and is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates.
The exceptions are the couple of mogul courses where you can watch locals having a whale of a time ruining their knees. Kiroro also has a basic terrain park for those with a desire to use their travel insurance.
Skiers and snowboarders who love cruising will enjoy the Grand Line, whilst “L plate” powderhounds will adore the Powder Line which is famed among locals. Meanwhile the real powder skiing and riding can be found in the trees, and thankfully the patrollers turn a bit of a blind eye to going off-piste and out of bounds. Combined with an average of 13 metres of snowfall per season and a base of 3-4 metres, Kiroro is a destination that will please most powder-holics.
Hokkaido is often chilly which keeps the snow in pristine condition, yet you may not need to wear your thermals at Kiroro (unless you go night skiing!). Thankfully the Kiroro lift infrastructure is incredibly well developed. Of the nine lifts, one is a toasty gondola, whilst five are detachable fast chairs with cozy hoods.
Awesome view in the morning!
The bus is finally here!
Bus. On our way to the site.
On the way up to the slopes…
Toboggan sled! Felt like a lil’ kiddo again! Great! 🙂
Time to go Snowboardin’ !
Time for a break!
Snowing real heavy!
Thick powder snow, AWESOME!
It was freezing!
The adrenaline rush kept me goin!
Visibility was kinda bad…
Finally, time to eat!
Food taste awesome, esp just after a couple of snowboard runs; in sub-zero temperature~