Kiroro

Hokkaido, Japan

About Kiroro

Kiroro is a place for people who carve a different path. Uncompromised, unspoiled and (pretty) undiscovered. Around an hour’s drive from the very discovered Niseko, Kiroro snow resort is a powder mecca. With two peaks of pristine dry powder snow, there’s a run for everyone. If you’re in the know, and an experienced backcountry enthusiast with all the gear, there’s sidecountry access galore and limitless potential.

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Snow Resort Stats (Yakebitaiyama)

Mountain

Kiroro
  • Elevation Top 1,180 metres
  • Elevation Bottom 570 metres
  • Vertical Drop 610 metres
  • Skiable Terrain 120ha
  • Longest Run 4km (2.5 miles)
  • Maximum Pitch 37 degrees
  • Beginner 30%
  • Intermediate 40%
  • Advanced 30%
  • Total Number of Trails 22

Lifts

Kiroro
  • Total 10
  • Highest Lifted Point 1,180 metres
  • Gondolas 2 (6 person & 8 person))
  • High Speed Quad Chairs 4
    Triple Chairs 0
  • Double Chairs 4
  • Surface Lifts 0
  • Uphill Capacity Unknown

Snow Making

Kiroro
  • Snow Making n/a
  • Total Number of Guns n/a
  • Annual Average Snowfall 17m
  • Average Annual Snow Base (top) 5m

Terrain Parks

Kiroro
  • Total 1
  • Half Pipe n/a
  • Banked Slalom 1 (sometimes)
  • Terrain Park Size Small

Kiroro: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips

Formerly known as “Kiroro Snow World”, Kiroro is a medium sized resort as far as Japan is concerned, with 21 runs on offer. While this isn’t enormous by any means,  when skiing deep Japanese powder, you tend to be able to ski the same run over and over again. Notwithstanding, we reckon there’s about 4-5 days worth of terrain here before you might consider going elsewhere (read: Niseko). Alternatively, hire a guide and explore the sidecountry and backcountry gates which are

 

Kiroro: Access

Kiroro Ski Resort is within easy access of New Chitose Airport only 2hrs away by public transport. It’s also around 1hr’s drive (50km’s of road) from Niseko so possible as a day trip if you want to escape the crowds.

Kiroro: Accomodation

Like a growing number of Japanese ski resorts, Kiroro is just that – a ski resort sans any kind of village or real town. As far as accomodation goes then, there are two main hotels, both of which provide a high standard of accomodation and lots of facilities. The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Ski Resort can be found at the base of the resort and is a pretty deluxe ski-in-ski-out offering. The other Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a short bus ride or ten-minute walk from the lifts.

Kiroro: Restaurants & Apres

Dining options at Kiroro are pretty limited to the two main hotels, but these offer a variety of cuisines from traditional Japanese to BBQ/ Grill, Italian, Chinese and western style buffets.

Kiroro: Non-Skiing Activities

While we recommend going to Kiroro in search of bottomless, dry powder, there’s plenty to do without skis or boards strapped to your feet if you’re so inclined. If you still want an adrenaline rush, try snow rafting, snow mobiling. There’s also snow shoeing to be done and a pretty extensive Winter kids park. As always in Japan, Onsens abound, or you could take a day trip to the nearby port village of Otaru (40-50 minute drive) and even try and time it with the Snow Light Festival in February.

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