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  • Easy access from the parking area to the tram and Asahidake.- Asahidake
  • Volcanic vents at Asahidake.- Asahidake
  • Volcanic vents at Asahidake.- Asahidake
  • Volcanic vents at Asahidake.- Asahidake
  • Steeper terrain and open bowls are what Asahidake is known for.- Asahidake
  • Traversing a section of Asahidake.- Asahidake
  • A cat track out to one of many bowls.- Asahidake
  • Skiers make their way south from the tram.- Asahidake
  • The view of Asahidake on a clear day.- Asahidake
  • Looking south along the Daisetsuzan National Park.- Asahidake
  • Some of the steeper lift-accessed terrain in Hokkaido.- Asahidake
  • Steeper terrain and open bowls are what Asahidake is known for.- Asahidake
  • Tree lines and fresh powder days on Asahidake.- Asahidake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Views. Snow.
Cons: 
Wind. Visibility.
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Region:
Other,
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Site characteristics: Drinking water: 
Snowmelt
Recommended Equipment:
Helmets
Highest point: 
7,500.00 ft (2,286.00 m)
Max slope angle: 
30-45 degrees
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
One-way approach distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
December 01 to March 31
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Primary aspect: 
West facing
Route Characteristics: Terrain type(s): 
Trees
Shuttle required: 
No
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Total elevation gain: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,600.00 ft (1,097.28 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Vertical descent: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Asahidake is a no-frills ski area that has few groomed runs and access to some of the steeper and longer lines on Hokkaido. Far from the tourist hub of Niseko and a two-hour drive from Furano, Asahidake is also one of the more remote and least crowded areas on the island. If winds are forecasted to be strong, consider a different ski area as the ropeway is more likely to be on a wind hold.

Asahidake has one ropeway that gains 1,600 feet and runs every 10 minutes. There's a handful of groomed runs to get you to back to the base, but you'll find many people skinning and/or side-stepping outside the resort boundaries to access the longer lines. Be prepared as many runs end in the flats and require skinning to get back to the groomers. On a clear day, you can summit Asahidake and view the volcanic vents in the crater.

With the amount of snow, warm creeks, and volcanic vents, the backcountry at Asahidake should not be taken lightly. Skiing at Asahidake requires extra effort than other ski areas, but with that added effort you'll be finding fresh tracks until closing.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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