Max slope angle
30-45 Degrees
Primary aspect
North facing
Vertical descent
2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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Mount Furano is one of the more popular backcountry areas in central Hokkaido, but there's plenty of fresh turns to be had if you're willing to work for it. On a clear day, you can summit Mount Furano, but the best snow will be down in the trees. On stormy days, there's plenty of skiing to keep you busy down below. A variety of aspects help you find the best snow if there's wind.

Even though the area is well traveled, overnight totals of 1 to 3 inches can wipeout any hint of a skin track, so come prepared with a map or a guide. There's plenty of fall line skiing, but be aware of terrain traps and open creeks at the bottom of the runs. Waters run warm and ice-free on Mount Furano. To access the area, follow the roads downhill for about 100 meters, then turn left on a summer access road to cross an open creek. Once across the creek, remain high on a shallow nose. After about 1 mile, you'll come to a filled-in creek crossing. If you're lucky, you'll find a safe crossing and continue up the ridge. There's great fall line skiing to the east and west of the skin track.

When you're done skiing for the day, reverse your skin track and soak at the Kamihoroso Onsen located just up the road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

No

Open from

December 01 to March 31

Pros

Remote. Views. Hot springs. Snow quality.

Cons

Crowded.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

3,300.00 ft (1,005.84 m)

Highest point

6,200.00 ft (1,889.76 m)

Total elevation gain

2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)

Net Elevation Gain

2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)

One-way approach distance

2.50 mi (4.02 km)

Features

Geologically significant
Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Trail type

There-and-back

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Terrain type

Trees

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Drinking water

Snowmelt

Location

Field Guide

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