Half of the season is sunny ! 51% Best snow play under the blue sky | SAHORO SKI RESORT
Tokachi Sahoro Resort, situated in central Hokkaido is a resort with hotel facilities, offers magnificent view of Tokachi Plain from the mountaintop.
I asked the person in charge of Marketing. To convey to an overseas guest, what would you say if asked “What is Sahoro Resort’s pride that will never lose out to other resorts in Hokkaido?”
1. You don’t have to worry about being surrounded by other foreign guests because we are not well known yet! It’s empty !
Sahoro Resort is located in central Hokkaido, and the closest gateway is Obihiro Airport, which is about 80 minutes by car. It is also accessible from Asahikawa Airport and New Chitose Airport. Surrounded by large-scale facilities such as Hoshino Resorts Tomamu and Furano Ski Resort, Sahoro has always been a dark horse. Especially for overseas advanced skiers, it’s not as well known because it does not have many meters of snow like Niseko.
Thanks to this, the number of overseas guests is still relatively small compared to other resorts, so there is not many foreign guests around. On the the morning after it snows, the powder is not over hounded by advanced foreign skiers and snowboarders in an hour.
So as to say, it’s a less-known spot, and it’s actually empty (laughs). Great for someone aiming for fresh powder, you can relax and enjoy the powdered slope at your own pace. Even for skiers who think they have run out of places and freshness after many visits to the major resorts, they would be overjoyed to come to find out that there is still unexplored major ski resort around. It must be quite a Hokkaido enthusiast to be able to choose Sahoro!
2. We are proud of the number of courses that do not disappoint and the difficulty level. Non-compacted snow zone is 50%!
Total of 21 courses that spread out from the top at an altitude of 1,030m. Most courses reach the bottom where the gondola station is, so even foreign guests who may not be too sure of the location map, will find it safe and easy.
All 5 courses on the north slope are non-compacted snow. It is a happy surprise because 50% of the resort is non-compacted. Among them, it includes a 39 ° steep spot, there are some spots where we make best use of its natural terrain, many technical slopes and many offerings for advanced skiers.
Click here for courses that are popular with overseas skiers and snowboarders.
N3 Challenge Course
Average Slope：17°/ Maximum Slope 28°
Center Bowl Way
Average Slope：12°/ Maximum Slope 36°
Average Slope：25°/ Maximum Slope 36°
Average Slope：20°/ Maximum Slope 39°
Average Slope：10°/ Maximum Slope30°
3. 51% sunny during the season!
Unbelievably good weather rate that make us proud.
Another remarkable thing about Sahoro is the amazing sunny weather rate. Due to its inland location, the Tokachi area has far more sunny days than the Sapporo and Niseko areas. I counted the number of sunny days in ’20 -21 season, there are 56 out of 110 days. The rate is as high as 51%.
|Sunny day||6/20 days||13/31 days||14/28 days||23/31 days||56/110 days|
White snow that completely covered the northern land goes well with the blue sky. What a beautiful contrast! Playing snow on such a good day, naturally it will make everyone smile.
❖ “Top Tea House” － You can enjoy matcha ！
Under the blue sky of Sahoro, “Top Tea House” at the mountaintop will open on weekends from January to February. You can enjoy freshly prepared matcha while gazing at the spectacular view at an altitude of 1,000 meters.
It is unique to experience a tea ceremony that represents Japanese culture on a mountain.
There is no such resort anywhere in Hokkaido. Sahoro is also sunny today.
4. There are so many winter activities that you can’t cover all
With stable weather on our side, Sahoro Resort has a wide range of winter activities.
【 Playing with Snow】
Field is selected according to the weather and snow conditions of the day to nearby mountain pass etc. of Sahoro Resort. A tour to explore the untouched nature. Suitable for advanced skiers. (7 hours)
Run down from the summit of Mt. Sahoro in snowshoes, fly and fall through powder, a playtime with the fluffy snow. (3 hours)
Air board tour
A new sport that slides down the slope on a one-seater board with an edge at the bottom. Vision is close to the snow surface and with speed, it accelerates thrill. (2 hours)
【 Playing with Nature】
Compacted snow car Shibare Night Tour
Get onto the loading platform of a snow tractor and head towards the summit of Mt. Sahoro at around 18:00. A romantic tour where the starry night sky feel so close, night view of Tokachi Plain and of course a taste of freezing cold too. (1 hour)
Brown Bear Forest snowshoe tour
During the winter months, take a snowshoe walk around the park in Sahoro Bear Mountain. No brown bears can be seen, but let’s go out with a guide to look for traces such as claw marks. (1.5 hours)
Brown bear hibernation observation tour
During winter, bears in Bear Mountain hibernate. How about taking a closer look at what the hibernating bears do?(1.5hour)
Wakasagi Ice Cave Fishing Tour
It is about 10-minutes drive to Lake Sahoro, and fishing gear is available for rental. Feel free to join. The caught smelt can be made into tempura on the spot for tasting. (About 3 hours including to and fro shuttle service)
Tree climbing challenge
Using a special harness to support, you can enjoy tree climbing without much strength needed. Touching, climbing and seeing the scenery from the treetop is unusual. (1.5 hours)
Haze of the waterfall trekking tour
Use snowshoes to trek along the river to Daisetsuzan National Park and Kasumi Falls. This program comes with a special lunch and hot spring.
Ride around the course of about 1km per lap. Movements are controlled by hand operating accelerator and brake. With a guide, even beginners can enjoy it with confidence.
5. It is also popular with hotel staying guests to do backcountry or make day trips to Tomamu and Furano
In this Central Hokkaido area, there are some mountainous ranges like Daisetsu-dake and Hidaka-dake, so around here is an expansive backcountry field. Based in Sahoro Resort, rent a car to get to Tokachi area for the powder and backcountry field “Hokkaido Powder Belt” and slide as much freely as you want.
This style is getting very popular with overseas experts. It’s OK even if you don’t rent a car or have no backcountry gears. The resort also provides private tour in our menu of activities.
Best field is selected according to the weather and snow conditions of the day to nearby mountain pass etc. of Sahoro Resort. A tour to explore the untouched nature. It’s a 7-hour fullfilling program for advanced skiers. Good to make your debut in the backcountry at Hokkaido JAPOW!
PRIDE is “SAHORO RESORT HOTEL”
The hotel is highly rated as comfortable because the rooms are clean and good sized. Various types such as GARDEN ROOM, COMFORT ROOM, North Guest Room, and South Guest Room where you relax, looking out to the Sahoro forest.
Most of them are spacious rooms of 30 to 35 m2. Designed in a calm atmosphere where you can feel the gentleness of nature and the warmth of wood.
The hotel has 4 restaurants where you can enjoy seasonal dishes using ingredients from Hokkaido and Tokachi. Many selection to choose from, western, japanese, buffet, cafe and more. Among them, “Hokkaido Local Cuisine Yukizasa ” seems to be especially popular with overseas guests.
It will be a valuable experience to enjoy the richness and delicate taste of Japanese food culture, such as kaiseki cuisine that is beautiful to see, handmade soba noodles by the chef, local cuisine of Hokkaido, sake, etc., seafood mainly comes directly from the fishing port in Hokkaido.
▼ Let me introduce you to the Japanese kaiseki menu of “Yukizasa “
- Bean curd with sesame and Japanese horseradish
- Boiled goosefish liver with miso, and leek pieces
- Fried ray fin with seaweed salad
- Codfish baked with miso and sea urchin
- Three kinds of clams steamed with sake
- Sardine fried with Japanese apricot, Tempura of shiso herb
- Rice-bowl of salmon roe
- Fish soup with ground radish
“SPA REFRE” opens from 6am to 11pm , it has an open-air bath and Tokachi sauna, an authentic Finnish style “loyly” which is becoming a boom in the Tokachi area. At Tokachi Sauna, you can experience the aroma effect of vihta (a bundle of young birch leaves). Of course, it is also perfect for fatigue recovery. Heal your tiredness after a day in the snow mountain and reset for tomorrow.
Service for foreign guests
When you arrive in Sahoro, please go to the Welcome Center first. The staff here are reputated for their friendliness. There are many foreign languages leaflets, as well as interpreter to assist you. There is also a nursery room that supports non-japanese speaking guests, so dads and moms can leave their young children here and go skiing freely. Ski and snowboard lessons are also available in foreign languages. So is rental service, you can rest assured and be comfortable during your stay here.
Introducing how to enjoy Sahoro as a foreign guest
Many foreign guests visiting Sahoro stay at the Sahoro Resort Hotel for a long time. “Breakfast is gorgeous and fantastic !” they said, but the morning after it snowed, powder hunters targetting at first track go to the slopes immediately, even if they have to skip the delicious breakfast.
Mainly on the many non-compacted snow courses. After enjoying the powder in the morning, they would rest on the slopes or at the hotel for a relaxing lunch.
The nice thing about Sahoro is that there are still powder left in the afternoon.
For dinner, Japanese restaurant “Yukizasa” is overwhelmingly popular.
They serve pork and chicken from Tokachi, seafood from Hokkaido, seasonal sake and Tokachi wine. End the day in the resort’s signature SPA Refre & Tokachi Sauna. Relax in the open-air bath and sauna and prepare for tomorrow.
During a long stay, many advanced skiers take backcountry tours or visit Hoshino Resorts Tomamu and Furano. There are many activities tailored to families with kids, they can have an exciting adventure everyday too. The biggest attraction of Sahoro Resort, is a base ground made easy for guests to plan various activities, in or out of the resort conveniently.