POW­DER PER­FECT

From tra­di­tional on­sens to 21st-cen­tury re­sorts, has every­thing for the snow-lov­ing fam­ily. Ja­pan

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world-class in­struc­tion (in English) at the Niseko In­ter­na­tional Ski School. The other three re­sorts also have charm. An­nupuri boasts im­mac­u­lately groomed runs, Niseko Vil­lage is known for scenic off-piste ski­ing and Grand Hi­rafu is the largest ski­ing area. KNOWN FOR: Pow­der snow and var­ied ter­rain

HOSHINO RE­SORTS TO­MAMU HOKKAIDO

www.snow­tomamu.jp/win­ter/en To­mamu is most recog­nised for its tall tow­ers that rise from the snow like con­crete Christ­mas trees and for its amaz­ing Ice Vil­lage where fam­i­lies can go ice skat­ing or have some frosted fun in the snow park. On the slopes the magic is equally ev­i­dent with six lifts and 28 runs. At Nipo Town bud­ding skiers can build their skills, at Po­lar Vil­lage you’ll find more than 20 hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy and on Ad­ven­ture Moun­tain you can all band to­gether to tackle snowy ob­sta­cles. There’s even one run ded­i­cated solely to VOL­UME 8 2017 first-timers, which makes it eas­ier to spot lit­tle ones shak­ily let loose on the slopes. KNOWN FOR: Fam­ily snow fun

SAHORO HOKKAIDO

www.sahoro.co.jp/en/ski Fam­i­lies of all shapes and sizes are bound to fall for Sahoro. It has 17 trails, a North Av­enue run that tra­verses three kilo­me­tres, soft snow and fun ac­tiv­i­ties that en­com­pass every­thing from air-board tours to horse trekking. Lit­tlies will en­joy the Snow Please Land with snow es­ca­la­tors mak­ing it easy for them to un­lock a world of sleds, snow­mo­biles and snow rafts. Club Med has all-in­clu­sive, fam­i­lyfriendly pack­ages to make your hol­i­day as un­com­pli­cated as pos­si­ble. KNOWN FOR: Unique moun­tain ac­tiv­i­ties

HAKUBA HONSHU

www.haku­ba­tourism.jp With 11 re­sorts, 135 lifts and over 200 runs, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to find some­thing for all ages and abil­i­ties at Hakuba. Some of the most pop­u­lar ar­eas here are the peaks of Go­ryu and Hakuba 47 Win­ter Sports Park (both ac­ces­si­ble with the same lift pass), and Happo-One. The lat­ter is par­tic­u­larly great for fam­i­lies, com­plete with a be­gin­ners’ zone, kids’ area and the ex­cep­tional Ever­green Out­door Cen­ter where fam­i­lies will find ac­cess to every­thing from fan­tas­tic English­s­peak­ing ski in­struc­tors to moun­tain tours and day­care fa­cil­i­ties. KNOWN FOR: Am­ple runs and host­ing the 1998 Nagano Win­ter Olympics

APPI KOGEN HONSHU

www.appi-ja­pan.com The re­sort is on the same lat­i­tude as fa­mous re­sorts such as Aspen and Arl­berg, so it is un­sur­pris­ing that Appi, Honshu’s most northerly re­sort, en­joys lots of fine snow as well as long sea­sons that can run un­til early May. Along­side var­ied ter­rain that in­cludes groomed and un­groomed pow­der and skionly slopes you’ll find fun ad­di­tions in­clud­ing the Salomon Snow­park, which mixes both be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate ter­rain, and the kid-friendly Appi Fam­ily Park, which is a safe net­ted area for sled­ding, tub­ing, snow play and more. KNOWN FOR: Kid-friendly fa­cil­i­ties

Ja­pan’s slopes beckon skiers

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