Kiroro, Japan

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Kiroro-LOGO-RGBKiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan lays claim to some of the deepest powder in the world with 800 inches of fresh snow annually. Developed in 2001, Kiroro is gleaming with top notch lifts, hotels, and facilities. The resort offers 1,200 acres of in-bound terrain with 21 runs and an equal spread of green, blue and off piste trails. Of the nine lifts, one is a toasty gondola whilst five are high-speed, detachable chairs with cozy hoods. Last season they upped the ante with access to 2,600 more acres of backcountry terrain through three (3) designated entry points.

Kiroro is a snowball’s throw from the Sea of Japan, just 40 minutes from the port and fishing city of Otaru, with free shuttles from the JR station; 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport; 60 minutes from Sapporo; and 50 minutes from Niseko.

Day trips are great, but staying at the base is better. The sumptuous 282 room Kiroro Tribute Portfolio (former Piano Hotel) has the most features, located a Kilometer below the base, with several restaurants, and a little “village” shopping area. But the 140 room ski in/ski out Sheraton Kiroro (former Mountain Hotel) is really where you want to be to jump on first lift. Every kind of cuisine can be found here from Italian to traditional Japanese. Mountaintop dining at the summit of Mt. Asari is also available offering beautiful scenery for skiers and snowboarders.

The Mountain Centre at Kiroro is well appointed with adult and children’s ski schools, retail shops, a new coffee shop, a ski and snowboard demo area, and kids’ day care. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Kiroro offers numerous winter activities including snowcat sightseeing tours, snow shoe tours, sledding, and snow tubing. Other amenities include indoor and open-air hot springs, a swimming pool, and a day spa to stimulate relaxation. Otherwise you can hang out in the games arcade, play billiards or get into the Japanese culture with some pachinko. What Kiroro lacks in nightlife it makes up for in amazing views and peaceful serenity. Of course if you love noise and blaring music, you can get a great fix in the karaoke room.

For complete details on Kiroro, Japan, visit their web site at http://www.kiroro.co.jp/jp/winter/

LODGING DISCOUNTS

3 FREE days with an anytime season pass from any other Powder Alliance Resort:
  • Available any three days during the 16/17 season. NO BLACKOUTS!
  • Redeem your ticket at the Guest Services Counter. Please present season pass and photo ID.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and must be used by pass holder only.
  • Offer only valid for 2016-17 unrestricted season pass holders from participating Powder Alliance Resorts.
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