The towers of Tomamu Alpha resort rise out of the central Hokkaido mountains like space ships. Tomamu is about 80 minutes drive from Furano and it is famous for having the highest skyscrapers north of Tokyo.
The towers are one thing that ensures Tomamu stands apart from the rest of the Hokkaido ski scene but Tomamu is more than just fancy buildings. This ski resort was built during the 1980's ski boom in Japan and has changed hands several times. Its setting is amidst some spectacular mountains and although not high in elevation, this area is extremely cold.
The area is well known for superb dry cold conditions. Here you will find great dry powder skiing. Although not continually topped up, it stays in good condition under blue bird skies making for some great on and off piste skiing.
On piste the top of the two mountains provide some intermmediate to advanced piste runs, as well as good access to off piste tree runs. The bottom of the mountain is a little flat and has a long run out.
One of the best features of Tomamu is the very skier freindly off-piste policy. Register with the ski patrol and sign a waiver and you receive a bib to wear while skiing to signify you are able to ski off piste. You are also provided, free of charge, with a helmet if you dont have one. Then the inbound tree runs are yours and they offer some superb skiing.
Backcountry access is also excellent and the surrounding area is one of only two in Japan that offer heliskiing. There is also cat skiing and cross country groomed trails.
The resort has all modern services including ski hire, ski school and many restaurants and shops.