Japan's snowiest resort in good company amongst top North America Resorts.
Any Powder Alliance without one of Japan’s snow-spoilt ski resorts would hardly be fit for the name. The inclusion of Kiroro Ski Resort in an otherwise all-North American lineup means that those in possession of a 2016/17 Kiroro season pass will receive three free days on snow at any of the other 14 participating resorts (and vice versa).
Kiroro’s presence in the alliance is a real boost for for those in search of the deepest snow on earth. Its 16/17 winter season yielded an astounding 23 metres of snow – by far the most of any other resort on the list.
About the Powder Alliance
The concept behind the Powder Alliance is fairly simple: season pass holders of any of the 15 participating resorts get three free days on snow at the other 14, totalling 42 days (some restrictions/blackout dates apply). There are no membership fees, collective pass prices or an additional charges of any kind.
With the exception of Kiroro, all resorts in the alliance are in North America. The formidable list features some of the continent’s top resorts, including Crested Butte (Colorado, U.S.), Silver Star (BC, Canada) and Whitewater (BC, Canada).
By the numbers
- 15 resorts
- 147 lifts
- 1,036 trails
- 33,327 vertical feet (10,158 vertical metres)
- 26,057 skiable acres
- 5,474″ (139 m) cumulative annual snowfall
About Kiroro Ski Resort
Kiroro Ski Resort was once one of the hidden gems of Hokkaido, Japan, but it is increasingly attracting international attention for its massive snowfalls (average 21 metres/season), varied terrain and ever-improving hotels and resort services. In spite of its growing international profile, lift lines at the resort are rare, and it is still very possible to find fresh tracks right through the day.
The resort is just two hours from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport, and boasts nine lifts and 120 hectares of skiable terrain. In addition to world-class powder skiing, guests to the resort can enjoy luxury ski-in ski-out accommodation at either Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro – both 5-star options.