Every season we take our instructor training crew to another resort for a day of exploration and adventure. This year we decided to role it in with a trip to the Sapporo Snow Festival and a night out in the Susikino nightlife district of Hokkaido’s capital city.

Sapporo Teine is a very fun little ski resort only 30mins from the centre of Sapporo. As one of the hosting resorts for the Sapporo Winter Olympics held back in the 70s, the terrain here is much more challenging than one might think would be found at a ski resort so close to the city of this size.

The best stuff is found up high, in the Teine Highlands area, in what’s known by locals as the Antenna Farm.

Snowboard training crew hiking through Antenna Farm at Sapporo Teine

Snowboard training crew hiking through the Antenna Farm at Sapporo Teine

The whole crew up o a ridge line in the Antenna Farm

The whole crew up o a ridge line in the Antenna Farm

Strictly speaking this terrain is out of the ski area boundary, although Teine have recently put in an official gate. Now this doesn’t mean it is controlled, in any way. It’s still a 40 degree pitch with a coastal snowpack, so on big snow days the avalanche danger can be substantial. The day we had scheduled up to visit, the weather presented us with about 15cms of fresh snow in the Antenna Farm, but there was so few people to compete with for lines that we skied and snowboarded un-tracked snow all day long.

After a pretty epic day of adventuring, we headed into the city, found our hotel, gorged ourselves with all-you-can-eat crab, then went to burn it off whilst walking around the Sapporo Snow Festival for a few hours.

And, of course, a night in Sapporo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Kareoke Bar and a dance at a local nightclub in Susikino. What a fun night!

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