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Skiing in Furano

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Furano’s winter focus is its ski resort (w princehotels.co.jp/ski/furano; day ticket ¥4200) on the slopes of Mount Kitanomine, a popular option with those seeking to escape the crowded foreigner scene at Niseko. The slopes are challenging, but not as varied or as long as Niseko’s; to go off-piste, or try backcountry skiing with qualified English-speaking guides, contact Hokkaidō Powder Guides (t 0167/22-5655, w http://www.hokkaidopowderguides.com).

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