Hokkaido, Japan, offers several excellent ski areas for families, each with its own unique features and attractions. Excluding Niseko, which is already widely known, here are some top ski areas for families in Hokkaido:

Furano Ski Resort: Furano is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in Hokkaido. It features a variety of slopes suitable for all skill levels, including gentle beginner slopes and more challenging runs for advanced skiers. The resort also offers English-speaking instructors and has a dedicated Kids Snow Park, complete with fun obstacles and activities for children. Ski in ski out accommodation can be found with suite rooms for families at the Shin Furano Prince Hotel. Book early and kids will ski for free!

Kiroro Resort: Kiroro is gaining popularity among families for its excellent snow quality and family-friendly facilities. The resort has a Kids Snow Park with tubing, snow escalators, and gentle slopes perfect for children and beginners. It also offers English-speaking instructors and a variety of accommodation options catering to families. New hotels such as the Yu Kiroro plus two Club Med Resorts are on offer (Club Med Kiroro Grand is great for families. Club Med Kiroro Peak is for ages 13 and up only).

Tomamu Ski Resort: Tomamu is renowned for its modern facilities and extensive amenities catering to families. The resort features wide, open slopes suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers, as well as a dedicated Family Snow Park with kid-friendly activities. Tomamu also offers childcare services and family-oriented accommodation options, including ski-in/ski-out hotels such as Tomamu the Tower and Risonaire Tomamu. Kids and their parents will love Mina Mina Beach indoor pool and wave park as well as the amazing Ice Village.

Rusutsu Resort: Rusutsu is another excellent choice for families, offering a wide range of activities both on and off the slopes. The resort features extensive beginner and intermediate terrain, as well as a dedicated Kids Park with gentle slopes and play areas. Families can also enjoy indoor facilities such as wave pools, amusement parks, and hot springs. Rusutsu Resort Hotel has many rooms as is right in the heart of the action. Other options include the Westin Rusutsu and the Vale Rusutsu for a more deluxe hotel experience. The Samurai Kids Park is a highlight, which features a gentle slope with a magic carpet and loads of activities including tubing, tobogganing, mini bobsleigh, mini snow bikes and more.

These ski areas are popular among families due to their well-developed facilities, beginner-friendly slopes, English support, and additional activities catering to children. Each offers a unique experience, allowing families to find the perfect fit for their ski holiday in Hokkaido.