In search of the famed Horokanai powder, Rick, Hiro and I headed north from Sapporo City. It was the weekend in early March 2019, and the plan was to check out three short routes in Horokanai – this Horokanai Pass route up Minamiasaba-yama, the popular Bozu-yama route, and a more strenuous and challenging route up Santo-zan.
I’m not sure why I never ended up posting this Horokanai Pass route. Perhaps it was because of the snow conditions – there were glide cracks everywhere, and the snow on the ridge was average.
In any case, this is one of (if not the) the most popular, bread-and-butter routes in the Horokanai area. It’s super accessible, pretty straight forward and easy even for beginners, and offers a plethora of terrain for the more experience skier, willing to study the map and make wise snow-safe decisions.