Sapporo Teine (サッポロテイネ) is the largest of several medium sized ski resorts on the outskirts of Sapporo. Just 40 minutes outside of the city center, the resort features a variety of ski trails from wide, gently sloping hills to long and fast advanced courses which include two runs used for some ski events during the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. The Olympic Torch still stands above the resort as a monument overlooking Sapporo and the Sea of Japan below.
Sapporo Teine's good selection of trails are spread out over two zones and connected by a gondola and a six kilometer long trail. The upper Highland Zone reaches 1000 meters above sea level and features medium to advanced courses, off trail runs, and a snow park with jumps, boxes and rails. The lower Olympia Zone has wider, less steep trails suitable for beginners, as well as a family park offering sledding and tubing.
Take one of the frequent JR trains between Sapporo and Teine Stations (10-15 minutes, 340 yen one way). At Teine Station change to an hourly JR bus (number 70) bound for Teine Highland and get off at the ski resort (15 minutes, 380 yen one way to the Olympia Zone or 30 minutes, 400 yen to the Highland Zone). Buses depart from the station's south exit. The entire trip is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
There are direct ski buses between selected hotels in central Sapporo and Teine Ski Resort from early December to late March. The trip takes 50-100 minutes depending on the boarding location, and a round trip ticket costs 7100 yen and includes an 8-hour lift ticket. Reservations are required and must be made at least one day in advance.