Checked out Grandee Hatoriko over the weekend of Jan. 9-10 with the kid, staying overnight at their affiliated hotel/golf club near the Shirakawa IC. Had low expectations, to be honest, but ended up having a great weekend. This was in no small part due to the hotel turning out to be much more luxurious than expected: marble-tiled bathrooms, catered French dinner, and much higher levels of service than were expected for the ski-package price.
Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort review by Canadian Freerider
This ski station is rather on the small side, but it offers enough challenge from top to bottom. Despites its size, it has the big advantage to be equipped with a gondola that brings you to the top quickly and comfortably. The chair lifts are slow and you need to take 3 of them before reaching the top.
The installation are a little bit old. The restaurant is small for the capacity of the resort.
It is my 2nd experience in this small, but charming resort. This time, it was after a night of snow fall and it made a huge difference.
The snow conditions were excellent. Groomed on most of the tracks with some terrain left virgin, including the top expert section. However, the top section is accessible only by an aged monoplace lift. The powder was light and very fluffy. There was plenty of place to do freeriding in