Geto Kogen resort review (Kitakami Town, Iwate)

Reviews of Geto Kogen resort in Kitakami Town, Iwate Prefecture. Currently 11 reviews.
Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 10th February 2010
Geto Kogen review by luv_u
The powder is amazing on snowy days.

During the days I visited, the wind was awful and it kicked up the powder throughout the whole mountain. It was impossible to see any defining features of the snow. The visibility was so bad, I couldn't distinguish between up, down, right or left. At times, I couldn't tell if I was moving or at a stop, which nearly led me off the run an into hard tree trunks. The weather made for
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 8th March 2009
Geto Kogen review by Pete
Heard about this resort after visiting Appi the year before. Apparently gets amazing snow depth so we couldn't pass it up...

The season by local standards was poor but the resort still had over a 3m base by late February.

It hadn't snowed in a few days but we found powder off-piste on the first day. Ski patrol didn't seem existent in the first few days but we were hassled (slightly) towards the end of the trip.

They got snow on the other
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 9th February 2007
Geto Kogen review by Ro
So I decided to go to Getou because of the rave reviews of excellent powder.

It's true there is powder, but not cherry pow. You basically have to stay on the runs, there is not much off coursing to do because the trees are thick. I'm not the best boarder ever, but I'm an intermediate rider. I felt like I was rippin it up...there was not much challenge on the course. Off course I only
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by meenie on 12th December 2005
Geto Kogen review by meenie
I grew up skiing on Mount Ashland, Oregon, USA, where most intermediate runs would be considered advanced in Japan. I learned to ski steep, often icy slopes. Before coming to Japan, the most powder I had ever skied in was about 25 centimeters. I had never heard of "fat" skis.

Geto is the polar opposite of Mount Ashland. That is, its "steepest" course is all of 36 degrees, and its longest run takes all of a few minutes if you're taking
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by cutty on 5th January 2005
Geto Kogen review by cutty
Geto gets the most snow and the earlist snow in Iwate.

Getting up to a base of around 4m is all good and of course there is the sweet Japanese powder. There are some nice runs on Geto but it lacks true steeps. The steeps it does have are very quickly tracked out come pow pow day. I need to get my ass up earlier!!

I recommend a visit. There are some nice little off-trail runs - if you can find
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by edie-b on 1st December 2004
Geto Kogen review by edie-b
Geto is cool if you live close by or you are a beginner, and want to grab some turns at night or even on the weekend. But don't bother going out of your way to go there. Barely any vertical, the gondolas crawl up the mountain and their is NO advanced terrain. They have one steep shot that is all of 50 meters to the right off Gondola 2.

Other than that there is one snow field off a knoll on
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by gj-wells on 19th February 2004
Geto Kogen review by gjwells
Getou on the whole is a good place to have a good days boarding.

This is especially on weekdays when the resort is practically empty, no queues for the gondolas or lifts- great! Whatsmore, when you are on the runs it feels as if you are the only rider there its fantastic. The only downside is that the runs are pretty short and sometimes it feels as if you are riding the lifts and gondolas the majority of the time
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by akemitakada on 1st February 2004
Geto Kogen review by akemitakada
Getou is a medium-sized resort with two main gondolas. We didn't have to wait much in the lines. The lodge is architecturally quite interesting and there is a large airy cafeteria.

It was snowing the whole time we were at Getou. I have heard that the wind and weather here can be quite temperamental, but today, it was agreeable. There were moments when it was as thick as pea soup, but then it would clear just as quickly as it rolled
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by Feish13 on 10th December 2003
Geto Kogen review by Feish13
I spent the last season skiing at Getou, and I would have to say that it is a pretty good beginner-intermediate hill. To give you an idea, the longest run, also the main run, you can bomb it in about 30-45 secs. It is not the biggest hill either, this is from top top bottom.

This is of course on the runs, and if you are willing to go exploring a bit and outrun some of the ski patrol
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by Shimba on 4th August 2003
Geto Kogen review by Siem Reeves
Well, having skied the season at Getou (almost 50 days) I can say that it is indeed highly underrated. The snow is consistently good (although it can get windy at times) and there is a lot of exploring to be done for advanced skiers/boarders.

The resort is quite small (compared to some New Zealand resorts...) but there are not many places where you can lap powder runs (if you know where to go) on the gondola and only ever see
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Review submitted by Dean before 2006
Geto is one of Iwate's if not Tohoku's most underrated resorts. Contrasted to extravagant resorts like Appi constructed in the 1980`s during the days of the huge Japanese "bubble" economy, Geto is a 1990s "bubble-burst" economy resort. It is not an extravagant ski area, but it very well designed to meet the needs of the consumer, and perhaps that of a more middle-class, younger, family oriented consumer than those who will travel a long way and spend a lot of
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Geto Kogen

夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1070m
Min. elevation: 640m
Vertical: 430m
Steepest slope: 36°
Longest course: 3000m
Number of lifts: 5

Other resorts nearby

Himekayu 38.50km
Namari Onsen 41.10km
Choei Yuda 42.50km
Kunimidaira 47.20km
Shigarai 50.70km

Location of Geto Kogen