Shizukuishi resort review (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

Reviews of Shizukuishi resort in Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Prefecture. Currently 18 reviews.
Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 4th February 2015
Big, well maintained, but somewhat faded.
This resort was a comparatively long haul for us, but I had high hopes and I was, for the most part, not disappointed.

Due to the long drive, we didn't get there until nearly 11 AM, but we were able to quickly purchase lift tickets (which, at 4700 yen with lunch included, were a reasonable price for the resort) and get on the large, mass transit gondola. It took us a good amount of time to get from the bottom
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by dyna8800 on 9th March 2009
Shizukuishi review by dyna8800
Shizukuishi was known in the past as the flagship of the Prince ski empire. It has the typical two mountain with interconnecting course/lift layout, similar to Furano. However, it's age is starting to show, as this gem from the Bubble Era is starting to fade.

The Prince Hotel is on the left side, the Mt. Takakura side which comprises the largest area and boasting a 101 person ropeway. On the right side, there is the Mt. Kotakakura side with a 6
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 29th January 2009
Shizukuishi review by YoDude
Just a FYI about lifts. Although they still shut down the gondolas with minimal winds, they installed a new triple-chair to the top.

This is the chair that used to be a single, leaving from the top of the "bunny" hill.

It is faster, and better for groups for obvious reasons
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 29th December 2007
Shizukuishi review by YoDude
Been here 4 times (Feb.) in last 4 years. Like most others, experienced great powder early, but really icy later in day-each of the 4 years.

The mens/womens downhill courses are nice and long, and lots of fun for average skiers, advanced will not have much of a challenge anywhere on Shizukuishi.

Stayed in hotel each year, great dinner buffets, nice onsen, typical business-style rooms. Facilities are okay, nothing spectacular. Nothing happens at night as
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 9th February 2007
Shizukuishi review by Ro
I had a blast here! I found a really fun run from the top of the mountain off to the left. You'll see a sign that says something like unmaintained course...IE THIS IS WHERE THE FUN IS AT!!! The first half of the day this part was powdery wonderfulness. You can dip into the trees a bit or have fun on course. By afternoon the skiers had mogled it up a bit, but I tried
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 9th January 2006
Shizukuishi review by PowSrfr
This is a great mountain... IF!! You are a telemarker. The entire mountain was flat and icy, they somehow managed to get a snowcat into every area of the mountain and groom it, and by groom I mean packing the snow until it begins to ice. By midday the entire mountain was ice, then the snow started to fall, but that didn't last long as the wind picked up and blew the fresh snow off.

By late afternoon, my group
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by uggggllllyyyy on 2nd May 2005
Shizukuishi review by UGGGGLLLYYY
Completely a midweek course. When I arrived weds I thought the hotel/slopes were closed cos it was that empty. Picks up on the w/e but still not as busy as Niigata/Nagano.

When snowing they dont use the snowcats and there is powder/fluffy stuff everywhere. However, a little bit of sun and they snowcat everything which then turns to sheet ice becos it's so cold. NANDE YO???

Despite this and the appearance of brown patches on the slopes in JAN!! where they had
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by ShimodaFlow on 29th January 2005
Shizukuishi review by ShimodaFlow
This resort lives up to the rep... First run of the day @ 9:09 am the Mens Downhill was perfect... fast beyond words...plenty of room to let the skis run wild, love the SLOW DOWN signs on a downhill course... Yea right...

The weather was sunny, no clouds & Iwate-san was out to the left and proud. The rest of resort was good for the level it was desgined for.

The snowboard park was OK, nothing to drive 2 hours for,
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 13th January 2005
Shizukuishi review by spired
Shizukuishi, run by the Prince Hotel people, is a nice mountain with great snow due to the cold temps.

The mountain is largely dominated by skiers but they did add a terrain park. There are three very nice ungroomed runs near the top. Unfortunately, there's only a single chair lift to get up there...there is a gondola as well but it's very sensitive to wind and the operators are very conservative.

Generally, there were not enough
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by edie-b on 1st December 2004
Shizukuishi review by eddies
You think since they hosted an alpine world championship they would have some bitchin' terrain, right?

Not.

But the runs are long and there is decent tree skiing. Nothing too steep, and you have to look over both shoulders for ski patrol before ducking into the trees as they may break out their whistles.

Resort has nice selection of on-mountain restasurants and there are good onsen in the area
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by firedog23 on 29th January 2004
Shizukuishi review by Deep Powder
This was the best time I have had snowboarding yet.

It snowed 30 cm in the 6 hours that we were there and was the best powder I have been in. It was a weekday so there were no crowds and nice long runs.

If you are looking for something more than the normal 4 near Misawa, drive the extra 40 minutes and find someplace great
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by akemitakada on 23rd January 2004
Shizukuishi review by akemitakada
Shizukuishi was a site for World Cup skiing a few years back, hence the feel that the resort is more skier than rider-friendly.

There are two main gondola runs that are very long and very nice. I can't recall the other runs for some reason. The wind can be quite treachorous here so be sure to check the forecast before you head out.

The lodge is small, but they have Chinese food and it was pretty good! This resort felt kind of
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Shizukuishi

雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1128m
Min. elevation: 426m
Vertical: 702m
Steepest slope: 33°
Longest course: 4500m
Number of lifts: 6

Location of Shizukuishi