Shizukuishi resort review (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

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 person gondola. When we visited, the snow was dense, heavy, and crusty. There are some great crusing runs, but only very limited beginner terrain. It also appears that there were some runs that were used in previous years but have been closed off.

On the Mt. Kotakakura side, with the wind, the Downhill course had some powder being blown up the side of the hill, over the lip, and onto the run. This windbuff was absolutely fantastic as it laid fresh pow all over the run. There are also some side runs dropping off the main course which do not seem to be well known as they were not so tracked out.

The food at Akekko Ramen, located in the Ropeway Base Station, was fantastic. The special dish is the miso ramen or black sesame tantanmen (hot and spicy) ramen.

Experts will find the moguls challenging, and have fun with the long cruising runs.

Intermediates will like the long courses, and some ungroomed courses.

Beginners will be confined to a small area. I would not recommend this resort for beginners due to limited terrain.
Date visited: From January, 2009
Snow condition on visit: Crusty, slude to concrete, beautiful windbuff
Things I liked: Long crusing runs, excellent intermediate terrain
Things I didn't like: Limited beginner terrain, snow conditions variable
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Shizukuishi

雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 95
Courses/Terrain: 85
Lift system: 85
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

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

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