Osorakan Snow Park resort review (Akiota Town, Hiroshima)

Osorakan Snow Park
Akiota Town, Hiroshima
Submitted by Freddie from Fukuoka on 13th January 2014
Remote place not many people had powder over my ears *)
My first visit to this place and had a wonderful time.

Access by car has two options. I didn't know about the new one and took the short one suggested by navi. It was one way road with few spots for cars meeting to get through. It was dangerous as there was a lot of snow and ice no protection on the side with cliffs so it was an adventure I wouldn't recommend to anyone with kids or unexperienced driver. The day we went we had to put on chains and still I was glad to make it to the top in one piece. I thought to myself if this is the only one access I might not come again. However in the Pension we have stayed that night I have learned about the second option is a newish road which can take 2 cars and that was a true enjoyment.

Regarding the lifts and overall ski field conditions. I was pleasantly surprised as the snow was perfect and lifts were long enough to get your heart beating even if you are advanced skier/ boarder. I especially liked the top lift and the Forrest ride all the way down in powder with a lot of small jumps and challenging small bumps.

For my son (3years) there was a small safe hill to practice his first steps just in front of food court and he enjoyed it a lot. As well small room inside with toys where he could play when he got cold.

We have stayed one night in a Pension just next to the car park and it was a typical Japanese tatami one room place run by older couple. Very nice with traditional Japanese food, ofuro etc.

We had a great time mainly due to the snow fall and would like to visit again soon.
Snow condition on visit: Powder Powder Powder
Things I liked: Snow conditions and run forest positions
Things I didn't like: Access not only the danger of the one road mentioned but the time from highway.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders

Osorakan Snow Park

Akiota Town, Hiroshima
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Average Rankings

General score: 85
Snow conditions: 85
Courses/Terrain: 85
Lift system: 85
Apres ski: 50

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1280m
Min. elevation: 860m
Vertical: 420m
Steepest slope: 38°
Longest course: 2500m
Number of lifts: 8

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