Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field resort review (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by robobin on 25th March 2014
Late March powder day
I visited Iwatake on the last weekend of it's season. It was a busy 3 day weekend and I expect even more people were drawn to Hakuba after a late season snow storm the day before.

I spent most of the morning in the "view" area of the resort (at the top far back of the resort.) The snow here was great and there were a few nice spots between courses to pop into. By 10:30 the queue for the pair lift servicing the area had extened to over 100m long so I decided to try out a couple other areas. Most of the courses are fairly short and have only pair or 3 person lifts but the queues weren't terrible.

Sadly the snow was starting to get wet by that point as the day began to warm up so I spent the rest of the day cruising from the top to the bottom and using the gondola.

The rest of the resort wasn't especially busy (for Hakuba) and I imagine it's nearly deserted on weekdays.
Date visited: From 22 March, 2014
Snow condition on visit: Lots of fresh powder in the morning, courses turned to slush in the afternoon.
Things I liked: Good snow for the time of year and not as busy as other Hakuba resorts.
Things I didn't like: Strange layout and slow lifts.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Families & children
Snow Park
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Authentic Japan experience
General score: 60
Snow conditions: 80
Courses/Terrain: 65
Lift system: 35
Apres ski: 60

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Hakuba Village, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 75
Snow conditions: 79
Courses/Terrain: 76
Lift system: 71
Apres ski: 60

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1289m
Min. elevation: 750m
Vertical: 539m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 3800m
Number of lifts: 13

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