White World Oze Iwakura resort review (Katashina Village, Gunma)

White World Oze Iwakura
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by Bushiman on 18th November 2015
Definitely worth a visit!
Last year my buddy and I both won tickets to visit White World, and this year thanks to another SJ Giveaway we were lucky enough to snaffle some more...

This place is a gem.

It's like how Hakuba Cortina used to be before the word got out. Great out-of-bounds terrain, easily accessed, straight forward exits back to piste. Nobody else going anywhere near the trees... Coming from riding in Nagano & Niigata, this is completely unheard of.

So, yeah, the off-piste is a lot of fun. The piste... well, we didn't ride much of it again this time, but what we did ride was ok. They close some of the runs around mid-day and actually re-groom them to keep the condition good.

The pistes themselves would be way more family-friendly than say Hakuba Cortina though, as there are long mellow lines that wrap around the resort.

Again, I think we lucked out on the weather, too. We were greeted with bottomless pow, just like last time.

Parking involves a shuttle bus to the resort, unless you get there super early, but the buses are frequent so there's minimal waiting time.

The only thing I don't like about White World is that it's over 3hrs away from my home in Nagano Prefecture. Plus, the road to and from seems to get way too loaded with traffic. There were a bunch of times when traffic was at a stand-still, especially around the Highway entrance/exit.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Powder, deep!
Things I liked: Great snow. Really fun terrain. No competition for powder.
Things I didn't like: Access by car...
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Snow Park
Ungroomed courses
General score: 85
Snow conditions: 100
Courses/Terrain: 80
Lift system: 75

White World Oze Iwakura

Katashina Village, Gunma
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 83
Courses/Terrain: 81
Lift system: 77
Apres ski: 25

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1703m
Min. elevation: 1006m
Vertical: 697m
Steepest slope: 40°
Longest course: 3200m
Number of lifts: 10

Other resorts nearby

Katashina Kogen 1.20km
Snow Park Oze Tokura 7.30km
Marunuma Kogen 18.90km
Oguna Hotaka 21.90km
Hotaka Bokujo 22.10km
Kawaba 41.90km
Akagisan Daiichi 43.70km
Tambara Ski Park 48.90km

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