Pre-season jaunt to Geto Kogen (100cm of fresh pow in November!)
So this was my second visit to Geto Kogen (GK) and both times I have been greeted with over knee deep powder.
Outside of Hokkaido resorts GK gets some of the highest levels of snowfall in Japan and you won't be disappointed.
There are several tree runs (which unfortunately were not open when I went in November) with three more opening this season. Yet to get that beautiful powder you don't even need to venture off the piste, just head to the less used runs to get plenty of it. The tree runs are amazing though and if you like nipping in between those trees this resort has enough to keep you entertained for a day or two.
The only downside to this resort is that you often get flat patches and then pretty steep parts. The flat patches can be rather annoying for boarders, and be prepared to be skating along in some areas until you learn when you need to bomb it down to get enough speed and not get stuck. Either that or have your skier friend chuck you his/her poles. It can vary massively and if you aren't careful on one run there is a drop into a mini bowl, which isnt fun to dig yourself out of.
The runs also vary massively, on the well tracked area on its gets chopped up fast, and on the less popular runs you get very deep powder. There seems to be very little grooming of the pistes overall. Which can be extremely fun or frustrating, depending on what your preference is.
But the bonus of this resort, despite being small, is that it does have a gondola all the way to the top and the queues seem to be always manageable. I have never had to wait more than a 5 mins to get on before. (that could change in peak season, I have only done day trips on the weekend)
Lastly, Gk is designed to be a weekend resort/day trip place. There is only really one place to really eat and stay. But the food is decent and not too expensive (1250 yen for a katsu curry). If you want to stay the night it will set you back around 7,000 plus yen in a dorm type accommodation.
Overall GK makes for a great day trip/ weekend. There is plenty to play with and if you go when its been snowing you will defiantly get your powder fix!
From 25 November, 2017 To 25 November, 2017
Snow condition on visit:
Amazing, there had been about 100cm in a couple of days leading up causing belly deep powder.
Things I liked:
Amazing quality of snow Short queues for gondola/lifts Great tree runs
Things I didn't like:
Flat parts A little small No apres, only one large dining hall to eat and one place to stay.