Japan as a whole is struggling right now with a very slow start to winter. Currently, skiers basically have 2 options, either Geto Kogen, or Hokkaido. I planned to ski in Niigata this trip, but there is currently no open terrain there, so I had to cancel and rebook. Geto Kogen had a a couple huge dumps a few weeks ago and is now holding onto the highest base in Japan. We're all still waiting for the powder machine to turn on, but for the time being, it's great to at least be able to get some turns in on piste. Plus, there is already open night skiing here during the weekends. Early season ski trips are always a gamble, so thank you Geto Kogen for saving my trip. Fingers crossed for snow storms into the new year!
From 18 December, 2019 To 31 December, 2019
Snow condition on visit:
Things I liked:
Great fall lines, open groomers, and tasty tree runs (just need to wait for more powder to access them). This is a mountain for people who purely want to ski and snowboard hard and then relax in the onsen to cap off the day.
Things I didn't like:
Apres options are currently limited at the mountain (unless you like night skiing and onsens. In that case, you'll be in heaven). However, there are some spots in Kitakami if you like parties and drinking.