Iwate ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Iwate. Currently 92 reviews.
Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by Bandana on 11th January 2021
Tucked away charmer
Living in Zao Onsen, we wanted a change of scenery and especially since 2020 was warming earlier than normal so sought to go north. Crowds had also gone due to CV19. Initially drove to Appi for 2 nights which we know well and then somewhere else on the return leg and more of a local resort.

Decided to stay at the Prince which was offering a particularly good deal at the time and is right on the slope plus we
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by Mike5441 on 23rd December 2019
The place to be during a slow early season
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
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by AndreaG on 8th November 2019
Excellent snow and tons of it as well
Get Geto on a peak day and you can't get much better. It's renowned not just in the region but in Japan (I believe) for excessive amounts of snowfall and 40-50cm+ regularly is not uncommon. There are some good official tree runs as well which are worth exploring if you are competent enough. Not the most accessible ski resort but worth a visit if it is within reach.

Not sure what it would be like for families and stuff, but for
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by XR89 on 27th November 2017
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
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APPI
安比
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Nice resort with lots to offer
I've been to APPI five, maybe six times now and I'll probably be back.

Some big time pros for APPI are:

Open early, open late. The last couple of seasons have been a little hit or miss, especially early season. APPI was one of the only places open when I started the season in mid December last year, and they tend to have good snowfall even when smaller resorts are hurting.

Large selection of courses. APPI has a little bit of everything.
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Hachimantai Resort Shimokura
八幡平リゾート下倉
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Good Views, Nice Runs
We had a bad season last year, in terms of snowfall... Rain, well into December, even on some of the bigger mountains. Overall very bad stuff. Our first half of the day we were on the Panorama side and the snow conditions were pretty bad... Slushy, thin, very thin, rocks visible in a lot of places. About lunchtime we decided to go see what the Shimokura side had to offer and we were not disappointed.

Not only was Shimokura less crowded,
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 4th February 2015
Big, well maintained, but somewhat faded.
This resort was a comparatively long haul for us, but I had high hopes and I was, for the most part, not disappointed.

Due to the long drive, we didn't get there until nearly 11 AM, but we were able to quickly purchase lift tickets (which, at 4700 yen with lunch included, were a reasonable price for the resort) and get on the large, mass transit gondola. It took us a good amount of time to get from the bottom
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Iwate Kogen Snow Park
岩手高原スノーパーク
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by goraca on 11th January 2015
Many Runs with Pow
Overall, great resort all together, but didn't post why the gondola didn't open when the resort opened.

Times are always translated easily amongst several languages.

Easy to get to, since its mostly toll road the entire way. Don't get confused when driving there if it seems you are going away from the mountain.

Eventually you'll see the Iwate Kogen signs and appreciate you kept going
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Okunakayama Kogen
奥中山高原
Ichinohe Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th December 2014
Great beginner resort!
We started coming here in early December of 13', not long after the resort opened. It's very conveniently located for us so it was an obvious choice.

It has a very wide, very accommodating beginner hill that was a great starter spot for my wife and I, with my only complaint being that heavy traffic on this hill can leave the snow conditions less than desirable for beginners. Especially early season the bunny hill feels more like concrete than snow about
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APPI
安比
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Well-managed, big bubble-era resort
Visited Appi Kogen for the first time. Late March, following a snowfall; the weather changed during our stay from from winter to pure spring conditions.

The ski area is mostly arrayed around the peak of Maemoriyama. The main base area is at the bottom of the Central Gelaende, with the Sailer Gelaende to looker's left of that, and the Second Gelaende to the left of Sailer. To looker's right of the Central Gelaende is a single lift going up the adjacent
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Hachimantai Resort Shimokura
八幡平リゾート下倉
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Rock-hand on 4th April 2014
Sheltered pow for a windy day
Living semi-locally to this resort I was disappointed it took me so long to visit. A regular customer at the nearby Appi resort, I had heard all year that when Appi is too windy, Shimokura is the spot. Come March 8th I found out that what I had heard was right on.

We got there nice and early the day after a 30cm dump and found that the valley the resort was in was perfectly sheltered from the wind which was
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Himekayu
ひめかゆ
Oshu Town, Iwate
Submitted by Rock-hand on 28th January 2014
Cheap, Fun and Parky
Himekayu is a family resort within close driving distance of Mizusawa.

The lift passes are really cheap, with the resort only serviced by two pair lifts, but there was never any line. There was a fair amount of variety in the few wide runs that they have and there were no ungroomed sections so an intermediate-advanced rider would probably get bored here very quickly unless they were keen to get into the park.

The park was the main drawcard for
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