This is a place that I have been meaning to check out for years. It is not terribly big, but can boast of occupying probably the best spot on Mt. Bandai for views, facing directly onto Lake Inawashiro. I really wanted to go on a clear day – which can be a rare thing around Mt. Bandai. But with the forecast for at least partly-clear weather finally coinciding with a day we were
Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort review by Canadian Freerider
This ski station is rather on the small side, but it offers enough challenge from top to bottom. Despites its size, it has the big advantage to be equipped with a gondola that brings you to the top quickly and comfortably. The chair lifts are slow and you need to take 3 of them before reaching the top.
The installation are a little bit old. The restaurant is small for the capacity of the resort.
Did a nighta here with dreams of a great variety of runs with the twisting beginner course down the middle. Ended up running it once, had dark spots and was quite skinny with a wall on one side and a drop off into trees on the other. Would hate to see this run on a busy day packed with beginners!
Two lifts on the right running, nice and long courses but slow lifts leave you cold. Course iced up even more
Heaps of fresh powder snow, empty runs, no lift queues...
The 2 steep fields were fantastic, thanks to the deep powder covering them - really good fun to power down! The other runs were good for cruising, and there were gorgeous views of Lake Inawashiro on the way down. There were a few ski schools about, but they kept mostly to the "Lovely Road" run,(which no snowboarder would do more than once anyway-it's a