Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai (Bandai Town, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
(福島県 磐梯町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai - often known as the original name 'Alts Bandai' - is located on the south-western slopes of Mt Bandai in Bandai town. Alts Bandai is relatively new, only opening in 1992. Fine views of the nearby Lake Inawashiro can be enjoyed from the resort.

The upper part of the Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai resort is geographically close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or course connected. Last season in spring they tried a new 'walking course' between the two. It seems to have been a success as they are opening it again as soon as they deem it safe. They are aiming to have it open from mid January 2020 until the end of the season. The 800m route between the top of the two resorts takes about 15 minutes in normal conditions and it should be open between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

The two resorts are owned by the same company and some joint lift tickets are available. Be sure to have a valid ticket if you intend to right lifts at both resorts!
The parks are popular at this resort and for the 2019-2020 season there are five different Snow Parks. Details below.

Apparently 'Alts' comes from 'Aer - Lux - Terra - Sol'.

Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro and the region is generally known as Aizu. The other ski hills can be found scattered across the western region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

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The Mountain

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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 110cm 1st 60cm 200cm 1st 90cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 110cm 2nd 60cm 200cm 2nd 80cm 150cm
3rd - - 3rd - 110cm 3rd 70cm 200cm 3rd 80cm 130cm
4th - - 4th - 105cm 4th 70cm 200cm 4th 75cm 120cm
5th - - 5th - 100cm 5th 90cm 190cm 5th 75cm 120cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th 90cm 180cm 6th 75cm 140cm
7th - - 7th - 100cm 7th 90cm 180cm 7th 30cm 140cm
8th - - 8th - 95cm 8th 95cm 180cm 8th 30cm 140cm
9th - - 9th - 100cm 9th 90cm 180cm 9th - 140cm
10th - - 10th 40cm 120cm 10th 90cm 180cm 10th - 140cm
11th - - 11th 40cm 120cm 11th 100cm 180cm 11th - 140cm
12th - - 12th 40cm 130cm 12th 100cm 170cm 12th - 130cm
13th - - 13th 40cm 130cm 13th 100cm 170cm 13th - 130cm
14th - - 14th 40cm 130cm 14th 100cm 170cm 14th - 130cm
15th - - 15th 40cm 130cm 15th 85cm 170cm 15th - 140cm
16th - - 16th 60cm 130cm 16th 60cm 170cm 16th - 140cm
17th - - 17th 60cm 130cm 17th 60cm 170cm 17th - 140cm
18th - - 18th 60cm 150cm 18th 60cm 170cm 18th - 80cm
19th - - 19th 60cm 160cm 19th 70cm 170cm 19th - 70cm
20th - - 20th 50cm 160cm 20th 70cm 170cm 20th - 65cm
21st - - 21st - 160cm 21st 70cm 160cm 21st - 65cm
22nd - 40cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd 70cm 160cm 22nd - 55cm
23rd - 40cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd 90cm 160cm 23rd - 55cm
24th - 40cm 24th - 180cm 24th 90cm 160cm 24th - 50cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 180cm 25th 90cm 150cm 25th - -
26th - 50cm 26th - 180cm 26th 90cm 150cm 26th - -
27th - 50cm 27th - 170cm 27th 90cm 150cm 27th - -
28th - 60cm 28th - 180cm 28th 90cm 150cm 28th - -
29th - 70cm 29th - 180cm 29th 90cm - 29th - -
30th - 80cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 90cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Alts Bandai. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are 2 'Kids Parks' at Alts Bandai, both near the base and one with a snow escalator - both free to enter.

Other activities available including snow rafting and grooming machines ride experiences. 
Park Information
Park information
There are 5 Snow Park areas at Alts Bandai (planned dates):

- Step Up Park for Beginners (11th January until 29th March 2020)
- Step Up Park (4th January until 29th March 2020)
- Step Up Park for experts (18th January until 15th February 2020)
- Global Park (25th January until 15th February 2020) *1
- Nagaseru Park (11th January until 29th March 2020) *2

*1 Closed between 28th February and 6th March 2020
*2 Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
*2 Closed between 28th February and 6th March 2020 

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays. The Gondola is the first lift to open each day.

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 9:00pm on Saturdays between 4th January and 7th March 2020 and also New Year (31st December-3rd January) and 12th January and 23rd February 2020. The Alts Express quad lift normally operates for nighta with two courses open.

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,900 yen 2,100 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen
Afternoon (from 12pm) 4,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Beginner 1 Day 1,600 yen 1,100 yen
Gondola Express (1 time) 1,100 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 27,000 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 27,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A 1 Day or PM ticket also gives you access to the Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma resort.

If you have a valid 1 day ticket, a nighta 'extension' ticket can be bought for an additional 500 yen.

Some cheaper lift tickets options are available to buy on the official resort website.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for tickets.

Getting to Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai

By public transport
55.2km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
6.8km from Bandai Machi Station on the Banetsu Sai line
17.1km from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Sai line
Transport Information
The closest train station to Alts Bandai is Bandai Machi Station (7km) on the Banetsu Saisen line. Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the same line is just over 17km from the resort.

Koriyama Station is the closest stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen and is about 55km from Alts Bandai.

A bus service between Koriyama Station and Alts Bandai is available between 22nd December 2018 and 31st March 2019. The bus leaves Koriyama Station at 8:15am and 3:20pm daily and takes about 80 minutes. This service costs 1000 yen.

There is also a bus service from Aizu Wakamatsu to the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A number of shuttle buses go to Alts Bandai. One operates from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Saisen line and another from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.

A free bus operates from the East Exit of Bandai-machi Station and takes about 20 minutes..

A bus from Aizu Wakamatsu Station costs 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children and takes about 45 minutes.

The bus from Koyiyama Station is 1000 yen and takes about 90 minutes.
By Car
10.8km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC on the Banetsu Expressway
19.2km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
49km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 49 (11.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 64
Alts Bandai is just under 11km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 64 for just over 1km to a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 7 and then continue for 2km until the turn off for the Gold Line road (Prefecture Road 64). Turn left and continue for just over 2km and take the road to the right to head up to Alts Bandai base. Note that the Gold Line toll road is not open in the winter months and so it is not possible to get to the ski resort using that road.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Large parking areas for around 3000 vehicles are available close to the base of Alts Bandai. Parking is free on weekdays and on some car parks on weekends too - though some car parks are charged on weekends.

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