Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai (Bandai Town, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯 (福島県 磐梯町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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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 Urabandai Nekoma resort is actually rather close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or course connected. However they are owned by the same company and a joint lift ticket and shuttle bus service between the two is available. Apparently 'Alts' comes from 'Aer - Lux - Terra - Sol'.

There are five different Snow Parks areas on the slopes of Alts Bandai during the 2018-2019 season.

Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture 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 - 140cm 1st - 210cm 1st - 230cm
2nd - - 2nd - 140cm 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd - - 3rd - 145cm 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 240cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 210cm 4th - 240cm
5th - - 5th - 190cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 230cm
6th - - 6th - 190cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th - 190cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 220cm
8th - - 8th - 160cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 210cm
9th - - 9th - 160cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 210cm
10th - - 10th - 160cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 155cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 200cm
12th - - 12th - 170cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 200cm
13th - - 13th - 170cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 200cm
14th - - 14th - 170cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 190cm
15th - - 15th - 170cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 190cm
16th - - 16th - 160cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 190cm
17th - - 17th - 160cm 17th - 240cm 17th - 170cm
18th - - 18th - 160cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 170cm
19th - - 19th - 160cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 170cm
20th - - 20th - 150cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 170cm
21st - - 21st - 150cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - - 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 120cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 120cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 150cm
25th - 120cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 150cm
26th - 110cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 140cm
27th - 120cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 140cm
28th - 120cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 140cm
29th - 140cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 135cm
30th - 140cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st - 140cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 130cm

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. 
Park Information
Park information
There are 5 Snow Park areas at Alts Bandai:

- Step Up Park for Beginners (early January until late March)
- Step Up Park (early January until late March)
- Monster Park (late January until late February)
- Global Park (early February until late February)
- Nagaseru Park (mid January until late March) 

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.

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 9:00pm on Saturdays between 5th January and 2nd March 2019 and also New Year (29th December-3rd January) and 13th January and 10th February 2018. 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 4,700 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
Afternoon (from 12pm) 4,200 yen 1,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Gondola or Quad 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Alts+Nekoma Joint 5,200 yen 2,500 yen 4,000 yen 4,500 yen
Season Ticket 55,000 yen 25,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season (from 1st Mar) 20,000 yen 10,000 yen 11,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information ** 2018-2019 LIFT TICKET PRICES **

The 'Alts+Nekoma' Joint Ticket is valid at both Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai and Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma

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

Lift tickets are available to buy on the official resort website.

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.

The 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 free 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 3,000 vehicles are available close to the base of Alts Bandai. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!

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(30th October 2018)
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