Grandeco Snow Resort (Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima)

Grandeco Snow Resort
グランデコスノーリゾート
(福島県 北塩原村)
Planned season: Tuesday 1st December 2020 until Sunday 11th April 2021
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Latest report posted at 11:22am on Thursday 26th November 2020
Official snow depth 205cm (-5cm) [updated on 27th January 2021]

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Grandeco Snow Resort is located in the eastern region of Kita Shiobara village in Fukushima Prefecture. The resort is in an area to the north of Mt Bandai that is known for usually receiving the most amount of snow in the region. With heavy snowfalls the resort often enjoys a long season into early May. Grandeco Snow Resort has been operating since 1992.

For the 2020-2021 season the Gondola and Number 4 quad lifts will be rested on weekdays - they will be open as normal on weekends and national holidays.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). 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. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

1590m
580m
1010m
33"
8
4500m
5
15%
45%
40%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
0 1 4 0 0 0 0

Grandeco Snow Resort Course Map

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Course Map Small

Grandeco Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
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19/20
season
1st - 30cm 1st 170cm 60cm 1st - 120cm 1st - 160cm
2nd - 30cm 2nd 170cm 70cm 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 160cm
3rd - 30cm 3rd 190cm 70cm 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 160cm
4th 0cm 35cm 4th 195cm 70cm 4th - 130cm 4th - 160cm
5th 0cm 40cm 5th 200cm 80cm 5th - 140cm 5th - 160cm
6th 30cm 40cm 6th 210cm 90cm 6th - 140cm 6th - 170cm
7th 30cm 40cm 7th 210cm 80cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 180cm
8th 30cm 40cm 8th 230cm 80cm 8th - 150cm 8th - 200cm
9th 30cm 40cm 9th 230cm 80cm 9th - 160cm 9th - 185cm
10th 30cm 40cm 10th 230cm 80cm 10th - 160cm 10th - 160cm
11th 30cm 40cm 11th 230cm 80cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 140cm
12th 30cm 40cm 12th 230cm 80cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 140cm
13th 35cm 40cm 13th 230cm 80cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 140cm
14th 50cm 40cm 14th 230cm 90cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 140cm
15th 50cm 45cm 15th 230cm 110cm 15th - 170cm 15th - 140cm
16th 70cm 45cm 16th 230cm 100cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 160cm
17th 90cm 45cm 17th 230cm 95cm 17th - 130cm 17th - 165cm
18th 90cm 45cm 18th 230cm 100cm 18th - 130cm 18th - 190cm
19th 100cm 40cm 19th 250cm 100cm 19th - 130cm 19th - 190cm
20th 150cm 40cm 20th 250cm 100cm 20th - 130cm 20th - 170cm
21st 150cm 40cm 21st 240cm 120cm 21st - 145cm 21st - 190cm
22nd 150cm 40cm 22nd 240cm 120cm 22nd - 130cm 22nd - 175cm
23rd 160cm 40cm 23rd 240cm 130cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 180cm
24th 160cm 40cm 24th 225cm 120cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 180cm
25th 160cm 40cm 25th 215cm 120cm 25th - 165cm 25th - 180cm
26th 160cm 40cm 26th 210cm 120cm 26th - 170cm 26th - 180cm
27th 160cm 40cm 27th 205cm 120cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 180cm
28th 160cm 45cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 170cm
29th 160cm 60cm 29th - 120cm 29th - 170cm 29th - 170cm
30th 160cm 60cm 30th - 125cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st 160cm 60cm 31st - 120cm 31st 31st - 165cm

Previous Statistics

Grandeco Snow Resort Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Grandeco Snow Resort. 
Rental
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
'Kids Park' is available in the base area of the resort. Entry is 1,200 yen for a full day; 700 yen for the morning; 800 yen for the afternoon. Open from 19th December 2020 until 4th April 2021 on weekends and holidays from 8:30am until 4:00pm.

A free to use 'Family Room' in the Ski Center building on the 2nd Floor. 
Park Information
Park information
There are two 'Slope Park' areas - upper part of Rainbow 3500 (for beginners) and the upper part of the Center Course. 

Grandeco Snow Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Grandeco Snow Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm - note there are some variations depending on the day.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Weekday operations 2020-2021
Only the Number 1, 2 and 3 quad lifts operate on weekdays.
The Gondola and Number 4 quad are closed on weekdays.

Grandeco Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day (weekends) 5,400 yen 3,900 yen 5,100 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 3,700 yen
Half day (weekends) 4,600 yen 3,000 yen 4,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

Lift ticket prices for 2020-2021 are somewhat complicated.

They have two different sets of charges for weekdays and two different sets of charges for weekends and holidays charges - called A, B, C and D. Each day on the calendar has been assigned one of those charges and it's almost looks random... though surely isn't. Go prepared!

Getting to Grandeco Snow Resort

By public transport
Train
Train
59.2km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.5km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
59.2km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
The nearest train station is Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Nishi line and is approximately 23km from the Grandeco Snow Resort.

Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is just over 59km from the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
bus
Bus
A few bus services to Grandeco Snow Resort are available.

The shuttle bus from Inawashiro Station is free and takes about 60 minutes. It leaves the station at 7:55am.

The shuttle bus from Koriyama Station takes about 100 minutes. It operates mostly on Saturdays and Sundays along with other holidays. This bus costs 1,400 yen for adults and 700 yen for children and seniors. It leaves the station at 9:50am.

Reservations in advance are required for both by 5:00pm on the previous day.
By Car
Car
22.8km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
52km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
56.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 459 (7.4km away)
Direction
Direction
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway is the nearest expressway exit to Grandeco and a 30-35 minute drive in good conditions.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Prefecture Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 7km until reaching a road sign for Grandeco. The road signpost is for Lake Onagawako. Turn right at this point and follow the scenic road by the lake for about 8km up to the Grandeco Snow Resort base car park.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Parking
Parking
Car parking is available at the resort base area. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen for the day on weekends and holidays.

More Information

Address
Address
Arasunasawayama Hibara
Kitashiobara-mura
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-2701
Telephone
Telephone
0241-32-2530
2020-2021 UPDATES
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