This is the second trip back to Appi. It snowed everyday of what seemed like at least 30 - 40cm. The powder off the side of the groomers was incredibly lush, waist deep. There was even a day the groomed run was knee deep.. thats how much snow was falling. Food was quite expensive but good range.
I love Kawaba for many reasons. First, it's really close from where I live, I can get there in 1 hour. Then, there are plenty of areas to go to in the trees and the good things is, you can (almost) never get lost as there is only one way to the valley.
I went there on icy conditions also and I would not recommend it as it limits considerably the potential of the resort. The park is for beginners/intermediates but
I would say that Iwakura is not for beginners. Beside 2 green runs at the bottom, there isn`t much for them. On the contrary, I have rarely seen courses that steep in Japan (I`m French in case you wonder), and riders who enjoys speed and steepness will enjoy Iwakura.
If it has not snowed in a while, this resort is an option to consider as it is high in altitude, the snow rarely melt (meaning you usually don`t have very icy
I went there this year on a hot day (more than 15 degrees that day). We figured the snow would suck everywhere but at least here, we could practice our tricks and jumps. And that`s exactly what we did.
There are runs full of kickers and rails that you can have fun with, a decent half pipe also and a HUGE 15m kicker, the biggest I have seen in Japan by far (I think I have jumped on a 9m
I usually go to Kagura early in the season and late in the season.
Early because it's not crowded like it is usually and also because it's one of the first resort to receive big amount of snow. This year 2010, was unbelievable, there was so much powder in December, you couldn`t actually ride it unless you were on one of the steepest side of the mountain. Sometimes, not all areas are open (Tashiro usually opens later).