Iwate ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Iwate. Currently 88 reviews.
Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Nice resort with lots to offer
I've been to APPI five, maybe six times now and I'll probably be back.

Some big time pros for APPI are:

Open early, open late. The last couple of seasons have been a little hit or miss, especially early season. APPI was one of the only places open when I started the season in mid December last year, and they tend to have good snowfall even when smaller resorts are hurting.

Large selection of courses. APPI has a little bit of everything.
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Hachimantai Resort Shimokura
八幡平リゾート下倉
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Good Views, Nice Runs
We had a bad season last year, in terms of snowfall... Rain, well into December, even on some of the bigger mountains. Overall very bad stuff. Our first half of the day we were on the Panorama side and the snow conditions were pretty bad... Slushy, thin, very thin, rocks visible in a lot of places. About lunchtime we decided to go see what the Shimokura side had to offer and we were not disappointed.

Not only was Shimokura less crowded,
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Shizukuishi
雫石
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 4th February 2015
Big, well maintained, but somewhat faded.
This resort was a comparatively long haul for us, but I had high hopes and I was, for the most part, not disappointed.

Due to the long drive, we didn't get there until nearly 11 AM, but we were able to quickly purchase lift tickets (which, at 4700 yen with lunch included, were a reasonable price for the resort) and get on the large, mass transit gondola. It took us a good amount of time to get from the bottom
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Iwate Kogen Snow Park
岩手高原スノーパーク
Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by goraca on 11th January 2015
Many Runs with Pow
Overall, great resort all together, but didn't post why the gondola didn't open when the resort opened.

Times are always translated easily amongst several languages.

Easy to get to, since its mostly toll road the entire way. Don't get confused when driving there if it seems you are going away from the mountain.

Eventually you'll see the Iwate Kogen signs and appreciate you kept going
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Okunakayama Kogen
奥中山高原
Ichinohe Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th December 2014
Great beginner resort!
We started coming here in early December of 13', not long after the resort opened. It's very conveniently located for us so it was an obvious choice.

It has a very wide, very accommodating beginner hill that was a great starter spot for my wife and I, with my only complaint being that heavy traffic on this hill can leave the snow conditions less than desirable for beginners. Especially early season the bunny hill feels more like concrete than snow about
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Well-managed, big bubble-era resort
Visited Appi Kogen for the first time. Late March, following a snowfall; the weather changed during our stay from from winter to pure spring conditions.

The ski area is mostly arrayed around the peak of Maemoriyama. The main base area is at the bottom of the Central Gelaende, with the Sailer Gelaende to looker's left of that, and the Second Gelaende to the left of Sailer. To looker's right of the Central Gelaende is a single lift going up the adjacent
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Hachimantai Resort Shimokura
八幡平リゾート下倉
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Rock-hand on 4th April 2014
Sheltered pow for a windy day
Living semi-locally to this resort I was disappointed it took me so long to visit. A regular customer at the nearby Appi resort, I had heard all year that when Appi is too windy, Shimokura is the spot. Come March 8th I found out that what I had heard was right on.

We got there nice and early the day after a 30cm dump and found that the valley the resort was in was perfectly sheltered from the wind which was
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Himekayu
ひめかゆ
Oshu Town, Iwate
Submitted by Rock-hand on 28th January 2014
Cheap, Fun and Parky
Himekayu is a family resort within close driving distance of Mizusawa.

The lift passes are really cheap, with the resort only serviced by two pair lifts, but there was never any line. There was a fair amount of variety in the few wide runs that they have and there were no ungroomed sections so an intermediate-advanced rider would probably get bored here very quickly unless they were keen to get into the park.

The park was the main drawcard for
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Okunakayama Kogen
奥中山高原
Ichinohe Town, Iwate
Submitted by Neonbunyip on 13th January 2014
Excellent Value
Medium size ski resort, with nice powder snow. Lower slopes are excellent for beginners, with wide open slopes. Even on the busy Coming of Age long weekend there was plenty of space, especially away from the main slope. Upper slopes are more challenging, with long runs available.

Had a small snow park, not enough for the advanced boarder..

If coming by train, there are some cheap deals with Iwate Galaxy Railway, but watch out for infrequent connecting bus services at
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 28th June 2010
Appi Kogen review by Tim
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.

Very friendly
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Hiraniwa Kogen
平庭高原
Kuji Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 20th February 2010
Hiraniwa Kogen review by Lizzy
We usually go to Okunakayama because my husband has just started boarding. I was getting a little tired of the lack of variety there so we decided to check out a new place this weekend. It was great! Not crowded, lots of lifts and little jumps and a good variety of runs.

It seems like a local place as lots of the people had season passes (20,000yen). There was a trick park set up too. Cheap, half day was
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Sonei Kunohe
村営くのへ
Kunohe Village, Iwate
Submitted by marku on 16th February 2010
Sonei Kunohe review
A nice small beginners slope around 45 mins drive make it the closest slope to Hachinohe.

For some reason they only had one of the two lifts open so you couldn't get right to the top. There was also one rope tow on the beginners slope.

I'd recommend this place as a cheap day out for the family or for taking some beginners.

Very easy to get to just off the expressway.
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