Appi Kogen resort review (Hachimantai Town, Iwate)

Reviews of Appi Kogen resort in Hachimantai Town, Iwate Prefecture. Currently 36 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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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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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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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 1st February 2010
Appi Kogen review by Canadian Freerider
With its 2 gondolas, APPI is my first experience in a Japanese mid-size ski resort. It is large enough to keep the interest alive for few days. The variety of runs is good with few tracks left natural. Beginners as well as experts should have their own share of fun. However, there is none of THE super steep champion track that can usually be found in any large resort.

Freeriding potential is good. The ungroomed tracks
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 7th May 2009
Appi Kogen review by Chumpol Samolrerk
My family came from Thailand and had never been snow resort and play ski before.

We visited Appi Kogen on 22-24 April 2009. Thier staff were very friendly and helpful.

My daugthers enjoyed skiing practice at beginer area and made snow man on the top of mountain.

We wish to visit this resort again in the near future.
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 16th April 2009
Appi Kogen review by Carl Brown
Wide open resort with runs for all types. Even though we knew that most of it would be shut, we were happy with what we had for the time of year and did not get bored. Must be great in full season.

We were also blessed with cloud free skies the entire time.

In full season, the few mountain restaurants would probably be a challenge at lunch time but the bottom should be adequate. For those staying in the
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by dyna8800 on 10th March 2009
Appi Kogen review
Appi is a classic example of a Bubble Era ski resort, with a grand hotel, high rise condominiums, and several annex buildings surrounding an expansive mountain. I have always wanted to see this resort, as it is very popular, almost always in the top 10 ranking of ski areas in Japan as voted by Japanese skiers.

Perhaps one of the reasons why is what Appi refers to as "Best Snow Quality - Gifted Natural Environment" and the aspirin snow. Their description
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 25th February 2009
Appi Kogen review by paul
On the clear sunny days it was fantastic. When the wind picked up the main gondola shut down so only a few runs were open.

Top of the hill has good runs for advanced skiers while the bottom is a great place for beginners. Overall a good medium sized resort with enough variety for all the family.

Resort has all ammenities for the traveller that wants all inclusive package. English speaking staff were great.
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 14th December 2007
Appi Kogen review by Jay
Early season snowboarding at Appi is awesome.

Get there a little early and you'll get your moneys worth before you even take a break for lunch. Although the terrain park in not open and they don't have enough snow to build a halfpipe yet, there are plenty of natural jumps you can have fun with. I got there 30 minutes before the resort opened and we had the first chair up the mountain.

The chairs open
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by BigMountainRider on 4th June 2007
Appi Kogen review
APPI has the only decent park in Iwate and Aomori. Plenty of JIBBS and some nasty little KICKERS. love the HIP it had a nice transfer and smooth landing. The wall needs to be wider it gets hairy if you pull a hook on it. THEY NEED TO BUILD A QUATER PIPE!!! Progression is all about the quarter pipe these days. It doesn't have its own lift so you got to use the quad
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by TheJoeyz on 14th January 2007
Appi Kogen review by Joe
I like Appi but must say that I only ski Appi 2 side of the mountain.

If you are looking at the mountain from the main resort lodge complex, Appi 2 side is the entire mountain to the left of the main gondola lift (blue line). The lodges have some really good food but you have to put up with the Japanese smoking. Also, snowboarders tend to sit in the middle of the runs a lot...but once you smash through
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 20th February 2006
Appi Kogen review by daft
I don't care what anybody else says, Appi is the place to go if you are stationed at Misawa.

It's a good place for beginners, intermediate, and advanced snowboarding. There is excellent powder in the Appi 2 side. It is very easy to get to, just hop on the toll road and it's about an hour and a half drive. It's not quite as big as some of the resorts in the states, but it's definitely the best I've been to
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Appi Kogen

安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1305m
Min. elevation: 500m
Vertical: 805m
Steepest slope: 34°
Longest course: 5500m
Number of lifts: 18

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