It snowed heavily on the drive up and made for amazing conditions.
The powder in the out-of-bounds area was so deep that the two skiers I was with lost one ski each and we had to dig for an hour til we found both. A nice selection of trails for intermediate and expert. Wish I had a pair of snow shoes. There were dozens of skiers and boarders hiking up the mountain. There is a nice selection of restaurants scattered
If you're a park rider (I'm not), this is the place. The jumps are huge and the talent was there to match it.
For use mountain riders, Akakura offers lots of runs and trees that are in-bounds, spaced well, and fun. As we were having a "snowmelt-slushy" day, it's hard to evaluate the slope quality. Definitely a good place for beginners and intermediates - perhaps not so good for expert-level folks would be my best guess. Lots of parking (at
On Saturday, the packed powder was sometimes a bit tough to ski on and the some of the slopes were quite crowded.
On Sunday, there was about a foot or more of fresh powder. The heavy snow fall in the morning chased away a lot of beginners who tried the slopes once, then sold their tickets for 2,000 yen. The off trail runs were amazing. I was here last year and had the same experience.