Resort Spotlight: Aomori Spring Ski Resort (Aomori)

Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Ajigasawa Town, Aomori Prefecture
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Aomori Spring Ski Resort is located on the northern face of Mount Iwaki in Aomori Prefecture. The resort features 14 trails accessible via five lifts including four chairlifts and a gondola, which takes visitors to the very top of the resort at 921 meters. Aomori enjoys consistent heavy snowfalls from early December until late March, providing excellent snow conditions comparable to the best resorts in mainland Japan and Hokkaido. Unlike most other resorts, however, Aomori Spring offers sweeping views of the Sea of Japan as well as night-skiing and a world-class snow park complete with a 6.7 meter halfpipe - the largest in Japan!

 

Half Pipe/SnowPark

The Aomori Park is meticulously shaped by World Cup and Olympic park and pipe builder, John Melville from Development Snowparks. The extensive park includes a top to bottom run loaded with boxes, rails, varying sized jump-lines, hips, spines and world-class 22ft (6.7m) halfpipe, the largest in Japan. The Aomori Park opens daily from late December and runs until closing day in April. The halfpipe is open from early January until April (subject to conditions).

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Aomori Park is making its mark in international freestyle skiing and snowboarding with its park and pipe camps run by renowned Olympic coaches Elijah Teter and Benjamin Boyd. The camps offer elite training facilities including a 22ft quarterpipe with Bag Jump landing.

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The Mountain

Standing at 1,625 meters tall, Mount Iwaki dominates the landscape of the Tsugaru region and is one of the best-known mountains in Japan. Set amongst forests on the northern slopes of the mountain, Aomori Spring Ski Resort has an elevation range of over 500 vertical meters from Rockwood Hotel & Spa at 400 meters above sea level to the top of the gondola lift at 921 meters. Our five lifts service 14 trails including a 3.4km long beginner slope as well as extensive trails for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Furthermore, several floodlit trails remain open until after dark, providing visitors with an unforgettable night-skiing experience.
 



Rental Equipment

An extensive selection of ski and snowboard equipment is available to rent from the gondola station. From skis, snowboards and boots to full sets including clothing, helmets and goggles, and even cross-country skis and snowshoes, Aomori Spring caters for all. Discounts apply for hotel guests and equipment is also available for purchase.


Ramen House & Mountain Cafe

Located adjacent to Quad 1 and overlooking halfpipe, skiers can enjoy mid-winter warmth when they stop by our popular ski-in Ramen House. Savour the richly aromatic and full-bodied ramen broth, ramen noodles, and generous slices of chashu (pork slices). Rice and gyoza (dumplings stuffed with meat and vegetables) are also available on the menu. Open every day till 19.00.

The 214-seater Mountain Cafe is located directly next to the Gondola station in and is the perfect pit-stop for snow activity enthusiasts. A wide selection of dishes, from curry udon with squid tempura to beef rice bowls, will leave you spoilt for choice. Open every day till 17.00.


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Ski Lessons

We offer ski and snowboard lessons in both Japanese and English with a range of different options, including adult and child group and private lessons, as well as our speciality ‘Learn to Ride’ snowboard programs, freestyle camps and backcountry tours. Lessons and tours can be booked online or at the resort or hotel.
 


Lift Tickets

Available from Rockwood Hotel & Spa or the ticket office in the gondola station, Aomori Spring ski passes are always competitively priced with a range of options to suit all visitors whether you’re staying for a day, a week or longer. Concessions for children and hotel guests as well as separate afternoon and night-skiing passes are available.
 


Accommodation

At the heart of the resort is Rockwood Hotel & Spa. With a natural hot-spring onsen, as well 3 different restaurants serving both authentic Japanese and western style meals throughout the hotel, it is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. The hotel features 188 rooms, as well as a gift shop, game room and art gallery for guests. For more information on the Rockwood Hotel & Spa, please see the Accommodation Spotlight on SnowJapan here.
 

 

How to get to Aomori Spring Ski Resort

By car: From Hirosaki City (Nagadai-Iwaki line) = 40 mins (30km)
From Aomori City (Route 7 & Route 101) = 1 hour 20 mins (60km)
From Tohoku Highway Owani Hirosaki I.C. (Route 7) = 60 mins (37km)
By train:

Tohoku Shinkansen
From Hirosaki Station = 40 mins
From Aomori Station = 1 hour 20 mins

By plane: From Aomori Airport (Route 7 & Route 101) = 1 hour 10 mins (49km)

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