Resort Spotlight: Iwappara (Niigata)

Website: www.iwa-ppara.com

Iwappara
Yuzawa Town
Niigata Prefecture

Iwappara was the first of the larger resorts to open in Yuzawa Town, and is still one of the more popular resorts in the area.  It's wide open main slope is popular with both beginners and people wanting to practice their skiing and snowboarding techniques.  Journey towards the top of the resort for magnificent views of the valley and Tanigawa-dake....once you have taken in the views, try the steep and challenging mogul course from the very top.

* More information on Iwappara here *

Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 - Sunday 8th April 2018

For the 2017-2018 season, Iwappara once again teams up with nearby Joetsu Kokusai ski and snowboard resort (in Minamiuonuma, about 20-25 minutes drive from Iwappara) and offers joint tickets, events and more. 2017-2018 is the 8th season of collaboration between the two resorts.


 

 
 

2017-2018 Season Events

Saturday 9th until
Friday 15th December
Opening Service
Special prices 1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen
Sunday 31st December Various New Years Eve events including fireworks
Sunday 21st January;
Sunday 25th February;
Sunday 25th March
Sledge Race
...on a special course... anyone can take part!
Saturday 3rd February Yuzawa Winter Fireworks
* Planned date. 5:30pm planned time.
Sunday 4th February;
Sunday 11th March
Lotte Presents 'Undokai'
Athletic competiton on the snow
Sunday 17th December;
Sunday 21st January;
Sunday 18th February;
Sunday 18th March
Children's Day
Free 1 day lift ticket for children under 12 years of age
Monday 26th March until
Sunday 8th April
Final Service
1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen

 Course Map
(Click on image for PDF version)


 

Area

1300000 sq m

Courses area

1100000 sq m

Elevation

400m - 985m

Vertical

585m

Number of lifts

2 quad lifts
7 pair lifts

Number of courses

20 courses
Beginner - 40%
Intermediate - 40%
Advanced - 20%

Restaurants (slopes)

Resort restaurants:
Roche Plaine (capacity 160)
Snowmans (capacity 180)
20 other facilities on the resort (capacity 1700) and 4 nearby (capacity 100)

Parking

Space for 1,500 cars
Parking is free every day

Longest course

4,000m
(Active Course > Slalom Course)

Steepest slopes

35°
(Iiji Giant Course)

Waiting times

About 5 minutes at peak times on holidays

Restrictions

Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on all slopes

Half pipe

In the Number 3 pair lift area

Snow Park

In the Number 3 pair lift area

Poles

Upper area of the beginner course (near central quad)

Sponge Bob Kids Park

Lower area of the beginner area

Kids Paradise

Playing in the Snow Zone
Sledging Zone
Beginners Practice Zone
Tubing Zone
Entrance: 500 yen

'Soriland' (Sledge) Main gelende by Number 2 pair lift

Child care

None

School

Iwappara Snowboard School
TEL 025-787-1111
SAJ Iwappara Ski School
TEL 025-787-1111
SpongeBob Snow Camp
TEL 025-787-1111

Day return onsen

Iwappara Kankou Onsen
Resort Center 2, 1pm-5pm
1pm-5pm
Adults: 600 yen
Children: 300 yen
includes face towel, shampoo and soap

Rest Areas Resort Center 1 3rd Floor
7:30am until 5pm
Free
Kids Paradise, tatami area and toys for children

 

Daytime 8am-5pm
Nighta 5pm-8:00pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR
(12-15)
MASTER
(over 55)
KIDS
(3-12)
5 hours 5 hours from purchase 3,000 1,500 2,000 -
1 day 8am-5pm 4,000 2,500 3,000 1,000
Long 1 day 8am-end of nighta 4,500 2,500 3,500 1,000
PM + Nighta 12pm until end of nighta 4,000 2,500 3,000 1,000
2 day End of nighta on 2nd day 7,000 3,500 5,000 2,000
Nighta 5pm until end of nighta 1,500 1,000 1,000 1,000
Kids Paradise entrance (1) 9am-4pm (re-entry ok) 500 500 500 500
Kids Paradise entrance (2) Includes 1 time on Number 1 pair lift 700 700 700 700

Season Passes

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Iwappara +
Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 55,000 35,000 45,000
Iwappara only
Season pass
All season 30,000 23,000 25,000

Special extras included for those purchasing season tickets:

Extra 1
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa
Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Iwappara
Iwappara season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Joetsu Kokusai

Extra 2
Free parking

Extra 3
Half price onsen!
Iwappara - Resort Center 2 for 300 yen (normal price 600 yen)
Joetsu Kokusai - Annex for 500 yen (normal price 1000 yen)

Extra 4
Half price lessons!
Iwappara Snowboard School, Joetsu Kokusai Ski/Snowboard School, Sponge Bob Snow Camp Iwappara or Joetsu Kokusai - general lesson at half price

Early Season & Spring Skiing

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Opening:
9th-15th December 2017
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500
Finale:
26th March-8th April 2018
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500

Equipment Rental

Salomon Station - Resort Center 1 / 2
All the latest Salomon models are available from this rental shop - test run any of the models on offer.
Open from 7:30am until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays; 7:30am until 9pm on Saturdays.

Skis

    Half
Day
Nighta 1 Day PM
Nighta
Long
1 Day
2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Salomon
Expert
Adult only
Full Set 5,500 3,300 7,000 7,000 7,000 11,000 14,500 18,000
Set 4,000 2,400 5,000 5,000 5,000 7,500 9,500 11,500
Skis/Board only 3,000 1,800 3,500 3,500 3,500 5,500 7,000 8,500
Salomon
Regular
Adult
Full Set 5,000 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 10,500 14,000 17,500
Set 3,500 2,100 4,000 4,000 4,000 7,000 9,000 11,000
Skis/Board only 2,500 1,500 3,000 3,000 3,000 5,000 6,500 8,000
Salomon
Regular
Child
Full Set 2,500 1,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 6,000 8,000 10,000
Set 2,000 1,200 2,500 2,500 2,500 4,000 5,000 6,000
Skis/Board only 1,500 900 2,000 2,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000
Boots Adult 1,000 600 1,500 1,500 1,500 2,800 3,800 4,800
Child 800 400 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,500 2,000 3,000
Poles Adult 500 300 800 800 800 1,500 2,000 2,500
Child 500 300 500 500 500 1,000 1,200 1,400

Snowboard

    Half
Day
Nighta 1 Day PM
Nighta
Long
1 Day
2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Snowboard
Adult
Full Set 5,000 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 10,500 14,000 17,500
Set 3,500 2,100 4,000 4,000 4,000 6,000 7,500 9,000
Skis/Board only 2,500 1,500 3,000 3,000 3,000 5,000 6,500 8,000
Snowboard
Child
Full Set 2,500 1,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 6,000 8,000 10,000
Set 2,000 1,200 2,500 2,500 2,500 4,000 5,000 6,000
Skis/Board only 1,500 900 2,000 2,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000
Boots Adult 1,500 900 2,000 2,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000
Child 800 400 800 800 800 1,500 2,000 2,500

Wear

    Half
Day
Nighta 1 Day PM
Nighta
Long
1 Day
2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Jacket and pants Adult 2,500 1,500 3,000 3,000 3,000 5,000 6,500 8,000
Child 1,000 600 1,500 1,500 1,500 3,000 4,000 5,500

Fun skis

    Half
Day
Night 1 Day PM
Nighta
Long
1 Day
2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Fun ski Full Set 4,500 2,700 5,500 5,500 5,500 8,500 11,000 13,000
Adult only Set 3,000 1,800 3,500 3,500 3,500 5,000 6,000 6,500
Skis only 2,000 1,200 2,500 2,500 2,500 4,000 5,000 6,000

Snowscoot

    2 Hours Half Day 1 Day PM
Nighta
Long
1 Day
Fun ski - 2,000 4,500 6,500 5,500 7,500

Weekday only
Free Change Passport - change over from skis/snowboards/fun skis and snowscoot (adults)

    1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Weekday
Passport A
(Full Set)
Adult 8,000 12,000 16,000 20,000
Child 4,000 7,000 10,000 13,000
Weekday
Passport B
(Set)
Adult 6,500 8,500 10,500 12,500
Child 3,000 5,000 7,000 9,000

Half day = 5 hours
Nighta = 5pm until end of nighta
1 day = 7:30am until 5pm
PM Nighta = 12pm until end of nighta
Long 1 Day = 7:30am until end of nighta
2 Days = 7:30am until end of nighta on second day
3 Days = 7:30am until 5:30pm on third day
4 Days = 7:30am until 5:30pm on fourth day

Getting to Iwappara

By car:
Getting to Iwappara by car is very easy. Get to Yuzawa on the Kanetsu Expressway and you will see the Iwappara resort stretching out before you as you approach the Yuzawa IC. The resort can be reached in less than 5 minutes from Yuzawa IC.
   

By train and bus:
The free Iwappara shuttle bus takes you to the resort from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station in less than 10 minutes.

FREE PARKING - parking for 1500 vehicles close to the slopes!

Website: www.iwa-ppara.com