Shizukuishi (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

雫石 (岩手県 雫石町)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 26th March 2017
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Shizukuishi resort is located to the north of the town centre of the same name in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were held at Shizukuishi in 1993. Shizukuishi has been operating since 1980, though since the peak 'ski boom' years the resort has been reduced in size with a number of lifts and courses closing. Even so, it still currently offers a variety of long courses and is a decent size with a 101 person Ropeway. Amihari Onsen and Iwate Kogen Snow Park are close by.

Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.

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The Mountain

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Shizukuishi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 30cm 30cm 1st 130cm 100cm 1st 170cm 135cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 30cm 2nd 130cm 105cm 2nd 170cm 135cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 30cm 3rd 130cm 105cm 3rd 165cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 30cm 30cm 4th 140cm 105cm 4th 165cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 30cm 30cm 5th 150cm 105cm 5th 165cm 130cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 30cm 6th 155cm 105cm 6th 160cm 120cm
7th - - 7th 35cm 30cm 7th 160cm 105cm 7th 160cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 35cm 30cm 8th 160cm 105cm 8th 160cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 45cm 30cm 9th 160cm 110cm 9th 165cm 95cm
10th - - 10th 45cm 30cm 10th 160cm 115cm 10th 180cm 90cm
11th - - 11th 50cm 30cm 11th 170cm 115cm 11th 180cm 90cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 30cm 12th 175cm 115cm 12th 170cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 30cm 13th 175cm 115cm 13th 170cm 90cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 40cm 14th 175cm 105cm 14th 165cm 90cm
15th 25cm 5cm 15th 85cm 40cm 15th 175cm 85cm 15th 170cm 85cm
16th 30cm 5cm 16th 85cm 40cm 16th 175cm 85cm 16th 170cm 85cm
17th 40cm 5cm 17th 90cm 40cm 17th 150cm 90cm 17th 170cm 85cm
18th 35cm 0cm 18th 90cm 45cm 18th 150cm 90cm 18th 165cm 80cm
19th 30cm 0cm 19th 90cm 65cm 19th 150cm 110cm 19th 165cm 80cm
20th 25cm 5cm 20th 100cm 65cm 20th 150cm 120cm 20th 165cm 70cm
21st 20cm 5cm 21st 100cm 85cm 21st 170cm 105cm 21st 160cm 70cm
22nd 20cm 5cm 22nd 100cm 85cm 22nd 170cm 100cm 22nd 160cm 70cm
23rd 5cm 15cm 23rd 100cm 85cm 23rd 170cm 100cm 23rd 160cm 75cm
24th 5cm 15cm 24th 105cm 85cm 24th 170cm 100cm 24th 160cm 70cm
25th 5cm 15cm 25th 115cm 85cm 25th 170cm 100cm 25th 160cm 70cm
26th 10cm 15cm 26th 115cm 85cm 26th 170cm 100cm 26th 155cm 70cm
27th 10cm 30cm 27th 115cm 100cm 27th 170cm 100cm 27th - 70cm
28th 10cm 30cm 28th 130cm 100cm 28th 170cm 135cm 28th - -
29th 20cm 30cm 29th 130cm 100cm 29th - 135cm 29th - -
30th 30cm 30cm 30th 130cm 100cm 30th 30th - -
31st 30cm 30cm 31st 130cm 100cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Shizukuishi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shizukuishi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
'Snow Land' is a large area for children and includes snow tubing, sledging, sliders, snow striders, a practice area and more. The entry charge is 800 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
There are two park areas - the 'Easy Park' (which interestingly is suited to intermediate and advanced riders according to official information), and the 'Okochama Ski & Snobo Park'. 

Shizukuishi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 6:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Shizukuishi is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.
Nighta is from 4:30pm until 6pm on weekdays and until 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Shizukuishi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age
Older Child
Senior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen 3,700 yen
4 Hours 3,700 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen 3,200 yen
Nighta 1,800 yen 1,500 yen 1,800 yen 1,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
High speed lift (1 time) 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Ropeway (one-way) 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Ropeway (return) 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 26,000 yen 40,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The 1 Day and 4 Hour lift tickets are 200 yen more expensive over the New Year period (30th December - 3rd January).

Getting to Shizukuishi

By public transport
12.5km from Shizukuishi Station on the Akita Shinkansen line
12.5km from Shizukuishi Station on the Tazawako line
24.9km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Shizukuishi resort is located to the north of central Shizukushi town - about 11km from Route 46 road and a few more km further from Shizukuishi Station (Tazawako line and Akita Shinkansen line).

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A free shuttle bus is available from Shizukuishi Station to the resort.

There is also a free weekday-only bus service from Morioka Station.

A taxi from Shizukuishi Station takes about 20 minutes.
By Car
20km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
24.5km from the Takizawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 46 (10.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 212
Shizukuishi is about 20km from the Morioka IC exit on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the Morioka IC exit, turn right onto Route 46 and then towards Shizukuishi using Prefecture Road 212. There are signposts along the way.

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There is a large parking area at each base for a total of around 2000 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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