Ani resort review (Kita Akita City, Akita)

Kita Akita City, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 25th November 2008
Ani review
As a beginner snowboarder, I found the intermediate runs at the top of the mountain to be a ton of fun, good for a 4-hour pass. Don't start later than 10 in the morning, as by 2pm it gets a little wet and slushy.

It was also pretty affordable, and they have rental boot sizes for us large foreigners - up to 29.5cm.

The one huge con to this place is the looooong flat beginner run that goes to the bottom of the gondola lift. It started out not-so-bad, but the flat part in the middle was misery. If you stop, don't plan on getting started again. At one point there is a tow rope to help you up a short hill, but it's pretty poorly designed and I never saw anyone make it to the top of the damn thing without falling. Ignoring the long run, though, this is a very fun place for a few hours, but it would get old if you tried to spend an entire day here.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Not too powdery in the late season, but still quite good
Things I liked: Intermediate runs
Things I didn't like: Long, flat beginner run


Kita Akita City, Akita
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Average Rankings

General score: 65
Snow conditions: 100
Courses/Terrain: 100
Lift system: 100
Apres ski: 35

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1200m
Min. elevation: 537m
Vertical: 663m
Steepest slope: 28°
Longest course: 4400m
Number of lifts: 3

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