Aomori Spring (formerly known as Naqua Shirakami) has mostly mellow undulating, well-groomed terrain as well as extensive tree riding and a few steep pitches. The facilities are very good including five lifts (of which two are covered high speed quads and one gondola), extensive learning and kids’ facilities, a good range of dining options (from high end bistro to casual noodle bar) and excellent freestyle features (including a 22ft halfpipe and a terrain park).
There is the option to stay on the mountain at the well-appointed Rockwood Spa Hotel. The hotel offers packages that include accommodation, breakfast, dinner and lift tickets. The open-air Onsen is divine!
We came to Japan for the first time this season, in what is described as a ‘bad snow year’ but this resort has far exceeded our expectations. The base snow level may not be as high as usual but 1.4-1.6m is still decent and the quality of snow is exceptional. Snow is falling most days and the groomed trails are in pristine condition with plenty of untracked powder to be found off-piste.
This resort has a lot to offer families, as well as freestyle skiers and snowboarders, and anyone looking for good open carving terrain on uncrowded slopes.
From 24 January, 2016 To 01 February, 2016
Snow condition on visit:
Well-groomed piste and plenty of untracked powder off-piste. Dry winter snow.
Things I liked:
Great snow quality, extensive freestyle facilities, wide open groomed runs, lots of fresh, untracked powder in the trees, onsen at the hotel.
Things I didn't like:
The only possible downside is that the nearest township is about 20 minutes drive (however this is not an issue if you stay at the well appointed Rockwood Hotel on the slopes).
Authentic Japan experience