Geto Kogen resort review (Kitakami Town, Iwate)

Geto Kogen
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by Mike5441 on 23rd December 2019
The place to be during a slow early season
Japan as a whole is struggling right now with a very slow start to winter. Currently, skiers basically have 2 options, either Geto Kogen, or Hokkaido. I planned to ski in Niigata this trip, but there is currently no open terrain there, so I had to cancel and rebook. Geto Kogen had a a couple huge dumps a few weeks ago and is now holding onto the highest base in Japan. We're all still waiting for the powder machine to turn on, but for the time being, it's great to at least be able to get some turns in on piste. Plus, there is already open night skiing here during the weekends. Early season ski trips are always a gamble, so thank you Geto Kogen for saving my trip. Fingers crossed for snow storms into the new year!
Date visited: From 18 December, 2019 To 31 December, 2019
Snow condition on visit: packed powder
Things I liked: Great fall lines, open groomers, and tasty tree runs (just need to wait for more powder to access them). This is a mountain for people who purely want to ski and snowboard hard and then relax in the onsen to cap off the day.
Things I didn't like: Apres options are currently limited at the mountain (unless you like night skiing and onsens. In that case, you'll be in heaven). However, there are some spots in Kitakami if you like parties and drinking.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Ungroomed courses
Authentic Japan experience
General score: 95
Snow conditions: 90
Courses/Terrain: 100
Lift system: 100
Apres ski: 60

Geto Kogen

Kitakami Town, Iwate
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Average Rankings

General score: 87
Snow conditions: 93
Courses/Terrain: 87
Lift system: 88
Apres ski: 46

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1070m
Min. elevation: 640m
Vertical: 430m
Steepest slope: 36°
Longest course: 3000m
Number of lifts: 5

Other resorts nearby

Himekayu 38.50km
Namari Onsen 41.10km
Choei Yuda 42.50km
Kunimidaira 47.20km
Shigarai 50.70km

Location of Geto Kogen