Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai (Bandai Town, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai
(福島県 磐梯町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until late March 2021
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai - often known as the original name 'Alts Bandai' - is located on the south-western slopes of Mt Bandai in Bandai town. Alts Bandai is relatively new, only opening in 1992. Fine views of the nearby Lake Inawashiro can be enjoyed from the resort. Apparently 'Alts' comes from 'Aer - Lux - Terra - Sol'.

The upper part of the Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai resort is geographically close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or (ski) course connected. Since the 2018-2019 season, they tried a new 'walking course' between the two in the spring season. The 800m route between the top of the two resorts takes about 15 minutes in normal conditions and it should be open for the 2020-2021 season.

The two ski areas are owned by the same company and joint lift tickets are available. Be sure to have a valid ticket if you intend to right lifts at both ski areas!

The Alts Gondola lift will not be operating during the 2020-2021 season.

Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro and the region is generally known as Aizu. The other ski hills can be found scattered across the western region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

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Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 105cm - 1st 200cm 60cm 1st 160cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 105cm - 2nd 200cm 60cm 2nd 155cm 80cm
3rd - - 3rd 140cm - 3rd 190cm 70cm 3rd 150cm 80cm
4th - - 4th 140cm - 4th 190cm 70cm 4th 160cm 75cm
5th - - 5th 140cm - 5th 200cm 90cm 5th 155cm 75cm
6th - - 6th 140cm - 6th 220cm 90cm 6th 150cm 75cm
7th - - 7th 145cm - 7th 230cm 90cm 7th 150cm 30cm
8th - - 8th 145cm - 8th 235cm 95cm 8th 140cm 30cm
9th - - 9th 175cm - 9th 240cm 90cm 9th 140cm -
10th - - 10th 175cm 40cm 10th 250cm 90cm 10th 140cm -
11th - - 11th 195cm 40cm 11th 240cm 100cm 11th 140cm -
12th - - 12th 190cm 40cm 12th 265cm 100cm 12th 135cm -
13th - - 13th 190cm 40cm 13th 250cm 100cm 13th 135cm -
14th - - 14th 190cm 40cm 14th 200cm 100cm 14th 135cm -
15th - - 15th 190cm 40cm 15th 180cm 85cm 15th 130cm -
16th - - 16th 190cm 60cm 16th 170cm 60cm 16th 130cm -
17th - - 17th 180cm 60cm 17th 180cm 60cm 17th 125cm -
18th - - 18th 175cm 60cm 18th 200cm 60cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th 185cm 60cm 19th 205cm 70cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th 180cm 50cm 20th 205cm 70cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st 180cm - 21st 195cm 70cm 21st 120cm -
22nd - - 22nd 190cm - 22nd 180cm 70cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 190cm - 23rd 160cm 90cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 190cm - 24th 170cm 90cm 24th - -
25th 90cm - 25th 185cm - 25th 170cm 90cm 25th - -
26th 95cm - 26th 180cm - 26th 170cm 90cm 26th - -
27th 95cm - 27th 180cm - 27th 160cm 90cm 27th - -
28th 95cm - 28th 170cm - 28th 160cm 90cm 28th - -
29th 95cm - 29th 170cm - 29th - 90cm 29th - -
30th 100cm - 30th 170cm - 30th 30th - -
31st 100cm - 31st 190cm - 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Alts Bandai. 
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
There are 2 'Kids Parks' at Alts Bandai, both near the base and one with a snow escalator - both free to enter.

Other activities available including snow rafting and grooming machines ride experiences. 
Park Information
Park information
There are 5 Snow Park areas at Alts Bandai:

- Step Up Park for Beginners
- Step Up Park
- Step Up Park for experts
- Global Park
- Nagaseru Park 

Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.

For the 2020-2021 season there will be night skiing only on New Years Eve. It will be from 5:30pm until 11:45pm and they are calling it 'Countdown Nighta'.

Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,900 yen 2,100 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen
Afternoon (from 12pm) 4,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta (31st Dec) 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Beginner 1 Day 1,600 yen 1,100 yen
Alts Express (1 time) 1,100 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 27,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

A 1 Day or PM ticket also gives you access to the Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma resort.

Some cheaper lift tickets options are available to buy on the official resort website.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for tickets.

Note: The Alts Gondola will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.

Getting to Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai

By public transport
55.2km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
6.8km from Bandai Machi Station on the Banetsu Sai line
17.1km from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Sai line
Transport Information
The closest train station to Alts Bandai is Bandai Machi Station (7km) on the Banetsu Saisen line. Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the same line is just over 17km from the resort.

Koriyama Station is the closest stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen and is about 55km from Alts Bandai.

A bus service between Koriyama Station and Alts Bandai is available between 22nd December 2018 and 31st March 2019. The bus leaves Koriyama Station at 8:15am and 3:20pm daily and takes about 80 minutes. This service costs 1000 yen.

There is also a bus service from Aizu Wakamatsu to the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A number of shuttle buses go to Alts Bandai. One operates from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Saisen line and another from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.

A free bus operates from the East Exit of Bandai-machi Station and takes about 20 minutes..

A bus from Aizu Wakamatsu Station costs 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children and takes about 45 minutes.

The bus from Koyiyama Station is 1000 yen and takes about 90 minutes.
By Car
10.8km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC on the Banetsu Expressway
19.2km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
49km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 49 (11.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 64
Alts Bandai is just under 11km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 64 for just over 1km to a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 7 and then continue for 2km until the turn off for the Gold Line road (Prefecture Road 64). Turn left and continue for just over 2km and take the road to the right to head up to Alts Bandai base. Note that the Gold Line toll road is not open in the winter months and so it is not possible to get to the ski resort using that road.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Large parking areas for around 3000 vehicles are available close to the base of Alts Bandai. Parking is free on weekdays and on some car parks on weekends too - though some car parks are charged on weekends.

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