APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17
A deep powder experience for riders of all levels
Enjoying the exceptional quality powder snow that is a signature of resorts in Iwate, Hachimantai Resort lies between the 2,038-metre Mt Iwate, and the volcanic plateau of Hachimantai.
Its Panorama and Shimokura ski areas offer a total of 14 courses, and a free shuttle bus operates between the slopes of both.
The Panorama Ski Area is a popular choice for families, with expansive, mellow slopes of 12° on average, and a long 2.7-kilometre course suitable for beginners; Hachimantai Winterland is a favourite with kids, with a collection of snowmobiling, banana boating and tubing runs. The nearby Shimokura Ski Area gets much more hairraising, with a steepest slope of 37° on its Diamond Course, and it has diverse terrain features that attract more seasoned riders.
Shimokura Ski Area is also well regarded for especially dry, high quality powder snow, which can pile up so much that its runs look like backcountry. Experienced local guides run tours of the real backcountry at Hachimantai in pairs, safely guiding small groups of intermediate to advanced riders through the best route for the conditions.
Hachimantai is also a perfect place to be introduced to backcountry riding for the first time, with tours including all equipment available for backcountry beginners.
The Hachimantai-Appi Snow Festival during mid to late February is a great time to visit Hachimantai Resort, and take the opportunity to join spectacular snow hiking tours through its beech forest, fireworks displays, and snow sculpture park events for all ages. And after a day in the powder, the resorts inviting combination of relaxing guest rooms, delicious dining with fresh local produce, and pure natural hot spring bathing is a winner.