THE COURSES IN DETAIL GROOMERS Beginners’ are better off at Tsugaike or Goryu.- there aren’t any real beginner courses at Iwatake. For intermediate riders there are numerous courses, with the ones in the upper half of the resort having the best snow. In fact once you have ridden the gondola to the top, you can spend most of the day using lifts to access the many slopes. On as sunny day the “South” course (straight off the gondola) has the best views by a mile. For advanced runs the “White Ribbon” course is the best. POWDER RUNS For powderhounds the “View” courses on the backside of the mountain are the go (View A is a large natural gully and is the best). The “Dangan” course is also good for powder as is “Kamoshika Poket” course. TERRAIN PARK Iwatake’s DC Park is one of the better ones in Hakuba. Has the usual array of kickers, tables, boxes , rails and so on and is well serviced by a high speed lift. There is no half pipe - go to 47 for that.
FAMILY AND KIDS AREAS Iwatake has put a lot of thought into making the resort family friendly with the “White Park” , situated at the top of the gondola. It comes complete with a tubing and sledding area, igloos to play inside, an area to do “snow angels” and a BIG harness swing which sends you back and forward over the edge of the mountain. Everything is free (they lend out sleds and tubes) and the only activity that will cost you is the swing ( 500 ). Of course you will need to pay for the gondola ride, and you will no doubt want to pop into the nearby Mountain Harbour Cafe so you won’t get away scott free. PLACES TO EAT At the top of the gondola is the skyarc cafe/deli. Normal belly filling ski resort food such as curry and ramen are on the menu here. Also up top is the Mountain Harbour Bakery/Cafe with both the best viewing deck in Hakuba and the best muffins and ham/cheese croissant sandwiches. SKI/BOARD RENTALS Spicy Rentals has a shop at the bottom of the gondola. They also have other stores at Happo, Echoland and Tsugaike. Most conveniently you can collect at any of their 5 stores and return/swap to any of the other. PLACES TO STAY AND GETTING THERE Most people prefer to stay in Hakuba itself but if you do want to stay nearby the Iwatake Apartments are a good place to stay. Iwatake is 5-10 mins by car from the centre of Hakuba- there is free parking. Or you can use the free shuttle buses if you don’t have wheels. For car rentals check out our car rental page.
AERIAL VIEW						 TERRAIN PARK AERIAL 			IWATAKE BACK BOWL TERRAIN PARK						 					MOUNTAIN HARBOUR CAFE
NOTE: *2 day pass must be consecutive days **½ day pass can either be: •	AM 08.00 - 13.00 •	PM 13.00 - 16.00 Children under 6 are free
LIFT TICKET PRICES
Child (6-12yrs)
Adult (13yrs+)
Senior (60yrs+)
1 day
2,800
4,600
4,100
2 days*
4,800
8,100
6,800
½ day**
2,400
3,800
3,100
MOUNTAIN STATISTICS Gondola Lifts 11 1 day pass ,400 Highest point 1289 mtrs Vertical drop 539mtrs Longest course 8,000 mtrs Steepest run 36 c Terrain park Night skiing Kiddies area Daycare
Iwatake is an excellent medium size resort that has a lot going for it. It has a great variety of runs perfectly suited for intermediates and above, and due to its position on a stand-alone mountain it has truly incredible 360 c views. Best of all is that many people go to one of the better known resorts instead so it is never crowded except for weekends and holiday periods. The one drawback would be that early and late season it can be a bit sketchy for snow, because of it's altitude.

IWATAKE SKI RESORT

GREAT UNCROWDED ALLROUNDER
DON’T MISS: The Mountain Harbour cafe at the very top of the resort. Great views, coffee and muffins! BEST AVOID View B course on the Back Bowl unless you like steep moguls with bare patch of ground. BEST POWDER: The “Iwatake Back Bowl” runs, in particular the View A course are hard to beat.
THE COURSES IN DETAIL GROOMERS Beginners’ are better off at Tsugaike or Goryu.- there aren’t any real beginner courses at Iwatake. For intermediate riders there are numerous courses, with the ones in the upper half of the resort having the best snow. In fact once you have ridden the gondola to the top, you can spend most of the day using lifts to access the many slopes. On as sunny day the “South” course (straight off the gondola) has the best views by a mile. For advanced runs the “White Ribbon” course is the best. POWDER RUNS For powderhounds the “View” courses on the backside of the mountain are the go (View A is a large natural gully and is the best). The “Dangan” course is also good for powder as is “Kamoshika Poket” course. TERRAIN PARK Iwatake’s DC Park is one of the better ones in Hakuba. Has the usual array of kickers, tables, boxes , rails and so on and is well serviced by a high speed lift. There is no half pipe - go to 47 for that.
FAMILY AND KIDS AREAS Iwatake has put a lot of thought into making the resort family friendly with the “White Park” , situated at the top of the gondola. It comes complete with a tubing and sledding area, igloos to play inside, an area to do “snow angels” and a BIG harness swing which sends you back and forward over the edge of the mountain. Everything is free (they lend out sleds and tubes) and the only activity that will cost you is the swing ( 500 ). Of course you will need to pay for the gondola ride, and you will no doubt want to pop into the nearby Mountain Harbour Cafe so you won’t get away scott free. PLACES TO EAT At the top of the gondola is the skyarc cafe/deli. Normal belly filling ski resort food such as curry and ramen are on the menu here. Also up top is the Mountain Harbour Bakery/Cafe with both the best viewing deck in Hakuba and the best muffins and ham/cheese croissant sandwiches. SKI/BOARD RENTALS Spicy Rentals has a shop at the bottom of the gondola. They also have other stores at Happo, Echoland and Tsugaike. Most conveniently you can collect at any of their 5 stores and return/swap to any of the other. PLACES TO STAY AND GETTING THERE Most people prefer to stay in Hakuba itself but if you do want to stay nearby the Iwatake Apartments are a good place to stay. Iwatake is 5-10 mins by car from the centre of Hakuba- there is free parking. Or you can use the free shuttle buses if you don’t have wheels. For car rentals check out our car rental page.
NOTE: *2 day pass must be consecutive days **½ day pass can either be: •	AM 08.00 - 13.00 •	PM 13.00 - 16.00 Children under 6 are free
LIFT TICKET PRICES
Child (6-12yrs)
Adult (13yrs+)
Senior (60yrs+)
1 day
2,800
4,600
4,100
2 days*
4,800
8,100
6,800
½ day**
2,400
3,800
3,100
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Specialists in Hakuba Ski Holidays
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MOUNTAIN STATISTICS Gondola Lifts 11 1 day pass ,400 Highest point 1289 mtrs Vertical drop 539mtrs Longest course 8,000 mtrs Steepest run 36 c Terrain park Night skiing Kiddies area Daycare
Live Iwatake webcam (courtesy of Iwatake ski resort)

IWATAKE SKI RESORT

GREAT UNCROWDED ALLROUNDER
DON’T MISS: The Mountain Harbour cafe at the very top of the resort. Great views, coffee and muffins! BEST AVOID View B course on the Back Bowl unless you like steep moguls with bare patch of ground. BEST POWDER: The “Iwatake Back Bowl” runs, in particular the View A course are hard to beat.
Iwatake is an excellent medium size resort that has a lot going for it. It has a great variety of runs perfectly suited for intermediates and above, and due to its position on a stand- alone mountain it has truly incredible 360 c views. Best of all is that many people go to one of the better known resorts instead so it is never crowded except for weekends and holiday periods. The one drawback would be that early and late season it can be a bit sketchy for snow, because of it's altitude.
Japan
Specialists in Hakuba Ski Holidays
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