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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

IWATAKE SKI RESORT

Great uncrowded allrounder

Iwatake is not the highest ski resort in Hakuba in terms of altitude, but it is an excellent medium size resort. Best thing about it is that many people go to one of the better known resorts instead and give Iwatake a miss so it is never crowded except for New Years. The Resort in Detail Most of the terrain is intermediate and will suit and challenge most skiers and boarders. There are fantastic 360° views of the Japan Alps from the top and there is a great snowpark. The one drawback would be that early and late season it can be a bit sketchy for snow, because of it's altitude. Beginners courses The best beginners course is at the Sawa course but it won’t suit first timers which are better off at Tsugaike or Goryu. For intermediate riders nearly all of the courses will please, but the south slope (go left and straight down off the gondola) is probably the pick of them. Tree runs They also have a number of designated tree runs which are excellent on a snowy day. 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) , when you get off the gondola just go straight ahead keeping the bakery on your right and and you will find it. Terrain Park Iwatake’s DC Park is one of the better ones in Hakuba. Has a number of kickers, tables, boxes , rails and so on. Places to eat Up top there is the skyarc resort in the big hall on the right as you get off the gondola. Normal belly filling ski resort food such as curry is on the menu here. Also up top since 2018 is the Mountain Harbour Bakery/Cafe with both the best viewing deck in Hakuba and the best muffins. Don’t miss it. Down at the bottom to the south of the gondola is the western style Hakuba Brew Pub which besides brewing its own brand of beer, has a range of typical pub gourmet such as burgers and fish and chips. Children There are no specific kids snow areas. For daycare you can offload your kids (between 18mths & 6 yrs) at Evergreen which costs 12,000 for a full day (09.30-15.30 includes lunch). There are half day options available too. Places to stay and getting there Most people prefer to stay in Hakuba itself but if you do want to stay nearby see this page for a list of places 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.
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Specialists in Hakuba Ski Holidays
Iwatake is not the highest ski resort in Hakuba in terms of altitude, but it is an excellent medium size resort. Best thing about it is that many people go to one of the better known resorts instead and give Iwatake a miss so it is never crowded except for New Years.
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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
The Resort in Detail Most of the terrain is intermediate and will suit and challenge most skiers and boarders. There are fantastic 360° views of the Japan Alps from the top and there is a great snowpark. 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

Course detail continued The best beginners course is at the Sawa course but it won’t suit first timers which are better off at Tsugaike or Goryu. For intermediate riders nearly all of the courses will please, but the south slope (go left and straight down off the gondola) is probably the pick of them. Tree runs They also have a number of designated tree runs which are excellent on a snowy day. 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) , when you get off the gondola just go straight ahead keeping the bakery on your right and and you will find it. Terrain Park Iwatake’s DC Park is one of the better ones in Hakuba. Has a number of kickers, tables, boxes , rails and so on.
Photo courtesy of Iwatake ski resort
Places to eat Up top there is the skyarc resort in the big hall on the right as you get off the gondola. Normal belly filling ski resort food such as curry is on the menu here. Also up top since 2018 is the Mountain Harbour Bakery/Cafe with both the best viewing deck in Hakuba and the best muffins. Don’t miss it. Down at the bottom to the south of the gondola is the western style Hakuba Brew Pub which besides brewing its own brand of beer, has a range of typical pub gourmet such as burgers and fish and chips. Children There are no specific kids snow areas. For daycare you can offload your kids (between 18mths & 6 yrs) at Evergreen which costs 12,000 for a full day (09.30-15.30 includes lunch). There are half day options available too.
Places to stay and getting there Most people prefer to stay in Hakuba itself but if you do want to stay nearby see this page for a list of places 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.
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