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Shizukuishi

Shizukuishi4/53
Shizukuishi4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Shizukuishi - Reviews

Shizukuishi - Reviews

shizukuishi

mr lee02/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

shizukuishi

mr lee02/07/2019
Shizukuishi was my 1st stop on a tohoku tour staying at the Prince hotel. The hotel provided pick up from the train station (pre arranged) and I arrived at around 12 to be allowed straight into my room and get changed and was on mountain by 12-15. Fresh snow had fallen so I spent my 1 st afternoon just lapping the top lift in the trees to the skiers right . On the 2nd day I had booked onto the cat ski (7000 yen - 3 runs) which is more of a gimmick. They use an old ski run which has had the lift removed and is guided !! it took about 3 hrs to do 3 runs as the cat runs at set times (15min cat up 10min ski down 35 minute wait till next cat up- get the picture). While the mountain provides some fun terrain there is a really flat section in the middle which is annoyingly slow with fresh snow. it was reasonably busy in the mid section where the beginner slopes are but no queues anywhere else on the mountain and plenty of places to get into the trees. I will return here at somepoint but probably not stop at the prince hotel .

Magic Trees

POWDERHOUNDS.COM13/08/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Magic Trees

POWDERHOUNDS.COM13/08/2018
Some of the Shiz terrain
It hadn't snowed for a while
Some of the magic trees
The tree spacing is varied
A favourable aspect
Just a one day visit to Shizukuishi this time (we stayed at the Amihari Onsen Hotel) and it was a mighty fun time! We started with a one-run cat skiing experience which was OK except that the snow had gone sour due to the solar aspect, and we weren’t allowed to head into the trees where the snow would have been better. We’d happily recommend the cat skiing run if there’s fresh snow and you can get on the first run, as it’s not expensive and could provide 800m+ of vertical powder. Or there is now a guided tour that incorporates the cat skiing which would be even better because you can head off-piste.

We then hit the ski resort for some groomers and this resort is pretty good for intermediates who want to stay on-piste. Of course, we wanted to get off-piste reasonably quickly and had a good play in the tree zones in-bounds (discretely), above the ski resort, and in the sidecountry, and we didn’t come across any whistle-happy ski patrollers. Despite a lack of recent fresh snow and some warm temps, we found some gorgeous snow that was dreamy creamy in some fabulous trees on a NE aspect. We could rate Shizukuishi Resort as one of the best ski resorts in Japan for tree skiing, but it's officially not allowed so there goes that idea!

We headed into Shizukuishi town a couple of nights for dinner. The town has lots of yakiniku (Korean BBQ) restaurants which were great for a meat fest!

You can see how we rate Shizukuishi versus other ski resorts on the Japanese ski resorts ratings page.

Great For a Day or Two

POWDERHOUNDS.COM14/05/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Great For a Day or Two

POWDERHOUNDS.COM14/05/2014
Plenty of freshies!
We had pretty low expectations of the Shizukuishi ski resort. It sounded as though it was pretty dinky and more suited to terminal intermediates than powder hounds, however we were very pleasantly surprised. Like many other resorts in northern Honshu, there’s probably only enough terrain to keep a powder hound entertained for a day or two. We had lots of fun in the off-piste trees, and the side-country to the skiers’ left was amazing with super long lines that drop into little gullies. Just don’t make the long lines too long - traverse out before you end up down next to the cliff lined creek! The snow conditions when we visited were superb.

We spent a couple of nights at the Prince Hotel on our expedition around northern Honshu. It was somewhat typical of a Prince Hotel; upscale and nice, but with too much grey paint and a little dated. The internet access was also indicative that the hotel hasn’t quite kept up with the times, with dodgy internet that was only available in the lobby where there was no where to sit. The buffet meals in the large restaurant were of reasonable quality, although the quantity of food was very depleted. Nevertheless it’s a very good hotel and the twin rooms were very comfortable. The onsen was just gorgeous and it was so serene relaxing in the hot spring whilst looking out across the pond and watching the fish swim about.

To get a feel for what we thought of the resort, check out the pros and cons on the main page.