Geto Kogen

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Geto Kogen
Location Iwate
Resort Altitude
Winter Season
Terrain Overall:
Beginner:
Intermediate:
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Lift System
Highest Lift 1070m
Lowest Lift
Vertical
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town Kitakami
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

A reasonable size resort with quite modern infrastructure, including 2 gondolas, a quad chair and a very good base facility. Has very few restrictions with regards to off piste skiing and has reasonably long runs. Gets quite good snowfalls. Another excellent choice to hit mid week on a powder day.

Location

Iwate prefecture, about 40 mins by bus from Kitakami.

Pros

Modern lifts and base facility, few restrictions on skiing in trees, offpiste.

Cons

While there are few restrictions, not sure how much avalanche control work is done, so be wary.

Contacts

Phone: 0197 65 9000

Fax: 0197 65 9002

Postal: Iwasaki-Shindenn, Waga-cho, Kitakami-city, Iwate 024-0322

Planning

Getting There

From Tokyo the Tohoku Shinkansen line to Kitakami (approx 2.5 to 3 hrs). Or south from Morioka to Kitakami on the Shinkansen (18 mins). From Kitakami there is a shuttle bus which leaves from bus bay 3 just outside of Kitakami station (Y400 each way) and takes about 40 mins.

Schedule (2010) :

Leave Kitakami station 7:30, 09:20, 11:00, 13:00 & 16:00 (also 8:20 on weekends).

Return from Geto 13:10, 15:50, 17:10, 18:50 & 21:15 (also 09:20 & 17:50 on weekends).

Accommodation

On Mountain

There doesn't appear to be any onsite accomodation. There are a few pensions about 15 mins drive away.

Off Mountain

Best options would be a business hotel in Kitakami. Hotel Mets is ideally located right next door to the station with the bus leaving almost directly in front. Nambu hotel a couple minutes walk away is another good option. Prices are fairly typical of business hotels.

Lift Tickets

(2010) 8 hr pass Y4800, 5 hour pass Y4200, nighter Y2700

Ski School

Yes

Equipment Hire

Yes

Resort Facilities

The base facility is quite large, modern and under one roof. Large area with ski racks, lockers, large cafeteria, resort services.

Getting Around

There is a snowcat which takes people between the base of lift A and lift C.

Parking

Car park at resort base

Activities

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Dining

For lunch there is a very large well organised cafeteria with a variety of food options.

For dinner in Kitakami there is a good place diagonally opposite the station which does Okonomiyaki amongst many things. There is a street a couple of blocks to the right of the station that has a number of bars and restaurants.

Bars & Entertainment

In Kitakami as above.

Shopping

In Kitakami. There is a covered mall about 10mins walk to the right of the station.

Children

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Ride Guide

The numbering of runs is fairly simple if not creative. The 3 main lifts are from left to right A, B (gondolas) & C (quad chair). There are also a couple of shorter chairs in the A area. The runs are then labelled relative to the associated lift. So A1, A2, .. A6, B1, .. B3, C1, ..C5.

The traverse across from the top of A gondola to the top of B (A6) is rather flat and tedious. Not too bad on skis with a bit of a skate but probably not so good for boarders. If you want to head over to B area it would be quicker to walk across from the bottom.

Beginner Areas

A5 off one of the double chairs or C4 from the quad chair.

Groomed Runs

There doesn't appear to be any hurry to groom runs when there is fresh powder which is good.

Off Piste

There seem to be very few restrictions on off piste. There are a number of places in between runs where you can duck into the trees. eg. between B1 & B2.

Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

No

Parks & Pipes

No

Bumps

Powder Zones

If there is fresh powder there doesn't appear to be any urgency to groom runs, so most runs are good.

Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Other

Weather

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Geography

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History

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Resources

[1] Resort site

[2] Snowjapan entry

Maps

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