Shizukuishi

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Shizukuishi
Location Iwate
Resort Altitude 1409m
Winter Season
Terrain Overall:
Beginner: 25%
Intermediate: 60%
Advanced: 15%
Lift System
Highest Lift 1217m
Lowest Lift 426m
Vertical 791m
Longest Run 4.5km
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town Shizukuishi
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $Yen 3800
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Shizukuishi was used for the 1993 alpine skiing world championships, so it does have some good long falline runs which are also reasonably wide, so it is certainly good for some fast open cruising. Also has some 'powder zones'. Is a good day trip option from Morioka.

Location

Iwate prefecture. Town of Shizukuishi nearby and city of Morioka is about 45 mins away by bus or probably a 30 min drive.

Pros

Long wide fall line runs. Special 'powder zones' set aside. Easy day trip option from Morioka.

Cons

Being close to Morioka could mean it is quite busy on weekends.

Contacts

Phone: (019) 693-1111

Fax: (019) 693-2336

Postal: Takakura Onsen, Shizukuishi-machi, Iwate-gun, Iwate-ken, 020-05


Planning

Getting There

From Tokyo it is about 3 hours on the Shinkansen to Morioka. These usually operate about twice an hour.

Buses then leave from bus bay no. 4 on the west side of Morioka station and go direct to Shizukuishi. They take around 40-50 mins and run about once an hour through the morning, returning in the afternoon. One way fare is Y1100 (2009). You can get up to date info on on the bus as well as the ski area from the information centre at the southern end of Morioka station.

Alternatively you could get a local train from Morioka to Shizukuishi town and a bus from there.

Accommodation

On Mountain

The only on mountain accomodation is the Prince hotel who own the resort. Being Prince hotel it can be expensive but there may be some special hotel/lift package deals.

Off Mountain

There is a small pension village a couple of kms down the road. If you don't have a car the pension owners will presumably drive you to/from the ski area.

Otherwise stay in one of the several business hotels near the station in Morioko for around Y6000/night and day trip by bus (or drive).

Lift Tickets

Adult day ticket (2009) is Y3800. These are the regular printed type, so you need some sort of ticket holder.

Ski School

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Equipment Hire

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Resort Facilities

Getting Around

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Parking

Plenty. Either by Prince hotel or base of gondola.

Activities

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Dining

Restaurants in Prince Hotel.

Bars & Entertainment

For bars, best bet is to stay in Morioka.

Shopping

Again, best option is Morioka.

Children

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Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Probably the area just above the Prince hotel ropeway.

Groomed Runs

Most of the terrain and the original part of the resort is on the Prince hotel side. There is also a newer gondola on the other side of a gully which provides another long run.

Most runs are groomed and there are plenty of long wide runs. Some steeper sections especially higher up. Steep enough at least to qualify to host world championship races, although much of it is fairly moderate. Typically though for Japan it is fairly quiet during the week so you can certainly let the skis run.

Off Piste

See Powder zones below.

Out of Bounds

Offically banned like most areas in Japan.

Cross Country

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Parks & Pipes

There is a park on the Prince hotel side.

Bumps

Limited. The 'Powder zones' would probably bump up after a few days without fresh snow.

Powder Zones

There are a number of what they call 'Powder zones' which are basically alternate sections to main runs which are left ungroomed, so obviously places to hit if there is fresh snow, especially if it is mid week. These are top left on the Prince hotel side, towards the bottom crossing from the Prince side to the gondola side and another about halfway down the gondola side.

Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Other

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Geography

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History

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Resources

[1] Prince hotel resort english page

Maps

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