Aizu is one of the most beautiful ski regions in Japan, with magnificent lakes, forests and mountains, including 22 ski areas, just a few hours north of Tokyo. Ski it for 2019-2020 with an incredible deal from $529 per person 2 share including 5 nights 3-star accommodation and a 6 day all Aizu area pass!
All areas in Aizu means a choice of 22 resorts! That includes some Snow Action favourites like Grandeco, Alts Bandai and Nekoma.
Grandeco is the jewel in the Aizu crown, tucked further into the ranges and reaching a little higher than other great areas there like Alts Bandai and Nekoma. The lifts rise to 1590m on Nishi-Daiten’s flank, and the hike up area to the summit is hugely worth it as we found after lunch. The main resort slopes average over 10m of snow a season, and hold it well.
The upper mountain has some easy grade black runs and blue runs, most of the lower mountain is cruisy green runs, so Grandeco a perfect family and all rounder mountain with the bonus of superb powder lines that don’t get crowded.
Good as the lift-accessed terrain is I couldn’t wait to get the skins on and have a shot at adding 1,000’ to the vertical equation by hiking Mt Nishi-Daiten. Looking at the over knee deep skin track another group had already set we were not fazed to be second – that was serious trail breaking.We caught up to them after 40 minutes, not far below the summit, where the trees thin out and the snow ghost forest begins – not huge ghosts, but nicely spaced. Of course snow ghost formation only happens with enough snow and cold conditions to make them form and remain, so its a sure sign anywhere a place gets great snow.
The Aizu super deal available from Japan Snow Holidays allows you to choose your favourite options, with a choice of 3 star or better hotels for the accommodation package close to either Grandeco, Nekoma and others or closer to Alts Bandai and Inawashiro, or the fantastic Listel Fantasia Resort which has its own small family ski area and lots of fun activities for kids.
Distances are not huge, and the package include free shuttle bus services that run to the main resorts daily.
- 5 Nights accommodation in one of 5 nearby hotels detailed below – al 3 Star quality or above including ski in/ski out options!
- Daily breakfast
- 6 Day lift pass across 22 different lifts in the Aizu area
- Daily shuttle service between resorts
- Back-country tours
- Day Tour to local sight-seeing spots
- Shuttle service from Haneda Airport / Tokyo operating daily.
- Taxi transfers from Haneda/Narita/Sendai
Getting there from Tokyo is easy too, with daily shuttle transfers to / from Tokyo available from $60 per person, per way – including from Haneda Airport.
Hotels available are
Active Resort Urabandai – Close to Nekoma and Grandeco Resort (Free Shuttle Bus available)
Urabandai Lake Resort Goshiki No Mori – Close to Nekoma & Grandeco Resort (Free Shuttle Bus available)】
Grandeco Tokyu Hotel
Listel Inawashiro – Located in front of Listel Ski Fantasia, Inawashiro Ski Park and Grandeco Resort (Free shuttle buses available)
Hoshino Resort Bandaisan Onsen Hotel – Alts Bandai