Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort

Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort

Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the Tohoku Region, with 29 courses scattered along the ridges of Mt. Bandai and Mt. Nekoma. A wide variety of terrain, including gentle and steep slopes, mogul courses and courses for long cruising, offer enjoyment for skiers at all levels from beginners to advanced. Snowboarding is allowed on all slopes. Early morning and nighttime skiing are possible and ski and snowboard lessons and equipment rental are available.
 

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.alts.co.jp/en/
Contact

Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort

(+81) 242-74-5000

Best Season
  • Winter
Opening Hours

Weekday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Weekend & Public Holidays: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Hours are extended until 9:00 PM during evening skiing season.

Entrance FeeOne-day Ticket 4,700 yen (3,700 yen)
4-Hour Ticket 4,200 yen (3,100 yen)
Night Ticket 2,000 yen (1,500 yen)
Prices for primary students and seniors are listed in brackets. Preschool children can ski free of charge
Related infoGeneral Information:
Season: Dec.- Apr.
No. of Courses: 29
No. of Lifts: 8
Evening Skiing: Available on Fri. & Sat.
Lessons: Available
Longest run: 2850 m
Vertical drop: 580 m
Height at the Summit: 1280 m

Rental Equipment Cost (per day)
Skiing / Snowboarding Clothing: Adult 4300 yen
Skiing / Snowboarding Equipment: Adult 4600 yen

Difficulty Levels of Slopes
35% Beginner; 40% Intermediate; 25% Advanced

Facilities:
Restaurants, hot springs, accommodation

See here for Aizu Ski Japan's page about Hoshino Resorts Alt Bandai.
Access Details
AccessShimizudaira-6838-68, Sarashina, Bandai Town, Yama District, Fukushima Pref. 969-3302
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Getting there

By Car: 50 min from Bandai-Kawashigashi I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Train: 15 min taxi ride from Bandaimachi Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line)

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