North of Tokyo and northwest of Koriyama, the Alts Bandi Ski Resort has 29 courses totaling 30km is served by 12 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 580m. The family-friendly Alts Bandi ski area is known for its glades and five terrain parks. The ski area is known to be quite crowded on the weekends.
The Alts Bandi ski area is at a low elevation, so the snow conditions may be variable - it is not a place for powder. Also, off-piste freeriding is not permitted and strictly enforced. This is more of a freestyler paradise. Luckily, the ski area is near both the Mount Bandai and Nekoma ski areas in case you need more variety.
To access the snowboarding at Alts Bandi Ski Resort, fly into Tokyo (NRT) and take the connecting trains to Inawashiro. Some hotels have a free shuttle from the train station. When coming from the Tokyo train station, some visitors use the Koriyama train station and use free resort buses to Alts Bandai (reservation required). Overall, the ski area is located about 280km north of Tokyo. Keep in mind that this is not a real traditional town - it is more of a tourist trap.
Overall, Alts Bandi Ski Resort is the 12th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 21 snowboarding resorts in Japan.
Local Contacts: Tourism 242-745000; Japan National Tourism Office (+81) 3-3201-3331.
Best Season: Jan-Feb
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Luxury Loding: Mt Bandai Hot Springs Hotel 242-745100
Reference Source: click here https://www.alts.co.jp/
GPS: 37.585296, 140.033927
Date Published: 12/25/2015
Date Updated: 1/14/2019
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