Iwatake is not the highest ski resort in Hakuba in terms of altitude, but it is an excellent medium size resort. Best thing about it is that many people go to one of the better known resorts instead and give Iwatake a miss so it is never crowded except for New Years. Most of the terrain is intermediate and will suit and challenge most skiers and boarders. There are fantastic 360°views of the Japan Alps from the top and there is a great snowpark. The one drawback would be that early and late season it can be a bit sketchy for snow, because of it's altitude. They also have a number of designated tree runs which are excellent on a snowy day. There is a snowshoe course at the top, well worth doing on a fine day. In addition there is a cross country ski course at the bottom, always popular with athletes trainilng as it is a SAJ recognized course. Iwatake is easily accessed by the free shuttle bus- just catch the one going to Happo and stay on the bus - it will take you to Iwatake.
Iwatake Ski Resort
Great uncrowded allrounder
Lifts 16Courses 15Highest point 1289 mtrsVertical drop 539 mtrsAnnual Snowfall 11 mtrs/yearSteepest run 35°Terrain Park YesNight skiing NoChildren’s areaYesKiddie’s daycareYes