Early March 2018
Ski Resort – We went in the beginning of March and experienced a warm spell. The ski resort had a lot of snow, but we had stickier snow because of the warm temperatures. We still had a great time skiing and enjoyed riding through their snow park with boxes and jumps. The resort wasn’t that crowded and could definitely see why people would enjoy the resort in the fresh powder.
The facilities you have at the bottom of the mountain are great. The onsen/spa is very comfortable, opening hours really good, and excellent to relax in after skiing for a day.
Mid January 2018
Geto Kogen was a nice little resort. The budget accommodation was comfortable and very convenient. For the size of the dormitory it was very quiet and was easy to meet other guests. The ski hill itself looked like it would be great on a good day. Unfortunately I was there on a bad day. Not the resort's fault and such is the fickleness of skiing. All other resort's in the region would have had the same conditions. The following day it snowed heavily.
The accommodation at the dorm in Geto was great.
Late Jan 2018
Thanks for the follow up email. I have mixed feelings about Geto. It was over all a good place.
The staff, food, main building, bus transport, and Onsen were all good. However one of their gondolas was not operating during my stay. This gondola provides access to the majority of their advanced terrain, so without it I felt rather restricted. It also congested all of the guest traffic onto the significantly reduced terrain. This was a bit of a safety issue when the snow was really heavy and visibility reduced as many beginner and weak intermediate guests were congesting the steep runs and blocking the route, which can lead to collisions. In normal conditions this is severely reduced as there would have been enough space for people to spread out. The resort should have either reduced their price or worked out a solution for the broken gondola. I thought they could have perhaps used one of their snow cats to shuttle people from the functional gondola to the unserviced area, similar to the cat skiing provided at Mt Hotham. This would have been a great solution.
Anyway as I said the overall vibe was good and hopefully they get the gondola issue resolved rather than just leave it turned off as has happened with many chair lifts across Japan.
You guys provided a good service in hooking up the trip. Everything went to plan and it was easy to arrange. Thanks again for your assistance in this matter.
We have just finished day 3 at Geto Kogen.This place is incredible. Amazing. We have had fresh tracks every run since we have been here. It is deserted mid week. We had run after run in 50cm of new super light snow and never saw another skier.
The people here are lovely if a bit disorganised. It is clear that the place is struggling with so few customers. What is staggering is that this place has great lifts, excellent terrain, mind blowing snow and it is deserted. How could it be this good? A number of us (there are two other old Aussie guys here) have done a lot of skiing in Japan and around the world and we are dumdstruck that we are having such a great time with the whole place to ourselves.
Thankyou so much for the suggestion and support. I will keep you posted on the next few days which also look terrific. Pass this message on to Pete for me.
Rob, John & David.
Mid January 2017
Resort The Geto resort is great. It's small, and there's some aspects of the layout that could be better (plenty of poling and skating required if you're on skis like I was, and snowboarders have their work cut out for them), but it's still a super fun snow playground. Not very busy, good quality snow (albeit a little denser than I was expecting), and some really amazing tree runs to explore.
Overall, it's just a great little spot to have fun skiing. Accommodation The accommodation is good. Staff are friendly. Heated drying room for your gear is very convenient. There's a nice "relaxation room" with reclining chairs and big windows to gaze out on the mountain.
The onsen is excellent, and certainly the best way to finish off a day of skiing.
Their dorm setup works pretty well. The beds are enclosed at the top, bottom, and on one side, while the other side has a curtain. The bed itself is decently comfortable, the rice pillow not so much (or at least, I've been spoiled by pillows softer than a sack of dry rice), and they do keep it a little too warm in there (in my opinion) through the night. But it's perfectly serviceable for a night's sleep.
The only real downside is that the food is mediocre at best, depending on if your timing is right to get it warm (it's buffet style). But it is extremely convenient and, for the price, what can you expect? It's fine considering how affordable it is.
Service Japan Snow Accommodation's service was excellent! I have no complaints. You were very helpful. Thank you so much! Finally, I've attached some photos. Hope this is useful!
Thanks again for your help!