Appi Kogen - Reviews

Pristine Powder Makes Us 'Appi

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
25/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
Powder! Face shot! A quality hotel
We can’t help but be a little disappointed when we receive reviews that there are no “black runs” or challenging slopes at Appi, or there are only groomed runs. It’s a shame that some people don’t read our website before visiting Appi! Sure the black pistes are not very steep (as is the case at most Japanese ski resorts) and Appi excels at its grooming and its family friendliness, but behind the façade of this non-challenging resort lies some fun for powder hounds. OK Appi is very conservative and off-piste skiing is not permitted, but where’s your sense of adventure?! If you can be Shhhh and be vewy vewy quiet, you can go hunting white wabbits (the white rabbit is the winter logo of Appi Kogen)! OK enough of Elmer Fudd, if you can be very discrete, there is enough off-piste and sidecountry terrain to keep adventurous advanced/expert riders entertained for 2-3 days, so long as the snow is nice, which it often is. There are also other ski resorts in the area that are excellent for powder chasers.

On our last visit to Appi we scored amazingly deep powder so we had pretty high expectations for this visit. And Appi didn’t disappoint! We had some amazing runs in the off-piste and sidecountry and the quality of the snow was exceptional.

Since our last visit, the number of alternate activities has reduced but the resort has a good program of events on offer instead to mix things up a bit (and to make sure you don’t get cabin fever if staying at the resort). And the addition of group ski and snowboard lessons in English is a huge bonus for international travellers.

See the Appi Kogen overview for more on the pros and cons, and also see our Japan ski resort ratings to see how Appi compares to other Japanese ski resorts.

Almost Appi !!

Paul
15/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of challenging (read "steep") runs at Appi, but still had a great time. The black runs were all blue by Ozzie standards. The one mogulled area was the only area that got a sweat up. The snow cover was very good across the resort, with only 2 runs not open due to thin cover at the top. A couple of 5 -10 cm days of fresh powered were most welcome. Without deep powder these slopes are a little ho hum.

Recommend a day trip to nearby Shimokura, where an Appi ticket can be used. Small field, but with a nice variety.

Stayed at the Appi Grand, which was great for ski in, ski out. Meals at the in house restaurants cost and an arm and a leg.

Nice resort, but not enough variety to bring me back again. Learners and intermediates will have a ball with the long, wide, uncrowded slopes. Even the "busy" weekend presented no lift queues greater than 20 people. Great gondolas.

Happy at Appi

Jason
29/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Built in the 80's this place has some serious infrastructure.

We stayed at Pension Mutti and the Mamma San who operates this place is unbelievable. A true local who speaks english and has spent seasons in europe truly understands westerners and their needs. I have spent many years experiencing Japanese hospitality at different resorts and nothing touches this property. The food is off the charts with primarily local products which will blow your mind.

And the skiing. Our timing was perfect this season with the most amazing powder we have experienced in a long time. We truly had chest deep on this trip with no competition at all.

The food hall is amazing as you will be the only westerners amongst a throng of Japanese enthusiasts.

Make sure you get on the gondolas with the locals as they will engage with you if you are open to the experience.

appi jan 2013

Greg Kuriata
12/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
We had 9 nights in Appi between 18/01 to 27/01 staying at the Appi Grand. If this website was called Corduroy Hounds then Appi would be Number 1. The resort extensively grooms its beautiful dry squeaky powder in a relentless, cynical fashion bordering on eco vandalism. Which is a pity because the snow quality was outstanding compared to that of Nagano a few days later.

The lift system is amongst the best I've seen in 4 trips, no tiresome catwalks or inconvenient flat sections and the runs long. If they only retired half their snow grooming fleet.
 
The Appi Grand was fantastic, ski in ski out, great buffet, staff very attentive, great pool, large rooms with more than enough storage space and free wifi. The Appi Resort centre has an excellent Indian restaurant providing an alternative to the Hotel Buffet Dinner.

Midweek was deserted and if only it had have snowed more it could have been epic.

The Appi place

Jason Caulton
10/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Jason Coulton Appi Kogen Review
Awesome place. Only white faces on the mountain. They had snow a few days early but no-one had chopped up the powder off piste so it was left to 6 powder crazy kiwis to do the honours. Cheap place to stay and ski.

Amazing hospitality at our lodging at Pension Mutti and ate like kings.

Definitely put this on your must do list.

Don't Worry Be 'Appi

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
10/01/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Powderhounds Appi Kogen Review
Before we arrived at Appi we’d heard and surmised that Appi Kogen was Crappi Appi. We knew that the hotel and facilities were going to be fantastic, but we expected that this resort would just be about skiing or riding on the groomers. How wrong were we?!!! The powder and skiing at Appi far exceeded our expectations.

It had been puking with snow at Appi which was delightful. We couldn’t get over the quality and quantity of the powder on the piste runs (e.g. Second Sailer & Yamagara), although because it was a weekend, the fresh powder didn’t last too long. However hidden in amongst the trees there was some AMAZING deep powder to be had in the off-piste and slackcountry areas. Hopefully some of the photos of the powder skiing will give you a bit of an idea of what’s on offer.

After the excitement of the unremitting face shots, we had trouble sleeping for a few days. It took a lot for us to come down from the high of snorting powder at Appi!

Appi has so much going for it: high quality accommodation; comprehensive facilities; and the fabulous family friendliness. The level of service and support for English speaking visitors is also very impressive. Get to Appi Kogen before anyone else discovers it!!

For more detailed ratings of Appi Kogen and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings.