Geto Kogen - Reviews

Geto Blaster

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
13/06/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
A rare fine day It hadn't snowed for a couple of days but the snow was still great Some fun off-piste terrain The unique accommodation Geto's a cool place
We rate Geto Kogen as one of the best little ski resorts in Japan for powder hounds. We call it the Geto Blaster because it’s hard not to have a blast of a time! Since we first put Geto Kogen on the website it’s become a smidgeon more well known, but it’s still well and truly off the radar of most powder hunters who head to Japan.

It wasn’t a powder day when we visited; instead a rare fine day when it became a little more obvious which aspects faced the sun and which didn’t. It was nice to actually see the hill, unlike the last visit we visited when it was snowing hard and the powder was chest deep (obviously we weren’t complaining!).

There was only one small group of other foreign visitors at Geto but we didn’t even notice them and there was barely anyone else there. We could just do line after line of fresh powder, which was surprising considering it hadn’t snowed for a couple of days. Whilst it mellowed out reasonably quickly towards the base, the terrain was a load of fun and reasonably easy to explore.

They didn’t operate the 2nd gondola, probably because the place was deserted. It was possible to traverse across the top to access the terrain serviced by the 2nd gondola, but the return at the bottom required a bit of a skate back which was hard work for the snowboarder in our group.

We stayed at the Geto ghetto and we were the only group staying there so it was incredibly quiet despite sleeping in such communal quarters. The meals were simple but more than adequate and the onsen was superb. The only problem was that we couldn’t negotiate to get the heating turned down so the place was like a hot box.

See the Geto Kogen overview for more on the pros and cons and also see the Japan ski resorts ratings to see how we rate it against other Japanese ski areas.

Hidden Diamond

Hendo
04/05/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    36-50
I have had 3.5 days of skiing at Geto. The half day, the weather was so bad that even though the lifts were running, I had to give up). One of the days was bluebird (it does happen) and would rate amongst the best day’s skiing I have had in Japan. There has been an obscene amount of snow both times I have visited this place, even early in the season. So much snow that even a fall on the piste can become a prolonged struggle to stand up, find poles and get the snow out of every crevasse! Off piste the struggle can be more serious. Ski into one of the flattened ravines and run out of “down” and the huck out can take an hour or more.

The skiing is fantastic. Truly wonderful amounts of snow and I think enough terrain for a few very satisfying days when the whole field is open. As you say, it is best visited with Bryce’s crew on a Powder Odyssey tour. It is hard to find, really in the middle of nowhere. You would not want to struggle to this place on your own and then find it closed for 2 days. The ski base is a little over the top for the size of the field. Some of the people I have shown the pictures to wondered if it was an airport! All a bit of a waste for the very quiet times during the week, although it is livelier during the weekends.

The accommodation in the base station (the only place you can stay) is fun – a generous and reasonably private bunk bed, with its own power point and light, a nice “chillaxing area” with tables and heated floor and its own restaurant for brekky and dinner. You get access to a really great onsen too. There may be a few gnarly back country Japanese ski dudes hanging out at the hotel to chat to, but the emphasis is on “few.” The only lines I have had to share in this place have been with the other skiers on the tour.

This is a wondrous place. The sort of skiing that you know lurks in Japan, but have no hope of finding yourself. Even my ski mates in Tokyo, who ski everywhere and endlessly, were interested to hear about it. I will go again!

Powder Magnet

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
14/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
We got to revel in the deep powder during a delightful storm where we felt like we were inside a snow globe. The tree skiing was delicious and there was absolutely no undergrowth getting in the way of the sweet deep turns. It was just a shame that the steep pitches were over a little too soon.

After time out in the elements it was fantastic to head to the onsen to soak the body.

The accommodation was simple – like an upscale version of a capsule hotel, the main difference being that the beds were very roomy. The only downside was the walk down a big flight of stairs in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.

See our list of pros and cons on the Geto Kogen overview page for more information. Also see the Japan ski resorts ratings to see how we’ve rated Geto Kogen versus other ski areas.