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  • Writer's pictureJacob Maguire

Introducing Iwatake Mountain

Definitely one to save for sunny day as it acts as a lookout back to Happone, Hakuba 47 and Goryu, at 539 metres of vertical fall its no monster but a fun day out with a bit of everything for everyone. If you like groomed runs its got a nice wide thigh burner running for 3800m from top to bottom and a fun glade riding area over the back( although this gets tracked pretty fast) Around behind the top eatery is a nice freestyle park with an intermediate and learner line running conveniently under a twin chairlift so you can see your mates sending it.... or eating it. This is one of those mountains they rope a lot of areas off so be prepared to lose your pass if you duck ropes, here and Hakuba 47 seem to be the most heavily enforced by ski patrol and forget it, Not speaking Japanese wont save you, If you do want some cheeky lines and steep bits head for the View Zone. Lacking in altitude often means you will have 2 different types of snow pack so be prepared for the concrete zone down low if there has been a thaw freeze, not the best base for learners due to this fact. Iwatake has a nice authentic Japanese feel and the accommodation out here reflects that, with the exception of Phat House of course. Once your done for the day head over to the new Brewhouse and restaurant that not long opened. Its never been better at Hakuba as over the last few years there has been a lot of new eateries, small bars and attractions that make for a more entertaining trip for all, Its a ghost town no longer. Get into it!

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