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Gassan Glacier - Anyone Been?

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I'm heading to Japan next week for all of June, staying in Iwaki, and will be free on the weekends. Gassan Summer Ski Area isn’t a million miles from Iwaki but would still be quite a bit of effort to get to. Anyone been? Worth the effort? Anything else that makes it worth the effort of getting there? Conditions don’t need to be great for me to have a good time on skis and I do enjoy spring slush. I don't enjoy long queues. Their website is pretty awful so hard to tell much from that. I’m not going to take skis but if anyone thought that it is worth it I could pack boots
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No idea, but wouldn't it be better to take boots than skis?
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@pam w, isnt that what the OP said they would do, take boots if worth it but not skis?
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Ah yes, you're quite right, I misread it! Makes sense....
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I'm with the OP Very Happy
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Conditions don’t need to be great for me to have a good time on skis

On that basis, I'd say go for it Shocked
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@rambotion, if it's feasible, I'd go even if it's just for novelty value. I find traveling around Japan fascinating.

Are you working out in Iwaki? It looks a bit off the beaten track.
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@sugarmoma666, yes for work, I haven't heard anything about Iwaki that would make you want to go there as a tourist. Some colleagues have already been and they reckoned that the highlight was the bowling alley!

Anyway ski boots, helmets goggles packed. I figured that I probably don't need an actual ski jacket. Hopefully I can post some photos up in a few weeks of sunny bump or corn skiing, we shall see. Just need to get sent here in the winter at some point
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@rambotion, I'll be interested to see a trip report if you end up going!

As an aside, I'm not sure why some English language websites refer to it as Gassan Glacier. It's not a glacier, and the Japanese sites that mention the resort along with the official site don't seem to mentioned anything about a glacier.

According to this, there's not a permanent rental shop at the ski area (whatever that means!):

https://www.visityamagata.jp/en/event-nishikawa-summerski-en/
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@musehead, I realised after posting that I had made up the glacier part of the name. A local who knows the area insists that it is really not worth the time and is more akin to patch skiing than European summer skiing so with the difficulty in both hiring skis and getting there I am not going to bother. Hopefully there is the opportunity to return during a month more renowned for skiing than June
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