Top terrain parks to test your freestyle skiing

02 Jan 2019 in On The Move

At Mt. Bandai, you’ve got 150 days to perfect your freestyle technique!

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Ever fancied trying your hand at freestyle skiing or snowboarding? Or maybe you’re a seasoned pro with a cabinet full of medals?

Either way, you’re in for a treat at Mt. Bandai in Honshu’s Fukushima Prefecture, where terrain parks are open for 150 days between December and May.

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Two ski resorts on Mt. Bandai, Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Ski Resort on the north side and Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai on the south face, provide a plentiful playground for freestylers.

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You’ll find everything from easy-to-ride rails for novices to a world-class 20-metre kicker.

On December 1, 2018, the first terrain park opens at Nekoma Ski Resort, offering a range of kickers and rails.

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From the middle of January, Alts Bandai gets going with 4 theme parks of varying difficulties. Start with the wave boxes of the Flowable Park before moving on to the Step-up Park with its more challenging features.

And every evening, you can recover from your efforts at Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel.

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In March, a slope-style Monster Park opens at the Nekoma Ski Resort with triple kickers and all sorts of jibs.

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Thanks to the reliably abundant snowfall in this region, you’ve got until Golden Week in early May to work your way up to this park.

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Finally, a brand-new Global Park will open at Alts Bandai, designed by the team behind the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Its 20-metre kicker and 15-metre long jib will be a test for even the top professionals.

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