Visitor reviews for Grandeko Ski Resort Ski Resort
February 28, 2018
Tom from Australia
It could be a much better resort if its management had any idea of what it was doing!
The grooming manager should be sacked. The amount of useless grooming where no one skis, particularly at the bottom of the mountain, is atrocious. They groom to the top of the black runs, seducing the beginners onto the run with no option to get out and then leave the steep part un-groomed. Then they groom the last twenty metres. The widest runs are groomed right to the edges, again an unnecessary expense, with untracked grooming late in the day.
Every lift is too low. Suit a 3 year old but no one older. At the top of each lift there is no off-ramp but a hill climb to get off. Then it is an uphill hike to get to the runs.
They are anal about off-piste skiing with useless restrictions. Long fences everywhere near the top of runs trying to stop you getting to the best skiing. Under the lift lines, where the best wide open powder lives, is supposedly banned. Why they do not allow it is beyond common sense when the chairs are way above skiers heads and the only decent vertical is there.
The whole place is too flat for anyone above intermediate but could be made very good with a different company attitude plus a decent mountain and grooming manager.
Nekoma and Alts Bandai are much better, even though both could be a lot better with some better lift exits and more relaxed attitudes to off-piste skiing.
If it snows here the skiing is great. Without consistent powder all 3 are boring.
Grandeko Ski Resort Ratings
Overall: 2.8. Based on 1 vote and 2 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Grandeko Ski Resort.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Grandeko Ski Resort.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Grandeko Ski Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Grandeko Ski Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Grandeko Ski Resort are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Grandeko Ski Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Grandeko Ski Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.0
(1) Grandeko Ski Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at Grandeko Ski Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grandeko Ski Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 2.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Grandeko Ski Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Grandeko Ski Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Grandeko Ski Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 1.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 1.0
(1) Overall, Grandeko Ski Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.0
(1) Overall, Grandeko Ski Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 12, 2009
Daz from Japan
Early Jan 2008
Snow Condition:fresh powder everywhere.
Pros: wasn't busy in the morning, snow condition, trees on the pistes.
Cons: a little small, busy from lunchtime onwards, some flat bits at the bottom.
I loved this place (Grandeko Ski Resort). We got the night bus up and so we were the first ones on the lifts and there were zero crowds until lunchtime. This resort is a little small, but when you have it to yourself you don't mind so much. I think this would be good for families as all the runs come together at the bottom ensuring that no one gets lost. The snow here was great, it was snowing all night as we were driving there, then it stopped about 7am just before the lifts opened, so when the sun came out I discovered 1st tracks; I thought I was in heaven. They had a couple of nice runs where they have allowed some trees to remain, and for someone like me who is just building up his skills, this gave me the opportunity to start to develop tree riding skills. I definitely enjoyed myself here.