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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by cliffy1995 on 13th February 2018
Heaven Denied
Probably over 1 meter of fresh powder during last night's snowfall.

Too much for the staff to handle so top half of the resort was closed.

Recommend never going on a weekday if it snows 'excessively.' Expect staff to look at you if you're nuts for asking why lifts are not open.
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by Katya.j on 4th February 2018
Fun small resort for 1 days riding.
Resort is quite small but with great terrain. Lots of tree runs, trees aren't too close together too!

Green run from gondola - very flat - not fun on a board!

Foreign passports gets you cheaper ski pass - 3500 yen. Bus is 1000 yen each way from Koriyama - not free as stated! It runs 3 times a day and is a 1.5 hour trip.

One main place to eat with a few food vans outside - small and simple but
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 2nd January 2018
It's getting good!
Suginohara has long runs (especially good for boarders apparently, since they don't have to buckle and unbuckle as much) and cold snow conditions. The gondola is expensive so buy a day ticket or 4-hour ticket (which I did) rather than the individual tickets for each lift. Look online at their website for deals on lift tickets with meals or drinks, etc. They might be slightly better. Lovely views (on a sunny day) of the Northern Alps in the distance and
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by XR89 on 27th November 2017
Pre-season jaunt to Geto Kogen (100cm of fresh pow in November!)
So this was my second visit to Geto Kogen (GK) and both times I have been greeted with over knee deep powder.

Outside of Hokkaido resorts GK gets some of the highest levels of snowfall in Japan and you won't be disappointed.

There are several tree runs (which unfortunately were not open when I went in November) with three more opening this season. Yet to get that beautiful powder you don't even need to venture off the piste, just head to the
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Fun in the trees
Final day of a week in Hokkaido with my sons. This was my 2nd time to Rusutsu and it again did not disappoint. The snow depth seemed a bit less than Niseko but was still fun. My boys liked it a lot as well. Best part is skiing the trees then dumping out on to a groomer to get back to a lift - no hiking required
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Kiroro
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder real deep but slope not steep
We day tripped from Niseko, signed up for the off-piste "no hike" side country area, then waded through thigh deep snow in the trees. The snow seemed a slight bit heavy which made it difficult to move downhill at times since the terrain was not very steep. It was bitterly cold as well with wind so we had to warm up every few runs. I would like to catch a rare good weather day following snow which
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
ニセコHANAZONOリゾート
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Snow...snow...and more snow
Day 3 of son trip (took a down day in Sapporo...check out the beer museum).

We bought the Hanazono only pass and were not disappointed. Similar to my previous Niseko trip, I don't think we saw the sun. The snow would let up a bit, then start again. Tracks on groomers would fill in after a few hours. All that is fine - we came for powder. We did laps under the upper quad chair, and when the
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