Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 7 reviews.
Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by rossirider on 29th December 2004
Kagura review by Rossirider
By far my favorite resort in the Yuzawa area. Wide runs that are not too crowded even on the weekends. Great quality snow, with lots of tree runs next to on-piste and great BC within easy hiking range.

The only con is that it takes almost an hour to get from the bottom of the Mitsumata Ropeway to the top of the Kagura quad. However, the ropeway does open at 7:30 in the morning. So you can
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by julz on 29th December 2004
Kagura review by julz
This resort I have been to for spring boarding before, and at that time it was fully open still, so there was a lot of tracks to explore.

However, I decided to make my first trip of the season to Kagura only to be totally disappointed. This is all I will say: DO NOT GO here before it has fully opened. A full hour after gearing up, we finally made it to the top of the
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 29th December 2004
Naeba review by marnix
I was there during the WC freestyle 2004. It was sunny and warm. Even at 9am you didn't need to wear your jacket. Even with this kind of weather we were able to ski powder although it got heavy at the end of the morning.

On Thursday and Friday it good skiing, but during the weekend it was kind of busy, although real liftlines like I am used to stand in on Europe are non-existent. The crowds are on the slopes.

The
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 29th December 2004
Naeba review by helmet
I'm not really keen on Naeba. Maybe it's because I've never really seemed to time my visits there well with respect to snow (only once were the conditions really good), weather (not had a clear sky day), and crowds (it was busy on the holidays).

The place is big and fairly wide (and not connected to Tashiro via the Gondola), but there's a real bottleneck problem in the middle of the mountain with everyone trying to come down the same
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 25th December 2004
Kagura review
A very nice place for the intermediate-advanced rider. Not recommended for beginners though, unless you stick at the Tashiro area.

The strongest point of this resort is the BC. Not available in many resorts in Japan.

There are many nice tree runs not only in the BC but among the groomer runs also.

I've been in the place more than 5 times and still discover new areas every time I go.

There is also a small board park near the Mitsumata gondola (where I
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by fill on 4th December 2004
Kagura review by fill
Great place.

Go on a weekday to make sure that you avoid the crowds and you should be in for a great time. The snow here is usually really good and if you don't get caught in a blizzard (it can get real cold), the experience should be positive.

Some good runs, I go via the Mitsumata ropeway and head over to Kagura as quickly as possible to get some runs in before it gets busy
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st December 2004
Naeba review (submitted before 2003)
Naeba is one of those famous places in Japan that everyone seems to know about.

The first time I went was for the 2000 Fuji Rock Festival and it was such a beautiful surroundings that I just had to go there last winter. I did get there in March and it was really good. The mountains seem to get bigger and more impressive when covered in snow. Loads of runs and we had some great snow on the days we
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