Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 12 reviews.
Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2006
Akakura Onsen review by scouseboarder
This place is good for beginners as it has very long slopes which are flat.

However, if you want to go at speed, this is difficult because there are very few steep runs (we found only one decent one) and they are narrow
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by howard on 28th February 2006
Kandatsu Kogen review by howard
We went there without great expectations due the lack of recent snow, but we were lucky to get new snow all day.

The wide runs and the lack of people made for a great days boarding. The snow park, while not having a halfpipe was still pretty good. There were a good variety of jumps and rails and the quarter pipe was in a good position to to make it a part of a fun top to bottom run. Although
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Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th February 2006
Akakura Onsen review
It snowed heavily on the drive up and made for amazing conditions.

The powder in the out-of-bounds area was so deep that the two skiers I was with lost one ski each and we had to dig for an hour til we found both. A nice selection of trails for intermediate and expert. Wish I had a pair of snow shoes. There were dozens of skiers and boarders hiking up the mountain. There is a nice selection of restaurants scattered
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Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 23rd February 2006
Akakura Onsen review by bryantp
If you're a park rider (I'm not), this is the place. The jumps are huge and the talent was there to match it.

For use mountain riders, Akakura offers lots of runs and trees that are in-bounds, spaced well, and fun. As we were having a "snowmelt-slushy" day, it's hard to evaluate the slope quality. Definitely a good place for beginners and intermediates - perhaps not so good for expert-level folks would be my best guess. Lots of parking (at
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Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by snowbeaurd on 20th February 2006
Yuzawa Park review by snowbeard
Hey just got back from an AMAZING two days at Yuzawa Park, right after the long long tunnel in Niigata.

The first day was snowy, with tons of powder. Sadly, a few days before we went it had rained, creating a layer of ice about 15cm under the freshie.

Regardless, snow conditions were near perfect. The best powder runs are off the highest two lifts. Off the (facing the mountain) top left lift, go left and traverse as far as
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by muikabochi on 20th February 2006
Kagura review
If you ask most people with experience of the resorts in the Yuzawa area, many will probably choose Kagura as their favorite.

There's a number of reasons for this. Mostly the snow as it is usually excellent - and usually the best in the area.

There are 3 "areas" to Kagura, all using the same ticket. There's the 2 starting points, Mitsumata and Tashiro. Then there's the central part, Kagura, which is basically in between
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Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 20th February 2006
Yuzawa Park review
I've tried this Sunday to take advantage of the one-day trip offer with the Shinkansen to go for some snowboarding. I took the cheapest plan I could find, which was for Yuzawa Park (10,800yen including the lift tickets) \r\n\r\nIt is said "what you pay is what you get". This could be applied for Yuzawa Park.

The courses were really short, the longest lift is just 550m. If you actually tried to speed up a bit you would run out of course
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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by belvin on 19th February 2006
Ninohji Snow Park NINOX review by belvin
Though Ninnox is a very small resort, it has lots to offer.

I have ridden this resort frequently for the last 4 seasons. Hit it up early after a fresh snow and you'll have fast fresh lines for the first hour or two. But its not for the faint hearted, the narrow steep course keeps you on your toes, if you keep your eyes open there are also a few nice little off piste lines to be had.

Ninnox's main draw
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Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 17th February 2006
Akakura Onsen review by airwalk
On Saturday, the packed powder was sometimes a bit tough to ski on and the some of the slopes were quite crowded.

On Sunday, there was about a foot or more of fresh powder. The heavy snow fall in the morning chased away a lot of beginners who tried the slopes once, then sold their tickets for 2,000 yen. The off trail runs were amazing. I was here last year and had the same experience.

There are few people in
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 15th February 2006
Maiko Snow Resort review by Carl Brown
Decent size when compared to its peers in this valley of many resorts. Only good for day or weekend trips though otherwise boredom would set in.

Good variety of slopes and nice training runs for beginners.

Good sized onsen.

Rental equipment in main building new and in good condition
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by snowboardingsam on 6th February 2006
GALA Yuzawa review by snowboarding sam
Gala is the place that quite a lot of people go to by default it seems as it is just so easy to get to - take the shink from Tokyo and you're there and on the slopes in less than 2 hrs.

While it was ok, I think people should be a bit more adventurous. It's not that big - especially with 1/3 closed due to the heavy snowfall - and the runs are quite narrow. Today is
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Cupid Valley
キューピットバレイ
Joetsu City, Niigata
Submitted by eat my rooster on 3rd February 2006
Cupid Valley review
I liked this little hill off the beaten track; it's mellow, laid back and has good tree skiing.

Pros:
Small local hill feel, different than the commercialized resorts. Excellent tree skiing if you are creative enough to find it. Loads of snow. Good lift layout. A little cheaper than the big hills.

Cons:
Snow is heavier than it is inland. Lots of patrol roaming about. Spent some time on a broken lift.

Overall it's worth
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