Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 5 reviews.
Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by u-tan on 11th February 2014
I saw a Kamoshika!
I noticed the reviews on here are pretty old and since SnowJapan was nice enough to send me two free tickets I decided to write this review.

Ninox is close to Shibata city and is probably the closest ski place to Niigata City.

It is on the west facing side of the mountains and gets a lot of snow. The storms that blow in across the sea from Russia dump a lot of snow on the slopes. Ninox is usually
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by cal on 11th February 2014
A Gala day for sure
First of all thanks to SnowJapan and GALA for the ticket from the Giveaway.

The review is totally honest though. Luckily I had a great day!

On advice of lots of people, I went on a weekday. One of the things I had heard was that weekends can be very busy and Gala isn't the best when busy due to fairly narrow runs.

It was a good idea.

After a snowfall so the snow was really nice.
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Hakkai Sanroku
八海山麓
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by muikabochi on 10th February 2014
Small place on the other side of Hakkai-san
Hakkaisanroku is a small ski hill to the north of the more well-known and much larger Muikamachi Hakkaisan resort.

It's one of those more 'local' places that are mostly used by locals including schools. When I went (just the once), it was actually quite busy with one of the local Uonuma schools obviously having a mass ski lesson.

Not much else to say about it really. Just a small, local hill. Probably good for families and children, beginners
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 3rd February 2014
The two quads are the way to go
Iwappara is one of the oldest skijo in Yuzawa town.

I have been a few times, but this time was courtesy of the SnowJapan lift ticket Giveaway - thank you SnowJapan and Iwappara.

I went on a weekday and was quite surprised at how busy it was. Well, it wasn't BUSY but it there were quite a few people around enjoying themselves.

Iwappara as others have said is the perfect place for beginners. The main slope area is very wide quite
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Yuzawa Nakazato
湯沢中里
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 3rd February 2014
Small but pleasant, convenient and family friendly!
Yuzawa Nakazato was a more interesting skijo than I was expecting. From the information on SnowJapan it just seems kind of small. Though it isn't a big skijo by any means, there were some things about it that I liked.

First and foremost it is a great place to bring a family! Nakazato uses a couple of old trains as resting rooms one of which overlooks a nice sledding hill. There were places to relax and eat along with an
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