I had been meaning to hit up Maiko for ages....I usually go to the higher Yuzawa resorts like Kagura. The snowfall has been crazy of late and right enough there is tons of pow everywhere!! This IS lower though so its not as light as at Kagura etc but good quality all the same. Easy access from Echigo Yuzawa, free shuttle bus that coincides with the Shinkansen arrival from Tokyo.
The upper left of the mountain is an ungroomed bowl
Went to this resort with a few friends a few weeks ago. We've never been to Myoko, but I heard it gets great snow. We were not dissapointed. Early on, the runs were great. Some off-course tree runs as well with some powder stashes too.
The resort itself is beautiful. There are fantastic views everywhere, definitely a must-see. However the great views are partially ruined by the repeated J-pop songs...which I only remember them playing 5 that day.....on a LOOP.