Resort Reviews from April 2009

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 5 reviews.
Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 27th April 2009
Sahoro Resort review by Kat
This was our first visit to Sahoro.

The resort is a smaller one however, uncrowded slopes, groomed to perfection, endless tree runs and challenging moguls would appeal to many skiers regardless of their skiing ability.

I am not going to compare this resort with St Moritz, Aspen or Four Valleys - it would be unfair. This is Japan, come here for a hospitality, food; culture and a great service provided by the staff at the hotel and skiing
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 16th April 2009
Appi Kogen review by Carl Brown
Wide open resort with runs for all types. Even though we knew that most of it would be shut, we were happy with what we had for the time of year and did not get bored. Must be great in full season.

We were also blessed with cloud free skies the entire time.

In full season, the few mountain restaurants would probably be a challenge at lunch time but the bottom should be adequate. For those staying in the
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 8th April 2009
Hakuba Norikura Onsen review
Our annual trip was later than usual. First day was OK with 3 lifts going and access to about 4 runs. Lift tix priced at 2000/adult, 1500/kid. Snow was OK.

Wed morning only 2 lifts/2 runs open. Tix price down to 1000/adult or kid.

Snow OK in morning, but then rain started around noon. Turned to snow though and got 15cm that night.

Went back on Saturday for morning skiing.

Hardly anyone there
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 6th April 2009
Hakuba Cortina review
Had 15cm dump on us on March 31st, so plenty of fresh powder on the 1st.

Cold and cloudy at top in morning, but bottom was fine. Later top cleared and was great as bottom got soft.

Lift tix only 1500/adult, 1000/kids.

Busy at bottom with beginners, but the two lifts were fast so no lines, and access to enough runs to satisfy all
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 6th April 2009
Tsugaike Kogen review
Tsugaike has the most snow in Nagano now, thanks to its gondola which can take you up higher than the other resorts.

Conditions were good at top. Board park was impressive and opened at 10:30am.

More challenging black runs open than other areas at this time of year. \r\n\r\nNo waits for lifts.

Tickets 2500 adult/1500 child.

More crowded on Saturday, but they got rained on unfortunately
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