Resort Reviews from April 2011

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 4 reviews.
Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Kagura review
I wanted to check out a Niigata resort on my way back from Hokkaido and managed to squeeze in a day and a half at Kagura, about which I'd heard a lot of good things. Here are my thoughts:-

1.
There's a lot of terrain. Although Tashiro was closed (I'm not sure if this was due to late-season or post-earthquake electricity-saving), it's a big resort and of course you've got Naeba next door too.

2.
The top areas (accessed from
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira review
I wanted to check out a Gunma resort this winter and finally made it to Tenjin on the last day of March. I was therefore expecting Spring conditons but winter had returned for the day and it dumped non-stop!

Here are my thoughts:-

1.
The back country terrain (for which Tenjin is famous) looked good but end-of-season high avalanche risk meant that it was all closed. Not that I could have really enjoyed it with little or no visibility!

2.
If
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Late season Kagura
I wanted to check out a Niigata resort on my way back from Hokkaido and managed to squeeze in a day and a half at Kagura, about which I'd heard a lot of good things. Here are my thoughts:-

1. There's a lot of terrain. Although Tashiro was closed (I'm not sure if this was due to late-season or post-earthquake electricity-saving), Kagura's a big resort and of course you've got Naeba nextdoor as well.

2. The top areas (accessed from
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Let's Tenjin!
I wanted to check out a Gunma resort on my way back from Hokkaido and finally made it to Tenjin on the last day of March. I was therefore expecting Spring conditons but winter had returned for the day and it dumped non-stop!

Here are my thoughts:-

1. The back country terrain (for which Tenjin is famous) looked good but end-of-season high avalanche risk meant that it was all closed. Not that I could have really enjoyed it with little or
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