Resort Reviews from February 2005

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 37 reviews.
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2005
Alts Bandai review by airwalk
The nice thing about ALTS is that it's too far for most people in Tokyo. That means less crowds on many lifts, but you have to get out of the main area.

There are several mountains and to get to my favorite, you have to go up and down a few times to get to the far left which has three lifts with few people. The runs maybe short, but they're a lot of fun.

The restaurants serve good food and the
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Sky Valley
スカイバレイ
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by bulldog on 28th February 2005
Sky Valley
Connected to Tohachi so you can ride both mountains, although Sky Valley has better snow, better terrain, longer runs and shorter lines. I still haven't been to Hachi Kogen/Hachi Kita so I can't copmare, but this replaces Kannabe's Nashiki Kogen as my top pick for Hyogo. On Sunday, Tohachi had a 15-20 minute line at the bottom whereas Sky had none. Off the peak there is some pretty good steeps with easy acess to trees
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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen
志賀高原 奥志賀高原
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2005
Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen review by
Beautiful resort.

They have a delicious Italian restaurant, great for kids! Little expensive though but we really enjoyed it! Because it was before Christmas we were the only ones on the slopes! Great! But a little too difficult for young kids who ski for first time.

We managed to get them on the ski lift and after few days they could ski down the slope but they didn't have any childrens gelende.

Anyway, we had great time, no disco's,
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Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by tsonda on 25th February 2005
Nozawa Onse review
By far my favorite resort in Japan.

This is the place I learned how to snowboard and it still attracts me now that I am advanced.

Really many wide easy slopes for the beginners. Many advanced slopes.

The only problem is that during the weekends it is packed with crowds.

If you have time try to go there a normal weekday, you will fall in love with the place!

They have a pretty decent snow park but the problem is that you either have to
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Daisen White Resort
だいせんホワイトリゾート
Daisen Town, Tottori
Submitted by Victor on 25th February 2005
Daisen White Resort review by victor
Daisen Daisen Daisen. This is a great resort. Now my opinion might be a little skewed since last weekend I was at Hachi Kita where I paid 1800 yen to park and had to wait in lines for the majority of the day, Daisen in comparison is utopia.

It was snowing both days that I went so the conditions were fantastic. Fresh powder was everywhere even in the middle of a few runs. Even though it was
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Ojiro
おじろ
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by Victor on 25th February 2005
Ojiro review by Victor
When I came to Ojiro I was suprisingly impressed with the resort. the snow quality was great and although the resort is small there is a lot to do here. They have a couple of kickers, boxes and rails for the freestylers. They also have a half pipe, although when I was here it wasn't properly groomed.

The best thing about this place would have to be the relaxed atmosphere. Virtually the entire mountain side
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd February 2005
Minakami Houdaigi review by greenmachine
I enjoyed it more as the day went on. After 2pm most of the morning crowds had left. The afternoon was very enjoyable, however the soft snow on the family run meant a lot of *slow snowboaders* headed up the hill and made things a little too crowded on the narrower, steeper gerende.

Heavy snow during the middle of the day soaked up some slush and the surface dried out, becoming 'sandy' towards the afternoon.

A nice day out with
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd February 2005
Hakuba Cortina review by greenmachine
It was a long weekend so the hotel was completely full with unbelievable crowds in the *two* elevators they have. Hard on the legs but lots of stairs were climbed.

It is well organised and you ski in ski out. Good long runs if you join 'em up, enough gerende to absorb everyone and it really wasnt at all crowded on the mountain. No-one was using the forest trails and the shorter runs on the other side of the hill of
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Yudonosan
湯殿山
Tsuruoka City, Yamagata
Submitted by dietprozac on 22nd February 2005
Yudonosan review by DietProzac
This is my main stomping ground, only because it's the nearest mid-sized place from where I live.

The best run is the trail on the far left where there is a small board park with a few rails and jumps. Up near the top there is a good jump and a nice plateau ramp that is great for learning to stick that landing.

There aren't many places where you can go off piste though, which is a shame
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Makado Onsen
まかど温泉
Noheji Town, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd February 2005
Makado Onsen review by SJBoarder
Makado was really good, compared to how it has usually been in the winters here.

Looking at yesterday's snow depth of 155cm, it was packed in only a few areas (mainly towards the bottom slopes) - and today's depth being 160cm I'd love to be back up there right now. It's good for being close to Misawa when you really got the need for snowboard speed, but obviously there are some other places (Appi with the green 5.5km [3.4 mile]
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd February 2005
Rusutsu Resort review by Richi
Very cool that no-one could speek english, & the locals are very polite.

But there are much better resorts in Japan
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 20th February 2005
Happo-one review
I have been previously to Zao (Yamagata).

Hakuba Happo is much better organised and it is quite large.

Snow and weather was perfect.

There are several places to go off the beaten slopes, and do trees etc. without worrying about getting lost etc
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Kiroro Snow World
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by bly on 18th February 2005
Kiroro Snow World review by bly
First trip to Hokkaido and we went to Kiroro for a day trip after Niseko. It was snowing like crazy everywhere so the trip from Sapporo took 2.5+ hours instead of 1.5! That cut short our day so we only manage to explore a small part of the resort (My wife being a beginner in snowboarding didn't help...!!!).

From what we see, Kiroro looks like a very local, down to earth type of resort. It's medium in size and snow quality
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Niseko Village Ski Resort
ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by bly on 18th February 2005
Niseko Village Ski Resort review by bly
In terms of snow quality/food I'll give this area a 5*. 2 things prompt me to mark it down to 4*. With snow falling all the time, and the occasional strong wind, visibility is not terribly good. Out of the 3 days we were there, I think we've seen no more than 20 min. of the sun and that is very different from west coast North America.

Seems this is the norm for Hokkaido winter as I have been monitoring
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Yuzawa Nakazato
湯沢中里
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by ATM on 17th February 2005
Yuzawa Nakazato review by ATM
We skied Nakazato in the afternoon and night with conditions altering between heavy snowfall, clouds and clearing, and mist after dark with snowfall returning. Except for occassional icy spots, conditions were good, with knee deep powder on several of the more challenging mogul runs.

Another review mentions the difficulty of the "one" night run, but when we were there a longer route avoiding difficult slopes was open and seemed within the grasp of most beginners. Actually, we found this resort
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