Resort Reviews from February 2011

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 34 reviews.
Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2011
Hakuba Cortina review by Black Mountain
This resort is definitely a good place to go if you are looking for something different in Hakuba.

Let's start with the bad news first. If you are staying in Hakuba without a car this resort can be a bit of a pain to get to. It's actually in Otari, not Hakuba village and by car takes about 20-25 mins. There are also shuttle buses which take forever or trains. If you are hoping to get first
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Fujiten Snow Resort
ふじてんスノーリゾート
Narusawa Village, Yamanashi
Submitted by Black Mountain on 27th February 2011
Fujiten Snow Resort review
Fujiten is a great place for beginners to enjoy a day on the slopes. I usually go here once a season for a relaxing time on the hill as it's not to far from my homebase near Izu.

On clear days there are decent views up to Mt. Fuji. Barring one or two small sections the runs are exclusively for beginners. I've only ever seen manmade snow at this resort although I suppose that it gets the occasional
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 27th February 2011
Hoshino Resort Tomamu review
I visited Tomamu with some friends a few Sundays ago.

Here are my thoughts:-

The good things:-

1.
The off-piste terrain/policy. Even though there was no fresh snow and it was crusty off-piste and between the trees, you could see that Tomamu would be brilliant on a powder day. The trees are much better spaced than the (fairly) nearby resorts of Furano and Kamui plus the registration system they've got in place for off-piste riding means that you
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by Mick Rich on 27th February 2011
Hoshino Resort Tomamu review
I visited Tomamu with some friends on a day trip from Furano.

Here are my thoughts on the good and not-so-good things:-

The good:-

1. The off-piste terrain/policy. Even though there was no fresh snow and it was crusty off-piste and between the trees, you could see that Tomamu would be good on a powder day. The trees are much better-spaced than the (fairly) nearby resorts of Furano and Kamui plus the registration system they've got in place for off-piste riding means that
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Hunter Mountain Shiobara
ハンターマウンテン塩原
Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi
Submitted by dyna8800 on 26th February 2011
Hunter Mountain Shiobara review
Hunter Mountain bills itself as "One of the Largest Snow Resort (sic) in the Kanto Area."

While that may true, it may seem small in comparison to some other resorts. But what it lacks in size, it makes up in unique features such as a halfpipe in the terrain park, the best mogul course I have ever skied in Japan, and a pole bahn to practice those GS turns. It also has snowmaking, for artificial snow when the weather does
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Zao Onsen
蔵王温泉
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 25th February 2011
Zao Onsen review
Headed up to Zao Saturday morning, clutching free Giveaway ticket (thanks!), arriving mid-morning. Parked near the Zao Sanrokusen ropeway station (Yokokura area). Pretty much peak season, so was worried about finding parking, but turned out not to be such a problem. The parking lot next to the ropeway was full, but one almost across the street was taking cars.

First impression: this place is freaking huge. A giant bowl of slopes surrounding the onsen town. In the course of two
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Chuo-do Ina Ski Resort
中央道 伊那スキーリゾート
Ina City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 24th February 2011
Ina Ski Resort review by Jared
Tiny tiny beginners place to go. These days just 2 lifts operate and there are only 2 slopes. Actually only one slope just one long run with a lift to halfway and another to the top. This place is pretty expensive too. 3300 for an all day pass, and on weekends this place is packed with parents teaching their kids how to ski. THAT SAID, when it starts to snow in the Ina valley head
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Togari Onsen
戸狩温泉
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 24th February 2011
Togari Onsen review by tripler
Togari is a 15 minute drive from Nozawa Onsen.

There is a shuttle bus from Togari station to the resort but it's not very regular. We ended up walking from the station, which took 30 mins.

There's no gondola (biggest lift is a quad) but the resort is larger than I'd expected. Interesting ungroomed terrain is easily accessed from the pistes. It was snowing on slightly heavy, old powder and mostly a white-out when I was there. That and arriving a
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by jjpeel0078 on 24th February 2011
Alts Bandai review
Took my kids there for a couple of days on recommendation from a friend.

They are pretty good skiers as this is their 4th season, but felt needed to get them some lessons to help solidify their technique. We signed them up for group lessons, but on both Fri and Sat they only had themselves or one other kid in the group and got a lot of skiing in with very good attention by the teacher. Most teachers speak decent
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Ryuoo Ski Park
竜王スキーパーク
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by dyna8800 on 23rd February 2011
Ryuoo Ski Park review by dyna8800
I won a free lift ticket to Ryuoo Ski Park compliments of Snow Japan (thank you!) and used the opportunity to check it out during the holidays. As I promised to SJDavid, here is my trip report, also uploaded to the main database.

Executive Summary:

Ryuoo is very popular with snowboarders, as it was one of the first to open up to boarders back in the days when skiers ruled the world. Although many other resorts boast of bigger parks, or halfpipes,
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Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 20th February 2011
Marunuma Kogen review
After a nightmare jam on the Kan-Etsu coming up here we didn't get on the snow until about 11.30am. When we arrived it was uber bluebird conditions and the views were fantastic. Snow was surprising soft and powdery for it being mid morning of such a sunny day and having had no fresh snowfall for a while. Resort isn't huge but the runs are pretty good, from top to bottom the run is pretty long and quite a lot of
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 19th February 2011
Naeba review by gti
Visited Naeba my only other time about 17 yrs ago. It had been snowing off and on for the past couple of weeks w/ a forecast calling for clear and sunny on the 2nd so signed up for a JR Ski Ski 1-day package (shinkansen RT, bus 1-way, all-day lift ticket) out of Ueno on the 1st train out, 2 days before.

Was on the hill a little before 10. Sunny w/ very little wind, the morning was crisp w/
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 19th February 2011
Hakkoda review by Pete @ Sydney
Powder everyday, even on the one sunny day we had, we had stacks of pow because other off-piste runs become available a short hike from the top of the tram.

If you're new to the mountain, stay close to the orange poles. If you go off-piste try and stay close to other tracks already made as you will get lost / disoriented very quickly. Don't venture out yourself, and don't be a hero at this place as you will die. No
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IOX-AROSA
イオックス・アローザ
Nanto City, Toyama
Submitted by ChoudenBoy on 18th February 2011
IOX-AROSA review
Hey, I dont know if I was lucky or if it's a regular thing, but the night I skied there was amazing! Lots of fresh snow, and still falling!! No crowds, or even line ups, and this was the February long weekend.

The base restaurant had good food for very reasonable prices. My friends and I were very full for about 800yen.

Night skiing is a bargain here at 2500yen, lots of places to slide and you
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 17th February 2011
GALA Yuzawa review by Canadian Freerider
After a memorable first experience, I had the opportunity to return to Gala under 'normal' conditions ... meaning not after a huge dump of snow.

The ungroomed runs that I enjoyed so much last time were transformed into hard packed mogul runs. There was still a lot of untouched virgin powder a little bit further on the side. The best track is linking the Central Area to the South Area. It is great, but hardly accessible; indeed you
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