Resort Reviews from February 2012

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 7 reviews.
Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 8th February 2012
Good top runs and nice park set-up - posted by smokeshow
I went there for a weekend, they had 60cm or so of fresh snow, so I could not complain! It was my first time there so did a lot of exploring in the trees, found some very fun terrain rock drops and tree runs.

It is a big resort and I would go again - my favourite resort now!
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Jeunesse Kurikoma
ジュネス栗駒
Higashinaruse Village, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 8th February 2012
Jeunesse Kurikoma review by akitapow
It is hard to compare this ski hill to the other heavy hitters in Japan, but in terms of smaller local ski-jos, this one is pretty SWEET (def one of the best in Akita)

When the snow is good, this place is so much fun! There are definitely runs for all levels, but the highlight is the upper lift (left side of the mtn) where you can find the 40deg slope and courses that can really give you a workout.
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Togari Onsen
戸狩温泉
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 4th February 2012
Togari Onsen review by chikumango
We got sold on this place because there was a great package deal that included transport, lift ticket and lunch. When we arrived we soon discovered we were not the only people aware of the cheap deals.

It was extremely difficult to make it down the mountain without nearly running into people. The bottom of the mountain near one of the lifts had a bit of a bottleneck which did not help.

The snow quality was fair but nothing spectacular.
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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
白馬岩岳スノーフィールド
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 4th February 2012
Hakuba Iwatake review by chikumango
We had planned to go to another Hakuba resort but chose Iwatake because we had heard great things about it.

Iwatake is a fun little one or two day spot. We were pleased to see the gondola was moving at a quick speed up the mountain and many of the beginners stuck to the main course. The middle to advanced courses were pretty much empty.

The snow was fantastic. We had continuous snowfall throughout the day.
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 4th February 2012
Akakura Kanko review by chikumango
Akakan was a bit of a disappointment.

To be fair though there had not been much snow in the previous days to our arrival.

It did look like it could be a bit of fun on a good day. When we went, the sun had melted one side of the gully we went bombing into and as a result came to a screeching halt when we got to the other side.

There were some nice looking gullies and tree
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 3rd February 2012
GALA Yuzawa
One of the first things I wanted to do after arriving in Japan was to ride the bullet train and when I found out that I could take one to a ski resort, I knew I had to go there! 2 and a half years down the line and I finally made it to GALA Yuzawa. As has been said before, it doesn't get much more convenient than this. Get off the train, take the escalator up
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 3rd February 2012
Let's GALA!
One of the first things I wanted to do after arriving in Japan was to ride the bullet train and when I found out that I could take one to a ski resort, I knew I had to go there! Two and a half years down the line and I finally made it to GALA Yuzawa. As has been said before, it doesn't get much more convenient than this. Get off the train, take the escalator up
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