Resort Reviews from January 2010

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 24 reviews.
Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 31st January 2010
Marunuma Kogen review by Gary
Arrived at 10am and it was busy but not packed like other resorts.

Me and wife were there to get some skill training for snowboarding. The snow and slopes were excellent. Soft powder and well groomed. no Ice at all. It was busy but very short lines and everyone was having fun. good mix of snowboarders, skiiers and families. We enjoyed it so much we are going back next weekend. The conditions
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
スキージャム勝山
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by andrewl on 26th January 2010
Ski Jam Katsuyama by ggourde
This place would be great on a week day.

Don't even bother with the lower runs unless you're an expert at dodging people.

Thankfully if you make the trek to the upper parts there's enough breathing room. Also, for snowboarders- the beginner's slopes here are so flat you'd wish you had ski poles. The pink (beginner/intermediate) were nice and plentiful. The reds (intermediate) would be black at other resorts. I am still not good enough
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Fujimi Panorama Resort
富士見パノラマリゾート
Fujimi Town, Nagano
Submitted by snowdude on 26th January 2010
Fujimi Panorama Resort review
It was sunny on the day we went, the snow was half man made half real and although was acceptable in the morning, became both sticky on the skis and Icy by early afternoon.

Apart from the one longer course, there is really nothing here worth skiing unless you are a beginner just starting out.

The lifts are slow to get to the top and due to the short courses you are down before you know it.

On the plus side, great views
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd January 2010
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort review
I have been here for 4 years now the last 3 with family. 2010 was the best yet and Niseko lived up to its reputation big time. This place is just one huge snow machine! I don't think I have so many consecutive bottomless powder days - and some of our best skiing was in resort this year. Having said that we also got great snow out of every gate. The icing on the cake this years was Mizuno no
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Daisen White Resort
だいせんホワイトリゾート
Daisen Town, Tottori
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2010
Daisen White Resort review by Daz
I will start by saying that the snow was actually quite good on piste, and the slushy spring like conditions was a welcome change from the glass like icy conditions I faced when I was in Canada.

That being said obviously the mountain is small compared to what im used to and not very steep. A good skier or boarder would easily get bored spending an entire day there, but this is Western Japan so what do you expect.\r\n\r\nThe layout
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Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 20th January 2010
Nozawa Onsen review by Daniel
Family friendly resort. Good mix of skiing, culture and food. The village is very small but has all one needed, including a good range of Japanese restaurants serving fantastic food and wine. It also has a number of bars and a karaoke bar for those wanting to party late into the night.

The resort, while small has a good range of terrain for all levels. Most skiers and boarders tend to head for Skyline, which means it
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2010
Tsugaike Kogen review by Stephen
Overall a good resort.

Long runs with a long gondola. Lots of warnings about not going off piste but hardly any ski patrol. I was going of the black run at the top. I waited until all the fencing had finished and just popped down under the gondola and cut across all the beginner cat tracks.

Really fun tree runs.

The beginner area is almost completely at the bottom so there were hardly any kids in my way.

Good apres
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Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by Noie on 18th January 2010
Nozawa Onsen review by thenoie
Left Shinjuku, Friday night to allow the early start Saturday-morning....

Heavy snow from 20:00 onwards, made for very slow travel.

It managed to snow about 70% of the weekend.

Saturday, saw the Gondoras open just over an hour late as conditions were "not ideal" poor vis and grooming was taking a long time......

10:30 saw us finally 2/3rd up and with 10cm of fresh pow on the runs groomed that morning, the un-groomed runs were brutal and highly enjoyable.

The Top 1/3 of the mountain
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Mr Brisbane on 18th January 2010
Akakura Kanko by mrbrisbane
We were very spoilt having 5 days in Myoko, with constant fresh snow falls day and night.

Akakura Onsen - great child or beginner terrain with nice cafe at Yodel up the top. Would be a bit small to spend more than a day or 3 here.

Akakura Kanko - which is conjoined with Akakura Onsen is much larger with excellent terrain and lifts. This is handy as most available accommodation (esp for English speakers) and village is at Onsen which
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Karigahara
雁が原
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by andrewl on 17th January 2010
Karigahara review by Gregg
This is definitely for beginners. That said, I knew that before I went there and got what I expected. However, me being rusty it was what I was looking for for my first snowboarding of the season. There a basically 2 runs that leave from the same 4p gondola.

The elevation is a bit to low for there to be a lot of powder, I consider myself lucky that although it was a warm (1C?) day with a
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 15th January 2010
Hakuba Norikura Onsen review by SnowKobe
This was the first time for a January visit at Norikura for a while. Had almost 100cm fall on us over the 5 days, and the hotel Alps was virtually empty midweek.

Snow was incredible-too much at times as visibility got tough at the top. Still a nice mix of groomed and ungroomed runs and tons of powder to make tracks on.

Saw a number for foreigners with backpacks heading off-piste
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 15th January 2010
Naeba review by James
Ive only ever snowboarded in NZ where I lived. (currently here on working holiday visa) so I hadnt seen any powder or done powder boarding before. The day I was there the weather was actually a bit of a nightmare, we couldnt see a thing really and it was really cold and windy.. But it was snowing harder than anything I had ever seen in NZ making for some absolutely incredible snow.

If you stick to the sides of the runs
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Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
グランディ羽鳥湖スキーリゾート
Tenei Village, Fukushima
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 15th January 2010
Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
Checked out Grandee Hatoriko over the weekend of Jan. 9-10 with the kid, staying overnight at their affiliated hotel/golf club near the Shirakawa IC. Had low expectations, to be honest, but ended up having a great weekend. This was in no small part due to the hotel turning out to be much more luxurious than expected: marble-tiled bathrooms, catered French dinner, and much higher levels of service than were expected for the ski-package price.

The ski area itself, as
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 13th January 2010
Rusutsu Resort review by beowolf
This was my second stay at Rusutsu and once again I did not leave disappointed.

I will say from the outset that I do not care about Apres Ski or the Japan experience (I have been living in Japan for six years), all I care about is snowboarding in powder and that is pretty much what I did for seven of the eight days I snowboarded at Rusutsu.

Basically, most of my time on the mountain was spent off-piste inbetween the
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Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort
グランドサンピア猪苗代リゾート
Inawashiro Town, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 11th January 2010
Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort review by Canadian Freerider
This ski station is rather on the small side, but it offers enough challenge from top to bottom. Despites its size, it has the big advantage to be equipped with a gondola that brings you to the top quickly and comfortably. The chair lifts are slow and you need to take 3 of them before reaching the top.

The installation are a little bit old. The restaurant is small for the capacity of the resort.

On the side of
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