Resort Reviews from January 2011

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 19 reviews.
GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 26th January 2011
GALA Yuzawa review by Canadian Freerider
I wanted to visit Gala for more than 2 years now. I was curious to see Japanese organization at its paroxysm. I was expecting it to be tacky and artificial, but I really wanted to experience it once.

The configuration of the main building is indeed very convenient. As you come out from the JR gates, you literally enter into the ski resort. The integration is so well made that I wouldn’t be surprised if Gala is
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2011
Tomamu review by Steven Lurie
One of the best family holidays I have had. Tomamu was a great place to take kids. There is a toboggan run and children's play area if the kids are too young to ski.

The snow conditions were perfect and there weren't many skiers on the slopes, even though we were there in high season (between Christmas and New Year). The food was also very good, and there was a good selection in terms of both prices and variety.

We
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Ryuoo Ski Park
竜王スキーパーク
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 20th January 2011
Ryuoo Ski Park review by Black Mountain
Well, after spending a pretty sweet day at Madarao Kogen we headed over to Ryuoo Ski Park in Kita Shiga Kogen. One of the reasons I love this website so much is that I had never heard of this place before a couple of SJ'ers recommended that I check it out (thanks SKI and Iiyamadude).

When we arrived at the hill we were surprised to find that our super cheap accommodation (7000 for stay, lift ticket and breakfast) was actually
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Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 19th January 2011
Marunuma Kogen review
I went to Marunuma Kogen 3 days in the 2009-2010 season. The first day was the last Saturday in November, when they only had 3 courses open (Yellow, Violet and Cobalt). While the snow was mostly artificial, it was not bad quality, and it was a nice sunny day. The line for the bottom lift was horrendous, but once we got up it we stuck to the upper lifts and didn't have much problem with lines.
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Nasu Onsen Family
那須温泉ファミリー
Nasu Town, Tochigi
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 19th January 2011
Nasu Onsen Family review
Nasu Onsen Family ski area is a place to teach your little kid how to do the snowplow and ride a chair lift, while getting your ski legs back after a decade(s)-long hiatus. It doesn't pretend to be more than that (just look at the name), and it is perfect for that.

Not too expensive, reasonable rentals, and small enough that nobody can get lost from view for long.

Safety bars on both lifts.

No snowboarding allowed, though,
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2011
Happo-one review by mike bowles
Been to happo last 5 yrs.

Have had good (this yr), bad (heavy rain) and ugly (busy, windy, warm).

Over all we keep coming baack as it delivers on most occasions.

Epic snow this year, 3 good dumps in a week, cold and cloudy kept snow pristine on the whole resort, snow reports on hakuba now! reflected the hype.

Good variety of runs but we chase off piste powder and it can be found everywhere especially if there has been snow, no need to
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2011
Hakuba Cortina revoiew by mike bowles
Ventured up to Cortina.

Snowed all day and kept getting heavier making for a great day.

Get the "set" ticket - gives u 1000y for lunch and then entry to hotel onsen.

Sanctioned tree areas allow off piste adventure thru the forests.

Limited lifts means need to plan your run otherwise have to go back to the base and start again.

All up definitely worth a visit if want fresh pow.

Seems to get a fair bit more than happo
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Hunter Mountain Shiobara
ハンターマウンテン塩原
Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 18th January 2011
Hunter Mountain Shiobara review
Finally made it to Hunter Mountain near the end of their season, after buying discount tickets pre-season. It had snowed a couple days prior, but the day we went was sunny and warm, 10 degrees or so. Early morning was wet packed powder at the top, becoming shave ice at the bottom, but by lunch-time it was varying grades of shave ice from top to bottom. Solid spring skiing.

The views from the top were nice, and it was a pleasant
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Adatara Kogen
あだたら高原
Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 18th January 2011
Adatara Kogen review
A very nice little place Adatara Kogen turned out to be. Compact, but with plenty of trails of different types packed into the space, so lots of variety. Highlights include the ungroomed upper Andromeda course, with knee-high powder "moguls" (for freshies, pay 1,000 yen for first tracks in the morning), the Cassiopeia course which consists of a switchback track with powdery steeps between the straightaways, a pole bahn, a mogul bahn (but too early in the season, apparently --
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Charmant Hiuchi
シャルマン火打
Itoigawa City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2011
Charmant Hiuchi review by bkurobe
Honestly without question the most insane day of skiing in my life.

Knee to waist deep powder across the board. On the lift up watching people digging themselves out in the middle of trails.

You like powder - this is the place
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Fujimi Kogen
富士見高原
Fujimi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 16th January 2011
Fukimi Kogen review by Ski Dude
If you lived in the area this place might be good for a warm up run or practice but just 20 minutes drive across the valley there is the much better Fujimi Panorama which charges only slightly more for lift tickets than this pokey little place does.

While it has 4 lifts it is essentially a single dog-leg to the left run.

I won't bother with it again if I'm in the area unless they cut their prices to a more reasonable
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Fujimi Panorama Resort
富士見パノラマリゾート
Fujimi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 14th January 2011
Fujimi Panorama Resort review by Ski Dude
Went here new years day.

The entrance area is a bit drab and the stairs from the car park up to the snow annoying.

The beginner runs down the bottom are good (but a little short) for warming up before heading up the gondola to the top.

The main run is supposed to split in two about 1 fifth the way down but the advanced route was cordoned off.

Halfway down when the two runs rejoin there is quite a steep section which
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 14th January 2011
Hakkoda review by TN
O.M.G.

Growing up boarding on the west coast of the USA, I have experienced similar snow but NOTHING compares to Hakkoda. Nothing.

This place was amazing. I was fortunate to go on a bright blue day (I hear it's notorious for bad weather). The place was like nothing I've seen before.

As an upper intermediate boarder (blues and blacks) I was initially nervous coming here with two beginners especially after reading the reviews. However, I was assured our group
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White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 12th January 2011
White World Oze Iwakura review by Rion
Overall I thought it was fun. I didn't notice much of a notice between the black trails, and the red trails. This site says 20% snowboarders, but I saw more boarders than skiers while I was there. Everything seemed really nice. There was a good view from the top of the mountains. Good long rides to the bottom of the mountains. I went on a weekday, there was some kids going through ski school. they got in my way a
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Wakasugi Kogen Oya
若杉高原おおや
Yabu City, Hyogo
Submitted by nighthawk663 on 11th January 2011
Wakasugi Kogen Oya review
Despite my cons listed, I really liked this mountain. It was small, yeah, so it could get boring after awhile, but I found this to be a really great mountain to practice skills on. It has a few different terrain park items you can work on, including a rather large jump and a couple rails, but no half pipe. Something REALLY impressive is a bag jump they have on Saturdays and Sundays (and I guess some holidays). It's free to
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