Resort Reviews from March 2004

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 12 reviews.
Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 30th March 2004
Marunuma Kogen review by John Little
We thought that we were finished for the season before we found Marunuma. This resort has had some really excellent snow conditions over the past two weeks (considering it's the end of March). Last week there was some nice new powder (some of it covering patches of ice, but you can't be too choosy at this time of the year). The week before it was fairly firm all over the mountain.

Yes, it does start to get a
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Nikko Yumoto Onsen
日光湯元温泉
Nikko City, Tochigi
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd March 2004
Nikko Yumoto Onsen review by Sasha
In fact I prefer ski, but at the end of this season I decided to "study" the snowboard secret. Thats why we visited this ski-resort. The resort is very nice.

This place is not so big like Marunuma, but very convenient. You don't need to spend 5 hours staying in some traffic jump on the road.

Very good place for beginners and for children. After skiing you should visit some spa, which is one of the best in Japan
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 20th March 2004
Iwappara review by Ronnie Wong
I and my wife visited Iwappara in March 2004.

Very easy to access for a day trip from Tokyo. Although not a big resort, there are suitable slopes for my wife (beginner) and myself (beginner and intermediate).

Facilities and catering are OK
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Hakuba Goryu
白馬五竜
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by bryantp on 19th March 2004
Hakuba Goryu review by bryantp
Conditions were average to poor - that never helps.

Very loud music over the speakers provided further distractions.

Then, in the afternoon, just as the crowds became nearly unbearable, we got horizontal snow.

Very wide flat runs offer little to the advanced beginner or intermediate rider. Perhaps the expert runs are better
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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 toshkev on 18th March 2004
Chuo-do Ina Ski Resort review by toshkev
"Local" course which is great on the weekdays if you are in the area (30 mins south of Matsumoto) for practicing for complete beginners or boarders trying to refine their carving on easy gradients.

Just one run.. which is between a green and next one up. friendly staf
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Uenono
上野々
Osaki City, Miyagi
Submitted by keikoku on 18th March 2004
Uenono review by keikoku
Uenono defines the expression 'more bang for your buck'. The full day lift ticket is just 2500yen or 2000yen after noon. Yes, the mountain is small... BUT..

You should def hit up Uenono if:

(1)you want to improve your jibbing, your jumping, learn sick new tricks, or just practice park all day without endless hiking or a long lift that deposits you miles away from the park.

(2)you want to work on your alpine (slalom) style, and
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by powdernator on 10th March 2004
Hakkoda review by powdernator
Although Hakkoda is not having a banner year for snow, there is still some winter left and a good dump could keep it open until May.

The warm weather has meant that the snow has settled and basically opened up the whole back country, so you can go anywhere you want to. Scenery is spectacular and ran across a mountain deer the other day while boarding in the back.

They are predicting snow for this weekend so it can only get better
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Oku Ibuki
奥伊吹
Maibara City, Shiga
Submitted by andrewl on 8th March 2004
Oku Ibuki review by Nui OSK
I have been here twice during weekend. Of course, there were a lot of people gathering.

Various runs and nice views were at high altitude.

Lift was old and a bit slow causing long lines.
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 8th March 2004
Naeba review by bryantp
One day of semi-icy conditions and one day of powder - not too bad.

Naeba has a variety of courses plus some off-course offerings. You should be able to find the perfect challenge - whether you're a beginner or a pro.

Crowds (this was a weekend) are there but the resort is large enough to handle them most of the time.

For non-boarders and non-skiers, there's lots to do. Rooms at the Prince are functional, beds are comfortable, and who cares anyway -
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Hachi Kita Kogen
ハチ北高原
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by Victor on 4th March 2004
Hachi Kita Kogen review by Victor
This is a great resort, but apparently everyone is Hyogo-ken knows about it. This place was super busy.

The runs were very good. On the front side (where the parking is) the runs are long and fast. However it becomes crowded, so expect to wait 20 mins to get on a lift. Another problem is the fact that Hachi Kita does not have a lift that goes from the bottom to the top, which causes more bottlenecks.
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 3rd March 2004
Naeba review by rob
I wrote about this place because I went there last year and had fun, went again this year and the same is true but I went on the dragondla which takes you over to a couple more slopes which I enjoyed.

The only down side would be the hotel being so self-contained and I couldnt find an ATM.
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Sahoro Resort
サホロリゾート
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Siem on 2nd March 2004
Sahoro Resort review by siem
We had no idea of what to expect of Sahoro resort, but being in Hokkaido, we were hoping for excellent snow conditions. A resort pamphlet we got from our local hill showed that there were areas in the trees you are allowed to ski in... which I suppose is quite suprising given the attitude to skiing off the trail that most resorts have.

Anyway, Sahoro has a main gondola that goes from the very bottom of the resort to the
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