Resort Reviews from March 2014

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 39 reviews.
Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 31st March 2014
Ice-bahn Scuppers Tomamu Fun
After winning some tickets from Snowjapan (and getting a re-up from unclaimed tickets!! domo!), me and some mates piled into a car and headed east from Sapporo to Tomamu. With the weather the way it has been recently we certainly weren't expecting to find any blower powder conditions, we were dead set ready for some spring slush! Unfortunately, nobody thought to tell Tomamu!! The recent conditions in the Sapporo region has been warm and sunny, resulting in some ace soft,
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 28th March 2014
Let's Tsugaike Ropeway!
This was my 3rd visit to Tsugaike and came courtesy of an unclaimed Hakuba Alpen Resorts ticket from the SnowJapan Giveaways, so a big thanks to SJ, Hakuba Alpen Resorts and the person who didn't claim their winning ticket!

When I visited here last season (March 2013), I met up with fellow SJ’er Chriselle for a few turns and we discovered that Tsugaike has a top ropeway that only opens from March. We weren’t able to ride it that day but
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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 robobin on 25th March 2014
Late March powder day
I visited Iwatake on the last weekend of it's season. It was a busy 3 day weekend and I expect even more people were drawn to Hakuba after a late season snow storm the day before.

I spent most of the morning in the "view" area of the resort (at the top far back of the resort.) The snow here was great and there were a few nice spots between courses to pop into. By 10:30 the queue for the pair
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Tangram Ski Circus
タングラムスキーサーカス
Shinano Town, Nagano
Submitted by snowdude on 20th March 2014
Great snow at a small but family friendly resort
I have used the same review text as I did for Madarao as I skied both of them together on this day

I went to Madarao and Tangram, thanks to SJ, well the Madarao side of it.
By paying 1500 yen I was able to get a full mountain pass, with handing in the voucher, which then gave me quite a lot of terrain to ski on.
As these two resorts are joined I will review them together here.

When I got up it
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Madarao Kogen
斑尾高原
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by snowdude on 20th March 2014
A great resort with plenty to keep any level skier or border happy for a whole day easily!
I went to Madarao and Tangram, thanks to SJ, well the Madarao side of it.
By paying 1500 yen I was able to get a full mountain pass, with handing in the voucher, which then gave me quite a lot of terrain to ski on.
As these two resorts are joined I will review them together here.

When I got up it was sunny and blue sky all around, and when I arrived in Madarao about 1.5 hours later it was also sunny
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by snowdude on 20th March 2014
Skied on the longest and steepest slopes in anywhere in japan here
I also went to this resort courtesy of Snow Japan, so thank you to them!
I went to Suginohara about 4-5 years ago and at that time I was probably only intermediate level at best and really enjoyed the resort, despite the fact that thee weather and snow conditions were not the best.
I skied from the top of the gondola station, which is about 3/4 of the way up and skied the various slopes available from that point, and as
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Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by meekanik on 19th March 2014
Nozawa ticks all the boxes
We visited Nozawa Onsen for the third time and loved it just as much as the first.

Great skiing for an intermediate like me as well as some challenging runs for the more advanced.

Although the snow this season was not as good as our 2 previous visits it was still amazing compared to anything we have experienced in Australia or New Zealand.

The added bonus with Nozawa is that the village is wonderful, the people welcoming and the
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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 Bushiman on 17th March 2014
Oze Iwakura - The 'White World' Indeed!
Having spent the last 10+ years riding your typical big/popular resorts in Nagano/Niigata/Hokkaido, this season I fancied a change...
Pre-season I'd spent a good long while looking at Google Earth, and topographical maps searching for the kind of resort I like... Something a long the lines of Hakuba Cortina.

For any of you that have ridden at Cortina, you'll know that the whole resort centers around a large bowl with everything (pretty much) funneling down to one run in the middle.
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 16th March 2014
Let's Gala Again!
This was my second visit to Gala. The first time was in January 2012 when there was good snow but poor visibility and more importantly, the Southern Area was closed, this being the area with ungroomed, powder runs. I’ve therefore wanted to return there with better conditions and was able to do so last week. Although early March, the Yuzawa area (“Paradise Alley”) was experiencing a brief return to mid-winter conditions, with lower temperatures and lots of snowfall. The day
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 15th March 2014
Let's Maiko!
I visited Maiko after a night of decent snowfall, and knowing that it would be less affected by the strong winds forecast for the area. Staying in Yuzawa (at Yuzawa Kenkouland, the overnight onsen place just below Gala Yuzawa station), I awoke to find it still snowing outside and with plenty of fresh snow on parked cars. Running a little late, I took a taxi to the station (1,030Yen) and then the first (07:40) shuttle bus (which is free) from
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Mt Granview
Mtグランビュー
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 15th March 2014
Let's Granview!
I’d never heard of Mt Granview before seeing the great photos taken by muikabochi on his first visit to the resort, which I'd recommend looking at to give you a good idea of what to expect of the place. [The link is here:- http://www.snowjapanforums.com/index.php/topic/21184-mt-granview-minamiuonuma-niigata-the-resort-that-time-forgot/ ]. I finally got to see Granview for myself this season (March 2014) with onehunga, whose review precedes this one. As he states, we were lucky enough to go on a bluebird day with plenty
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 14th March 2014
Let's Myoko!
When I first came to Japan, the resorts on my snowboarding radar were Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko. Although less well-known than the first two, I’d read about the latter’s great tree runs and vowed to go there. Five seasons on and I finally made it there courtesy of a last-minute Tokyo nightbus trip. If you happen to go there the same way, be prepared for a 2-3km walk up the road to the gondola station after being dropped off in
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andy63_5 on 12th March 2014
Good, Not so bad, and Doh!
It was my first time to Ishiuchi Maruyama. The overall experience was great, given the fresh 50 cm of snow. The day ended badly, not because of the ski slopes, will tell the tale later. So, here goes my day.

We arrived from Shinjuku in an overnight bus at about 7am at the Birdland lodge. It's a small lodge with an onsen, tiny changing rooms, a rental shop, and souvenir shop. They were closed when we arrived but
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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 foofighter1981 on 11th March 2014
Well-designed resort
The resort got an overnight dump before our early morning arrival, so that may cloud my review a bit, but I liked this place way more than Goryu / 47 for one simple reason: design.

Unlike many resorts that only use one face of the mountain, Iwatake seems to make use of all sides of the mountain, which means that most courses start off from one central area that can be accessed via gondola. You'd think this would lead to overcrowding,
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Mt Granview
Mtグランビュー
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by onehunga on 11th March 2014
A great little resort
Mt Granview is a great little resort, with amazing views and on the day I visited great snow.

The main part of Mt Granview is accessed by a single lift located near the carpark. The lift control room is also the ticket office. Once up the lift you arrive at the base area, although the buildings there look like they belong in the 1950's.

Two further single lifts take you to the top of the mountain. From the top of the
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