Resort Reviews from November 2007

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 5 reviews.
Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Pusher on 26th November 2007
Furano review
I visited Furano last christmas and have just booked again for this year...I LOVE THIS PLACE.

I wouldn't class myself as the best rider in the world but I have been to many resorts in Gunma, Nigata, Nagano, Tochigi, Fukushima and Hokkaido in 9 years of riding in Japan and out of every resort I have I have ever been to FURANO rocks!

There are some great powder courses in Furano which, after a heavy snowfall, provide great powder skiing. These areas
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th November 2007
Kandatsu Kogen review
We had a great time at this resort. Decided to go after the rush of New Year and it paid off - the place wasn't busy at all. The previous night there had been 20cm of snow fall and so conditions were good. I wouldn't recommend the place to beginners as theres a lot of steepness going on (and quite a few moguls)
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Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by SWB on 25th November 2007
Okutone Snow Park review
Quikly dropped in here for a day on the way home from Niigata and managed to get a 5 hour ticket for only 3,000. A nice price...

The courses are all quite steep which makes for some nice fast runs. They are also relatively wide making it easy to dodge people. On this particular day it wasn't very crowded though, so this wasn't an issue.

Lots of snowboarders at this place and lots of jumps, terrain parks and rails.
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 25th November 2007
tanigawadake Tenjindaira
I am a local rider in Minakami that has been riding Tenjin for the past 13 years.

As the on piste terrain is very limited, it is likey that intermediate to advanced on piste riders would start to get bored by the end of the day unless you are into powder (which there can be a lot of on piste). There is one good run for beginners but because of the huge amounts of snow and sometimes windy conditions it is
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 17th November 2007
Minakami Houdaigi review
I am a local in Minakami and use Houdaigi a lot with my family. There can also be some nice powder days here.

Snow

The snow conditions at Houdaigi are great. It has a a decent elevation, which means even if it has not snowed for a few days (which is rare in mid-Winter) the snow is preserved well.

It has its fare share of powder days, and there are a lot of great runs that the skifield will leave ungroomed
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