Resort Reviews from October 2005

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 17 reviews.
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 25th October 2005
Alts Bandai review
Three long runs, one center, one left and one right. Great set up if you have kids!!

Some challenging slopes with good snow at the top of the mountain. Main runs can get crowded on weekends. Very good high speed lifts and gondola. Modern set up - excellent hotel with all facilities running with the usual modern-technology and efficiency you take for granted here.

Worth a weekend visit
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Ryuoo Ski Park
竜王スキーパーク
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by SerreChe on 17th October 2005
Ryuoo Ski Park review
We left Hakuba in the morning where it had not snowed and arrived in Ryuo which just had about 30 cm of fresh snow. It is a very quiet resort mostly devoid of Gaijin but absolutely swamped in school kids even during the week. They stay on the flat bottom section, so the top part is where you want to head off.

A European style large single cabin gelende whisks you to the top in no time. You have a chance
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Zao Sarukura
ZAO猿倉
Kaminoyama City, Yamagata
Submitted by andrewl on 13th October 2005
Zao Sarukura review by Matt Reilly
A nice resort with just about everything you need
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Tazawako
たざわ湖
Semboku City, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted before 2005
If you want stunning views and crowd-less slopes, check this resort out. Absolutely beautiful
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Tazawako
たざわ湖
Semboku City, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Ishikawa' before 2005
This is a good resort in Japan. The resort is almost as well known for it's view as the skiing and snowboarding, but that is good too. One of the top places in northern Japan for an all round experience. Enjoy the winter sports in Japan!
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Moya Hills
モヤヒルズ
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Hutch' before 2005
Moya Hills sits just south of Aomori city.

It's nothing special...just a place to get some night skiing turns in.

The great thing about Moya Hills really are their cabin....deluxe....and where the Outdoor group of JET stay when they ride at Hakkoda every February. Just 11,000 (incld tax) per night..... supposed to sleep four but can quietly cram up to 10 in each cabin. Very quietly cram and always tell them only 4 per cabin. (Half off night skiing if you stay
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Phil Doyle' before 2006
Many years ago I saw some snowboard videos which featured riding in Japan. The videos were 'Snowboarders in Exile' and 'Critical Condition'. It was after watching these videos that I knew one day I would have to get to Japan, to see what they said in the video was true. In the video Steve Graham said people don't ride in the trees. Well about ten years later I have finally made it to Aomori-Ken. I now call Hakkouda Ropeway my
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'blue' before 2006
Aomori's Mt. Hakkoda is different. A huge mountain with several ways down, most of which give you a good shot at lots of untracked snow.

With a base of more than two and a half meters for most of the season and plenty of big dumps throughout the year, Hakkoda offers an abundance of powder for those who want to go out and find it.

Be careful going out alone if you don't know the mountain, as it is unforgiving to skiers
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Will' before 2006
POWDER!
NO CROWDS!
YES!
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Hutch' before 2006
Hakkoda san....

...is situated in central Aomori ken. It is accessible by car and by bus from Aomori city (which lies 30 minutes to the north) or from the east (Hachinohe) or west (Kuroishi) via back mountain roads.

It is reknowned as a POWDER mountain....in fact it has the best powder skiing (besides backcountry) of any place in Tohoku....surpassing Hachimantai in its sheer size and freedom to ski out-of-bounds.

The mountain is serviced by one single cable car (capacity 101) that runs every
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Hakkoda
八甲田
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Hutch' before 2006
Some SWEET CHANGES to Hakkoda this year 2001-2002.

First off....big savings. The month passes until last year included both the gondola and the lifts (2 small lifts). This year they have separated them....and the Jan OR Feb pass that was originally 16,000 yen is now only 11,500 yen for unlimited gondola rides. Ride hard and you can pay off your pass in well under 2 days!! Then the rest of the month is FREE!

The bridge at the bottom of the Forest
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Shichinohe Choei
七戸町営
Shichinohe Town, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'The Surfing Skier' before 2006
Although extremely small, this is a fun little ski hill, especially if you live in Misawa like me and don't feel like driving 2 hours to the larger places. This is a good place to go play around on an afternoon when the sun is out and the snow is good. Suprisingly, they do a good job grooming the lower half of the 'mountain' and leave the steeper parts untouched. Yes, there are actually two little peaks with some decent
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
スキージャム勝山
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Reub' before 2006
Three of us spent 2 days at Ski Jam at the end of winter vacation. Had a really good couple of days.

Even though our experience and skills differed we found that the variation within runs enabled us to more or less board together. The biggest drawback was the people who seem compelled to stop and for a human blockade across the ridges across the runs. The upper part of the mountain was much more enjoyable with better snow and
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
スキージャム勝山
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Bob' before 2006
Ski Jam can be fun on after a snow storm, when there is some coverage of fresh snow. There's a few places to climb up 50-70 meters off piste, good for turns or making a kicker. However, I recommend going very early when there are big crowds -- i.e. a holiday weekend. Two of us drove up to a full parking lot around 8:45 on a sunday morning. When the lot, which is at the top of the service road
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
スキージャム勝山
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2005
Review submitted by 'Mark Kendall' before 2006
Went for a snowboard lesson expecting a hard time, but had an excellent instuctor who spoke good english - her name is Mebae. Definately one of the better setup ski areas especially for foreigners.
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