Kandatsu Kogen resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Snowbladesenior on 6th March 2017
Fantastic Teachers, Fantastic Fun
First let me say, if you want elegant, ski magazine resorts this region is not the place for you. This place is the place for freestyle, jump, ski and snow boarding enthusiasts. It is just fun and manageable with some really great teachers. Our lessons were in Japanese so I cannot judge the English lessons. But I will say that three of our teachers knew key words in English and the instruction was worth every word... of which there were any as they wanted us to understand the technique.

We had our own equipment, except I didnt have my poles and I was a bit shocked they charged so much to rent them where most resorts let you use them for free. It felt a bit greedy, or needy? But that was not related to the ski schools.

My daughter went for the opportunity to learn jumps and free style. Her teachers were so good and one of the top skiers, Kentaro Tsuda san, who was teaching an advanced class took the time to explain and give her advice which won her heart forever. Because of these three people and the instruction she received she is now committed to becoming a serious freestyle/jump skier and we will be returning as often as we can to receive more instruction.
The small relaxed atmosphere makes this a great place to get serious happily.

My two teachers were fine too. My afternoon teacher, Oya-san, was one of the most exacting and persistent dedicated teachers I have had anywhere. If there were problems for me, they were mine, having to do with comprehension and a slow learning curve. I can say that even compared to lessons in Colorado, which I love, being in my own environment, where I learned all of these things I repeated here, I got so much information and so many exercises that had never been given. My teachers in the USA were fantastic but they were easy going and they helped me build my confidence. My teachers in Kandatsu built my skiing and helped me improve my style so that my dream of one day becoming exceptional did not seem like a fairytale.

The snow was not powder, the ice in places was challenging. The skiing was worth every fall.

Thank you!
Date visited: From 01 March, 2017 To 03 March, 2017
Snow condition on visit: First day was mostly packed with the lower piste requiring climbing up to better snow. On the second day it rained all afternoon throughout the night, turning to snow on friday.
Things I liked: The Free Style school. The SIA school. The lifts were fine. The basic run was nice and wide. The openness was good.
Things I didn't like: The snow was a bit heavy. The selection of runs at every level was a bit limited. The weather can be unpredictable. They charge you 500 yen a half day to rent poles, where most let you use them for free and you know Solomon supplies many of them. But it looks like maybe they are hungry for the money?
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Skiers
Snowboarders
Ungroomed courses
Authentic Japan experience
Not recommended for: Off-piste opportunities
General score: 90
Snow conditions: 70
Courses/Terrain: 85
Lift system: 80
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Kandatsu Kogen

神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 75
Snow conditions: 69
Courses/Terrain: 75
Lift system: 70
Apres ski: 40

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1000m
Min. elevation: 460m
Vertical: 540m
Steepest slope: 45°
Longest course: 3500m
Number of lifts: 7

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