I was able to visit ARAI when it was open 10+ years back, then known as ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA (if I remember correctly). I really liked the place, a spread out large mountain with excellent snow conditions and some really nice pots of powder to be found.
The facility lay quiet for a decade or so but last December re-opened after Lotte took over - and renamed it Lotte Arai Resort. Pretty exciting. I was stoked and really looking forward to re-visit. And everything is nice and new and shiny (though some parts around base looked a bit still 'under construction').
The experience as a whole didn't go as well as I hoped and I came away disappointed.
The first day I was there, it was almost all closed even though wind conditions did not seem too bad at all and all of Myoko remained open. I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
The second day was better. It was mostly open and I was able to get up top and relive some old runs. As good as I remembered, though they closed mid-afternoon, again due to weather conditions that didn't seem too bad.
But there was generally something of a "they're winging it" feeling to operations. They are effectively a new operation this season so in some ways it's understandable.
But not when you charge the prices they are charging... quite possibly the one of the most expensive one-day ski lift tickets in Japan at 6,000 yen. It's a bold move; I heard someone suggesting they were almost trying to deter some people from visiting this first season and treating it as a soft opening. But again, if you do go and pay 6,000 yen for a day you're expecting to get value from that.
Perhaps they're just going for a rich crowd. But those folk will all have expectations.
I might give them another go next season. Hopefully find some discount lift tickets to use!
No specific date.
Snow condition on visit:
Things I liked:
The snow & the mountain.
Things I didn't like:
Feeling a bit unprepared, closed on first day and very expensive