Resort Reviews by DrGranviewer

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by DrGranviewer. Currently 4 reviews.
Yuzawa Nakazato
湯沢中里
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by DrGranviewer on 26th January 2015
One of the smaller town-level skijo in Yuzawa
This was my first time in Yuzawa Nakazato, having always seen it approaching Yuzawa on the Kanetsu Expressway. With those big kanji letters popping out of the mountain - got to see them close up.

Today has been a warm day and while there's lots of snow it wasn't in the best of conditions.
Still it wasn't terrible either. As you might expect when it's 6C and no new snow in a few days.

So what's it like?
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by DrGranviewer on 16th January 2015
A good day at Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is one of the resorts in Minamiuonuma. (Next to Mt Granview, in fact). Just to the north of Yuzawa and about 20 minutes drive from central Yuzawa.

The mountain it's on doesn't look too big, so it kind of looks flattish, but I didn't feel that once I was up there. There's a decent selection of runs and after reading some other reviews saying that planning in advance was recommended I made sure that I went
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by DrGranviewer on 13th January 2015
Another day in Minamiuonuma
Ishiuchi Maruyama is a decent sized place just outside the border of Yuzawa town, about 5 minutes drive from Yuzawa IC and probably the same from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC.

Was there for 5 hours today, snow was pretty good. Wasn't busy at all, but not empty either. As someone else mentioned in a recent review, there's a number of different 'bases'. It's one of those places where it's best to have an idea of the layout before you
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Mt Granview
Mtグランビュー
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by DrGranviewer on 4th January 2015
100% Ungroomed Mt Granview
Mt Granview. It has a reputation on SnowJapan, doesn't it?
I think it started as a bit of a joke, but some real love seems to have sprung from the place.
I had to go.
And so I did.
This morning.

And you know what..... I really liked it!

It's small.
It's old.
It's run down.
They were grooming mid morning.
The ojisan were eating their bento in the lift hut (complete with 70's style phone).

It's lots of things.
But two things I'd day it most definitely was....
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