Resort Reviews by NECK

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by NECK. Currently 11 reviews.
Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama
志賀高原 焼額山
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 1st February 2016
High but flat
I was lucky enough to win a ticket for Yakebitaiyama from one of the amazing SnowJapan giveaways. Thanks! I decided to make use of the ticket almost as soon as it arrived. The forecast was for significant snowfall up in Shiga that coming weekend, so I planned a Saturday trip up there with my partner in crime, 'Bushiman'.

I have previously held a season pass for the entire Shiga area for a few seasons. I really like the area as it
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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
HAKUBA VALLEY鹿島槍
Omachi City, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 5th January 2016
Night Powder Lines
Kashimayari is a resort that I used to visit a lot when I first moved to Nagano. It is located at the far end of the Hakuba valley in Omachi, which makes it the first bigger resort you come to if you are driving up from the south.

Until about 6 years ago, Kashimayari used to be part of the interconnected Sun Alpina 3 resort area, along with Aokiko and Sanosaka. At this time the Sun Alpina linked resort area was
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Seki Onsen
関温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by NECK on 11th November 2015
Deep and friendly!
Seki Onsen is a small resort in the Myoko area, with a very friendly feel to it and a pretty solid group of local riders. The whole resort has only 2 lifts and they turn pretty slowly, but the lifties are really funny older guys who like to joke around and make small talk.

I have visited Seki Onsen about six or seven times over the years, always during peak season and always when the place seems to have been
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White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by NECK on 21st May 2015
Worth the extra drive time.
White World Oze Iwakura is a nice sized resort in Katshina Village, Gunma Prefecture. They have a nice variety of runs for both intermediate and advanced riders. There are also a few runs for beginners at the bottom, but I think the hill is more geared toward intermediate riders.

Though it is a little harder to get to from Tokyo than some of the other hills in Gunma and Yuzawa, I think that people who make the trip will not be
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by NECK on 3rd February 2015
Puking all day!
Akakura Kanko, Myoko, Niigata. Saturday, January 31st.

I was lucky enough to win a ticket from SnowJapan to use at any of the Myoko resorts. Thanks SJ! I received the ticket in the mail and decided to use it that coming Saturday to ride at Akakan with my buddy 'Bushiman', and another friend who was visiting from Tokyo.

I would generally take the highway to Myoko from Nagano city, but on this particular day we decided to use the back roads toward
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 27th January 2015
First come first served!
Well, what can I say about Hakuba Cortina?

By now I'm sure that everybody knows it's the one spot in the Hakuba valley (although it's tecnically in Otari and not Hakuba) that isn't governed in the same militant fashion as the other Hakuba resorts. You are free to go wherever you want and do so at your own risk. Because of this open policy, business is definitely booming at Cortina and on any given powder day the place is absolutely
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Madarao Kogen
斑尾高原
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 13th January 2015
Powder Overload!
It was a 3 day weekend, so decided to make the most of the extra day and mega-dump of snow by heading to Madarao with my ride buddy. We were not dissapointed and I would guess that there was a good 50cm of fresh, light powder for us to enjoy!

Madarao is a medium sized resort just on the Nagano side of the border with Niigata near Lake Nojiri. It is joined to Tangram and a a ticket is available for
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Shiga Kogen Terakoya
志賀高原 寺小屋
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 12th January 2015
Up high.
Terakoya is one of the higher areas of the sprawling Shiga Kogen ski area. A smallish area which can be easily accessed from the Ichinose Family resort in the central section of Shiga Kogen.

Shiga in general appeals to me for a number of reasons. Although it is very popular among Japanese tourists and school groups, it is one of the last resort areas in Nagano-ken that is not crawling with foreign tourists and pension owners. Parking can be tough at
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by NECK on 16th April 2014
Akakan in springtime
Akakura Kanko, Myoko. – April 5th, 2013.

Thanks Snow Japan for sending me these 2 tickets for anywhere in Myoko in your last giveaway of the 2013 season! Also, congratulations on the new site. Layout is great and easy to navigate.

So here is my review for Akakura Kanko in Myoko. I waited to use the tickets until April, so I could take my brother who was visiting from England. It was his first time visiting Japan and his first time snowboarding
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by NECK on 16th April 2014
Spring pow day!
I used to visit Suginohara often when I first moved to Nagano, as at that time I lived on the northern side of Nagano city and it only took an hour or so to drive across into Niigata and the Myoko area. Now that I live such a short drive from the Hakuba valley, I rarely get across to Myoko and I do miss the place.

I was lucky enough to win not one, but two tickets to use anywhere in
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 16th April 2014
Happo in springtime
Happo is a resort that I have held a season pass for a couple of times in the past. The resort itself is a little too bumpy for my taste, but the main selling point for me is the easy access to the backcountry from the top Grat Quad lift.

I also used to like the ‘High Cascade Park’ that was a feature for a few seasons on the course far skiers left of the resort, served by the Kitaone 3
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