Resort Reviews by jimmyb

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by jimmyb. Currently 4 reviews.
Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 23rd February 2016
No lines, great snow.
Great for intermediates.

Advanced skiers have two slopes all to themselves.

Trick spots (whatever you call them) for boarders – rails, jumps, etc.

Almost always empty, especially midweek.

Restaurant is OK.
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Budoh
ぶどう
Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 24th January 2016
Best Conditions
You need a car to get here, but for skiers or boarders in the Niigata City area, this ski area is worth the trip.

It's back is to the prevailing winter winds, so when other ski resorts (Wakabuna, Tainai, Ninox, Mikawa) are blown out, it will be calm at Budoh. It's rarely crowded, even on weekends.

The cafeteria food is the best among all the local ski resorts – home cooking with attention to detail – and there is a "help-yourself" Japanese
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by jimmyb on 7th March 2015
Spectacular!
I noticed that the last review was from before the tsunami and nuclear accident. Don't stay away from Fukushima ski areas; they can be brilliant.

The slopes are well groomed and when the weather is nice (as on Friday the 6th), the scenery is beyond beautiful all the way down – Mt. Bandai towering over the ski area and the Aizu valley and Lake Inawashiro at your feet.... great!

The food in the restaurants is a little pricey, but not for
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Budoh
ぶどう
Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 15th January 2014
Down Home Snow!
This is a great place to come to if you are in the Niigata area or west coast area of Yamagata. On weekdays, you might have the whole place to yourself. There are no "play areas" with jumps etc. for boarders or trick skiers, but for the intermediate skier, it's got plenty to keep you amused. It's on the backside of the mountains that face the Japan Sea, so when Mikawa, Ninox, Tainai and Wakabuna (other Kaetsu areas) are blown
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