Resort Reviews by nagpants

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by nagpants. Currently 6 reviews.
Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by nagpants on 4th February 2016
Let's Iwappara
Today I spent 4+ hours at Iwappara in Yuzawa.

Almost all of that time was spend exclusively at the top area and using just the top quad lift.

I can see why people say that Iwappara is perfect for beginners... it is. That many wide area in the middle of the resort I would say is about as good as you can get to learn on. Wide and gentle.

I quickly made my way up to the top quad and as I said
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Matsunoyama Onsen
松之山温泉
Tokamachi City, Niigata
Submitted by nagpants on 22nd November 2015
Decent small 'local' resort
Last season I spent a week in Tokamachi city meeting some friends, and during that time a day at this fairly small ski-jo.
It was a weekend but still not really busy and there was no waiting for lifts - not more than a minute any way.
There had been a lot of snow the week before we went and a bit the day before, so conditions were excellent.
Not much to say about this place other than it's definitely decent for at
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Hakuba Goryu
白馬五竜
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by nagpants on 28th January 2015
My choice in the Hakuba region
I used to favor Happo-one, but recently changed to spending more time at Hakuba Goryu (and 47). Moguls put me off Happo, I think there's too many of them and they seem to be 'growing'!

Goryu-47 though is a fine area to spend a day or two, beginners stay on the lower areas while I head up to Grand Prix, Panorama, Dynamic and Expert... basically the runs up top.

Usually stick there but sometimes take a mosey on down
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Dynaland
ダイナランド
Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by nagpants on 28th January 2015
If you are in Osaka-Nagoya region, this is where you want to head
Dynaland-Takasu Snow Park is one of the resort areas in the Gujo area of Gifu and a new discovery for me.

These two are are connected and share a joint ticket (I don't even know if you can buy seperate ones), but it's about the same cost as a ticket elsewhere.

Makes for a really big area, though personally I preferred the Dynaland side... felt the snow was better over there on the day I went. The ungrommed area of Champion
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by nagpants on 18th January 2014
Small. Powder. Breathtaking scenery.
This is a review of the time I went there last season. It was a clear day, the sun was out, and there had been 30cm of fresh snowfall the night before.

Awesome conditions and lots of untouched powder. Hardly any people there as it was a weekday (wonder how busy it gets on a weeked), which just added to the awesomeness of it.

For anyone that doesn't know, it's a small place. But you get to
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by nagpants on 7th November 2002
Happo-one review by nagpants
I like this place.

I live about 40 minutes drive away so it's one of my "locals", and I will be going there quite a lot this season. The mountain is big, wide and gets decent snow. Ski or board down the mens downhill course and any of a whole load more with lots to choose from. There's even a McDonalds on the hill, whethere that is good or not you decide!

Definitely a place
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