Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 518 reviews.
GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Snowbladesenior on 6th March 2017
Shinkansen -ski
First let me say, from the moment you exit the Shinkansen and walk into the Gala Yuzawa information area, you are in the hands of people who really want to help everyone they meet.

There is no question too small or unrelated that will not be considered and they will attempt to help you.

Also, they have thought about how best to help visitors from allowing you to store your empty suitcases for free behind the counter after you have emptied your
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Snowbladesenior on 6th March 2017
Fantastic Teachers, Fantastic Fun
First let me say, if you want elegant, ski magazine resorts this region is not the place for you. This place is the place for freestyle, jump, ski and snow boarding enthusiasts. It is just fun and manageable with some really great teachers. Our lessons were in Japanese so I cannot judge the English lessons. But I will say that three of our teachers knew key words in English and the instruction was worth every word... of which there were
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 30th January 2017
Uber snowfall
This January has seen Yuzawa area get dumped on and not wanting to miss out on the snowfall I've been itching to get away. My usual spot, Kagura, was forecast to get buffeted by some strong winds so I had a look around the Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma area for an alternative spot. I've pretty much hit all the other Yuzawa places and wasn't feeling the love for them so I decided to try out Hakkaisan. I'd heard pretty good things about
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
A very good place to go skiing for the first time
We went to Iwappara this last week, luckily after the heavy snowfall.

My kids are learning to ski and this place really is probably the best place to do it. In this area of Japan anyway.

The wide middle area is gentle - and very wide. And on weekdays there's tons of space for everyone.

I headed up to the top area which is much more of a challenge and had fun up there. The snow was great.

Definitely recommend it for both
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NASPA Ski Garden
NASPAスキーガーデン
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
Tranformed!
I have been to NASPA Ski Garden twice this season with my family.

First time was before the 'big snow' in mid January and... it wasn't good. Not the fault of the ski resort of course but it was raining, there wasn't much snow and generally it was pretty grim.

Second time, it was totally different. Lots of fresh snow and some fantastic conditions. We even got some sunshine during the day.

NASPA Ski Garden is a skiers-only place, and they sell
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 30th March 2016
Spring-slush funanza!
This is my 2nd time to Kandatsu, the previous being a number of years ago. I won a ticket on SJ, of which I'm eternally grateful, but with the crappy all round snow year I had been putting off using it, waiting for better conditions. Those days have passed and so I thought I'd enjoy an end of season, bluebird, spring slush day.

Kandatsu is kinda small and compact but there are a few tree areas that would be good
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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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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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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by tokabochi on 27th January 2016
A good day at Ishiuchi Maruyama
Spent 4 hours at Ishiuchi Maruyama today after a day at Joetsu Kokusai yesterday.

The snow wasn't as good as yesterday but it was still in fairly decent conditions.

Got there quite early as the better weather was forecast for the morning. Cloud over in Tokamachi and as I got over into Minamiuonuma, but blue skies and sun above Ishiuchi and Yuzawa town. Fine morning.

It wasn't busy, especially earlier on - no waiting for lifts at all, and lots of them
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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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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by smokeshow on 3rd December 2015
Always good snow
I have been here many times, great resort and lots of stashes of pow to be had.

All the tree runs are wide open and the top part of the mountain has some great drops and hits.

It's a big mountain also which is not packed even on busy days recommend this place
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Bushiman on 27th November 2015
Sunny spring turns!
I've ridden at Suginohara off and on for the last 13yrs, and it is one of my favourite mid-winter resorts. I've written mid-winter powder reviews of the place from a snowboarders perspective, but seeing as (as my buddy puts it,) I've gone to the dark-side during the spring, aka skiing, I'll write about my experiences with that.

First off, Suginohara is big! There are pistes everywhere so you have a huge choice of slopes from super mellow greens, to crazy steep
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