Resort Reviews - tagged 'Joetsu Kokusai'

Reviews of ski resorts tagged 'Joetsu Kokusai'. Currently 31 reviews.
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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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 5th January 2014
Good for a few times a season
I often visit Joetsu Kokusai each season, so this is a general review rather than for this one time.

It's a sprawling kind of resort, meaning the opposite of compact. The lift system isn't particularly fast either and so you can spend a long time getting from one area to the other. But with planning and knowing what you are doing, you can minimise any of that.

The main base is down by the Joetsu Green Plaza hotel. That's
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st January 2010
Joetsu Kokusai review by Stephen
I sounds harsh but DON'T GO! 3 lifts for one descent run. A momument to the burst bubble. This resort should never have been built. I spent all day on horizontal lifts! Jouetsu Kokusai is not a mountain, it's a series of hills. Beginners everywhere and soooo flat. My GF booked this trip assuming the more lifts the better the resort.

Big mistake. Park wasn't too bad but it's was still such a hastle to get around the mountain
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by Pusher on 6th January 2008
Joetsu Kokusai review by Pusher
1st time to Joetsu kokusai and I was not disappointed. Large resort with quite a lot of different options to choose from, some kickers of different sizes if thats your thing (half pipe not available yet) wide runs and amazing views.

When we was there the snow quality was not that great and it was a very warm day but I'm sure after a major dump and lower temperatures this place would be awesome.

The chair lifts are quick and
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by tpot on 5th January 2007
Joetsu Kokusai review by tpot
So I went there on Jan 1-3, thinking it would be a bit of a nightmare with the new years snowboarding crowds. Monday I was super-surprised to find almost no lift queues and fairly uncrowded runs on the advanced slopes.

I have read every report on here and almost everyone bitched about the lifts which you need to take to get to other areas of the resort. In fact there are only 2 of these (3 on the day I went
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by Candlegravity on 19th March 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review by candlegravity
I give this resort a 3 star rating because it does exceed in making you feel comfortable and the overall mood of the resort is relaxed.

The boarding isn't bad and they have a few kickers and stuff to play with on the sides in spots. Having said that, be prepared to wait forever on the lifts! Felt like I could've gotten out and walked up the hill faster. Additionally, the lifts are poorly laid out.
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by number9 on 30th January 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review by number9
I must agree with the other reviewers who said that this resort was just too flat.

Snow at the top of the resort was nice in the morning, fairly light and fluffy, but with the sun shining it became pretty slushy in the afternoon. It was admittedly a warm day though, but the low elevation was probably part of the cause as well.

The runs were overwhelmingly flat, had to help push my snowboarding friend many times.

Groomed expert runs were nice, though
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th January 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review
First off, it snowed all day, and although visibility was slightly poor the trails stayed fresh, and off piste was more than a blast.

I have been here about 6 times, this time they centralized all of their kickers on one run and made the biggest kicker I've ever seen at the end of the run. I didnt attempt it but all of them are well made unless you go too slow, then its just painful. Rails ranged from low
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by krotch on 23rd January 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review
The slopes. While you can have a real nice long run, it had the oddest layout.

Easy runs at the very top, leading into some intermediate, then into expert runs. Then back into intermediate, right into beginner runs, and back into intermediate runs.

How in the world is someone suppose to learn there? Not to big a deal for me, as I rode everything anyways.

I feel a consolidated park would be a lot better then their layout. Off on the left is
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 20th January 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review by axx
Joetsu Kokusai is a great resort. The massive mock tudor hotel sitting right at the bottom of the slopes gives the place a pretty surreal feeling but don't let that put yoiu off.

The best runs are over the top of the mountain on the other side.....make sure you get over there!

I had been there twice before I made it over the top and couldn't beleive what I had been missing.

Have fun
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by Bobo on 20th January 2005
Joetsu Kokusai review by Bobo
Joetsu was great today.

The only drawback was the constant heavy snowfall and the fog which made for some pretty bad visibility. Of course if my damn goggles didn't fog up it might have been a little better. The powder was awesome!!! Good variety of trails...not too many off-piste that I saw, but I'm sure they were hiding in there somewhere.

Had a decent snowboard park/run. Several different rails and a decent table top...my left
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Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by eat my rooster on 3rd January 2005
Joetsu Kokusai review by knightvato
This is a decent resort, even though I only skied it for one day so far.

It's true that the lifts are slow and not well designed and there are quite a few flat areas, but the fact is that there is more varied terrain, you just have to seek it out. The Tokamachi side (Atema resort) has decent terrain and a different view so it helps to mix things up.

Overall, not a place to go
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