Resort Reviews - tagged 'Niigata'

Reviews of ski resorts tagged 'Niigata'. Currently 521 reviews.
Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by lin on 24th June 2018
Welcome back Arai!
It's great to see Arai back under the new name Lotte Arai Resort.

I just had to go to see how it had changed.

It's like a whole new place with beautiful new facilities... a very upscale feel (as are the prices).

Generally it's less for beginners and more for experienced skiers - beginners should not be getting up on the gondola.

I am guessing that next season there might be more for beginners around the base area. It certainly would make sense.

I'll be
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Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by mina2 on 12th June 2018
The return of Arai
I was able to visit ARAI when it was open 10+ years back, then known as ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA (if I remember correctly). I really liked the place, a spread out large mountain with excellent snow conditions and some really nice pots of powder to be found.

The facility lay quiet for a decade or so but last December re-opened after Lotte took over - and renamed it Lotte Arai Resort. Pretty exciting. I was stoked and really looking forward
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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by cliffy1995 on 13th February 2018
Heaven Denied
Probably over 1 meter of fresh powder during last night's snowfall.

Too much for the staff to handle so top half of the resort was closed.

Recommend never going on a weekday if it snows 'excessively.' Expect staff to look at you if you're nuts for asking why lifts are not open.
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 2nd January 2018
It's getting good!
Suginohara has long runs (especially good for boarders apparently, since they don't have to buckle and unbuckle as much) and cold snow conditions. The gondola is expensive so buy a day ticket or 4-hour ticket (which I did) rather than the individual tickets for each lift. Look online at their website for deals on lift tickets with meals or drinks, etc. They might be slightly better. Lovely views (on a sunny day) of the Northern Alps in the distance and
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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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