Great potential, just need the right conditions...
I like Akakura Kanko, but I'd like it a lot more if I could hit it with the right conditions... Being a weekend warrior, that seems to have eluded me so far... But still, it's a great resort!
Akakura Kanko is a large resort with plenty of slopes, and lots of fun terrain out in the designated 'off-piste' section. The cool thing about Kanko is that even if the conditions aren't the best (like when I went), there's plenty of
Last year my buddy and I both won tickets to visit White World, and this year thanks to another SJ Giveaway we were lucky enough to snaffle some more...
This place is a gem.
It's like how Hakuba Cortina used to be before the word got out. Great out-of-bounds terrain, easily accessed, straight forward exits back to piste. Nobody else going anywhere near the trees... Coming from riding in Nagano & Niigata, this is completely unheard of.
Madarao seems to just be getting better and better. What with all the tree runs they've cut through the forests, mellow glade runs, plus all the features they've built -log rides, jumps etc. out in the trees, you can't but not have a fun time at Madarao. There are also a whole bunch of pistes that are left ungroomed, which make for the perfect warm-up before hitting the trees.
The lifts are decent and speedy, all except the one that actually
We just returned from a wonderful week long ski adventure in JaPow! Two dads and four young adults. We are expert Colorado skiers and boarders. What else can we say - we loved everything about our trip to Japan, the resorts, the snow, the acomodations and the food. It snowed about four feet (130 cm) during the week.
We spent four days in Niseko, skiing five different resorts, and then Four days in Hakuba. We recommend
Sugadaira is one of my local resorts and so I usually get in at least 10 days here a season. Like I mentioned in the title, it's not the biggest area, and I personally wouldn't make a day of riding there, but for a morning or afternoon I can have a ton of fun!
The resorts themselves are small (compared to Hakuba sized resorts), but they do interconnect so the one pass is good for at least 20 pistes. It's
Having spent the last 10+ years riding your typical big/popular resorts in Nagano/Niigata/Hokkaido, this season I fancied a change... Pre-season I'd spent a good long while looking at Google Earth, and topographical maps searching for the kind of resort I like... Something a long the lines of Hakuba Cortina.
For any of you that have ridden at Cortina, you'll know that the whole resort centers around a large bowl with everything (pretty much) funneling down to one run in the middle.
Looks like the first review was actually of a backcountry spot. Since this resorts only 40 min. away from me, I thought I'd put up a review. The actual resort has several free parking lots and no rope tows. Your lift pass actually gets you up three connected mountains. The middle mountain, Gokurakuzaka, has some good tree skiing off the main lift, and it's mostly untouched by the local skiiers. You can either hike up (15 min) off the top lift