Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 12 reviews.
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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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2006
Kagura review by march-san
Great day at Kagura.

Recommended by owner/operator of Asahikan hotel which is the friendliest place I have ever visited in japan. It is run by true skiers who cater to the guests to make them comfortable and happy. They checked weather and conditions, provided some discount coupons, drove me to and picked me up from the ski area. Good food.... Give them a try.

Kagura was also great. All the variety I could ask for and
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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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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by NRG2000 on 23rd January 2006
Iwappara review
Iwappara is a great place to take someone who is just learning to ski or board or if you want to have a relaxing day on the slopes. It has great wide runs that allow everyone a lot of room to move about or you can head further up the hill to have for more of a challenge.

The staff are very good, and ensure a great day
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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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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd January 2006
Kandatsu Kogen review by greenmachine
This was the beginning of the winter-break season and therefore it should/could have been very crowded. However, it didnt seem crowded, no lift lines, runs clear of human hazards and some good, good skiing.

A smallish place but not too small. The lifts are fast and the runs are wide and interesting. Think about this place if the gondolas at Naeba are closed and you want to avoid the *crowds*.

They make the TV show segment dekiru/dekinai here, where the young
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd January 2006
Maiko Snow Resort review by greenmachine
I'm re-reviewing Maiko and I like it less than last time so I'm down-grading it to two stars. I remember it being crowded and dull when the gondola was closed. This time the gondola was open and it was...crowded and dull. Far too many super-slow boarders congesting the narrow and short runs in the bowl and valley. Korakuen is more open, faster and interesting.

I would recommend for complete beginners, families with small kids and for others mid-week only. Avoid on
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Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by crimsongriffin on 23rd January 2006
Yuzawa Park revioew by crimsongriffin
This is the second time I've been to this resort.

I'd say I was only an intermedaite skier, and nothing here was deeply difficult. Though, two lifts to a hard slope were shut down, due to low capacity. That was the best part! Empty, empty empty on a weekday. The first time I went here was my first and only attempt so far at snowboarding, and the weekday emptiness was perfect for a beginner!

Perfect for a beginner to intermediate
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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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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by snowboardingsam on 7th January 2006
Iwappara review by snowboarding sam
Iwappara is a really great place if you are a beginner, and maybe one of the best resorts out there - the main middle course is very wide and gentle.

If you are intermediate level and looking for a challenge there is less to enjoy but it still has a few good courses near the top and to the right. If you can get to the top before it becomes a huge area of massive moguls, all the better!

Also
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Okutadami Maruyama
奥只見丸山
Uonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 6th January 2006
Okutadami Maruyama review by Seymour Kid
They had so much snow, it snowed 40cm between 12pm and 3:30pm. If you can`t ride powder don't go.

On a big dump day, be smart. If you are not an above average rider or skier you will get bored on the 1 groomed run or put yourself in danger free riding
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Kenta on 4th January 2006
Kagura review by Kenta
This resort should be called "Kagura" instead of having three different names, which I think makes for a confusing brand image. Kagura is a serious mountain for serious skiers.

The natural snowfall is plentiful in the early season, although in mid-Dec you had to bear with a tedious trek to get to it (Mitsumata ropeway, a terrifying bus ride along a dirt road at the edge of a cliff, then a very long gondola ride from Mitsumata to Kagura).
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