Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 4 reviews.
Ludens Yuzawa
ルーデンス湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2008
Ludens Yuzawa review by Spencer
I think the lifts are actually closer to 600m. They are still very short courses and it can be frustrating because you spend a lot more time on the lifts than on the slopes. Fairly easy slopes good for beginners. It looked like there was another more difficult lift that wasn't running because of lack of business(?).

On the upside the courses are wide open and the snow hasn't been packed down because there's no one
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2008
Muikamachi Hakkaisan review by BC Rocky
Grew up in the Rockies and pacific northwest US and CAN. Skied and boarded most of my life so about 35+ years.

This place is good for beginners or for serious bumps skiers. Boring at the bottom, steep with moguls at the top.

Step off piste into heavy thick trees for a second and your dealing with three or four ski patrol. Zero to no facilities at the bottom, slow lifts and long lines. Quite difficult to get to.

Went
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by muikabochi on 17th January 2008
Maiko Snow Resort
I timed it well and went on a very fine day with the sun out and fresh snow on the slopes.

I have been a few times before but not recently and this time I enjoyed it more than I have before... it's a really decent place to check out. Especially if you are upper-beginner / intermediate level.

The resort is basically split into 3 parts - the right hand side as you look at the mountain is the
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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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