Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 6 reviews.
Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 28th March 2006
Naeba review by bryantp
Just an update: the snowboard park at Naeba is very cool.

Still, the crowds and the loud music provide good reasons to get over to Kagura but the Park is too much fun
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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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Charmant Hiuchi
シャルマン火打
Itoigawa City, Niigata
Submitted by alex herbert on 6th March 2006
Charmant Hiuchi review
Charmant is an awsome ski area.

Loads of snow and friendly staff, great lifts and imaculate grooming. Good terrain park and amazing back country. Views of the ocean and volcanoes, cornices and windlips but no cliffs. Maybe they are buried under the 25ft snow pack.

I'm going back as soon as possible, I loved it
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 6th March 2006
Naeba review by bryantp
The problem with Naeba is one of perception.

If you like groomed runs and music on loudspeakers, it's cool.

If you (like me) prefer the sounds of snowboards and skis and like the trees, cross the Dragondola at 9 a.m. and ride the real deal.

Then come back to Naeba for the evening, where, if you look, you'll find stuff to do.

Weekends at Naeba are torture - weekdays with good snow can be fun
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 6th March 2006
Kagura review by bryantp
Saturday we escaped Naeba via Dragondola and, watched by kamoshika, zoomed into Kagura.

There we found tasty powder for the asking. Best snow in weeks. So many trees, so many runs. Sunday wasn't quite as good but, when Naeba was turning to slush, there were still small powder pockets for the inquisitive.

Ride Kagura, play at night at Naeba, and tell the kamoshika hello for me
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Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 5th March 2006
Akakura Onsen review
We skied the Maeyama side - many wonderful runs, especially the blacks, nice really deep powder. Three or four great mogul runs. We really liked the hooded lifts. The central skiing area has some nice wide groomed areas for carving.

The minshuku in the Shin area are rather run down. It is worth going to the Akakura Onsen area instead to stay. There are good restaurants in the Chuo area of the gelende.

Although we came for Sat Sun, it was
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