Skied on the longest and steepest slopes in anywhere in japan here
I also went to this resort courtesy of Snow Japan, so thank you to them! I went to Suginohara about 4-5 years ago and at that time I was probably only intermediate level at best and really enjoyed the resort, despite the fact that thee weather and snow conditions were not the best. I skied from the top of the gondola station, which is about 3/4 of the way up and skied the various slopes available from that point, and as
This was my second visit to Gala. The first time was in January 2012 when there was good snow but poor visibility and more importantly, the Southern Area was closed, this being the area with ungroomed, powder runs. I’ve therefore wanted to return there with better conditions and was able to do so last week. Although early March, the Yuzawa area (“Paradise Alley”) was experiencing a brief return to mid-winter conditions, with lower temperatures and lots of snowfall. The day
I visited Maiko after a night of decent snowfall, and knowing that it would be less affected by the strong winds forecast for the area. Staying in Yuzawa (at Yuzawa Kenkouland, the overnight onsen place just below Gala Yuzawa station), I awoke to find it still snowing outside and with plenty of fresh snow on parked cars. Running a little late, I took a taxi to the station (1,030Yen) and then the first (07:40) shuttle bus (which is free) from
I’d never heard of Mt Granview before seeing the great photos taken by muikabochi on his first visit to the resort, which I'd recommend looking at to give you a good idea of what to expect of the place. [The link is here:- http://www.snowjapanforums.com/index.php/topic/21184-mt-granview-minamiuonuma-niigata-the-resort-that-time-forgot/ ]. I finally got to see Granview for myself this season (March 2014) with onehunga, whose review precedes this one. As he states, we were lucky enough to go on a bluebird day with plenty
When I first came to Japan, the resorts on my snowboarding radar were Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko. Although less well-known than the first two, I’d read about the latter’s great tree runs and vowed to go there. Five seasons on and I finally made it there courtesy of a last-minute Tokyo nightbus trip. If you happen to go there the same way, be prepared for a 2-3km walk up the road to the gondola station after being dropped off in
It was my first time to Ishiuchi Maruyama. The overall experience was great, given the fresh 50 cm of snow. The day ended badly, not because of the ski slopes, will tell the tale later. So, here goes my day.
We arrived from Shinjuku in an overnight bus at about 7am at the Birdland lodge. It's a small lodge with an onsen, tiny changing rooms, a rental shop, and souvenir shop. They were closed when we arrived but
Mt Granview is a great little resort, with amazing views and on the day I visited great snow.
The main part of Mt Granview is accessed by a single lift located near the carpark. The lift control room is also the ticket office. Once up the lift you arrive at the base area, although the buildings there look like they belong in the 1950's.
Two further single lifts take you to the top of the mountain. From the top of the
A Friday night, Tokyo ski bus special is not the most comfortable way to travel but with decent snowfall forecast, I was happy to part with my 8,600Yen and head off in the darkness to Niigata. About 8 hours and a few service area stops later, we arrived at the resort to find a good foot of fresh snow everywhere.
The bus dropped us off at the Hatsukaishi Entrance, namely the skier's right side of the resort. The 500yen lockers and
Great snow, nice variety and some great off-piste and BC!
Of the skijos in Japan I have been to Kagura is definitely one of my favorites. I heard it described once on this website as “a bunch of lifts going up a mountain” and this description seems fitting to me. Due to its location, it gets consistent good powder snow all winter long and due to how open things are, you can even find fresh powder runs later in the day. Kagura also offers a great variety of courses for
As we approached Yuzawa-machi, not far from Naeba, the snow started coming down pretty heavily. We went from solid spring conditions to winter in only a few short hours. As it was our first time in this area I was quite impressed by the massive infrastructure at both Naeba and Kagura. It was obvious that these places were huge and rangy, even from the road.
Driving into Yuzawa-achi is easy and straight-forward and everything is clearly marked and relatively logically laid