Ishiuchi Maruyama resort review (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Reviews of Ishiuchi Maruyama resort in Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture. Currently 7 reviews.
Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
Way too many lifts for the mountain so when it's crowded you can spend most of your time either in a lift queue or on a lift rather than actually enjoying the skiing. Not very challenging for intermediate + skiers and probably 'pants' for boarders.

Resort has good places to eat and reasonable access to onsen and locker/changing facilities. Personally I wouldn't go there again (on a weekend anyway) as too crowded but night skiing is meant to be awesome
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
Good place of reasonable size, with plenty of variation.

If you get bored then you can go over the top of the mountain and into Gala (which seemed a lot more exposed to the wind). Onsens abound, but the liquor shop is a bit of a hike.

Some of the restraunts on the mountain seem to offer no-frill places to sleep for 2-3000 yen.
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
I had a good time at this place.

There was a lot of space on every course. Most every run was groomed. I like to ride in trees, but there were not any tree runs at this resort. I did hit a couple of big jumps. The landing was soft in the morning, but as the day got colder, the landing turned harder. Ishiuchi has a half pipe, but during the first part of the day they were working on it.
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
Big mountain just to the north of Yuzawa town, and actually connected to GALA Yuzawa right at the top (be sure to buy the right ticket to be able to go over there). GALA in turn is connected to Yuzawa Kogen, but its not really worth the trouble going over there - stay at Ishiuchi and GALA.

Lots of varied runs at Ishiuchi, quite wide, like the mogul runs to the "bottom right" of the resort, where they have perhaps the
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
This is one of my favorite resorts in Japan. I have friends who live at the bottom of the slopes, so that might something to do with it, but it is a nice big resort with a good selection of slopes.

The night skiing is good here too with quite a few slopes floodlit - very impressive looking.
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
While not the most difficult skiing in the Japanese Alps, this is a little gem.

The scenery across the valley with sun streaked mountains in the distance is worth the price of admission. Having a yakitori shop connected to the resort is a big bonus. The buffet is wonderful at Green Springs. This place is also a great summer location for any rock band that might want to get a leg up on practice and serious partying.

Lift lines are not
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2002
Ishiuchi Maruyama review (submitted before 2003)
Before you read this, please note that I really like this resort......

We didn't ski here yesterday, but we saw the slopes - and it wasn't pretty at all.

The whole of the bottom half of the resort is a white/brown mix color (the earth showing through big time), so only the top part of the resort can surely be open.

The resort must surely close imminently.

April 2nd, 2002
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Ishiuchi Maruyama

石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 920m
Min. elevation: 256m
Vertical: 664m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 4000m
Number of lifts: 13

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GALA Yuzawa 2.00km
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Yuzawa Kogen 3.20km
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Iwappara 6.30km
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Naeba 25.20km
Muikamachi Hakkaisan 25.30km
Hakkai Sanroku 28.00km
Muikamachi Hakkaisan 28.00km
New Greenpia Tsunan 32.30km
Koide 32.50km
Matsunoyama Onsen 34.50km
Sakae Club 35.10km
Yakushi 35.40km
Matsudai Family 37.10km
Norn Minakami 38.40km
Akasawa 39.00km
White Valley 41.50km
Oana 42.00km
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Suhara 46.00km
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