Zao Onsen resort review (Yamagata City, Yamagata)

Reviews of Zao Onsen resort in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. Currently 2 reviews.
Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by edave on 17th February 2015
Wow Zao! Love the snow monsters!
Disclaimer: I won a free pass for one day at Zao.

We struggled a lot on the first day. We quickly discovered that Zao is primarily designed for skiers. My wife, a snow boarder, had to be pulled by me over the flat spots and spent a lot of time walking between lifts. We were shocked to learn we had to traverse for about 10 minutes to get to lift 17 or 19 from the top of lift 12. We
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Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by Rin Gomura on 17th February 2015
Beautiful scenery with no crowds, but more suited for skiing.
Zao is very easily accessed via public transport. Just a shinkansen (bullet train) to Yamagata station, and then a 45 minute bus ride direct to the Zao village.

We stayed at the Lucent Takamiya hotel, which is directly in front of the Chuo (central) Ropeway. The ropeway runs every 15 minutes, which was really convenient.

The problem was trying to read the maps and signs to get from the top of the ropeway to lifts. I thought the signage could be
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Zao Onsen

Yamagata City, Yamagata
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1660m
Min. elevation: 780m
Vertical: 880m
Steepest slope: 38°
Longest course: 9000m
Number of lifts: 41

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