Resort Reviews from April 2006

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 7 reviews.
Palcall Tsumagoi Resort
Tsumagoi Village, Gunma
Submitted by philkun on 18th April 2006
Pallcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort review by philkun
Really nice resort even though its a little outdated, but the room we had was huge by Japanese standards. Great staff.

For some reson I didnt find the slopes that interesting purhaps being more suited to beginners, however they are long runs and you can still get some good off piste runs with loads of powder.

Snowpark is fun and again great for beginners. Would be going again and worth checking out at least once
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Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by firedog23 on 13th April 2006
Hakkoda review
This review has been 4 years in the making with this past year defining it all. Hakkoda is it when it comes to learning and elevating your boarding. All it takes is a desire to improve. If boarding to you is groomed runs, lots of amenities, parks and a fashion show then go to Appi. If you are serious about deep snow, trees, steeps and almost spirtual runs every now and then go to Hakkoda.

Your first
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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Omachi City, Nagano
Submitted by bryantp on 9th April 2006
Kashimayari Sports Village review by Todd Grant
There's no gondola. That's how small. If you're a beginner or a lounge lizard, this might be okay. Or, if you catch it on a powder day, it's okay. But, you're in Nagano - why settle? Nozawa and Shiga are so near.

Too small...way too small
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Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family
志賀高原 一の瀬ファミリー
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 9th April 2006
Ichinose Family review by Todd Grant
Skied the Inchinose area after some fresh snow. The snow quality was good for April, especially in the trees where it remained light even when the sun appeared at lunch. It is a good resort and there are some good runs in the trees and in the groomed areas. Patrol seemed non-existent.

The trees bite though..

Shiga can be difficult if you are only there for one day - it is so large and spread out. It
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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Omachi City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 9th April 2006
Kashimayari Sports Village review by Todd Grant
A great medium sized resort that doesn't have the crowds of the bigger Hakuba resorts. Good runs and never crowded, even on the weekend. Staff are friendly and the lunch rocks!

There is great off-piste if you look just a little bit, and the ski patrol, if they exist, seem fine with skiing out of bounds, under lifts etc.

A little cheaper than other resorts in the area too - good place to go to do some good skiing, on
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Spring Valley Izumi Kogen
Sendai City, Miyagi
Submitted by andrewl on 5th April 2006
Spring Valley Izumi Kogen review by David Parker
Only 30 minutes from Izumi Chuo.

A well run resort, busy, but what popular resort isn't.

Pity it closes when there is still snow about and people willing to spend their yen
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by MrSingh on 1st April 2006
Nozawa Onsen review by MrSingh
I first went to Nozawa Onsen in 2002 and it quickly became a favorite of mine. Since then I've made it a point to make it back there at last once per season, and I managed to go 3 times this season. 2006 in Nozawa Onsen has been tremendously good.

Nozawa Onsen is a big mountain with a little something for skiers and boarders alike, regardless of skill. Personally, Nozawa Onsen has some of the best off piste runs around Yamabiko.
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