Resort Reviews from December 2006

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 13 reviews.
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 30th December 2006
Naeba review by ddo
Finally after the avalanche on the 3rd and two days of few lifts and big queues they got it together (way too slowly) and opened a gondola.

My fifth time at Naeba and for the fifth time the top of the mountain was closed (no discounts) but finally I got to see it's potential.

If you strike the right day this mountain could offer some primo runs and could score five stars
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Mizuho Highland
Ohnan Town, Shimane
Submitted by andrewl on 30th December 2006
Mizuho Highland review by RockyMtnBoy
I have been to Mizuho about 4 times in the past year, and I like it! I have also been to Osorokan and Geihoku, and Mizuho is my favorite of the three.

My one complaint is the first gondola. It's an old, slow 4 seater gondola that takes a long time to take you up to the top. When you arrive, or come all the way down, you have to take the gondola back up. It's a waste of
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Okutadami Maruyama
Uonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 28th December 2006
Okutadami Maruyama review by samu
Being a beginner, I can't really give a full run down on the place, but I had a great time.

It was pretty quiet when I went (a Monday) and we had the slopes to ourselves mostly. Best thing was that after the first time on the lifts they didn't check / ask for passes so it was dirt cheap
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Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond
志賀高原 一の瀬ダイヤモンド
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 26th December 2006
Ichinose Diamond review by cactus
With only 40cm of snow I felt like I was riding subterranean looking up at places I'd normally be looking down at, all my favourite runs still just sasa, rock trauma for my board.

On the bright side, staying on the limited main runs, I got heaps of time in practicing tricks. \r\n\r\nAnd hey, let's not forget - anytime in the snow is a great time
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by squealpiggy on 25th December 2006
Naeba review by squealpiggy
This area rocks my clock as it has fast lifts servicing plenty of high country terrain with more powder than I knew what to do with. Skiing fall-lines under lifts & through the trees is not allowed but winked at & everybody who wants to has crack at it.

Accomodation available on-site at Wadagoya is an adventure for those who do not want to lose a minute on the boards.

The scenic 'dragondola' ropeway connects to Naeba in 15 minutes;
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Kandatsu Kogen
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by naganodave on 25th December 2006
Kandatsu Kogen review by naganodave
Kandatsu is one of my favorite places outside of my local Nagano area. I only discovered it last season (hadn't even heard of it before reading about the changes on here), but glad I did.

It's biggest selling point is a good selection of steepish runs and them all being arranged in a fairly compact area. I'm really into steeps so this is just fine by me :)

It's also in a natural "bowl" and so it seems to
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd December 2006
Naeba review by Mark
This comment is for 22.12.06. My first time at Naeba, which was rather bad experience. To be fair, I cannot blame resort for all that, the snow conditions were just very poor.

As for Friday, and generally poor snow conditions, the resort was quite crowded. I can imagine crowds on good snow weekends.

Even with this crowd, most lifts (I really mean most) closed @ 3pm!

Why cannot they open the top, where snow is probably best?!

The runs are potentially good, if there
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by number9 on 18th December 2006
Kagura review by number9
Not much to add to the Pros and Cons.

It can get quite busy as it's relatively accessible from Tokyo.

But again, great off piste, policy, snow conditions (relative to other resorts in the area), nice view, and close to Tokyo (which is both a pro and a con)
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by number9 on 18th December 2006
Naeba review by number9
Many places to stay nearby with nice onsens.

The resort offers a good variety of runs for various levels of riders, so it's a good place to go with a group of friends with different aptitudes.

Resort's also connected to Kagura, and that's a huge plus. Arrive in the morning, spend the day in Naeba, wake up early next morning and get to the Dragondola early to enjoy Tashiro and Kagura.

That's a good 2 day course with lots of
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Fujiten Snow Resort
Narusawa Village, Yamanashi
Submitted by andrewl on 16th December 2006
Fujiten Snow Resort review by Woody80
We got on the Chou heading out of Hachioji (not spelled right) around 8 a.m. It only took an hour fifteen to get there with very little traffic.

They had one run open about 1 km long. Which was impressive to me since it was so warm out. Not much to keep you there after a few trips down the slope if your adavnced but well worth the 2000 yen to ride.

It's a great place for beginners or folks
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Hachi Kita Kogen
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by andrewl on 15th December 2006
Hachi Kita Kogen review by bulldog
Went with my boys for a weekend of riding.

It snowed like hell for two days and there was plenty of fresh lines in the trees all day. Best mountain in Hyogo with decent facilities. Go to the mid-mountain lodge for lunch, toilet breaks, etc... Also, go to the upper parking(second left turn on the downhill after the tunnel), not the lower parking(same road to Sky Valley. It's a longer drive, but the road is better
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Winghills Shirotori Resort
Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by andrewl on 12th December 2006
Winghills Shirotori Resort review by Mike
This time last year this resort had heaps of snow - there was snow everywhere (if you remember).

This day it rained and there were only 2 lifts working, for a narrow artificially covered slope, which wasn't that bad but the rain was awful I would say every got wet to the skin within a couple of hours, but hey if you got nothing else to do and can afford it JUST DO IT !!
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Grandeco Snow Resort
Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 11th December 2006
Grandeco Snow Resort review by aussieoi123
Grandeco was good for me, as I was only learning how to snowboard. In that respect, it was great for a beginner.

Wasnt too crowded, on a Saturday, and the lineups for lifts weren't long at all.

One downside though - too many flat parts where it's hard to keep your speed up. Other than that, was great and I reccommend it.

Will be going back
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