Resort Reviews from January 2007

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 36 reviews.
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by YellowSnow on 31st January 2007
Naeba review by YellowSnow
I took a day trip, with a first time skier.

The weather and the scenery was perfect, especially the scenery. I have a mixed feeling of Mt. Naeba, some very fun runs but runs were either very hard(to many mogul runs) or irregular beginner runs. That being said the beginner runs at the top were far better.

It's a great mountain and I would go there again, but I wouldn't bring a beginner there.
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 30th January 2007
Rusutsu Resort review by Jim
Stayed a week with teenage daughter.

Fantastic snow with excellent groomed runs.

Heaps of powder in the trees can be found.

Did not see a lift queue even on weekends.

Great visibility even when snowing. Cloud seem to be well above the summit of the mountain.

Limited options for western meals at resort but can find food if you look that isnt raw fish etc. Costs about $30 (aus) for a main meal and $15 for lunch.Can of beer $3 and soft drink $1.50. Buffett
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Itoigawa Seaside Valley
Itoigawa City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 28th January 2007
Itoigawa Seaside Valley review
I've been a number of times over the past few years and it's ideal for beginners & families.

Schools are available too.

Staff are friendly & food is quick and good too.

Coffee is oiishi desu!

I recommend more overseas visitors try Seaside Valley
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Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2007
Furano review by troppo
Just back from a special place that I believe has been unfairly criticised for its off piste policy.

The fact is that this resort is in a national park and the lease only extends to the piste areas. To igore this is not to appreciate what a special place Furano is. They in fact keep some runs un-groomed after snow to enable the freshie experience and I for one had a great time skiing the untracked on snow days without
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New Greenpia Tsunan
Tsunan Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2007
New Greenpia Tsunan review by Tony Emmel
As a total novice and this being my first time ever at a ski resort bear with this review a little please.

New Greenpia is a well set out course with friendly staff and a family type atmosphere. Lift lines were very short. Runs are smooth, narrow at the top areas and wider as you decline. If I could manage to stand and ride the slopes here it is not for experienced boarders. Alpine skiers dominate the runs as do
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 26th January 2007
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Stuart
Awesome place. I think it helped also being our first visit to Japan. The snow was packed yet enjoyable to get the boarding feeling back. Then on day 3 it snowed and snowed and snowed.

The powder here is fantastic and has now set a high bar with which to compare in the future. As a regular of Thread-bare in Australia this really was a pleasant change!

The accomodation options are great with super access to the slopes. The food
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 25th January 2007
Happo-one review by JustinS
I'm used to east coast(Pennsylvania/New York) resorts which are small and very icy to say the least. My first impression of Happo One was WOW. We arrived the first night during the first big snow of the season and had a great time. A huge mountain for me and even my friend whom spends most of his time in Colorado said it was decent. The first day was a great powder day and the lift lines weren't too bad either.
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Oku Ibuki
Maibara City, Shiga
Submitted by SnowKobe on 23rd January 2007
Oku Ibuki review by Snow Kobe
It gets 3 stars because with snow it looked like it might be fun.

Narrow runs, but a series of lifts takes you up over 1,000m in altitude. Some lifts require you to walk uphill to get to the next-didn't anyone take Resort Building 101 in school?

All the areas were lacking snow, but the 50cm advertised was actually 0-30cm in most places. Fun enough for little kids, but most areas would be closed if they had such
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Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
Nagawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd January 2007
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort review by Antony
Skier only resort!

If you live in the Chubu area of Nagano prefecture this has to be the best offering for those with easy, day-return access to the Lake Shirakabako area (good altitude hence good snow for region).

Great for a fun day out burning lactic acid in the thighs or simply having fun with the family. Stunning views from the summit.

Pure tree-lined, self-indulgent bliss during weekdays, not too busy at the weekend.
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Hakusan Seymour
Hakusan City, Ishikawa
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd January 2007
Hakusan Seymour
Huge contrast compared to last year.

This warm spell has not been kind to the mountain. Worst snow I've seen in the last 5 years. Lower slopes have barely any cover and the top is not much better.

Fingers crossed that it dumps in February
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Tambara Ski Park
Numata City, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2007
Tanbara Ski Park review by mikeyboy
Good for beginners or families with young children. most courses were icy.

The weather was clear and the temp was quite warm. Managed to have some good fun between the trees in the afternnon.

Not the place for an experienced person wanting to improve their skills.
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2007
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Joe
Niseko was great, the snow is as good as they say it is, but you have to be at the lifts early to get first tracks.

The terrain can be a bit limited, but it really isn't a problem with as much snow as there is
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Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2007
Niseko Village Ski Resort review
Hirafu would've been better as even when it's sunny the sun doesn't touch many of the slopes.

Whichever of the three connected resorts you stay at head straight to the top of the mountain first thing in the morning for the best snow.

80% of lifts were open at this time
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Aizu Kogen Nango
Nango Town, Fukushima
Submitted by JB on 17th January 2007
Aizu Kogen Nango review
Damn good place for boarders, second time here and place has been great both times.

It's a fair way from the IC so not too many on the slopes, we spent most of our time up the top of the hill and had the place virtually to ourselves the whole time (and this was on a Saturday!!).

When your up the top of the hill, turn right and you find a little single lift, really quiet slope that has great snow,
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Kusatsu Onsen
Kusatsu Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 16th January 2007
Kusatsu Kokusai review by Julian
Smallish resort built around two very long runs. Fun, twisting courses over varied terrain. Not xxx extreme by any standards - no black runs - but plenty to enjoy for all but the most hardcore. Short lift lines. Heli skiing available at reasonable prices, tho I didn't try this time.

Learner skiers are a prob in places due to narrow course - collision danger is high at times!

Surprisingly convenient for Tokyo - get the JR Bus from Shinjuku on
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