Resort Reviews from January 2008

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 21 reviews.
Grandeco Snow Resort
Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 29th January 2008
Grandeco Snow Resort review
I loved this place. We got the night bus up and so we were the first ones on the lifts and there were zero crowds until lunchtime.

This resort is a little small, but when you have it to yourself you don't mind so much. I think this would be good for famillies as all the runs come together at the bottom ensuring that no one gets lost. The snow here was great, it was snowing all night as we
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Hunter Mountain Shiobara
Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi
Submitted by dentist on 29th January 2008
Hunter Mountain Shiobara review
We left Tokyo around 4am and selected the best route (cost effective), and arrived at Hunter around 10am.

The parking could be free for such a resort but it wasn't. We rented carving sets at around 2000 each for our guests from a local store on the way. It was snowing whole day, so we could not make the best of our day, however it was not too bad as long as we could climb to the upper parts.
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 29th January 2008
Happo-one review by SamuiKitsune
My first visit to Happo-One was on Saturday, January 26, 2008 before the SJ Hakuba Party Gathering. We boarded the mountain from about 9am to 4pm.

Happo-One is a huge blank canvas of snow. Most of the runs are huge and wide without any type of trees to border the boundaries. This can be bad news given that there are many, many skiers that are extremely fast. The skiers on Happo-One are by far the fastest I
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 29th January 2008
Happo-one review by Craig
I've got to give Happo-one, and all of Hakuba, points for trying to attract the foreign community. From 2000 yen pitchers "for foreigners only" to English-speaking staff and signage throughout the village, it is clear that the village is trying very hard to attract foreign tourists.

Having said that, Happo is seriously lacking for the newschool/freeride crowd. Some places in the backcountry looked like they would be good, but I wouldn't do it withough a guide. The runs are all groomed
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Sapporo Kokusai
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Brendan_snowboarder on 28th January 2008
Sapporo Kokusai review
Had a great day today (Sunday) at Kokusai. We got an all day pass and return bus ticket from Sapporo for 4600 yen each which isn't bad. It was a little crowded but there are quite a few runs and they are reasonably wide so it didn't matter too much (although it was pretty crowded at the lodge).

There was lots of powder on the sides of all of the runs and even a few cms on the groomed runs.
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Hachi Kita Kogen
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by andrewl on 28th January 2008
Hachi Kita Kogen review by Magsy
Had the best 2 days at HachiKita/Kogen. Several days of heavy snowfall proceeded the weekend making for some awesome boarding.

The first day was constant snow though there was a few icy patches. The second day, however had deep powder on the sides and even enough down the gelande. There were some brilliant runs on Kita side though there were also times when there were too many people on the slopes.

The only downsides of the weekend were the lines at
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Asama 2000 Park
Komoro City, Nagano
Submitted by axellieb on 27th January 2008
Asama 2000 Park review by Schneebrettman
I am an intermediate level snowboarder. I have been to all major resorts in Japan except Furano, and to some minor ones.

There is absolutely no reason for anyone to visit Asama2000 in my opinion. Not even beginners. Be warned: this is a small resort that obviously does not get a lot of natural snow - they have snow machines all over the place. Nevertheless, the longest run (900 meters) was not serviced by the snow makers and
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Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd January 2008
Zao Onsen review by Andy G
If we had a dump of powder I would be in heaven. The courses are great with challenges for all levels. No powder dump stops me from giving it a 5 star.

The Astraea (Austrian) hotel on the slop is 70's style, but nice, comfortable and the staff are great. If you are careful you can get some off course action too.

Today is cold, but no wind. No new snow leaves the depths at 1.7m very worthy boarding, just hanging
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Ludens Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2008
Ludens Yuzawa review by Spencer
I think the lifts are actually closer to 600m. They are still very short courses and it can be frustrating because you spend a lot more time on the lifts than on the slopes. Fairly easy slopes good for beginners. It looked like there was another more difficult lift that wasn't running because of lack of business(?).

On the upside the courses are wide open and the snow hasn't been packed down because there's no one
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Madarao Mountain Resort
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 21st January 2008
Madarao Kogen review by Tubby Beaver
I had a great day out here. I arrived at 7.45am and was surprised to see no one around, even although the lifts opened at 8. The sun was shining, the snow looked great and I was eager to get going.

After first finding out that there was no central pavilion (where you can buy your ticket and get changed etc) I asked at the hotel that is at the start of the slopes and they pointed me to their coin
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Tsugaike Kogen
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2008
Tsugaike Kogen review by Tan
I loved the ski conditions and when I was there, there was hardly anyone around.

Got to all access of the mountain easily even with some lifts not operatin. I have a fantastic time over there and loved the long ski runs. As there were not many people about you can virtually ski down a slope without meeting anyone. If yon know the mountains very well you can ski to all parts of the mountains.
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2008
Muikamachi Hakkaisan review by BC Rocky
Grew up in the Rockies and pacific northwest US and CAN. Skied and boarded most of my life so about 35+ years.

This place is good for beginners or for serious bumps skiers. Boring at the bottom, steep with moguls at the top.

Step off piste into heavy thick trees for a second and your dealing with three or four ski patrol. Zero to no facilities at the bottom, slow lifts and long lines. Quite difficult to get to.

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Tsuruoka City, Yamagata
Submitted by andrewl on 17th January 2008
Yudonosan review by Eddy AKA Shinobi
This was my and my sons 1st time snowboarding and it was the best time i have ever had.

My children fly from Hawaii to go snowboarding with me and I must say it was the best choice for us. Nice slopes and it snowed every day.

I highly recomend this place for people that want a lot of runs and want to board powder, and just to goof off with friends
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Maiko Snow Resort
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by muikabochi on 17th January 2008
Maiko Snow Resort
I timed it well and went on a very fine day with the sun out and fresh snow on the slopes.

I have been a few times before but not recently and this time I enjoyed it more than I have before... it's a really decent place to check out. Especially if you are upper-beginner / intermediate level.

The resort is basically split into 3 parts - the right hand side as you look at the mountain is the
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Sapporo Teine
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by Brendan_snowboarder on 17th January 2008
Sapporo Teine review
Just got back a few hours ago from a great day snowboarding at Teine Highlands.

There was lots of powder, especially off-piste. They have a few new off-piste 'Nature Zones' that are great for boarding. It's cool that they actually recommend these new zones even though they have them roped off with signs in English and Japanese saying that it's at your own risk and that if you have an accident and have to be rescued then you will have to
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