Resort Reviews from March 2007

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 22 reviews.
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 30th March 2007
Kiroro Snow World review by kp
The scenery is magnificent and the snow is really powder(crazy snowing).

Not much people come there, esp weekday morning. It is easy to reach, about 40 mins (bus) from otariu station. Stay in Otariu at night is more economy. Many Course to choose, more than 3 courses are suitable to beginner.

Facility, Service, Price and everything is good, except, some beginner courses are too flat to ski(sometimes walk), even for beginner and the indication diagram for
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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by Tesselator on 25th March 2007
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
First a little background on myself. I have worked at MANY ski resorts in the USA so I suppose I have a pretty good eye for both the runs and the resort operations in general.

Hakuba Iwatake is a very good resort. If you're into the girl chase it's perhaps the best in the Nagano area! That said it is not the very best in that area. Nagano is an area that is basically back to back ski resorts.
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Takasu Snow Park
Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by cdninkyoto on 20th March 2007
Takasu Snow Park review
Although it only took 2 hours to get there form Kyoto, it took nearly 6 hours to get back. Traffic was a nightmare. A single lane road to to the highway with 5 other ski resorts emptying their parking lots onto this road at the same time (we left at 3pm to try to beat the traffic) made this trip seem a lot worse than it actually was.

The mountain is good, good variety of terrain for varying abilities, and lots
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by cdninkyoto on 20th March 2007
Kagura review
Yuzawa area gets a bad rap but this mountain rocked! It was easy to get to the top of the mountain, gondola's and high speed lifts; there was a LOT of fresh powder to be had. It dumped the day before and then there were blue skies and powder; ski patrol are cool and you are mostly free to go where you like albeit at your own risk; short lift lines; nice park; lots of fun hits on the sides
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Kamui Ski Links
Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Submitted by tregster on 19th March 2007
Kamui Ski Links review by tregster
I have nothing but nice things to say about this place. Still a bit gutted that we only gave one day to it on our whirlwind Hokkaido tour.

When we pulled up, our first impression was that this is a small mountain at low elevation and it was clear that it hadn\\'t snowed for a few days, despite the fact we'd left Sapporo in a snowstorm the night before. Also, bus loads of high school students were arriving at the same
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Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by tregster on 19th March 2007
Furano review by tregster
Why isn't there a zero star button? We were not impressed with Furano.

This place is probably great for skiers or alpine boarders who want lots of groomed piste, but for serious freeriding snowboarders it is not cool. Almost everywhere is groomed, any interesting terrain is roped off and ski patrol are out en masse to catch people ducking the ropes to get to the fun stuff.

Of the two black courses on the North side, the longer one from
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Asahidake Ropeway
Higashigawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tregster on 19th March 2007
Asahidake Ropeway review by tregster
This place is similar to Hakkodo in Aomori, with it's single cable car and backcountry all areas decent vibe. However, this comes at a cost; if you don't know the mountain it is pretty difficult to access the good stuff. Therefore, if you are heading up there for a one off, it'll probably be well worth trying to find a guide to get the most for your time.

If you don't know the mountain so well, there are plenty of
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Moya Hills
Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by BigMountainRider on 14th March 2007
Moya Hills review
I was so disapointed when I drove 2 hours to Moya Hills.

The snow was coming down hard the wind was blowing at near typhoon force. The visability was so bad I drove past the resort twice. I suited up and grabvbed my board. Walked to the lift were I was meet by a very polite pretty young woman who then broke my heart into a million shards. "Sorry were closed". I nearly cried.
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Kandatsu Kogen
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 12th March 2007
Kandatsu Kogen review by cactus
Well, 30-40 cm more snow than last time I went meant I could ride some of the steeper slopes that were bare last time I went. Nice!

Still not enough snow but today only reassured me that this resort would offer some great slopes after a good snowfall.

Choose your day wisely!

Snowpark needs some attention with quite a few jumps closed but there were a couple more rails than last time and a wave table top
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Charmant Hiuchi
Itoigawa City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 12th March 2007
Charmant Hiuchi review by Tom E
Nice little ski area. With its close proximity to the Japan Sea, this place gets a lot of snow even when its not snowing anywhere else.

A little on the small sides but the price is right. Great deal for parent skiing with a child (the kid's lift ticket is practically free).

Not a good place for absolute beginners. Those on the second or third time out should not have a problem. All runs from the top of
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by cdninkyoto on 12th March 2007
Ski Jam Katsuyama review
Great mountain for those living in Kansai. Bigger than most other local mountains and if you drive, the double lane highway makes sure that it is 2.5 hours from Kyoto to the mountain, and 2.5 hours back.

Friendly staff, and pretty quiet mid-week. Weekends can be busy but still very tolerable. If there is powder, this mountain can be a lot of fun. If not, there are some fun runs with a few hits here and there
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by airwalk on 12th March 2007
Rusutsu Resort review by airwalk
Came here last year and it dumped snow for three days straight. This time just one day, but it snowed and it snowed hard. Unfortunately Mt. Isola was closed the whole day due to strong winds. If it opens tomorrow, the first person on the mountain is going to have waist deep powder to contend with.

Boarded East Mtn. all day today (Super East course) and 90% of the time it was in the woods. Fantastic! There are loads of woods
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Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 11th March 2007
Yuzawa Kogen review by cactus
The bottom field called Nunoba had no snow but would suit begnners nicely - a wide and even slope with two lifts.

The top field called Yuzawa Kogen suited the kids,(beginner skiers) but they enjoy being in the snow regardless.

There's a long and boring cat track around the back which they liked. I guess would offer some short drop offs in powder conditions.

Overall though it's not very challenging for the experienced skier / boarder, and the courses are all
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Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 6th March 2007
Hakuba Goryu review by Mike44
It will be a shorter season than last year, snow is in short supply and once the morning sun hits it it can become quite soft and slushy, by the end of the day the ground is showing in many places and stones get thrown up.

Goryu is advertising itself as having 2.2 Meters of snow - how they can get away with this blatant lie is beyond me I estimate there to be no more than 1 meter or
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Hakuba Cortina
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 5th March 2007
Hakuba Cortina review
Cortina is a decent size resort with a higher altitude and more shaded exposure than others, so it is a bit cooler and keeps its snow longer.

Lots of novice boarders clogging up the middle, but upper slopes devoid of anyone (on Thurs and Fri). In general fewer skiers as it is the furthest north in the Hakuba range.

A couple pretty challenging slopes (for us at least) at top.

First two mornings were very nice, thanks to a dumping of 20-30cm
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