Resort Reviews from November 2004

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 11 reviews.
Aizu Kogen Nango
Nango Town, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 30th November 2004
Aizu Kogen Nango review by Kelpo
Nango is my local park... boasts awesome powder after a big drop. A wicked board park with 3 halfpipes and a practice pipe, tabletops, rail slides... u name it, we got it! No need for artificial snow cos MinamiAizu is snow heaven.

Friendly staff, oishii food and nothing better than boarding under bluebird skies!!
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Maiko Snow Resort
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th November 2004
Maiko Snow Resort review
Fun place for a day but with other good resorts (eg Kandatsu Kogen) nearby, just do it once.

Like most Japanese skifields, you'll spend more time on the lift than skiing, listening to stupid music being blasted out around you (why do the Japanese not have any concept of noise pollution?
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by danz on 25th November 2004
Naeba review by danz
My first trip to Naeba, and I had a blast. Incredible amounts of snow had fallen before the weekend making off-piste skiing incredibly deep. Naeba is known for the prince hotel and insane crowds...there are insane crowds, and the main face is packed and hard to navigate (people slalom). There are lifts everywhere so it is actually really easy to get around the mountain.

The real goods, however, are to be found in the trees. Easily
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 25th November 2004
Iwappara review
For beginners, Iwappara is great. Wide and relatively flat runs.

For the more experienced rider, it's entertaining for 2-3 hours - maybe four under great conditions
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 22nd November 2004
Rusutsu Resort review by okijetwet
Great Hotel, snow and slopes, no crowds.

Bad exerience having teeth knocked out by out-of-control and dangerous Korean skier while in board rack area. Ski patrol/Rusutsu staff did nothing to address/correct safety issue. Suggested putting a barrier net at entrance to rack area, to control stupid/dangerous skiers - no action taken.

Full story on forum.

Again, great place, looking forward to this season :
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Megahira Onsen Megahira
Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima
Submitted by andrewl on 19th November 2004
Megahira Onsen Megahira review by Fingers
Unusual but effective snow making allowed this resort to open early.

Board to skier ratio 9 to 1.

Has a new high speed quad which makes this a better destination than you might think.

Very nice spa with 45,000 year old petrified wood hot tubs for apres skiing. Low admission price for spa makes it a bargin.

Decent restaurant in Spa.

Museum on site.

Will go again
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Hakusan Seymour
Hakusan City, Ishikawa
Submitted by andrewl on 14th November 2004
Hakusan Seymour review by P
Living close to the Hakusan ski areas this is one of my favourite places to visit.

The beginners run down to the car park can get really icey and be no fun at all. However, if you`re confident enough, you can cut under the lifts and enjoy great powder while zipping in and out of trees.

Well worth a look
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Hakusan Ichirino Onsen
Hakusan City, Ishikawa
Submitted by andrewl on 14th November 2004
Hakusan Ichirono Onsen review by P
I love this place! Last season, there was powder everywhere!

Had some unbelievable days boarding. As they were during heavy snow days most of the locals were tucked up inside, so we had the mountain to ourselves. Off piste is the way to go.

The beginners course is very tame. I've actually seen newbies walking as the run is so flat they ran out of speed!

I'm hoping for the same luck with the snow this year
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Niyama Kogen
Nanae Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 13th November 2004
Niyama Kogen review by snurfer
This place was almost in my backyard and the school where I taught was supplied with a season pass which was rarely used by anyone else.

Best snow is off the top lift where you'll usually be riding with only a handful of others. Some fun runs out of bounds and no ski patrol, but pretty short.

Great views of Hakodate mtn and across to Honshu on a clear day.

My favourite of the 3 ski jo in the area
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Norn Minakami
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 13th November 2004
Norn Minakami review by John Little
Hmmm... Norn just didn't work for us, but that was mainly our fault, not theirs.

We drove from Tokyo on a weekend because we were desperate for some early-season skiing, but didn't have the time available to drive up to Marunuma.

Unfortunately, a gazillion other Tokyo-ites all had exactly the same idea.

The sun quickly caused the snow to mush up and that, combined with the crush for the lifts, pretty much wrote the day off for us.
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 1st November 2004
Naeba review (submitted before 2003)
This is one of my favorite resorts in Japan. I have friends who live at the bottom of the slopes, so that might something to do with it, but it is a nice big resort with a good selection of slopes.

The night skiing is good here too with quite a few slopes floodlit - very impressive looking.
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