Joetsu Kokusai resort review (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th January 2006
Joetsu Kokusai review
First off, it snowed all day, and although visibility was slightly poor the trails stayed fresh, and off piste was more than a blast.

I have been here about 6 times, this time they centralized all of their kickers on one run and made the biggest kicker I've ever seen at the end of the run. I didnt attempt it but all of them are well made unless you go too slow, then its just painful. Rails ranged from low and flat to sectioned drop offs, I only tried first mentioned of course. If you make your way to the summit there is a less populated back area that is nice and open with various lifts running up and down, not to mention a little hidden townsquare with good food and gift shops. The hotel is a breathtaking German or Swiss style structure that seems to go on forever. It has about a million rooms all with good heaters and private baths. Onsens are within the hotel along with several different types of restaraunts. It's not the biggest resort but when it comes to that cozy, old town feeling, nothing beats it. I would give it 5 stars if I couldnt ride the entire mountain in one day but thats the only reason.

Go there if you have a chance, especially if they're expecting pow.
Date visited: From 2006
Snow condition on visit: POW POW all day long!
Things I liked: Good park, HUGE kickers and pipe
Things I didn't like: Semi small

Joetsu Kokusai

Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 72
Snow conditions: 67
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 50
Apres ski: 40

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1016m
Min. elevation: 199m
Vertical: 817m
Steepest slope: 38°
Longest course: 6000m
Number of lifts: 25

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