I'll be honest: my local slope Fujiten is a tiddly place compared with the likes of Hakuba and Niseko, (those names shouldn't even be rubbing shoulders in the same paragraph) but if you're nearby in Yamanashi or Shizuoka or even Tokyo, the place is worth a visit.
It's one of the nearest resorts to Tokyo in fact: The rows of license plates tell the story. Modest size aside, Fujiten has some attractive plus-points.
For one thing, the stunning backdrop of Mt Fuji is right there, in your face all the time - gorgeous. Another bonus is that whenever you go, you'll likely be sliding under blue skies and blazing sun. Not to get all meteorological, but the clouds and snow tend to bounce into the southern alps on the other (Nagano) side and bounce back off again, leaving Yamanashi with some of the sunniest winters anywhere in Japan.
Of course this means that you're not going to be thigh-deep in powder here. What snow there is tends to be only partly stuff from the sky and mostly stuff out of the impressive ranks of snow cannons near the slopes. This can make for hard going when it gets cold but during the day it's prefectly adequate. Here in sunny Yamanashi, beggars can't be choosers...
And so to the slopes: There are only four main slopes and for those who are beginners and don't read kanji you'd do well to avoid the far right one, the north-face-of-the-eiger-resembling advanced slope. Actually it's just the top bit, the rest evens out and leads to some interesting tabletops, ramps and rails.
The two main runs for snowboarders/skiers are pleasant, quite wide and tree-lined, but are fed by just one lift going up the middle which can make for some LONG waits on busy weekends. Hint: Join the line at the middle, it moves fastest there.
The fourth run is skiers only, annoyingly because this is apparently the only beginner slope. There is also a slope for families and tobogganing etc further along.
And that's it slopewise - don't come here expecting to be able to bog off into the trees: There is NO off-piste! But there IS a big, warm, modern lodgey building with restaurants, changing facilities, shop, lockers etc and a MASSIVE car park, and you don't get that everywhere.
Verdict: Worth a visit (except on holiday weekends.)