Kagura resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th March 2009
Kagura review by Tora
This was our first time to vist Kagura and we were up for a day trip from Tokyo which is easily possible if you take the early shinkansen. Be warned that if you go at the weekend you could find the shared changing facilities at Mitsumata base are cramped and queues build quickly for the lift passes and ski rental once the bus from Echigo Yuzawa arrives. I saw some rental shops just across the road from the car park which although not as convenient, did not appear to be as busy. The ropeway to the lower slopes are quick and efficient.

We would have liked to ski over to Tashiro but the winds picked up by lunchtime and a number of the lifts were closed down which left the slopes that were open with long lift queues. There was a light dusting of fresh snow which helped compensate for the crowds. Snow depths still good (250cm) unlike some of the lower resorts which look pretty patchy. Already the snow has gone in Yuzawa town. Hoping to get a chance to ski the resort again before the end of the season. Plenty of fun for beginners and intermediates.
Date visited: From 20 March, 2009
Snow condition on visit: Light snow on the mid and upper slopes
Things I liked: Large resort with plenty of runs
Things I didn't like: Strong winds closed lifts and weekend crowds
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Kagura

かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 80
Courses/Terrain: 77
Lift system: 77
Apres ski: 18

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1845m
Min. elevation: 620m
Vertical: 1225m
Steepest slope: 32°
Longest course: 6000m
Number of lifts: 22

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