Kagura resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by oblong on 9th December 2014
First turns at Kagura (8th December 2014)
I have been to Kagura before but this was the first time I have been early season.

Was planning to go since last week and a bit worried about the snow conditions, but very pleased to hear about the heavy snow in the region over the weekend.

And even more pleased to arrive in a very snowy looking Yuzawa - complete with clear blue skies. Looked like there had been a fair dumpage of snow but the snow clouds had moved on and it was bright sunshine when we arrived.

Excitement levels off the scale.

Got up there for 9am for those first turns. Kagura isn't fully open yet, but there's more than enough open to enjoy and the snow was beyond expectations.

Not much to say really other than we had an awesome 5 hours and just taking a break now before an onsen and then something to eat and drink.

The reports have said this before but it's true..... things can transform from rubbish to great in less than 2 days.

Will be back once the season gets going proper.
Date visited: From December, 2014 To December, 2014
Snow condition on visit: Very good
Things I liked: Snow; first turns
Things I didn't like: Nothing!
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Not recommended for: Beginner riders
General score: 80
Snow conditions: 80
Courses/Terrain: 70
Lift system: 70
Apres ski: 5
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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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