Makado Onsen resort review (Noheji Town, Aomori)

Makado Onsen
Noheji Town, Aomori
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 26th January 2015
Small but Entertaining
We knew heading out we were taking a risk with the snow conditions, since it had been a warm, snowless week, but we decided to give Makado a shot anyway due to its extremely close proximity to us (45 minutes!).

On arrival, the snow was about how I expected it to be, very icy and with minimal coverage. Not great for beginners, but still rideable.

The lodge is big, much bigger than I think a mountain this size probably needs, and had plenty of space for us to drop off our gear. They also have excellent prices for lift tickets (2400 yen for the day w/Military discount!) and nothing on the menu at the cafe was more than 700 yen. The food was also quick to come out and very satisfying.

The two beginner hills are very short, one of them has a tow rope and the other has a short lift that only goes to the top of that hill. We stayed away from these as the conditions were very icy and they looked really hard.

The intermediate hills at the top of the first lift are both steep, icy affairs with little in the way of interesting terrain. Neither of them was worth spending a lot of time on, but that's ok, because another short lift ride to the top brought us to the best run on the mountain, a beautiful winding path that cuts through the trees and has plenty of built up ice/snow on the sides to jib off. This trail ends at the lift that takes you back up, so it's easy to spend the whole day riding this relatively short but entertaining trail.

Towards the end of the day, a stiff snow storm blew in and generated a lot of wind and pretty good snowfall, and the snow conditions got much better. We had a difficult time with visibility because of the heavy snow, but the quality of the snow got much better very quickly. A side note, when it's clear you can see straight across to Noheji bay from the top of the mountain and it's quite a stunning view.

Overall, I'd say this is a good place to spend time if you're a true beginner, since it's very cheap and has a good lodge and good food, but if you're an advanced or even intermediate boarder you'll become quickly bored with the single, interesting run.
Date visited: From 10 January, 2015 To 10 January, 2015
Snow condition on visit: Poor. Very icy, not very good depth.
Things I liked: Great lodge, great food, great price.
Things I didn't like: Poor snow conditions, very small.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Not recommended for: Snow Park
Off-piste opportunities
General score: 75
Snow conditions: 45
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 55

Makado Onsen

Noheji Town, Aomori
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Average Rankings

General score: 72
Snow conditions: 50
Courses/Terrain: 62
Lift system: 45
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 310m
Min. elevation: 70m
Vertical: 240m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 2000m
Number of lifts: 4

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