This was my first time in Yuzawa Nakazato, having always seen it approaching Yuzawa on the Kanetsu Expressway. With those big kanji letters popping out of the mountain - got to see them close up.
Today has been a warm day and while there's lots of snow it wasn't in the best of conditions. Still it wasn't terrible either. As you might expect when it's 6C and no new snow in a few days.
So what's it like?
It's like a small, family kind of place I'd say. Lowest point is at town level - the base is actually I think also a little local train station - and the highest point I think it just over 700m. And it's spread over a fairly wide base area with none of the lifts being particularly long.
Still, a fair choice of runs especially for beginners and lower-intermediates I'd say. I spent an hour or so on the main quad lift as that whizzed me up quickly.
On the main 'hill', there's actually a number of runs coming off from it that are rather steep and will pose a challenge. No-one was on them today and my knees didn't feel up for it either with the snow conditions. But on a powder day they look like they could be pretty good actually.
I suppose if lots of the people going to Yuzawa Nakazato are families, they might not ever get busy. I may be wrong.
All in all, it was fun for a few hours for me.
I can see it being appealing for families with young children; and maybe even for a sneaky steep run.
(I uploaded some photos to SnowJapan)
From 26 January, 2015
Snow condition on visit:
Things I liked:
Fast quad, not busy, got to see 'the sign' close up
Things I didn't like:
Other than the quad, fairly slow pairs; more a family place I thought
Authentic Japan experience