Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama resort review (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama
志賀高原 焼額山
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by robobin on 22nd February 2016
Well equipped and fairly diverse.
Yakebitaiyama is one of the larger Shiga Kogen areas and one of the better equipped. It's run by Prince so there's a bit more money behind than some of the other areas.

The resort is fairly well laid out and good for skiers and snowboarders since there wasn't all that much walking required. There aren't many lifts though. The two gondolas are the main ways of getting around the mountain and they do a good job when it isn't too busy. I usually prefer lifts to gondolas as it cuts out the downtime but the staff and queuing system were pretty efficient.

The day I visited had about 10cm of fresh snow and the courses were pleasant. This season has been pretty poor so I didn't have a chance to head off course but in previous years it's been pretty fun hitting lift lines and the like. They aren't overly strict and that too.

The only downsides were the amount of beginner tourists visiting from overseas and the limited number of snow park items. No fault of their own of course, but they tended to clog up the lift lines waiting for groups and being confused.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: A light fresh layer on top of a poor season's base.
Things I liked: Fast gondolas and efficient staff
Things I didn't like: Not many park items
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Not recommended for: Advanced riders
Snow Park
General score: 70
Snow conditions: 70
Courses/Terrain: 65
Lift system: 85
Apres ski: 65

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama

志賀高原 焼額山
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 61
Snow conditions: 55
Courses/Terrain: 57
Lift system: 73
Apres ski: 41

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 2000m
Min. elevation: 1550m
Vertical: 450m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 2500m
Number of lifts: 5

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