Zao Onsen resort review (Yamagata City, Yamagata)

Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by shyboy75 on 1st July 2003
Zao Onsen review
The resort as a whole was great and I stayed at a hotel near the lifts so that was cool too. There are some good long runs, but as it has been mentioned repeatedly, there are way too many bad connections. Unless you prefer skating over riding, boarders will get annoyed by the end of the day.

Getting to the top of the mountain is a bit of a pain, but once you get there the snow is good. It's cold and windy, but if it's a clear day (highly unlikely) then the view is great. If its a "normal" Zao day, the visibility is poor so make sure you have some good goggles. I noticed some people were on the verge of going off the side.

This place is ok, but hardly worth the long trip up to Yamagata.
Date visited: From 20 February, 2003
Snow condition on visit: Powder then Slush
Things I liked: Good beginner and intermediate runs, good food, nice views while riding
Things I didn't like: Too much skating...WAY too much skating

Zao Onsen

Yamagata City, Yamagata
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 80
Courses/Terrain: 73
Lift system: 69
Apres ski: 42

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1660m
Min. elevation: 780m
Vertical: 880m
Steepest slope: 38°
Longest course: 9000m
Number of lifts: 41

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