Resort Reviews by 634-maru

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by 634-maru. Currently 6 reviews.
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 3rd February 2014
The two quads are the way to go
Iwappara is one of the oldest skijo in Yuzawa town.

I have been a few times, but this time was courtesy of the SnowJapan lift ticket Giveaway - thank you SnowJapan and Iwappara.

I went on a weekday and was quite surprised at how busy it was. Well, it wasn't BUSY but it there were quite a few people around enjoying themselves.

Iwappara as others have said is the perfect place for beginners. The main slope area is very wide quite
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Maiko Snow Resort
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 18th January 2014
A good place
I like Maiko.

Two base areas - the Gondola area and the Maiko area which is literally 500m from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway. Super convenient.

The Gondola area is where I go. Either take the Gondola or two quad lifts (the quad lifts are the better idea on a busy day) up to the Okusoeji area. The bowl. And that's where I spend most of my time when I go to Maiko.

There's a
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 18th January 2014
Past it's peak
Naeba is of course famous for being famous.

Lots of runs down by the base, getting narrower at the top. Location for a famous ski movie in the 80's (I think). Yuumin concerts. (Fuji Rock Festival, in the summer of course).

The hulking Naeba Prince Hotel at the base is huge. It also feels like it is remaining from some long gone era when the ski boom was on. A real 80's feel, and not particularly in
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by 634-maru on 18th January 2014
Possibly over-rated
I have been to Nozawa Onsen a number of times and it seems to be talked about almost always in positive ways. While it's certainly a decent place and offers a lot of terrain, I can't help but come back each time thinking somehow... disappointed. Perhaps it's the level of expectation. I don't know, can't quite put my finger on it.

This season the snow hasn't been all that in Nozawa. Not yet anyway (writing this on
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 18th January 2014
A fine place to visit
Muikamachi Hakkaisan is a Prince resort. But don't let that put you off!

But seriously. Hakkaisan has it's fans and I can see why. It's basically one bit long resort with a few options on coming down. There's some groomed intermediate slopes, the ungroomed quite to form mogul runs and the winding road course down the side. The latter is surprisingly fun as there are lots of 'short cuts' through the untouched snow which is a
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Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 5th January 2014
Good for a few times a season
I often visit Joetsu Kokusai each season, so this is a general review rather than for this one time.

It's a sprawling kind of resort, meaning the opposite of compact. The lift system isn't particularly fast either and so you can spend a long time getting from one area to the other. But with planning and knowing what you are doing, you can minimise any of that.

The main base is down by the Joetsu Green Plaza hotel. That's
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