I liked this little hill off the beaten track; it's mellow, laid back and has good tree skiing.
Pros: Small local hill feel, different than the commercialized resorts. Excellent tree skiing if you are creative enough to find it. Loads of snow. Good lift layout. A little cheaper than the big hills.
Cons: Snow is heavier than it is inland. Lots of patrol roaming about. Spent some time on a broken lift.
This is a decent resort, even though I only skied it for one day so far.
It's true that the lifts are slow and not well designed and there are quite a few flat areas, but the fact is that there is more varied terrain, you just have to seek it out. The Tokamachi side (Atema resort) has decent terrain and a different view so it helps to mix things up.