Resort Reviews by horrified

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by horrified. Currently 6 reviews.
Grandeco Snow Resort
Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima
Submitted by horrified on 20th February 2007
Grandeco Snow Resort review
Just went with a buddy and 4 kids between us. We bought the family ticket which paid for 2 adults and 2 elementary kids (12,000yen.) Our other kids are pre-school so they ride for free.

That ticket also gave us 2,000yen in restaurant vouchers. Great deal!

The snow is better here than anywhere else in Fukushima or Niigata this year.

We were pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

Beautiful weather and stunning views of the area certainly helped our mood
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Matsunoyama Onsen
Tokamachi City, Niigata
Submitted by horrified on 8th January 2007
Matsunoyama Onsen review by horrified
Went with the family for a hotspring New Year's trip. The main goal was to teach the youngest (5) how to snowboard while the others could go and do their own thing.

This year is a bad year for snow, and this place is one of the only few that are actually open on New Year's day!

The staff didn't bother checking if you had a lift ticket or not. You could go anywhere, and do anything -- no one
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Inawashiro Town, Fukushima
Submitted by horrified on 7th January 2005
Minowa review by horrified
We went to Minowa, because we were in the area, and they had the best snow conditions.

It was freezing cold at the top compared to the bottom, and the visibility was a bit poor.

Packed with people (only good one in the area at that time of the year.) Also, there is ZERO cell-phone reception. Good thing my son and I brought our Motorola 2-way radios to communicate.

On the plus side -- there was lots of snow. We enjoyed
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Wakabuna Kogen
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by horrified on 28th February 2004
Wakabuna Kogen review by horrified
I went mid-week and had many runs completely to myself. It was raining in the morning when I arrived, but the sun came out around lunch time and it turned into a fantastic day. I had a bowl of rammen while waiting for the rain to subside (900 yen for a bowl and not bad.)

The staff were friendly the runs were perfect for me, as I'm a beginner. There were a few advanced runs, but most folks stayed on the
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Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by horrified on 20th February 2004
Alts Bandai review by horrified
I went with my 8-year-old son.

The both of us are new at snowboarding (I'm a previous skier, now converted.) This was our third attempt at snowboarding.

The weather forecast said "cloudy with some snow," but when we got there the guy at the ticket booth said the wind was strong so a few lifts were out-of-order. Big shock for my son, who wanted to ride the gondola.

So, what it ended up to be was a choice of 2 working
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Tainai City, Niigata
Submitted by horrified on 20th February 2004
Tainai review by horrified
We live in Niigata city, so the travel time and expense to get to this resort is a big factor in this review.

My son and I are learning to snowboard, and we found this place nice and inexpensive to do just that. We bought lift punch-cards for only 2800yen/10-pack. That's 280yen per lift. Very nice price.

For beginners, this is maybe not the best place to try to learn, because we found the slopes start off too steep, then flatten
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