Resort Reviews by xxx

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by xxx. Currently 4 reviews.
Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by xxx on 3rd January 2019
Brand neew stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama
I had read about the new gondola lift and facilities that Ishiuchi Maruyama had installed for the 2018-2019 season so while I was up in Yuzawa I thought I'd check them all out.

First of all. The new Gondola/6person lift. Impressive gear! A 6 people lift seems somewhat excessive, but it all looks pretty swish and certainly runs smooth and quiet. Interesting.

It's not long either just going to the mid point of the resort. But I feel there's a "playing
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by xxx on 3rd January 2019
The snow has arrived!
It may have been late arriving but end of the year Yuzawa has been dumped on. Lots of snow over the period of a few days are making for some excellent New Year snow conditions.

GALA wasn't as busy as I feared it might be. And that of course is nothing to complain about. Maybe a few people were nursing sore heads!

I really like GALA when it's not busy. The snow is often really good and I like the courses. Wish
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Kawaba
川場
Kawaba Village, Gunma
Submitted by xxx on 4th June 2018
Good snow, bigger than I thought it would be
I had read a few things about Kawaba - some people had noted how it was larger than they imagined, and for some reason I kind of ended up feeling that too.
Nice long lifts and if you keep to the quads, fast too.
It's a bit out of the way - well, 25 mins from Numata IC - but still pretty popular.
And I can see why.
Being high up, the snow quality was really good and... well, that's enough for
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Norn Minakami
ノルン水上
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by xxx on 4th June 2018
Really good for "playing in the snow"
Not my first choice personally but I was quite pleased with Norn.
It's a fairly small ski hill and I had a good few hours on the uncrowded slopes.
The folks that I went with were really there for the "playing in the snow" gig... and Norn has a really big area for that kind of activity and seems to be popular for it.
Recommended for that.
It's also really easy to get to just 5 minutes from Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
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