Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 534 reviews.
Mikawa Onsen
Aga Town, Niigata
Submitted by Jimmybb on 1st February 2021
How to mikawa
Aga town is colder than the rest of Kaetsu, so watch the weather reports. It went down to minus 10 last night, and Mikawa snow was actually squeaky at the top of the first lift.

The resort is small, but it is good for early season training if they get snow.

This year? Lots! Go for it
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by doose1 on 2nd February 2020
Awesome snow quality
I love this place, been visiting for a few years now. Always excellent quality snow. Easily accessible sidecountry. So close to Tokyo.
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Myoko Suginohara
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Barkj on 28th January 2020
Quick summary

This is an excellent resort for all types of riders although right now they appear to have stopped grooming runs for fear of uncovering dirt which is starting to show up everywhere.

Picture a hacked up weekend crowd where its slushy, then freezes overnight, then add 2cm of powder.....then go try and enjoy it.

Just terrible, do not go there unless they resume grooming and or get some snow which should come this weekend
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Uonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by AaronCarter on 1st November 2019
Small resort, quiet, beautiful surroundings
This ski hill is a bit of a trek to get to. It's in Uomuma which is north of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma and realistically about 70-80 minutes drive from that area. But I thought I'd give it a go as I had been the previous autumn.

Ski hill itself is pretty small and there's really not much to talk about. The snow was really great when we went, with 20cm overnight. Light and fluffy. And hardly anyone else around at
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Ninox Snow Park
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go etc
Ninox is like an L. The top part is for advanced skiers/boarders and the lower part is for beginners. It faces to the prevailing winter winds, so be cautious about windy conditions
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Mikawa Onsen
Aga Town, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Mikawa etc
Mikawa has the least snow of any of the Kaetsu areas. You will want to go on a day when there has been overnight new snow and temperatures on the day of no more than 3°C. Wait until mid-season to go to Mikawa as they get so little snow these days, their opening is delayed
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Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Budoh Ski Area
Budoh gets more snow than the other ski areas in Kaetsu (north Niigata), so when the other areas might be struggling to open (like Mikawa), Budoh is likely to be up and running.
Budoh also faces away from the prevailing winter winds, so when Wakabuna (and maybe the others) are blown out, you can enjoy calm conditions.
The food in the dining room is good and inexpensive. They have a Japanese-pickles all-you-can-eat bar of homemade tsukemono (Japanese pickles)
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Wakabuna Kogen
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area
Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area is the coldest of the Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski resorts, so the snow conditions will usually be better there than at the other locations – especially on warmer days. Wakabuna's weak point is that it faces the prevailing winter winds and a venturi develops as the wind comes up the Sekikawa valley. When wind gusts exceed 5 or 6m, No. 1 pair lift often does not operate – basically shutting down half the courses. Wakabuna is a
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Tainai City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Tainai
Tainai Ski & Snowboard Area is best visited after a fresh snow (of any amount) and when the mid-day temperatures on the day do not exceed 3°C.

There are longer and more courses than at any of the other Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski areas, so it's worth the trip if you live in or are visiting the Niigata area.

There is an escalator lift for kids.

The cafeteria food is adequate.

There is nothing specific to do other than ski or snowboard at
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 10th January 2019
'Japan's New Classic' - checking out the new facilities!
OK so today (10th January 2019) was the day that I got to check out all of the new stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama.

Weather - good. Sunny at times, bit of cloud moving over at times.

Snow - good. Lots of snow over the last few weeks.

The main new 'toy' is the Sunrise Express gondola/6-person lift. I don't know if it was just today but I turned up at 9:30am to be told that the lift would be at least another
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Lotte Arai Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by zebedee on 3rd January 2019
Just expensive for the sake of it
It's a real shame. This place seems determined to price itself out of most peoples reach - just for the sake of it. The original Arai Mountain & Spa was expensive; this is expensive on steroids. The big shame is that they get loads of snow up on the mountain and it's often excellent quality. Makes me sad. Though I am sure that some of the (few) people there were enjoying being pampered in expensive facilities
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
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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