Niigata ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Niigata. Currently 530 reviews.
Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
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
三川温泉
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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Budoh
ぶどう
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
わかぶな高原
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
胎内
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
石打丸山
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
ロッテアライリゾート
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
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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Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by lin on 24th June 2018
Welcome back Arai!
It's great to see Arai back under the new name Lotte Arai Resort.

I just had to go to see how it had changed.

It's like a whole new place with beautiful new facilities... a very upscale feel (as are the prices).

Generally it's less for beginners and more for experienced skiers - beginners should not be getting up on the gondola.

I am guessing that next season there might be more for beginners around the base area. It certainly would make sense.

I'll be
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Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by mina2 on 12th June 2018
The return of Arai
I was able to visit ARAI when it was open 10+ years back, then known as ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA (if I remember correctly). I really liked the place, a spread out large mountain with excellent snow conditions and some really nice pots of powder to be found.

The facility lay quiet for a decade or so but last December re-opened after Lotte took over - and renamed it Lotte Arai Resort. Pretty exciting. I was stoked and really looking forward
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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by cliffy1995 on 13th February 2018
Heaven Denied
Probably over 1 meter of fresh powder during last night's snowfall.

Too much for the staff to handle so top half of the resort was closed.

Recommend never going on a weekday if it snows 'excessively.' Expect staff to look at you if you're nuts for asking why lifts are not open.
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