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Gassan
月山
Nishikawa Town, Yamagata
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 2nd June 2014
Spring gathering of snow fans
Visited Gassan twice: April 29, and May 25.

First visit:

Tuesday April 29 was a holiday, weather forecast looked reasonable for Gassan, so we made the early morning road trip, planning to get afternoon tickets (11:30-16:30).

The drive up was relatively uncrowded for a holiday, and we got to the parking lot around 10:30. 500 yen parking fee, which goes towards conservation efforts, and in return for which one gets a Gassan sticker, which went straight onto the kid's snowboard.

The map near the
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Tengendai Kogen
天元台高原
Yonezawa City, Yamagata
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Intriguing. Want to visit again under better conditions.
The second (and final) stop after Gassan on our Golden Week tour was Tengendai Kogen, in Yonezawa, Yamagata. The weather forecast for that day was... not so great. Wind and rain setting in. Was tempted to take in some historical sites instead, but the kid was adamant about trying somewhere new, even if the weather sucked. Doesn't take much to convince me, so off we went.

Went through Shirabu Onsen, to the base of the Tengendai Ropeway. Surprisingly small parking lot.

Rain
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Appi Kogen
安比高原
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Well-managed, big bubble-era resort
Visited Appi Kogen for the first time. Late March, following a snowfall; the weather changed during our stay from from winter to pure spring conditions.

The ski area is mostly arrayed around the peak of Maemoriyama. The main base area is at the bottom of the Central Gelaende, with the Sailer Gelaende to looker's left of that, and the Second Gelaende to the left of Sailer. To looker's right of the Central Gelaende is a single lift going up the adjacent
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Aizu Kogen Daikura
会津高原だいくら
Minami Aizu Town, Fukushima
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Small but satisfyingly steep
Took the drive through Tochigi on regular roads, past Shiobara Onsen, to Aizu Kogen Daikura.
That part of southern Fukushima had always seemed hard to get to, but in fact it takes not much more time to reach than it does to get to the Bandai-area ski areas using the expressway.

Snowed constantly all day. Visibility sufficient for the most part, wind not as bad as predicted (though gusted occasionally), lots of fresh snow.

The base area is split into two parts, the
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 8th May 2014
Nice views and desent spring coverage.
This review is for the last day of the season at Akakura and doesn't reflect on how it may be mid season.

I had a good day. It was May 6th and I was able to snowboard after staying the night at a wonderful hot spring hotel in neighboring Seki Onsen. The views of Mt. Myoko from both the bottom of the gondola and during the begging of the ride up were beautiful and made the trip worth it by
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mr Wiggles on 6th May 2014
Happo in May
I went to Happo on May 2. It was a Friday, and ostensibly a weekday, but the last day before the four consecutive national holidays of Golden Week, so many more people from other parts of Japan than other weekdays in April. You can tell from the number plates of the parked cars.

It was sunny, and I went up at lunchtime. I had a free ticket, so thanks Snow Japan. Keep an eye on the forums if you'd like one
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andy63_5 on 22nd April 2014
Disastrous day. Limited review.
First of all, thank you to SJ and Alpen for sponsoring my ticket.

Took the day off from work and drove out to Happo-one for my first time. There isn't a BIG parking lot with a main lodge like at Hakuba Goryu or Hakuba 47. Instead, there are small parking lots scattered throughout the base, most with parking fees, even though it was this late in the year. The ski slope meshes directly into the small community at the base, so
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