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Ikenotaira Onsen
池の平温泉
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Kansaiash on 17th April 2014
The snow is almost too deep!
After taking a month off the snow for recovery I was itching to get back on my board. We started our trip on Friday night around 10pm. I decided to leave a bit earlier then planned because of the forecasted snow and the chance of the highway closing. Luckily my run up to Myoko was pretty easy and the highway was relatively clear most of the way. We took the Hokuriku highway along the Sea of Japan
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Gassan
月山
Nishikawa Town, Yamagata
Submitted by Rock-hand on 16th April 2014
Next level spring riding
After hearing good things about Gassan from some Japanese friends, I bit the bullet and decided to head down for opening weekend. My friends were not lying and I was not disappointed.

Driving up from Yamagata city on Sunday morning, it took about an hour to get there. The last part of the drive was spectacular going up the mountain, hairpin after hairpin with snow walls up to 8m high surrounding the narrow road corridor.

The car park was a little
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Agent Smith on 16th April 2014
Bad timing
We hit Suginohara in February 2014 in the middle of a dry spell, and unfortunately it felt more like late spring season than full on mid-winter which of course spoiled things for us.

I have heard that Myoko is well known for being on the receiving end of epic amounts of powder snow, though we didn't see any of that.

Nice place, just need to time it better next time. I would be willing to give it another go though
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by Agent Smith on 16th April 2014
I visited at the wrong time
I thought February would be a sure bed for decent snow conditions, but it wasn't so this season.

I had heard so much about the snow in Hakuba and Myoko that I had high expectations, but sadly I was left really disappointed.

We didn't get much fresh snow at all in our visit and conditions were not great.

But.... I can certainly see the appeal and the backcountry looks amazing - as is the general alpine scenery around Hakuba.

I must get back one
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Zao Onsen
蔵王温泉
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by Rock-hand on 16th April 2014
Late season potential
After receiving a couple of free passes thanks to SnowJapan, I planned a trip to Yamagata Zao in late February. Unfortunately my trip coincided with one of the biggest storms of the season which forced me to cancel (most of the lifts ended up closed that weekend). I didn't get a free weekend to reschedule until April so thought I would head down to get in some spring riding.

Arriving at Zao mid-morning the conditions were great. Blue sky and very
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Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by NECK on 16th April 2014
Akakan in springtime
Akakura Kanko, Myoko. – April 5th, 2013.

Thanks Snow Japan for sending me these 2 tickets for anywhere in Myoko in your last giveaway of the 2013 season! Also, congratulations on the new site. Layout is great and easy to navigate.

So here is my review for Akakura Kanko in Myoko. I waited to use the tickets until April, so I could take my brother who was visiting from England. It was his first time visiting Japan and his first time snowboarding
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
ニセコマウンテンリゾートグラン・ヒラフ
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by OzOzOz on 16th April 2014
Still the best
What has not been said about Niseko Grand Hirafu (and connecting).

When it's on - which is often - it really is simply the best.

It may not be the steepest.
It may get very busy.
It may get too many, er, boisterous foreigners spoiling things a bit.
It may get windy affecting lifts too often.

But the snow is just awesome and hard to beat.

Great restaurants and nightlife too.

Just don't go expecting a quaint traditional Japanese experience
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