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Mt Norikura
Mt.乗鞍
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by snowdude on 23rd March 2015
A great medium resort with great snow and good views
Norikura is a medium sized resort to the west of Matsumoto, Nagano, about 100k from my house, it took about 90 mins to get there, half motorway half small roads, that is the only option. It is not far from Kamikochi, and to get there from Matsumoto you have to follow a small mountain road that crisscrosses through lots of tunnels and interesting drive, and one that would be a bot of a nightmare on a day when it is
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Zao Onsen
蔵王温泉
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by dsclifford on 20th March 2015
Snow monsters and snow boarding
After winning a lift ticket through SnowJapan website (thank you very much SnowJapan!), my wife and I traveled to Zao Onsen after spending some time in Nozawa Onsen.

Travel to the resort was quite easy with the Shinkansen and then local bus service (no signs in English at Yamagata bus station though, but still easy to find bus). Following someone else's review we checked out the french bakery just next to the bus stop to stock up on some pastries
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Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Mick Rich on 19th March 2015
Let's Yuzawa Kogen
I came here via GALA Yuzawa, having bought a combined ticket (costing 5,100Yen) covering both resorts plus Ishiuchi Maruyama. It's definitely a lot of ground to cover in one day but at least gives you a good workout! From GALA, you take the Landau ropeway from the bottom of the Southern Area. This runs every 20 minutes and takes you across to the main area of Yuzawa Kogen. If you're not coming from GALA, the main area is accessed by
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by cody on 11th March 2015
Great snow interesting terrain
This was my first visit to Hakuba after spending many years at Niseko and Rusutsu, on the island of Hokkaido.
I was impressed!
The terrain was better than I expected and more varied.
We skied the resorts of Happo One, Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike. We missed Cortina and Iwataki because of bad weather.
My preference was Happo One, probably because on the days we skied there we had mostly good dry powder.
I would have liked to have spent more time in the trees
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Zao Onsen
蔵王温泉
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by Sciclone on 10th March 2015
Never mind the smell, you'll get used to it!
Ok, so to be fair, I didn't get to Zao on the best terms. It had been raining here the day before I arrived, and I busted my knee earlier in the trip, so this is going to be more of a "town" review of sorts.

First of all, big thanks to the SJ crew for the free ticket. Even though I wasn't able to use it for snowboarding as intended, I was able to use it to see the snow
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Sciclone on 10th March 2015
Go to Gala for a ball.
Ok, so this won't be the best review. Reason being that I damaged my knee 2 days before getting to Yuzawa and wasn't able to go boarding, but having snowboarded here for the last 2 years, I think I'm qualified to write a review.

First off, big thanks to the SJ team for the free tickets. As expected, they were waiting for me at my hotel when I arrived. I wish I could have used them properly.

Gala Yuzawa's accessibility is both
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Hakuba Goryu
白馬五竜
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by Teamjak on 7th March 2015
Awesome birthday
Thanks to snowjapan we had a free lift ticket for hakuba goryu.

We spent my partners birthday there and it was a great day.

Goryu and 47 are joining mountains and over great terrain choices.

We found pockets of fresh in a bowl up top cause the top hadn't been open the day before. Great surprise for a day without fresh snowfall.
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