Resort Reviews from January 2017

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 5 reviews.
Echo Valley
エコーバレー
Nagawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by Nipponfraser on 31st January 2017
Icy icy all the way up
Rode the course from the very top of the mountain. I'll start out by saying that there were some very challenging runs with a very steep black level (not sure if its considered up to double black standard) route at the very top that surprised me given the relative size of the resort. That said, the runs were not suitable for any type of riding and most of the snow was man-made. There was a decent amount of snowfall that
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 30th January 2017
Uber snowfall
This January has seen Yuzawa area get dumped on and not wanting to miss out on the snowfall I've been itching to get away. My usual spot, Kagura, was forecast to get buffeted by some strong winds so I had a look around the Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma area for an alternative spot. I've pretty much hit all the other Yuzawa places and wasn't feeling the love for them so I decided to try out Hakkaisan. I'd heard pretty good things about
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
A very good place to go skiing for the first time
We went to Iwappara this last week, luckily after the heavy snowfall.

My kids are learning to ski and this place really is probably the best place to do it. In this area of Japan anyway.

The wide middle area is gentle - and very wide. And on weekdays there's tons of space for everyone.

I headed up to the top area which is much more of a challenge and had fun up there. The snow was great.

Definitely recommend it for both
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NASPA Ski Garden
NASPAスキーガーデン
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
Tranformed!
I have been to NASPA Ski Garden twice this season with my family.

First time was before the 'big snow' in mid January and... it wasn't good. Not the fault of the ski resort of course but it was raining, there wasn't much snow and generally it was pretty grim.

Second time, it was totally different. Lots of fresh snow and some fantastic conditions. We even got some sunshine during the day.

NASPA Ski Garden is a skiers-only place, and they sell
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Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK
車山高原SKYPARK
Chino City, Nagano
Submitted by Colintokyo on 7th January 2017
Disappointed
I spent a 3 days of good early-season skiing at Iwappara in Niigata last week on a reported 30-35cm cover, so I was expecting even better on the reported 55cm at Kurumayama.

I was very disappointed to find that the only snow anywhere seemed to be man-made, with plenty of rocks and grass sticking out of the main slopes.

Gave up the board after the first run, but by the second run of the afternoon the top of the mountain
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