Suginohara has long runs (especially good for boarders apparently, since they don't have to buckle and unbuckle as much) and cold snow conditions. The gondola is expensive so buy a day ticket or 4-hour ticket (which I did) rather than the individual tickets for each lift. Look online at their website for deals on lift tickets with meals or drinks, etc. They might be slightly better. Lovely views (on a sunny day) of the Northern Alps in the distance and
I noticed that the last review was from before the tsunami and nuclear accident. Don't stay away from Fukushima ski areas; they can be brilliant.
The slopes are well groomed and when the weather is nice (as on Friday the 6th), the scenery is beyond beautiful all the way down – Mt. Bandai towering over the ski area and the Aizu valley and Lake Inawashiro at your feet.... great!
The food in the restaurants is a little pricey, but not for
This is a great place to come to if you are in the Niigata area or west coast area of Yamagata. On weekdays, you might have the whole place to yourself. There are no "play areas" with jumps etc. for boarders or trick skiers, but for the intermediate skier, it's got plenty to keep you amused. It's on the backside of the mountains that face the Japan Sea, so when Mikawa, Ninox, Tainai and Wakabuna (other Kaetsu areas) are blown