I got there at 7.45am wanting to be first up the mountain - says it opens at 8am. BS. Hanging around till 9am when it actually opened!
Nice friendly place. Top third is steep and has some powder and tree runs. Bottom two thirds is flat as a pancake. makes the resort really small, just hitting the same runs over and over. That said if there is powder it's awesome, steep backcountry feeling and no patrols / no roped off areas
My only real valid complaint about this place is that the lifts are slow. You got to ride three lifts to get to the top and by the time you get there you're a popsicle. But don't let that discourage you.. there is more than enough fun to be had. Is there off course in Sumikawa? ...it hardly seemed like it. Ski patrols just ride around in their snow mobiles for looks I think. Top
A day at Sumikawa was supposed to be the sideline on a 3 day trip to Zao but ended up being the highlight of the trip, besides our penshon Mama's apple pie that is. It certainly helped to have beautiful weather all days and superb views of the surrounding hills. Another big plus was the friendly and relaxed lift staff, no grumpy farmers to rope off everything interesting. There were plenty of natural features to keep this