Small but pleasant, convenient and family friendly!
Yuzawa Nakazato was a more interesting skijo than I was expecting. From the information on SnowJapan it just seems kind of small. Though it isn't a big skijo by any means, there were some things about it that I liked.
First and foremost it is a great place to bring a family! Nakazato uses a couple of old trains as resting rooms one of which overlooks a nice sledding hill. There were places to relax and eat along with an
We skied Nakazato in the afternoon and night with conditions altering between heavy snowfall, clouds and clearing, and mist after dark with snowfall returning. Except for occassional icy spots, conditions were good, with knee deep powder on several of the more challenging mogul runs.
Another review mentions the difficulty of the "one" night run, but when we were there a longer route avoiding difficult slopes was open and seemed within the grasp of most beginners. Actually, we found this resort
Good clean fun here, and although you wont be challenged too much, it still offers enough to keep you interested all day. The half-pipe is tiny, but great for beginning freestylers. The kickers totally suck though - build your own.
Going on weekdays though (weekends can get a little crowded) you might find some of the lifts out-of-operation
Another resort in Yuzawa town, this one is just a bit further on than Iwappara and Yuzawa Park (it has it's own little station on the Joetsu local line), and about 10 minutes from the IC.
Bigger than Yuzawa Park, although still not too big - it's kind of stretched into 3 small parts. By far the most interesting is the right hand side that has a few fairly challenging, but short, intermediate runs.
This is by no means the best place in Yuzawa town.
Naeba, GALA, Kagura, Kandatsu, Iwappara all beat it it in terms of size, courses, snow. But having said that I still have a soft spot for this small resort. Probably becoz it is where I learnt where to ski way back 7 years ago. Since then I have become an above-average skier and recently also taken up snowboarding, which I am really enjoying this season.