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  1. Yuzawa Snow Link in has joined SnowJapan with a new Resort Spotlight page. You can find all of the information here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/yuzawa-snow-link
  2. OK so I visited Yuzawa and spend a good half day at Ishiuchi Maruyama. Enjoyed it, especially up top. That new gondola/six person lift though. It's very shiny and new and expensive looking what with the heated seats and everything, but I couldn't help feel... what's the point? It's pretty short and doesn't even go up to half way up the mountain. It must have been expensive. Keen to hear any thoughts on... why?!
  3. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort in Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/ishiuchi-maruyama
  4. A few hours at Ishiuchi Maruyama this morning. One of the first out so lots of groomed runs to spoil, though it was pretty hard and icy early on. Got more sugary later. Definitely spring season feel to proceedings. Gave my legs some good shock-absorber exercise! Curious weather, deep blue contrasty skies in one direction, hazy and wishy-washy out looking back home. Didn't get the camera out much either, another curiously not-really-bothered morning, so just took a few snaps. Looking towards home
  5. Yesterday i decided to use up the ticket I won for Minamiuonuma by going to Ishiuchi Maruyama. The weather report said it was going to be warm and sunny so I expected spring.slushy conditions as this resort is very low. From the minute the sun came up, there wasn't a cloud to be seen in the sky. The weather was glorious!! I had been praying to the road gods that the dreaded devil road that is the Kan-Etsu expressway would play nice today after so many delayed attempts at getting to and from the mountains.....thankfully my child sacrifice seemed to have worked and we got there without a hitch through fast flowing traffic. Changing in the car parkm discarding most of the usual inner clothes I wear while boarding as it was so hot. my mate Paul camping it up..... afternoon beer's, Alpine style looking over towards Gala Yuzawa The snow was as expected, soft and slushy, even higher up. As the day wore on the upper mountain was starting to develop ice bombs and the bottom was more wet cement than slush puppy but I had a great time. A beautiful day, lots of snow, playing on the kickers and generally being out enjoying the world. I also got to try out my new board for the first time, a Salomon Powder Snake......yes, there was no powder to be had but damn what a fine board it is. Very flexy, playful and easy to throw around. Carves like a dream and for such a soft board, dampens the chatter really well whilst charging thru crud. The only downside was getting a monumental case of sunburn across my lower face.........Mrs Tubby Beaver to be was not a happy beaver when she saw my Oompa-Loompa like, 2-tone Ford Capri 1983-esque face........."what about the wedding photos??!!" Yeah, thanks for the sympathy!!
  6. So I have waited a week for another clear day and this morning started off sunny so it was time to check out Ishiuchi Maruyama, just to the north of Yuzawa - connected with Gala Yuzawa resort - and actually in Minamiuonuma. About 15 minutes drive from my home. Lovely weather early on though once again gradually it started to cloud over and was getting overcast in some directions. As I write this now it's very grey all round here in Minamiuonuma. I really enjoyed this morning - snow was really nice up top, a little heavier down below but still decent. A fair few people about but by no means 'busy'. I've never really loved Ishiuchi Maruyama, it all seems a bit..... 'industrial'. I don't know how to explain it. Lots and lots of lifts all over the place and they even often sound like their cranking noisily up into action, even the quad lifts. It's never been one of my go-to places either for the skiing or the photos. But today was probably my best experience of Maruyama and I am keen to go back. I was skiing pretty good today as well. Hiding in the distance It has snowed quite a bit From the old now-closed First Ishiuchi resort Haro Chopper! Yuzawa in the distance Can you find the way in? I like trails as well as trees Chopper! Possibly taking new big poster shots for gaijin tourists! The (it was hazy so these are) Black and White Photos! I tried to get them to wave. They weren't having it. Colour! Gala Yuzawa I like trees Beautiful snow Natural snow seat Muikamachi in the background Lifts all over the place Hey you! Trendy crew! Having a good time? Oh yes!
  7. Hey guys and gals Came back from Ishiuchi Maruyama in Niigata today. We had a fine few days playing in lots of snow and it wasn't busy. Clearer weather this morning. Here's a few shots of my friends trying to cope with the snow Not particularly exiting I'm afraid, but anyway here they are


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