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  1. Hi! I see that Iwappara in Yuzawa town and Joetsu Kokusai in Minamiuonuma city seem to have a 'joint ticket' and various tie-ups. What's the story there? You can't ski both in a day can you (or would you), they're a 30 minute or so ride from each other, right?
  2. I’m interested in ski resorts that are very close to each other, where a physical connection seems possible - almost obvious - but they don’t happen. Like Iwappara and Maiko in the Yuzawa area. Like Alts Bandai and Nekoma in Fukushima. Any more? Or even stories behind those.
  3. A few photos from the first half of the day, taken from Iwappara in Yuzawa town. Lovely weather. Snow was ok too. Fun was had. Met a friend up there who invited me to move on to another place, that's in this thread: http://www.snowjapan...anuary-2014-pm/ ---- If you go to Iwappara, these 2 quads are the lifts you will be wanting to use. The one on the left goes up to the top.
  4. It looks like this weekend is going to be crazy snow time - hope so - and this morning the sun was out and so it was time to do some Iwappara-ing. Iwappara in Yuzawa, always somewhere I say is perfect for beginners. There's a few pics here showing how wide the main area is. There's really two main bits to Iwappara - the lower wide bit and the top bit. I quickly head for the top quad and pretty much stay there in the top bit. Quite like that top run though there's not a huge amount of variation. Fab views though. Beautiful deep blue skies looking towards the peak, blown out bright looking skies towards the sun -- improving a bit as the morning progressed. Sadly I had to come back to get some work done, and some thin clouds were starting to form as well. If a day stays clear into an afternoon, I would guess a late afternoon might be the time to get the best contrast photos looking back towards Gunma... The snow was, well, just ok. Better than I thought it would be considering the warm temps and rain the other day, especially higher up. And I had a fun morning. But we need more. Tomorrow hopefully. Shared a lift a few times with a guy who must have been in his 70's. He was really going for it, loving the top heavy mogul course too! Very cool. Let's Iwappara. -- Iiji-san. I like Iiji-san. Unused Gondola Since last season, this lift and part not open Kanetsu Contemplate From the top Above Kagura. Nice muffs. Iwappara is this wide The 'sort of' base, which is actually a bit up the mountain The top bit It's not much further on than Iwappara, so I thought I'd go see how Daigenta Canyon was looking. Rather nice as it happens
  5. Bright sunshine from early morning today and so I felt compelled to get out there again. And I am very glad I did. Destination Iwappara in Yuzawa, about 25 minutes drive from my home. I really enjoyed Iwappara this morning. The snow was better than yesterday at next door Maiko, which was a bit odd, but there you go. And I really enjoyed whizzing down that top run. I think I did the "just one more lift" thing about 5 times! It is a bit sad to see so many lifts not moving - and not moving for the season. Iwappara have not used their Gondola for handful of seasons now and there are a few more pair lifts that are there but unused. This season the lift going down on the far right side joins the 'rested' lifts. I liked that course. You can still ski half way down that course but now have to turn back in to get back to the main slopes. Early on it was deep blue skies but it was interesting to see how gradually wispy clouds were forming and now that we are at 1pm it has become much greyer. Rain is even forecast for later on which isn't good to hear. Anyway a fine morning and here are some shots. Looking south towards Tokyo (probably, maybe) Minamiuonuma to the right Kandatsu Kogen on the left in the background and you can see the Mitsumata courses top right too. The ("it was hazy in this direction and so the") Black & White corner! Look! No cables! Kanetsu Expressway (Not) Opening Soon Getting more hazy/cloudy. Home in the background. Top of Centleisure Maiko to the right.
  6. A total of 30 passes will be issued by lottery that will be valid for the season at the following resorts: Gala Yuzawa Yuzawa Kogen Ipponsugi Naspa Ski Garden Kandatsu Iwappara Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Park Pass price is JPY 70,000. Deadline for application is November 20, 2011 to the Yuzawa Tourist Association. Winners will be drawin on November 22nd. For Iwappara and Kandatsu, you must exchange the season pass for a 1 day lift ticket, and then at the end of the day, go back to reclaim your pass. At the other resorts, the pass itself is valid for lifts.
  7. Yuzawa Tourist Association is offering special plans with minshuku/lodge accommodations plus half day lift tickets valid at the following areas: Gala Yuzawa Kogen Ipponsugi Naspa Ski Garden Kayama Captain Coast Yuzawa Park Ski Yuzawa Nakazato Iwappara Kandatsu Ski The tickets can be used in various combinations. For example, with a1 night stay, you get 2 tickets. You can exchange the 2 tickets for a full 1 day lift ticket OR get 2 half day tickets. The best part is that the tickets are valid until the end of the season, so if for some reason they do not all get used, then they can also be exchanged for U-Tan coupons which can be used as 500 units of currency in selected gift shops, hotels, taxis, restaurants, etc. Exchange rate is 4 coupons per half day ticket.


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