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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. Hello Next year Japan! Whooooo-hoooooo! It's way off but I'm drilling down the details. We are going to be spending a week or so in Yuzawa and hope to try a bunch of the ski places around there. Want to go to Joetsu Kokusai but not clear to us the best way to get there. Anyone who has experience able to shed light on that? It seems to have a small station on the local line but not sure if that or the bus is best. Thanks!
  3. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Joetsu Kokusai resort in Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/joetsu-kokusai
  4. This morning started off really cloudy, then it snowed and by lunchtime we had the sun out and blue skies. Time to ski. So I went to close-by Joetsu Kokusai for the afternoon. I realised today that I am rarely at a skijo in an afternoon. Apart from quickly changing weather conditions again - quite quickly clouded over - late afternoon brings with it different colours. The snow was decent at the top Atema part, but like sand down at the base. But I had fun. I always want to like Joetsu Kokusai and I think I would more if the lifts were better. Sometimes you feel like you are there for sightseeing as much as skiing. OK in a chilled out kind of way, but not if you want to be, er, skiing! The two lifts connecting the main area to Atema are the worst culprits as they as both basically two-way "connecting lifts". So people pulling funny faces to each other as you go past. Or maybe that was just me. Having said that, Atema always has the best snow at JK and so worth getting to. 'The Overlook'. (It's not really called that). Peace! The Atema area at the top of Joetsu Kokusai Lots of scenery like this at JK. Looking over to Minamiuonuma Not open today Not that busy today Late afternoon Having fun!
  5. We got up early for the first lifts at Joetsu Kokusai today. The sun was out. Blue skies. Lovely snow. Nice. By the time we left at 11:30am it was grey and cloudy. A few hours later it was raining/sleeting and eventually snowing. Only took my small camera so a few snaps from the morning. Spot the SJ World Headquarters: Spot my house! Looking north Towards Yuzawa Maiko in the background Kandatsu Kogen to the right In technicolor!


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