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Arai - any busier during the 18/19 season?

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I used to go to Arai (in Niigata, to the north of Myoko) a bit way back when.

Last season my friend went to the newly re-opened Arai and said that while the facilities were impressive and all brand new, it was very very quiet.

Anyone get there this last season?  I wonder how much of a success they can make of it.

Will be trying to go myself next winter.

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Did not get there myself but a good friend went twice.

Said it was similarly 'quiet'. He was pleased about that - more powder for him.

Can't help but think it is just too expensive for lots of folk. Are there enough rich folk choosing Arai for it to do well?

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Thanks sanjo

Their prices do seem to be way beyond most ski resorts here. Thing that gets me is the curious mix of 'back country' and 'family'. It's not a clear message, or so it seems to me anyway.

 

 

 

 

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I think there are plenty of rich folk around looking for a ski holiday in Japan.

Whether Arai can tempt them from Niseko and all the other places looking for their $ is another matter.

From what I hear, even though Arai is part of Myoko city, they keep themselves to themselves and operate within their own kind of bubble.

A curious tale, that of Arai. Would love to know more about it all.

 

 

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I went in February, but unfortunately not on a fresh snow day.

It was quiet.

Want to go back when there's deep conditions.

 

 

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