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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by AndreaG on 8th November 2019
Excellent snow and tons of it as well
Get Geto on a peak day and you can't get much better. It's renowned not just in the region but in Japan (I believe) for excessive amounts of snowfall and 40-50cm+ regularly is not uncommon. There are some good official tree runs as well which are worth exploring if you are competent enough. Not the most accessible ski resort but worth a visit if it is within reach.

Not sure what it would be like for families and stuff, but for
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Ohara
大原
Uonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by AaronCarter on 1st November 2019
Small resort, quiet, beautiful surroundings
This ski hill is a bit of a trek to get to. It's in Uomuma which is north of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma and realistically about 70-80 minutes drive from that area. But I thought I'd give it a go as I had been the previous autumn.

Ski hill itself is pretty small and there's really not much to talk about. The snow was really great when we went, with 20cm overnight. Light and fluffy. And hardly anyone else around at
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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go etc
Ninox is like an L. The top part is for advanced skiers/boarders and the lower part is for beginners. It faces to the prevailing winter winds, so be cautious about windy conditions
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Mikawa Onsen
三川温泉
Aga Town, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Mikawa etc
Mikawa has the least snow of any of the Kaetsu areas. You will want to go on a day when there has been overnight new snow and temperatures on the day of no more than 3°C. Wait until mid-season to go to Mikawa as they get so little snow these days, their opening is delayed
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Budoh
ぶどう
Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Budoh Ski Area
Budoh gets more snow than the other ski areas in Kaetsu (north Niigata), so when the other areas might be struggling to open (like Mikawa), Budoh is likely to be up and running.
Budoh also faces away from the prevailing winter winds, so when Wakabuna (and maybe the others) are blown out, you can enjoy calm conditions.
The food in the dining room is good and inexpensive. They have a Japanese-pickles all-you-can-eat bar of homemade tsukemono (Japanese pickles)
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Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area
Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area is the coldest of the Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski resorts, so the snow conditions will usually be better there than at the other locations – especially on warmer days. Wakabuna's weak point is that it faces the prevailing winter winds and a venturi develops as the wind comes up the Sekikawa valley. When wind gusts exceed 5 or 6m, No. 1 pair lift often does not operate – basically shutting down half the courses. Wakabuna is a
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Tainai
胎内
Tainai City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Tainai
Tainai Ski & Snowboard Area is best visited after a fresh snow (of any amount) and when the mid-day temperatures on the day do not exceed 3°C.

There are longer and more courses than at any of the other Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski areas, so it's worth the trip if you live in or are visiting the Niigata area.

There is an escalator lift for kids.

The cafeteria food is adequate.

There is nothing specific to do other than ski or snowboard at
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