The 5 stars are because I know what Nozawa can be...if it was based upon what it is this season, it would be one or two.
It's time to close. This year's lack of snow and unseasonable rain has devastated Nozawa Onsen. Several of the better/steeper runs are closed and others should be. Grass and bamboo are burning through every run I saw.
I am committed to ride next weekend...without significantly more snow, this will be my last trip in the Niigata/Nagano
Okay, if it had snowed all day I might think more highly of this resort, but it was warm and sunny and the snow was slush.
There was a lot of grass and dirt. The slopes to the left of the main resort were closed due to it still being brown, not white. There were rocks and sticks and bamboo leaves in several of the bottom slopes.
The top was nice, but I felt as if I was on the lifts more