Resort Reviews from February 2004

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 65 reviews.
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 29th February 2004
Kagura review by Hamitaro2004
My first shinkansen mission was AWESOME!

It took 1 1/2 hours from Tokyo to Yuzawa station and compared to the bus it was BLISS!!

Heard nightmares about crowds here but it simply isnt so. There were quite a few people on piste but the runs are wide enough to be able to bomb down in safety. I hit the singles lane and never had to wait more than 3 minutes for a lift! On a perfet Saturday with the carpark full
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GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Hamitaro2004 on 28th February 2004
GALA Yuzawa review by Hamitaro2004
After reading the reports on this place I was expecting queues for Africa but it simply ain't the case.

This was a perfect Sunday with no clouds and no wind and the longest I waited for a lift was 3 minutes.

The runs at the top of the hill were narrow and the traverse back from the left side had uphill...the dread of all boarders!! Also the laft side had moguls and bumps all over the runs....definetly best avoided on the snowboards.

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Wakabuna Kogen
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by horrified on 28th February 2004
Wakabuna Kogen review by horrified
I went mid-week and had many runs completely to myself. It was raining in the morning when I arrived, but the sun came out around lunch time and it turned into a fantastic day. I had a bowl of rammen while waiting for the rain to subside (900 yen for a bowl and not bad.)

The staff were friendly the runs were perfect for me, as I'm a beginner. There were a few advanced runs, but most folks stayed on the
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Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2004
Washigatake review by Wes Lang
I headed up mid-week, and it was comfortably crowded. The conditions were terrible - very icy in the morning. The black diamond runs at the top were deserted (and deservedly so, considering the ice).

The board park is great - 2 halfpipes and 6 or 7 rails.

Also, there's a nice hot spring and some great Indian food (especially the nan).

All in all, a great place AFTER a fresh dumping of snow. Let's pray for more snow
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Mount Racey
Yubari City, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2004
Mount Racey review by John Little
Our first thoughs on arrival at Mt Racey were, "Oi, Mister! Someone's pinched yer mountain!". This is a small resort. Combined with the rain which was falling on our arrival (yes, rain in Hokkaido in February) the size of the hill almost had us getting straight back on the bus to the airport.

Racey has some very good points and some fairly bad ones, but all in all, we'd still go back there (which is, after all said and
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 27th February 2004
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by harry man
Loved this place.

Went 8 days after new year. Expected crowds but found few. Lucky to score blue day and the best powder I have ever seen. I will never ski in Australia (my home) again. Nightlife not as big as some, but the quality snow beats hangover anyday.

Go there and get on it
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Hachi Kita Kogen
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by gogogolago on 27th February 2004
Hachi Kita Kogen review by gogogolago
I had been told that it was good IF there was snow, and what snow there was... in fact in three seasons of riding in japan and california this was the best snow I've had so far; super light and dusty - more than knee deep powder availablein the trees without even really going out of bounds!

If you're up for rope jumping, even the locals couldn't resist the run under the lift to the top, so possibly not
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Maiko Snow Resort
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by bryantp on 26th February 2004
Maiko Snow Resort review by bryantp
6 weeks ago I learned to snowboard here so I really like this place - nostalgia and all.

Conditions were poor this visit and the crowds were worse. Still, the beginner's slope is a great place to practice the fundamentals.

My wife doesn't ski or snowboard but she enjoys the social life in the restaurant here more than most.

Like everyone else, I wish they'd turn off the music
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Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by andrewl on 26th February 2004
Hakkoda review by Brian
Great mountain, snow is of the best quality you can find.

Backcountry is dangerous, but very rewarding.

I will never forget the memories
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White Pia Takasu
Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by sis on 26th February 2004
White Pia Takasu review by sis
I went on a Monday and I would say it was about 80% boarders. Fairly wide runs with some dedicated bumps and jumps runs. The beginners area in the center was rather scary as it was the runoff point for all the higher runs so you had lots of advanced people whizzing past piles of toppled beginners. Although that part of the slope was marked beginner it was kinda steep and the icy conditions didn't help. I dont think it
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Mt Norikura Snow Resort
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 26th February 2004
Mt Norikura review by andrew
Well, I am going to be unkind about Norikura unfortunately. I declined to hike up to the powder bowl and spent most of my time on piste. True the weather was unseasonably warm and the snow was really sticky at the bottom, but that aside, this is one dull mountain for skiers.

The black runs are intermediate at best. It might seem that there are some long runs..., but they are deceptive. There are huge long
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by zwelgen on 25th February 2004
Happo-one review by zwelgen
Happo is always a good day, especially if you can get there early. Had some great first runs on the speedy groomers that were chopped up by the end of the day. The visibility was pretty shot at some times and even heading up to the top didn't help things and in fact made it worse, and not much better down the bottom.

Being a Saturday there were loads of people as were expected, meaning the runs got chopped up.
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GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 25th February 2004
GALA Yuzawa review
When we went, which was mid-week, there weren't many crowds at all.

The snow was really good after about 20cm the previous evening and all the runs were open. I can see this place getting annoying when its busy because the runs are almost all narrow. But as there weren't that many people around when we went it was cool!

I recommend going on a weekday
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Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
Tenei Village, Fukushima
Submitted by denham v8 on 24th February 2004
Grandee Hatoriki Ski Resort review by denham v8
Hatoriko is an ok resort if you only have one day up your sleeve and are only a beginner to intermediate level. The mountain has some quiet long runs around 3.5kms, but unfortunately it's quiet flat, so there is not much of a challenge.

After big dumps this place really does suck as there isn't enough gradient to really get you going. The snow park lacks any imagination - it's impossible to access the rails, as they are put off
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Chausuyama Kogen
Toyone Village, Aichi
Submitted by vancity_kid on 23rd February 2004
Chausuyama Kogen review by Vancity kid
I would not recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for some decent boarding.

It is small, too many people, and they only allow snowboarders on weekdays.

It caters to beginner skiers and that's about it.

If anyone asks you to go to this place, kindly decline their offer.

It's really not worth traveling to
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