Resort Reviews from January 2003

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 79 reviews.
Shiga Kogen Terakoya
志賀高原 寺小屋
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by lachystar on 31st January 2003
Shiga Kogen Terakoya review by lachystar
Really nice small field.

I felt like Alice in Wonderland up there.

The off piste terrain isn't steep but its technical and full of surprises.

This was my favourite part of Shiga Kogen
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Shiga Kogen Higashitateyama
志賀高原 東館山
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by lachystar on 31st January 2003
Shiga Kogen Higashitateyama review by lachystar
I had my best run of the season so far at the Ichinose-family field.

Take lift 23 and come down underneath it all the way. It's undulating and ungroomed.

Also there are some nice drops off the cat tracks and some great snow in the trees
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Mt Norikura Snow Resort
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by boarder32 on 31st January 2003
Mt Norikura review by boarder32
Norikura Kogen Onsen is a great place for snowboarders, and skiers. For skiers there is a mogul course on the black run ...or if you are a beginner, some easy ones too.

Boarders will like the board park(called the air park there) and the half pipe.

There is an upper car park and a lower car park. -prob. better to park in the lower one cuz its not as full, and you can also ski/board right to your car!

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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 30th January 2003
Naeba review by PM
Too big to cover in one day.
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Aizu Kogen Nango
Nango Town, Fukushima
Submitted by andrewl on 30th January 2003
Aizu Kogen Nango review by Mr Joban
Best Big Air, No people place going in Japan, HANDS DOWN. Pipe and Kickers are shaped to perfection!

Powder days offer MASSIVE AIR to be had if you know where to go. Ski Partrol is your friend. Lift Man /Woman /Grandpa will tell you hello every time.

Nothing extra fancy about this place.

Bottom Line - underground to the bone.
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Ninox Snow Park
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 29th January 2003
NINOX review by Nate
If you are a really good boarder or skier or a beginner (like me), this is a great place to go. If you are an intermediate, the easy slopes will be too easy and the difficult slopes too difficult.

Short lines -- even on Sundays -- nice views.

Bring your own lunch and eat in your car as the lunch room is always noisy and full of smokers
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Karuizawa Prince Hotel
Karuizawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by larry on 28th January 2003
Karuizawa Prince Hotel review by larry
Great place for beginners to intermediates to ski.

Plenty of lifts with severals lengthy runs.

Not much powder but still excellent snow.

Usually busy at the weekends
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by dave rave on 28th January 2003
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park review by DaveRave
The best place I've been to in Japan, although I haven't been to too many. Look forward to going again soon. I'm working on my skills so that next time I can try out some of that legendary off trail stuff.

Everyone said it was EPIC
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 27th January 2003
Ishiuchi Maruyama review by J Maret
We had a great time skiing at Ishiuchi Maruyama. In mid-January of 2003 the conditions were quite good with powder skiing on January 21. We skied Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Even on Sunday the lift lines never exceeded 5 or 6 minutes.

Ishiuchi Maruyama is a relatively large resort with many lifts so people tend to be spread out over the mountain (not bottled up at one central lift). The downside is that you must catch several lifts to get to
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Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by andrewl on 26th January 2003
Appi Kogen review by Brian
Everything I have heard/read says this is the best place to ski in Japan.

It is a very nice place, large long runs.

But the last couple of times here (have skied Appi 5 times this year), I have been TOTALLY disapointed. There is lots of fresh snow, but do they ever groom it? The snow is very bumpy and difficult to ski around, especially at the top of the mountain. But I prefer packed well groomed snow,
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by wonka on 25th January 2003
Happo-one review by wonka
What a wonderful first day experience of snow in Japan. It was my first time since coming here and my Japanese friends took me to Happo in Hakuba, Nagano.

What a big place! And what a place it is! So many runs, the snow was just superb, and the runs were not busy at all. I don't think I had to wait for a lift for more than a few seconds all day.

It was a great introduction
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White World Oze Iwakura
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 25th January 2003
White World Oze Iwakura review
One of the best resorts in japan. Class runs, reasonable lift queues, and a new snow park for jumping (2001-2002 season). A little on the pricey side, but the great runs make up for it.

I heard that there is no park there this season - if thats the case it's a shame....otherwise it a complete ski field for all levels
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by surfwill on 25th January 2003
Hakuba Happo-one review by surfwill
We took visitors from Calif. for there first ski trip to Japan.

We had 2 complete beginners, 1 who did okay with a snowboard, the other had a hard time on the beginner hill which was a bit steep for a first time skier.

We liked the De'Laile Hotel very much. I had contacted them earlier, and set it up so the chef made a turkey (I had it sent from Foreign Buyers Club). He did a
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Hoshino Resorts Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by montoya on 24th January 2003
Hoshino Resort Tomamau review by montoya
If you go to Tomamu, definitely shell out the extra 4000 yen or so and take the guided 'off-piste tour' (3 are offered daily).

2 guides will take you to the left-most area of the mountain for about a 3-4 hour trip. Nice introduction to backcountry hiking. Overall it lacked fresh snow when I visted, so I'm biased there (not really interested in groomed runs). The right-most area of the resort, off of lift 4, is fairly interesting. The forests
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 24th January 2003
Naeba review by phoebe
I just read user 'spired's small review on Naeba and must say that I disagree very much.

I find the resort to be really good - lots of choice of runs, really good snow when I was there. And the Gondola, rather than being "silly" is fantastic - take you over to Tashiro area and Kagura which is another of my favorite places.

aeba can be busy - but just avoid those days. If you do, I think
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