Marunuma Kogen resort review (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Marunuma Kogen
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 30th March 2004
Marunuma Kogen review by John Little
We thought that we were finished for the season before we found Marunuma. This resort has had some really excellent snow conditions over the past two weeks (considering it's the end of March). Last week there was some nice new powder (some of it covering patches of ice, but you can't be too choosy at this time of the year). The week before it was fairly firm all over the mountain.

Yes, it does start to get a bit sticky down at the gondola entrance in the early afternoon, but the whole mountain is still skiable.

There's a brand new restaurant halfway up the mountain (which has taken some of the pressure off the limited-space, "Central House"). The food is average ski-jo fare.

The slopes are excellent for intermediates and beginners, with a challenging mogul run on the upper part of the mountain.

The resort is West facing, which means the sun doesn't shine directly onto the slopes until quite late on in the day. It's also quite high (at 2000m). These are double bonus points for late season skiing.

Date visited: From 19 March, 2004 To 26 March, 2004
Snow condition on visit: (Mostly) powder
Things I liked: Not crowded, quiet, good snow, wide slopes
Things I didn't like: --

Marunuma Kogen

Katashina Village, Gunma
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Average Rankings

General score: 70
Snow conditions: 65
Courses/Terrain: 72
Lift system: 75
Apres ski: 35

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 2000m
Min. elevation: 1390m
Vertical: 610m
Steepest slope: 32°
Longest course: 4000m
Number of lifts: 9

Other resorts nearby

Katashina Kogen 17.50km
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Oguna Hotaka 28.50km
Hotaka Bokujo 28.60km
Kawaba 47.90km

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