Grandeko had a bit of snow, and lots of grass and plants sticking out of it. It made me wonder if they glade at all, or just let the snow cover it.
The gondola is small and little funky. You have to take your snowboards in, and there isn't much room if your deck is more than 160.
There wasn't a park and all the open runs were beginner/intermediate. I had fun working on my flatland tricks, and teaching the crew some new stuff. But I wouldn't recommend the place for any serious riders/skiers. I wasnt able to go on the steeps, cuz they were closed, but it did look like they had some decent slopes.
Overall the place is kind of small and gets crowded easily. The food was good, as always, and you can buy a 4 hour, 6 hour, or all day ticket in case you dont get there when they open, so it is a little flexible but... parking is 1000 yen! WTF, Overall, its a good place for beginners and intermediate fun riders who don't want much of a challenge.
From 29 December, 2004
Snow condition on visit:
Maybe 10-15 cm of fresh and still snowing
Things I liked:
Good snow, good ticket options, gondola
Things I didn't like:
Lots of early season obstacles, no steeps, no park, small gondola