Biwako Valley resort review (Otsu City, Shiga)

Biwako Valley
びわ湖バレイ
Otsu City, Shiga
Submitted by SnowKobe on 2nd February 2010
Biwako Valley review
This gets 2 stars as it is about 90min by car from Osaka and 60 from Kyoto.\r\n\r\nIt is pricey-5800 to get you an all day lift ticket plus gondola. Kids have to pay a fair bit too.\r\n\r\nOnly 4 runs were open when we were there due to lack of snow (50cm, 90% man made). Ironic, since 2 hours away in Gifu they have record amounts (over 300cm).\r\n\r\nRuns are short-2-3 minutes to get down most. But the lifts are fast (when not stopped by beginners having trouble), so getting back up only takes 3-4 minutes.\r\n\r\nA lot of beginner boarders sitting on their asses, making it a challenge to go down without hitting anyone.\r\n\r\nThere are nice views of the lake and mountains.\r\n\r\nNot sure if I will be going back-or if I do it will only be with a lot more snow there.
Date visited: From 30 January, 2010
Snow condition on visit: Fair, icy later
Things I liked: Close
Things I didn't like: Price, lack of snow, short runs
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Biwako Valley

びわ湖バレイ
Otsu City, Shiga
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 85
Courses/Terrain: 70
Lift system: 85
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1174m
Min. elevation: 950m
Vertical: 224m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 1400m
Number of lifts: 6

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