Naeba resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 27th December 2010
Naeba review by David
Very nice day today and most of it was open. What wasn't open was easily accessible, though. Ski patrol didn't seem to care about off piste or getting creative on closed runs. They just kind of laughed it off. I spent about 6 hours on the mountain and didn't see everything so it's a good size. It was really icy at the bottom especially later in the day so that's something for beginners to keep in mind.

Even with all the people at the bottom, I was amazed at how short the lines were, if there were any at all. At the top, there were no waits at all. The resort is easy to access from the shinkansen, but a little further than some; about 50 minutes. The time is definitely worth it; spend an extra 50 minutes on the bus and enjoy 10-20 more runs in a day from avoiding the crowds.

I'd heard mixed reviews about Naeba, but after today, I'm a believer. I will definitely go back.
Date visited: From 26 December, 2010
Snow condition on visit: Chop/ice/off piste powder
Things I liked: No lines on a Sunday
Things I didn't like: Icy at lower elevations
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Naeba

苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 71
Snow conditions: 65
Courses/Terrain: 67
Lift system: 79
Apres ski: 63

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1789m
Min. elevation: 900m
Vertical: 889m
Steepest slope: 32°
Longest course: 4000m
Number of lifts: 13

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