Hunter Mountain Shiobara resort review (Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi)

Hunter Mountain Shiobara
Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 18th January 2011
Hunter Mountain Shiobara review
Finally made it to Hunter Mountain near the end of their season, after buying discount tickets pre-season. It had snowed a couple days prior, but the day we went was sunny and warm, 10 degrees or so. Early morning was wet packed powder at the top, becoming shave ice at the bottom, but by lunch-time it was varying grades of shave ice from top to bottom. Solid spring skiing.

The views from the top were nice, and it was a pleasant sunny cruise from the top to the bottom, looping the gondola. The lower slope near the base area seemed kind of crowded, but lift lines were never significant until the last hour, when only one lift was left running -- and even then, only a couple of minutes.

Unfortunately, the overall impression is a bit...bland; all the trails seem kind of the same, with some parts being merely a bit steeper than others. No moguls, even, except for one trail (FDR) with an artificial Mogul Bahn. There is a Pole Bahn, but you have to pay extra to use it. On the positive side, Hunter seems to be a very good place for beginners, intermediates, and families with little kids, and they do have a pretty easily navigable layout. Their halfpipes are also lots of fun.

In the end, while we had a very nice day there, I'm afraid I wasn't really left with a strong urge to go back soon.
Date visited: From 20 March, 2010
Snow condition on visit: Sunny spring skiing on shave ice
Things I liked: Easy to get around the mountain, friendly staff
Things I didn't like: Lack of variety in terrain

Hunter Mountain Shiobara

Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi
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Average Rankings

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

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1638m
Min. elevation: 1138m
Vertical: 500m
Steepest slope: 25°
Longest course: 3000m
Number of lifts: 7

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