Ojiro is a small resort on the side of a hill in Hyogo prefecture. We choose this resort because it was a reasonable distance to my parent-in-laws place, and with 6 year olds and under free, the tickets weren't going to be expensive. There is also a 300 yen discount ticket on their brochure. The ticket office is at the gondola base, along with tiolets and a small shop.
You need to take the gondola, up and down over a couple of small hills, before arriving at the small base area. Looking up the hill from the base area there are two pair lifts taking you up the hill on the right, and two single lifts taking you up on the left. It doesn't really matter which side you go up. Once at the top a short run from both sides takes you to the same point. From this point the whole hillside is open to you.
SnowJapans info on the resort lists 7 courses, but given the open nature of the hillside there are as many courses as you want to make. The ungroomed areas were very hard and icey, but still skiable. This is one resort where the Patrol has no need to stop people ducking ropes, because there aren't any. Check out the photos I posted to see the whole hillside covered in tracks.
Above the top pair lift are some trees and judging by the tracks coming out of them hiking up there is not only possible, but popular.
Cross country skiers are also catered for, a groomed area is set aside for them halfway up the left side of the hill. Kids however, not so much. Only a small roped off area, to learn to ski, not too play.
There were only about 200 people there, either family groups, or young male boarders. Everyone there seemed to be serious skiers/boarders. Only noticed a couple of beginners, what was missing was the social boarders, this did mean no large groups of people sitting around on the runs. There were times when Rika and I were the only ones around.
The ski/board rental shop appeared to be closed, but given the nature of the resort I suspect you just have to find the right person to get it opened.
There are three small resturants on the hill, and all appeared to serve the same food. The curry rice was very good and reasonably priced.
While the snow wasn't the best it was a wonderful day, after a dump of snow this would be the place to be.
From 01 January, 2014 To 01 January, 2014
Snow condition on visit:
Icey, hadn't snowed for a week
Things I liked:
Openness of the resort, the whole side of the hill is available to ski/board. No lift lines. Friendly staff.