This is a great place to come to if you are in the Niigata area or west coast area of Yamagata. On weekdays, you might have the whole place to yourself. There are no "play areas" with jumps etc. for boarders or trick skiers, but for the intermediate skier, it's got plenty to keep you amused. It's on the backside of the mountains that face the Japan Sea, so when Mikawa, Ninox, Tainai and Wakabuna (other Kaetsu areas) are blown out, Budoh will be calm. The restaurant at the base serves "home cooked" food (not your usual ski area "factory-food") with plenty of volume. It's easy to kick back over coffee in the rarely crowded restaurant and forget that you came to ski! The restaurant at the top of the first lift (bottom of the second) serves mostly "light" fare – noodles, rice-bowls and snacky stuff. 118 pair-lift chairs on the first lift, 137 on the second. Lift tickets are cheaper than other Kaetsu areas; I like the 4-hr ticket which lets me get there whenever I want.
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Snow condition on visit:
It's Niigata... we get snow. I have been to Budoh five times or so, and the snow has always been fine. The slopes are carefully groomed.
Things I liked:
No waiting for lifts... I think I can almost say "ever". Food in the restaurant is actually good and lots of it!
Things I didn't like:
They do not have any public transport option (though they did years ago when they first opened).
Authentic Japan experience