Budoh resort review (Murakami City, Niigata)

Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 15th January 2014
Down Home Snow!
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.
Date visited: No specific date.
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).
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Authentic Japan experience
Not recommended for: Apres-ski


Murakami City, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 80
Snow conditions: 52
Courses/Terrain: 42
Lift system: 50
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 650m
Min. elevation: 150m
Vertical: 500m
Steepest slope: 30°
Longest course: 2700m
Number of lifts: 2

Other resorts nearby

Tainai 47.90km
Wakabuna Kogen 49.70km

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