Naeba resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by 634-maru on 18th January 2014
Past it's peak
Naeba is of course famous for being famous.

Lots of runs down by the base, getting narrower at the top. Location for a famous ski movie in the 80's (I think). Yuumin concerts. (Fuji Rock Festival, in the summer of course).

The hulking Naeba Prince Hotel at the base is huge. It also feels like it is remaining from some long gone era when the ski boom was on. A real 80's feel, and not particularly in a good way. Ageing. Which would be fine if they didn't charge the premium that they do for it.

Enough on that though. The mountain offers fun, especially as you leave the base run areas and the top half of the mountain. Usually good snow up there and so decent courses.

Fantastic views over the mountain ranges from the top.

Naeba is connected to the Kagura resort via the Dragondola which goes from the bottom right base area (as you look at the map) to the top of the Tashiro Ropeway. Personally I wouldn't use it if I was going for more than a day and just concentrate on either Naeba or Kagura. Too much wasted time otherwise.

So yes a decent days skiing at Naeba. Though somehow it feels way past it's peak.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Variable
Things I liked: Good snow, top areas
Things I didn't like: 80's ageing feel
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
General score: 65
Snow conditions: 70
Courses/Terrain: 70
Lift system: 60
Apres ski: 20
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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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