Naeba resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 21st January 2014
Naeba: It's pretty big!
Naeba, like I said in the title, is big.

The bottom of the resort is very open and the runs are big. The Prince Hotel is reallllly big. There are many restaurants and shops. There are two gondolas not counting the longest gondola in Japan the "Dragondola" which connects Naeba with neighboring Kagura. It has that big ski resort feel.

I think Naeba is a great place to bring a family; they have daycare, there is a kids room they have interesting play areas for kids of all ages both in the snow and indoors. There are also nice shops and a hot spring bath for the spouse that doesn't want to spend all day on the mountain.

For me the courses at Naeba are not the most interesting excluding a couple at the top. I don't think it is the best place for expert boarders and skiers. I think it is much better for the begginer to intermediate rider.
Date visited: From 18 January, 2014 To 18 January, 2014
Snow condition on visit: The snow was good compared to the other time I was there but not as good as Kagura.
Things I liked: It is a family friendly resort and the views are nice.
Things I didn't like: It's a little to big and open for my taste and the courses are not the most interesting.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Ungroomed courses
Apres-ski
Not recommended for: Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
General score: 70
Snow conditions: 75
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 90
Apres ski: 80
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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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