Thanks again to another SJ giveaway, I was able to go with my fellow SJ lurker, Neck, to one of our favorite resorts...
Suginohara is pretty big, with some of the longest pistes in Nagano/Niigata. And surrounding these pistes are exceptional areas of slackcountry! Very easy access, very easy exits. Plus, it get's some fantastic snow! The downer is that the whole resort faces south, so if the sun comes out for any prolonged period of time, this can seriously affect your day -depending what you're into of course!
As far as the slackcountry goes, you're looking at everything from super long mellow tree lines that are near impossible on big pow days, but tons of fun on a day or 2 after a storm when the snow has settled and firmed up. To chutes/spines into massive open snow fields! There's drops, cliffs, steep trees, everything! Some of it is a little short, but the top lifts are fairly quick and the turn around for hot-laps is good.
Come spring time, the park at Suginohara seems decent -I don't ride it much, but there seems like a ton of variation, from jumps of varying sizes, boxes, rails, I think there was even an old VW camper van to trick off of last season!?
Plenty of restaurants to choose from all over the resort.
Oh, another downer is that Suginohara does close early in the season. I think their last day is late March/early April perhaps. Still, I highly recommend Suginohara as there is a ton of different terrain for almost all abilities.
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Easily affected by the sun as the whole resort is south-facing.