Snow Town Yeti is probably the closest "resort" to Tokyo, and I use the word resort in the loosest way. It's the only ski area I've been to that had and entrance gate to get in and out. talking about out, when you leave they take your lift ticket from you in exchange for a discount ticket for future visits. No keeping the ticket for a souvenir.
Yeti is easy to get to by car, and given the number of local bus's passing by, it looks to be easy enough by public transport. The only issue with coming by car is that Yeti is on a toll road, so not only do you have to pay 1,00 yen for parking, but also 510 yen to drive the 100 metres from the toll gate to the car park.
Once inside there is are a number of buildings arranged around a courtyard, on end of the courtyard has the entrance, one end the entry onto the "snow". There is a large and it appeared very well equipped rental store, along with a couple of restaurants and, well I didn't go in the other buildings so not quite sure. The courtyard does have a nice fire pit, nice for warming up cold hands.
Only the two main runs were open, both are suitable for beginners, and are side by side serviced by two lifts, one double and one quad. The lift lines weren't very long, even during the busy period after lunch, and just before they started alternatively closing the runs for grooming at 3 the lines disappeared.
The staff were very friendly, and the whole place had a nice family vibe to it.
We went there not really to ski, but to test out Rika's new gear before a trip away with Central Sports club. (the in-laws were arriving that evening so we couldn't go any further away) If you want to get out on the "snow" before the main resorts open, or after they close Yeti is worth the trip. However, despite the friendly staff and nice vibe I wouldn't recommend it over a resort with real snow.
From 21 December, 2014 To 21 December, 2014
Snow condition on visit:
Snow, what snow. Crushed ice, no not the flavoured kind.
Things I liked:
Friendly staff. Curry at the restaurant
Things I didn't like:
Everything was a bit expensive
Families & children
Not recommended for:
Authentic Japan experience