Ishiuchi Maruyama resort review (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 10th January 2019
'Japan's New Classic' - checking out the new facilities!
OK so today (10th January 2019) was the day that I got to check out all of the new stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama.

Weather - good. Sunny at times, bit of cloud moving over at times.

Snow - good. Lots of snow over the last few weeks.

The main new 'toy' is the Sunrise Express gondola/6-person lift. I don't know if it was just today but I turned up at 9:30am to be told that the lift would be at least another 45 minutes before it opened. Bummer. So I had to get on a bus to be taken over to the Kanko Area base. Not ideal. But I'll forgive - perhaps a few teething problems or something. A fair few people were confused and a little put out by it though.

I was a little sceptical before riding it, but that 6-person lift is very comfortable indeed! Feels more like a posh car seat than a ski lift. And the heated bottom is a nice touch. Very nice. Gondola similarly 'high-end' feel. There are different entrances for if you want to get a gondola or a chair and it works well. If you are on the ski lift, you get to stand on a moving walkway kind of thing to be taken to the point where you get on. Nifty.

New triple lift isn't much to report really - just replaces the old single lift(s) they had there.

The new Gondola/6 person lift does seem to improve the resort though - not only because it's new and shiny but in the layout of the lift system.

The new Resort Center looks decent but I didn't go in.

Worth a check over!

I have uploaded a lot of photos of the new gondola to SnowJapan - so check out the Photos section to see them (link above).
Date visited: From 10 January, 2019
Snow condition on visit: Very good
Things I liked: Snow. Not busy. Nice posh new lift.
Things I didn't like: The lift didn't open until after 10am and needed to get a bus to a different base area. Teething troubles perhaps. Forgiven!
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
General score: 65
Snow conditions: 60
Courses/Terrain: 60
Lift system: 65
Apres ski: 10

Ishiuchi Maruyama

Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 73
Snow conditions: 78
Courses/Terrain: 70
Lift system: 65
Apres ski: 30

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 920m
Min. elevation: 256m
Vertical: 664m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 4000m
Number of lifts: 13

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