Kashimayari Sports Village review (submitted before 2003)
This place has some good opportunities for good off - piste tree runs on decent powder days. Kashimayari gets less snow then most other Hakuba area resorts as it's further south and and is not as elevated however mid season this doesn't matter much as the base has usually acccumalated sufficiently.
Anyway, back to what, in my opinion, it's worth going to for. If you ride the top lift to the top of Kashimayari and go left off the top you can either drop immediately into the south facing trees or walk up a ridge you will see then follow the fall - line until it exits at the bottom on Sun Alpina Aokiko,(Kashimayari's adjacent resort but, on the same ticket). There is a jumpable 5 or so metre cliff toward the bottom in one area but try to check out the landing before dropping it as there may be a few rocks at the bottom.
Something to remember is what kind of base you have as this area is farely steep and will slide given the conditions,(something I found out a few years ago when I and a mate slid off that cliff on our asses as a result of a little slide). If you go to this area make sure you can board in powder confidently through trees.
As for the on piste stuff here, it's pretty tame although, there are a few slopes on the Kashimayari side that are steep enough for powder turns. The 2 connecting resorts offer great views of lake Aokiko but mostly begginner slopes. Coming from the Matsumoto direction Kashimayari is the first resort you'll hit after passing through Omachi. Oh, the last time I went here - 3 years ago - the ski-patrol seemed pretty non - existant but, they may be more on to that illegal powder poaching these days. Hoo - roo!