The first day being a Sunday, and the crowds were there, although the place was by no means over-run - it only added to the atmosphere. The rented boots were a little over-used, although larger sizes were of limited availability. Lockers were limited, with baggage filling the corners and locker-tops. Vending machines were plentiful, although marginally over-priced as could be expected.
The crowds were definitely enjoying the mild, dry weather, and the restaurants offered good standard Japanese fare; oden, ice-creams, soups. The staff were a mix of young and occasionally old, and very helpful and friendly.
The instructor was professional and responded extremely well to the group of all ages of students, ensuring full value for time and money allotted.
The resort was well-equipped in terms of numbers of slopes, although a little on the short side.
Monday was wonderfully low-key, with the masses back to work with but a few small groups of youths enjoying the freedom on the slopes to make some interesting improvisations (and spectacles) on their way to the bottom.
A superb getaway for the beginner to intermediates or a family outing or for those liking some country air with scenic views.
From 10 February, 2003 To 11 February, 2003
Snow condition on visit:
Good/powdery first day / getting thick next day
Things I liked:
Great for beginners/ Excellent views of the Lake / Good value