Resort Reviews by Badman1963

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by Badman1963. Currently 5 reviews.
Kawaba
川場
Kawaba Village, Gunma
Submitted by Badman1963 on 23rd February 2015
Awesome Off-Piste / Back Country Oporunities 90 Minutes from Tokyo
Decided at the last minute to do an "out-and-in" for the day to the nearest resort to Tokyo we could find even though the weather report said it would be warm and sunny (as it had been for days).

Instead of choosing trusty old Kagura (Niigata Yuzawa exit from Kanetsu only two hours from Tokyo), or Oze, we picked Kawaba.

While Kawaba only has 3 big intermediate courses, and a few Advanced with Moguls (booo), the Back Country Opportunities
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White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by Badman1963 on 20th January 2015
18-19 Jan 2015 Powder!!!
Arrived early Sunday to find the normal Sunday crowds PLUS a ski competition, both making the lifts a bit crowded at first and some slopes closed to the public.

Lift lines went way down by 9AM so all was good. It must have dumped snow all night Saturday 17 Jan 15 as there was about 2-3 feet of POW POW on the fringes (and on some of less used groomers) on Sunday and it was cloudy to sunny all
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Badman1963 on 15th January 2015
Early Season riding at Tashiro
Took the second Gondola (Tashiro) Limited lifts and slopes open this early in the season but the snow was soft on the fringes. There is a long flat spot from the top of the gondola to the good slopes so build up speed or you'll me walking.

NOBODY there so snow of the fringes and back country stayed virgin all day. Snow was not quite deep enough to get to all the off-piste areas I like to go but fringes
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White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by Badman1963 on 15th January 2015
Awesome weekday powder
Not all the lifts were open given it was so early in the season on a week day but lift ticket was 3100 Yen INCLUDING a visit to the ONSEN in the hotel at the bottom of the slope.

The main gondola took us to the top where Virgin Powder was available all day on 5-6 intermediate slopes. The fringes of most of the Pistes/gelendes had 3-4 feet of untouched powder where we spent the entire day. No Ice
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Badman1963 on 10th January 2014
Awesome Friday after the New Year at Tashiro
Awesome weather conditions (clear sushine) highlighting the fresh snow the night before.

Spent the day at just the Tashiro section of Kagura (never made it over to Mitsumata area).

Resort was EMPTY till about noon when the crowd showed up (it's new years holiday so no surprise).

Nice groomers (if that's your thing) but one really long flat spot to get to the main runs.

Some opportunities for back country runs in the trees but not extensive.

Was
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Reviews by Badman1963

Kagura
Kawaba
White World Oze Iwakura