Resort Reviews by Black Mountain

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by Black Mountain. Currently 9 reviews.
Mt Norikura Snow Resort
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by Black Mountain on 23rd October 2015
Good times
I like this resort. It usually makes it on the list of places visited every year for me. One reason I really like going this place is the 'vibe'. It's in Nagano but off the beaten track... quite close to Gifu in fact. It takes a bit of effort to get there so it's not everyone's first choice. This usually means it's less crowded than other places and even then there is a 'local' feel
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Black Mountain on 3rd March 2014
Spring powder...
As we approached Yuzawa-machi, not far from Naeba, the snow started coming down pretty heavily. We went from solid spring conditions to winter in only a few short hours. As it was our first time in this area I was quite impressed by the massive infrastructure at both Naeba and Kagura. It was obvious that these places were huge and rangy, even from the road.

Driving into Yuzawa-achi is easy and straight-forward and everything is clearly marked and relatively logically laid
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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
Ueda City, Nagano
Submitted by Black Mountain on 3rd March 2014
Spring snow
First of all, Sugadaira isn't a resort per se but more of a resort area. The area is a cluster of small resorts that are hardly even physically connected (Only Pine Beak 1 & 2 and Taro & Davos). If you try to hit all the areas you'll end up frustrated and wasting a bunch of time. It's definitely best to stay in one or two of the areas and roam around than trying to navigate the roads if you
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Madarao Mountain Resort
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by Black Mountain on 9th February 2013
Spring at Madarao Kogen
This is a review based on the spring season operations.

It was a beautiful spring day when we arrived at Madarao Kogen. Deep blue cloudless skies and the accompanying views of the nearby resorts is a nice bonus to snowboarding at Madarao.

Although the reports indicated there had been 5cms of snow over night by the time we got onto the slopes all traces had either been scrapped away or burned up by the sun.

The top runs were hard and
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Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Black Mountain on 9th February 2013
We really lucked out this day.

It was the first day of spring lift operations which usually wouldn't be enough to even interest me in considering Akakan.

However, with 5-10cms the day before and about 15-20 cms over on the slopes there was a good top-up. Surprisingly, it wasn't the heavy powder that you usually associate with spring skiing in Japan. The temperatures remained low throughout the day and it continued snowing which meant that the snow stayed nice and
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Fujiten Snow Resort
Narusawa Village, Yamanashi
Submitted by Black Mountain on 27th February 2011
Fujiten Snow Resort review
Fujiten is a great place for beginners to enjoy a day on the slopes. I usually go here once a season for a relaxing time on the hill as it's not to far from my homebase near Izu.

On clear days there are decent views up to Mt. Fuji. Barring one or two small sections the runs are exclusively for beginners. I've only ever seen manmade snow at this resort although I suppose that it gets the occasional
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Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Black Mountain on 26th March 2009
Akakura Kanko Resort
I've been going to Akakan for quite a while now and am never disappointed with it. It seems that Myoko area has it's own micro-climate and tends to get more snow than neighbouring areas.

Generally, I think the terrain is not all that challenging and is best suited for beginner and intermediate levels. The bottom of the mountain, not unlike many other places, is usually crowded with beginners and doesn't offer much for those looking for some excitment.
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Seki Onsen
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Black Mountain on 20th March 2009
Seki Onsen review
Well, I'd been hoping to go to Seki Onsen for ages and finally got around to it last weekend. To say I was disappointed is a bit of an understatement. Actually, I still have 8 points left on a 12 point ticket which says a lot!

Seki Onsen is a tiny little village of a few pensions and restaurants within meters of the bottom lift of the ski resort. I think there are only 3 lifts there which
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Nagano City, Nagano
Submitted by Black Mountain on 28th February 2009
Togakushi review
We ended up at this resort by default as it was raining in Myoko and snowing in Togakushi as it's a bit higher up. Actually, it was only about a 30 minute drive from Myoko Kogen so not really all that inconvenient a place.

Togakushi is a pretty small resort. Basically, it's three small mountains so the areas are divided up and spread out making it seem larger than it actually is. Another benefit of the lay-out is
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