Resort Reviews by North Shore

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by North Shore. Currently 4 reviews.
Iizuna Kogen
Nagano City, Nagano
Submitted by North Shore on 31st January 2015
Local ski hill
Izuna Kogen is a small, local ski hill, about 35 minutes from downtown Nagano. The Shore family have bought seasons passes here because of the short drive.
On a clear day, you can look up from downtown, and see pretty much all of the runs on Izuna - there's 6 or so of them, spanning all ability ages. The more difficult side of the mountain has some great pitches, while the beginner side is almost ideal for learning. All
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Madarao Mountain Resort
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by North Shore on 24th January 2015
Madarao...Made of Pow...Mad About Pow...Madapow!
35 cm of fresh snow! It's almost unfair to review a mountain under those conditions...

I first skied Madarao five years ago. It was my first introduction to Japanese skiing, and despite what I felt were some shortcomings (old, double and triple chairs; no off trail allowed) I liked it even so. Since then there have been some great improvements - another detachable quad, and the tree runs! (More on them later)

Madarao has a fairly wide variety
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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
Ueda City, Nagano
Submitted by North Shore on 19th January 2015
Great family resort!
Having won one of the Snow Japan draws, I was eagerly waiting for a decent day to head on up to Sugadaira. The forecast for Saturday was for mixed sun/cloud and a bit of wind, so....packed both Shore-lets in the car, and off we went. After a 30 minute detour caused by a snow-closed road ( who thought too much snow could be a bad thing?) we arrived at Sugadaira, and were greeted by bluebird skies, and lighter winds
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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by North Shore on 9th January 2015
Great cruising...
A late start due to a few domestic tasks at home (gotta keep the spousal appreciation units up, if I'm going to get Fridays off to ski!) so I rolled into the nearly empty base parking lot at about 10:30. No line at the ticket office (and they take VISA!!) and the straight onto the 'Noah' gondola for a ~ 10 minute ride to the top. Looked at the map a few times on the way up, and
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