Resort Reviews by SnowKobe

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by SnowKobe. Currently 3 reviews.
Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 5th March 2007
Hakuba Cortina review
Cortina is a decent size resort with a higher altitude and more shaded exposure than others, so it is a bit cooler and keeps its snow longer.

Lots of novice boarders clogging up the middle, but upper slopes devoid of anyone (on Thurs and Fri). In general fewer skiers as it is the furthest north in the Hakuba range.

A couple pretty challenging slopes (for us at least) at top.

First two mornings were very nice, thanks to a dumping of 20-30cm
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 5th March 2007
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
The hotel is getting older but still is a great deal for us after 10 years of going there.

Rooms have hotplates and fridges. Onsen in hotel overlooking slopes, plus small pools on a different floor (extra fee supposedly charged, but most don't pay I think).

Hotel ski lockers are 10m from slope.

Area itself is kid-friendly. Not as challenging as neighboring Cortina. Combined tix are a good way to cover a lot of ground.

Warmer (and less snow)
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 5th March 2007
Tsugaike Kogen review
This was our first time there, and we were pleased to find plenty of runs our 6 yr old could do. There was also a Sun Kids sledding area the 3 year old enjoyed.

The upper mountain had great views, but not much in the way of challenging runs. It also was crowded by about 10am on Saturday morning, with waits of up to 5 minutes (not that bad, I know). Lifts at the top were poorly organized,
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