Resort Reviews by foofighter1981

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by foofighter1981. Currently 8 reviews.
White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 26th February 2015
YES!
Sooooo happy I discovered Iwakura this year... my own fault for ignoring the signs on the way to Marunuma.

I've already been twice this season and am planning to go again soon.

I live in Tokyo, but I've come to like this place so much that I'd probably consider getting a season pass... but alas, I tend to cheat on my favorite ski-jo's.

All you really need to know is Gondola + Milky Way. Best combo ever
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 7th January 2015
Wow! Hidden gem indeed.
I was not prepared for the super powder conditions at Houdaigi. Maybe I haven't had a good run of luck, but the last time I encountered knee deep powder was in Hokkaido-- I've never come across anything even close on Honshu, despite countless visits to Kagura, Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, etc.

Great course layout and design for all levels, covered lifts, relatively uncrowded -- all making for a perfect combo. Make sure to buy your ticket at one of the convenience stores
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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
白馬岩岳スノーフィールド
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 11th March 2014
Well-designed resort
The resort got an overnight dump before our early morning arrival, so that may cloud my review a bit, but I liked this place way more than Goryu / 47 for one simple reason: design.

Unlike many resorts that only use one face of the mountain, Iwatake seems to make use of all sides of the mountain, which means that most courses start off from one central area that can be accessed via gondola. You'd think this would lead to overcrowding,
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Kita Shiga Komaruyama
北志賀小丸山
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 26th February 2014
Wide, beginner friendly area; atrocious lift/ski time ratio
I'm not surprised that I'm the first to review Komaruyama. It’s a bit out of the way (especially if coming from Tokyo), and your time and money will probably be better spent down the street over at Ryuoo.

That said, Komaruyama is quite beginner friendly. The bunny run is wide and at a gentle slope. Intermediates and above, however, will get bored pretty quickly. The harder runs are way too short, and the lift/ride time ratio, as implied in the headline,
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba47ウインタースポーツパーク
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 10th February 2014
Don't like it as much as I used to
This was my 4th trip to Hakuba 47 / Goryu overall, but it's been years since my last trip... and I will probably be spending less time here from now on.

From the perspective of someone coming from Tokyo, the time / cost balance just isn't there when you compare it to resorts in Yuzawa or even Hokkaido.

Starting with transport, Hakuba isn't exactly great for a day trip from Tokyo, so you have to spend the night (unless you're super
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Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 20th January 2014
Good for day trip out of Tokyo, decent 4km course accessible via gondola
Marunuma (or Malnuma as it's sometimes called) Kogen hasn't been reviewed in awhile so I thought I'd give my two cents. The primary highlight is the long gondola-accessible 4km course that you can spend most of your day on. While the resort itself isn't huge, this main course is a good way to warm up your season in December or wind it down in April.

Try to get there early-- I've noticed on many trips here that the courses tend to
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Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 20th January 2014
Good for day trip out of Tokyo, decent 4km course accessible via gondola
Marunuma (or Malnuma as it's sometimes called) Kogen hasn't been reviewed in awhile so I thought I'd give my two cents. The primary highlight is the long gondola-accessible 4km course that you can spend most of your day on. While the resort itself isn't huge, this main course is a good way to warm up your season in December or wind it down in April.

Try to get there early-- I've noticed on many trips here that the courses tend to
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 12th February 2009
Iwappara review
This resort hadn't been reviewed in awhile so thought I'd give my two cents. I went on a holiday that fell on a WED, which could be comparable to going on a SUN. I agree with the consensus that this is a good resort for beginners and/or a relaxing day for experienced boarders. That doesn't mean it wasn't fun.

There is plenty of room on the one main (and very wide) run to avoid newbies or teach your newbie friends if
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