Resort Reviews by greenmachine

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by greenmachine. Currently 11 reviews.
Snow Park Oze Tokura
スノーパーク尾瀬戸倉
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 7th February 2006
Snow Park Oze Tokura review
This a good place located a little further along the road from White World.

nThere is a lot of variety for all levels and some challenging runs, the lifts are fast. Late afternoon got a little crowded on some of the narrower runs with boaders buzzing lower-level users. If you can get away from these people there's some good snow, especially on the Diamond gerende which had few people all day and deep snow to carve
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Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
水上高原スキーリゾート
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 31st January 2006
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
3 or 4 stars, I cant decide, maybe 3 and a half.

This is a Prince Hotel which is a golf/tennis place in summer. It has one of the most picturesque settings of all the ski resorts I've been to. For a small resort with 4 lifts there is a good variety of levels and course length, good lifts and, midweek, virtually no people and ticket discounts. However on Wednesday the No4 lift to the top of the hill was closed.

This
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd January 2006
Kandatsu Kogen review by greenmachine
This was the beginning of the winter-break season and therefore it should/could have been very crowded. However, it didnt seem crowded, no lift lines, runs clear of human hazards and some good, good skiing.

A smallish place but not too small. The lifts are fast and the runs are wide and interesting. Think about this place if the gondolas at Naeba are closed and you want to avoid the *crowds*.

They make the TV show segment dekiru/dekinai here, where the young
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd January 2006
Maiko Snow Resort review by greenmachine
I'm re-reviewing Maiko and I like it less than last time so I'm down-grading it to two stars. I remember it being crowded and dull when the gondola was closed. This time the gondola was open and it was...crowded and dull. Far too many super-slow boarders congesting the narrow and short runs in the bowl and valley. Korakuen is more open, faster and interesting.

I would recommend for complete beginners, families with small kids and for others mid-week only. Avoid on
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd February 2005
Minakami Houdaigi review by greenmachine
I enjoyed it more as the day went on. After 2pm most of the morning crowds had left. The afternoon was very enjoyable, however the soft snow on the family run meant a lot of *slow snowboaders* headed up the hill and made things a little too crowded on the narrower, steeper gerende.

Heavy snow during the middle of the day soaked up some slush and the surface dried out, becoming 'sandy' towards the afternoon.

A nice day out with
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by greenmachine on 23rd February 2005
Hakuba Cortina review by greenmachine
It was a long weekend so the hotel was completely full with unbelievable crowds in the *two* elevators they have. Hard on the legs but lots of stairs were climbed.

It is well organised and you ski in ski out. Good long runs if you join 'em up, enough gerende to absorb everyone and it really wasnt at all crowded on the mountain. No-one was using the forest trails and the shorter runs on the other side of the hill of
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Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
水上高原藤原
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 31st January 2005
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
This is a small, small ski park. There is one challenge course, 2 or 3 short intermediate options and a longish, flatish cruising run if you take two lifts up to Minakami Kogen.

There was virtually nobody there apart from some school lesson groups in the afternoon (who only stayed for a couple of hours). A good place to learn/teach, brush up rusty skills, take the kids etc. Very, very pretty silver birch forest. Cheap lift ticket. (3500yen)

There is a
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Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 28th January 2005
Maiko Snow Resort review by greenmachine
The ropeway and top runs were closed when we visited so the chairlift had a 20-30 minute wait. The so called beginner's run near the ropeway is completely flat! Most were taking off skis and boards and walking. Argh! Grrr.

Crossing over to the other side of the resort was time consuming and a little annoying. That side was crowded, the surface old and icy and I didn't like it.

On the other hand, after 5, most people head home. While we
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by greenmachine on 28th January 2005
Ishiuchi Maruyama review by greenmachine
I like ishiuchi. The top 'street' gets crowded but there are plenty of places to peel of and head onto trails. Loads of lifts. Quite busy but no waiting. I went there for the day and really enjoyed it. A colorful place.

There is a nice beginner platter at the bottom
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Manza Onsen
万座温泉
Tsumagoi Village, Gunma
Submitted by greenmachine on 28th January 2005
Manza Onsen review
Yes, it smells funny, but the onsen water is *good for your skin* (well it'd wanna be)!

This is a big place. I went with a group of friends, one of whom is a part time instructor at the resort so I spent a lot of time practicing turns in a near white out...I don't remember a whole lot else.

There are good wide gerende (for practicing turns) and some fun trails. When the sky cleared the views are great. There was
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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
菅平高原スノーリゾート
Ueda City, Nagano
Submitted by greenmachine on 28th January 2005
Sugadaira Kogen review by greenmachine
I came here for a 4 day trip after about a 2 year break from skiing. It was a good place to get back on the skis.

There are 3 mountains joined together - but far apart, if you don't have a car, it could be boring.

I only went to Pine Beak and White Davos. Pine Beak was less crowded but I dont have the skill to ski the 'challenge course' and the forest trail was flat/inclined in places so then
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