Resort Reviews by jimmyb

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by jimmyb. Currently 9 reviews.
Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go etc
Ninox is like an L. The top part is for advanced skiers/boarders and the lower part is for beginners. It faces to the prevailing winter winds, so be cautious about windy conditions
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Mikawa Onsen
三川温泉
Aga Town, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Mikawa etc
Mikawa has the least snow of any of the Kaetsu areas. You will want to go on a day when there has been overnight new snow and temperatures on the day of no more than 3°C. Wait until mid-season to go to Mikawa as they get so little snow these days, their opening is delayed
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Budoh
ぶどう
Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Budoh Ski Area
Budoh gets more snow than the other ski areas in Kaetsu (north Niigata), so when the other areas might be struggling to open (like Mikawa), Budoh is likely to be up and running.
Budoh also faces away from the prevailing winter winds, so when Wakabuna (and maybe the others) are blown out, you can enjoy calm conditions.
The food in the dining room is good and inexpensive. They have a Japanese-pickles all-you-can-eat bar of homemade tsukemono (Japanese pickles)
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Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area
Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area is the coldest of the Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski resorts, so the snow conditions will usually be better there than at the other locations – especially on warmer days. Wakabuna's weak point is that it faces the prevailing winter winds and a venturi develops as the wind comes up the Sekikawa valley. When wind gusts exceed 5 or 6m, No. 1 pair lift often does not operate – basically shutting down half the courses. Wakabuna is a
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Tainai
胎内
Tainai City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Tainai
Tainai Ski & Snowboard Area is best visited after a fresh snow (of any amount) and when the mid-day temperatures on the day do not exceed 3°C.

There are longer and more courses than at any of the other Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski areas, so it's worth the trip if you live in or are visiting the Niigata area.

There is an escalator lift for kids.

The cafeteria food is adequate.

There is nothing specific to do other than ski or snowboard at
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 2nd January 2018
It's getting good!
Suginohara has long runs (especially good for boarders apparently, since they don't have to buckle and unbuckle as much) and cold snow conditions. The gondola is expensive so buy a day ticket or 4-hour ticket (which I did) rather than the individual tickets for each lift. Look online at their website for deals on lift tickets with meals or drinks, etc. They might be slightly better. Lovely views (on a sunny day) of the Northern Alps in the distance and
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Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 23rd February 2016
No lines, great snow.
Great for intermediates.

Advanced skiers have two slopes all to themselves.

Trick spots (whatever you call them) for boarders – rails, jumps, etc.

Almost always empty, especially midweek.

Restaurant is OK.
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by jimmyb on 7th March 2015
Spectacular!
I noticed that the last review was from before the tsunami and nuclear accident. Don't stay away from Fukushima ski areas; they can be brilliant.

The slopes are well groomed and when the weather is nice (as on Friday the 6th), the scenery is beyond beautiful all the way down – Mt. Bandai towering over the ski area and the Aizu valley and Lake Inawashiro at your feet.... great!

The food in the restaurants is a little pricey, but not for
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Budoh
ぶどう
Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 15th January 2014
Down Home Snow!
This is a great place to come to if you are in the Niigata area or west coast area of Yamagata. On weekdays, you might have the whole place to yourself. There are no "play areas" with jumps etc. for boarders or trick skiers, but for the intermediate skier, it's got plenty to keep you amused. It's on the backside of the mountains that face the Japan Sea, so when Mikawa, Ninox, Tainai and Wakabuna (other Kaetsu areas) are blown
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