Resort Reviews by sanjo

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by sanjo . Currently 4 reviews.
Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 10th January 2019
'Japan's New Classic' - checking out the new facilities!
OK so today (10th January 2019) was the day that I got to check out all of the new stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama.

Weather - good. Sunny at times, bit of cloud moving over at times.

Snow - good. Lots of snow over the last few weeks.

The main new 'toy' is the Sunrise Express gondola/6-person lift. I don't know if it was just today but I turned up at 9:30am to be told that the lift would be at least another
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 19th January 2004
Ishiuchi Maruyama review
We spent the weekend at Ishiuchi Maruyama / GALA Yuzawa / Yuzawa Kogen.

Ishiuchi is the biggest of the 3 areas. Some good slopes here, but for some reason I just don't seem to be able to love the place. OK, not bad.

In the morning the snow was excellent, got a bit heavy later on in the afternoon
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 19th January 2004
GALA Yuzawa review by sanjo
Gala is good when its not busy. Alas, at the weekends it is busy (although not as much as it used to be years ago).

The narrow runs don't help in that respect.

Go over the the left hand side (as you look at the mountain from the Gondola station) for some difficult runs and tons of moguls. If you're a beginner don't even think about it.

Great snow.
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Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 19th January 2004
Yuzawa Kogen review
This resort was better than I thought it would be.

It's not big, but there's a decent main run that has a fast power lift going up there.

It was not busy at all - surprising for a Saturday - and we didn't have to wait once for a lift.

The snow was great too. And the views of Yuzawa from the very top are amazing. Take a camera and video on a blue sky day and you'll get some incredible
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