Resort Reviews by tsonda

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by tsonda. Currently 10 reviews.
Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 20th February 2006
Yuzawa Park review
I've tried this Sunday to take advantage of the one-day trip offer with the Shinkansen to go for some snowboarding. I took the cheapest plan I could find, which was for Yuzawa Park (10,800yen including the lift tickets) \r\n\r\nIt is said "what you pay is what you get". This could be applied for Yuzawa Park.

The courses were really short, the longest lift is just 550m. If you actually tried to speed up a bit you would run out of course
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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 tsonda on 10th January 2006
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park review
A 5 star resort for the snowboarder.

I spent a full day there with a riding mate. We arrived early in the morning on a bright sunny day. Unfortunately not any serious snowfall the last 3-4 days so there was not any powder left on the main courses and the of-bounds staff was heavily tracked.

Nevertheless the main slopes were almost perfectly groomed and we were able to do some hard carving on some 30 deg slopes. The average slope angle of
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 28th December 2005
Iwappara review by tb
I spend Christmas in Yuzawa, teaching my girlfriend how to snowboard.

The first day of our 4-day trip was in Iwappara.

I chose this place because it is perfect for the complete beginner.

Really wide not very steep main area, with good coverage of lifts and not very busy even on weekends.

We arrived there after an 80 cm dump and it was still snowing all day. Although I spent most of my time in the main gelende, I had some really nice runs
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Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by tsonda on 25th February 2005
Nozawa Onse review
By far my favorite resort in Japan.

This is the place I learned how to snowboard and it still attracts me now that I am advanced.

Really many wide easy slopes for the beginners. Many advanced slopes.

The only problem is that during the weekends it is packed with crowds.

If you have time try to go there a normal weekday, you will fall in love with the place!

They have a pretty decent snow park but the problem is that you either have to
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 5th February 2005
GALA Yuzawa review
I guess this place is one of the most popular resorts in Japan because it is accessible from Tokyo in 1 1/2 hour. Usually every season most of the travel agencies in Tokyo have a one day trip offer at really low cost. Keep in mind though that the resort itself is a bit expensive. As soon as you get of the train have 1000 yen on your hands for the lockers lol.

The Gala Yuzawa Shinkansen station actually serves both
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by tsonda on 5th January 2005
Hakuba Happo-one review by tsonda
As said previously, I arrived there next day after the first big dump of the season. This means, a) powder even on some parts of the groomer runs b) still lots of rocks and sasa coming out on the slopes at the lowest parts or very steep slopes.

Although it is my 3rd time up on Happo-san there were still some lifts that I used for the first time. If you get on the top, there are countless options to go
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 25th December 2004
Kagura review
A very nice place for the intermediate-advanced rider. Not recommended for beginners though, unless you stick at the Tashiro area.

The strongest point of this resort is the BC. Not available in many resorts in Japan.

There are many nice tree runs not only in the BC but among the groomer runs also.

I've been in the place more than 5 times and still discover new areas every time I go.

There is also a small board park near the Mitsumata gondola (where I
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Sapporo Kokusai
札幌国際
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Sapporo Kokusai review
It was one of my stops during an 8 day Christmas/Newyears trip to Hokkaido.

During that trip I tried Hakodatte-Nanae, Niseko-hirafu, and Sapporo-kokusai.

I must say that it was my favorite. Lots of fresh powder for everyone and not as much as crowded as Niseko.

I really liked the fact that the gondola takes you all the way to the top. The only problem is that the courses in general are a bit short.

The tempreture was around -5...But, that's Hokkaido!

The night course was
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Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
函館七飯スノーパーク
Nanae Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park review
I was there only for one day. I was staying in Hakodate, which I mast say is a very pretty town, so I thought I'd try the local resort as well.

Well, as I mentioned before, Hakodate is a beautiful town, with many romantic places to visit if you go there with your girlfriend and the well known Hokkaido food!

I must say that there are more nice things to say about the city than the resort.

It is about 35km away, with
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Naeba
苗場
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by tsonda on 3rd January 2004
Naeba review
To the ones that read this review:

I was stupid enough to go there on Saturday!

Lesson:

Kids, don’t try this at home!

That was nasty enough, time now for some real facts. The place is not so bad to begin with. The only problem is that it is too popular and on weekends is stormed with crowds.

I also think that the lift system is not planed that good. Both gondolas + one long lift run up almost to the same point. The problem
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