I will always remember Bear Valley as the place I learned to snowboard. I worked about fifteen minutes from the resort and would go for night skiing after work whenever we had a decent snowfall, which was pretty frequently that winter. I see it's closed already this year, so I suppose that's not always the case. This area does get higher snowfall than the surrounding area however; something to do with monsoon winds I believe.
This hill definitely isn't the Alps or Hokkaido, and if you are driving up on the expressway it's really not even a whole lot further to continue on to Daisen. But if you are in the neighborhood and want a fun little place to ride for the day, then Ombara could be just what you are looking for.
I snowboarded there 5 or 6 times over the 2008 season since I worked (teaching English) in the town. I would mix
I happened to work near this resort for a day, so went skiing there on the following day - a Saturday. This website reported 85-100 cm of snow, which was plenty. The runs were prepared nicely, of course you won't find any difficult or particularly interesting runs there. It wasn't crowded, in many cases I could just go through to the seats without having to stop. The lifts are a bit outdated and slow, so the full price of the
Hello! A resort with 6 pair lifts and 3 single lifts, runs of 200/300 meter lengths, short season, not much snow. Sounds good? \r\n\r\nWell, I live right near one place called Onbara. It may not be Happo-one, Niseko, or Nozawa but for us locals it's cool.\r\n\r\nWith less than a meter of snow base in peak season, an abnormally warm season can close the place, but it seems to survive. Very friendly people (I teach half the staff English at the