Took the drive through Tochigi on regular roads, past Shiobara Onsen, to Aizu Kogen Daikura. That part of southern Fukushima had always seemed hard to get to, but in fact it takes not much more time to reach than it does to get to the Bandai-area ski areas using the expressway.
Snowed constantly all day. Visibility sufficient for the most part, wind not as bad as predicted (though gusted occasionally), lots of fresh snow.
It is my 2nd experience in this small, but charming resort. This time, it was after a night of snow fall and it made a huge difference.
The snow conditions were excellent. Groomed on most of the tracks with some terrain left virgin, including the top expert section. However, the top section is accessible only by an aged monoplace lift. The powder was light and very fluffy. There was plenty of place to do freeriding in
Our first time to Daikura and we were very impressed. Of course we picked a blizzard day, but by lunch time the sun had come out and the fresh snow that had fallen all morning made for some incredible powder runs in the afternoon.
The lifts were good and relatively short ques (especially compared to Hunter) and the runs at the top were great. If your game try the experts only course, take a right when you get right to the