Rode the course from the very top of the mountain. I'll start out by saying that there were some very challenging runs with a very steep black level (not sure if its considered up to double black standard) route at the very top that surprised me given the relative size of the resort. That said, the runs were not suitable for any type of riding and most of the snow was man-made. There was a decent amount of snowfall that
Well I flicked through the list of ski jo's for Nagano and decided on Echo valley in Nagawa area of Nagano, about 25k from Suwa, one because I had never been there and wanted to go somewhere I had never been before, two it was close, just over an hour door to door on the little roads and three it had some reasonably steep terrain.
When I left my house it was actually a bit cloudy but bright, and looked like
As a 'local' resort Echo Valley is pretty good. It's great for an afternoon's riding. It has two quite clearly defined areas, one of which has a very steep, ungroomed run. With no new snow, it can be horrific, but with a layer of powder on the moguls it's a great run.
There's a bit of action to be had in the woods at the edges, but not much.
The park has some big kickers and table tops, waves, and long