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“Great potential, pity about old facilities & poor grooming”
Review of Suginohara

Suginohara
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Myoko
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 14, 2014

As with all the Japanese resorts we have visited, Sugi suffers from antiquated lifts and non-existent grooming. Boasting one of the longest runs in Japan (a green run), the experience was that no grooming for at least 2 days made it a nightmare for the top third of the run for anyone unable to cope with thick heavy chop. The lower section through the forest is magical - but the only access to the run is from the top. They need to add a trail to provide access from mid-mountain. The chairs are very, very old and uncomfortable, as well as being less than 30cm off the ground at load and unload, making them very uncomfortable for skiers to use. This report could be great with some investment, and is definitely better than any of the other Myoko resorts, but has been crossed off our list to go back to.

2  Thank Christine C
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had spent our first few days skiing at Akakura Onsen and on the recommendation of one of our hotel staff we decided to take the free shuttle across to Suginohara for the day. The bus leaves from just outside the Post Office and meanders its way through the back streets and drops in at the various resorts along the way, a bit of a milk run which takes about 45 minutes. On arrival it is a very different setup, initially you are confronted with a small snow park featuring a whole number of activities set up for children, snow tubes, igloos, a small kids slalom, Our kids rushed off and played for the first hour while we got ourselves organised. The first pleasant surprise of the day was that kids under 12 ride the lifts for free!

As beginner to intermediate skiiers Suginohara promised long wide runs and we were keen to get up the mountain and explore. The gondola ride was worthwhile and we enjoyed sweeping views out to Lake Nojiri in the distance. We certainly confined all our skiing to the groomed slopes, which for us proved sufficently challenging and exciting, a couple of short but relatively steep drop offs straight off the gondola well and truly got the blood pumping and the thighs on fire before the runs opened up and wound off down the mountain. The runs (and the signposting) is at times fairly confusing and convoluted and despite being confident of our navigation we twice ended up skiing past the gondola station and had to take a chair lift back up the mountain (It will make sense when you get there). Our whole family managed the beginner/intermediate runs from the gondola station three quarters of the way up the mountain, to complete the entire 8.5 k run you have to take another chairlift further up the mountain, which we didn't attempt. My son and I both had spectacular stacks on the way down as ambition outstripped ability. While my wife and daughter proved the 'slow and steady' mantra of their ski instructor to be the order of the day in remaining upright.

All in all we had a very enjoyable day at Suginohara, albeit we are far from experienced skiers. We didn't have BIG 4 passes and simply purchased our lift passes on the day, it was very handy not having to fork out for the kids. The resort was clearly very popular with locals and we were certainly some of only a few foreigners, there were very few english speaking Japanese we encountered. If you can get past a fairly mundane bus trip certainly worth a visit, try to pick a clear day to take full advantage of the view from the gondola and from the top of the run.

6  Thank Iluvtheoutdawz
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

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unless there is enough fresh powder to ski the trees. If it snows then the top chair lift is good for one or two days deep powder skiing. Which means in return, if it does not have the powder snow then the groomed pistes are wide and by fare not steep. Blue colour marking to North American or European standart.

Thank JoachimG
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed at Akakura Onsen and took the free shuttle from next to the post office across to Suginohara for a day. The shuttle takes approx 45 minutes and departs Akakura Onsen every hour at half past the hour. On return from Suginohara it departs every hour on the hour.

Views at the top of the gondola were fantastic. We had a bluebird day with some fresh powder. Was tracked out pretty quickly but still good quality snow. There is a good range of ski runs from beginner to advanced. The longest ski run is touted as Japan's longest at 8.5km however I tracked it with gps to 6.5km - must have missed some but it's still a thigh burner. My Myoko Big-4 lift pass granted full access at no additional cost. Great for a day trip, but limited number of lifts so I wouldn't recommend for more than 1-2 days.

4  Thank lisa_in_nz
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This resort was great for a couple of days. The skiing in the trees was fantastic, but after a few days you want a bit more variety. I serviced gondola to Ikenitair would improve things tremenously. The views at the top of this resort are terrific.

Thank Madshus
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