Major Theodor von Lerch

The little fella in yellow below requires a bit of explanation. If you are skiing in Yuzawa, or anywhere in Niigata prefecture, you are likely to come across him in

Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort Intro

The name might be bit of a mouthful, but this is one of our favorite resort in the region. (We often drop the Maruyama and just refer to it as

Snow Country – More than just snowsports

We like nothing more than hurtling down a mountain on skis or a snowboard, but long before snowsports were invented, life in the region was shaped by the heavy snows.

Magic Carpets and Beginner Skiers.

In our resort reviews and our articles on lessons for first timers you might have read about “magic carpets.” If you don’t know what we are talking about (and before

Busy Periods during Ski Season

It is always a good idea to book your lesson in advance if you are coming to enjoy some time on the slopes. There are some periods that are definitely

Renting Ski or Snowboard Equipment in Yuzawa

“Where to rent?” is a common question. Luckily you are spoiled for choice for renting skis, snowboards or wear in Yuzawa. 1. Check with your accommodation. Many hotels and lodges have

Buying Winter Gear in Tokyo

If you are looking to buy ski/snowboard gear, clothing or just about anything else associated with the sports, there is an awesome street waiting for you in Tokyo. In the

The Winter Season in Yuzawa

“When is the season?” is a common question from people coming to the area for the first time. It varies from resort to resort but in general there are places

Where to stay in Yuzawa?

There are plenty of accommodation options in and around Yuzawa that will satisfy all tastes and budgets. From boutique modern ryokans, resort hotels, traditional inns, small ski lodges, pensions and

Getting to Yuzawa

One of the great things about coming to the snow in Yuzawa is that it is so convenient. By bullet train on the Joetsu Line from Tokyo or Ueno Station you