Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort
As GaijinPot’s 2018 top destination — this hot spring and ski resort is a sporty spot in the beautiful Niigata Prefecture.
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Myoko Kogen is a region in southern Niigata Prefecture that is a nationally known spot ski resorts.
In anticipation of the heavy snowfall, skiers and snowboarders from all around the world head here every winter. In particular, Ikenotaira Onsen Resort is one of the most popular of the nine ski resorts in Myoko Kogen with its huge supply of fluffy powder snow.
Ikenotaira Onsen features a wide main slope area, as well as a few ungroomed tree run courses so you don’t have to ever worry about doing wide turns and running into other people here. With a total of six ski lifts and 10 courses, this ski resort is well-equipped to cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Children and first-timers can warm up at the small slopes area at the mountain base.
From the mountain top at 1,500 meters, you get a panoramic view of the landscape of Niigata Prefecture. Slide down the powdery mountain that has an impressive vertical drop of 740 meters from the top to bottom — a length that is especially ideal for intermediate skiers. If you’re up for some huge jumps, know that Ikenotaira has got a great snow park for it.
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Anytime when you want to have a bite or just want to sit down and warm your body, hop in the restaurants and rest house at the mountain base. To reward your body for a day on the ski slopes, make sure to stop by the hot springs near the resort entrance. Or, if you fancy a black clay hot spring, make your way to Hotel Alpen Blick — a 10 minute-walk away from Ikenotaira. While in Myoko area, other recommended nature spots are Naena Falls and Tsubame Onsen.