How to use SnowJapanResorts
The best way to get to know SnowJapanResorts is to spend some time playing around
with all of the features.
While it is simple to use, some very in-depth and at times surprising and fun facts can easily be discovered.
Using SnowJapanForums is very simple and once you get used to it you should find it to be very natural and intuitive.
|-||Use the search box to enter text - resort names, towns, prefectures, expressway names, expressway interchange names|
|-||Use any number and combination of filters on the left of the screen to search different data|
|-||> click on check boxes|
|-||> click and drag on the left and right sliders to refine a search when you a small graph is displayed|
|-||Use the sort dropdown in the top right area to sort the data by any of the fields|
|-||Use the grid/chart button to display the data either as a grid or in columns|
|-||Use the zoom to enlarge the resort images|
|-||Click on an image to view details for that resort and a link to the page on SnowJapan|
|-||Use your up, down, left, right keys or mouse scroll wheel to go through resort images|
Search SnowJapanResorts using the filters on the left hand side of the screen.
Initially each filter shows data representing all of the ski resorts throughout Japan.
By making a choice in one filter, the data in all of the other filters changes automatically - this means that the data in each filter will always be relevant to any choices you have made in other filters.
For example, if you choose 'Niigata' in the Prefecture field, only towns in Niigata Prefecture will be shown if you look in the town field, and only data relevant to resorts in Niigata will be displayed in all of the other filters.
You can choose as many or as few of these as you like.
The same fields also appear in the Sort dropdown to the top right of the application, allowing the sorting of current search results.
Click on 'Clear All' at any time (above the 'Search' box) to reset and start a new search.
A lot of fun can be had by playing about with all the different searches, filters and sorts.
|Search...||Type text in this box to search directly for resort names, towns, prefectures, expressway names and expressway IC names|
All of the prefectures in Japan that have one or more ski resorts are listed*
Initially they are displayed by the number of ski resorts in each prefecture [Sort: Quantity]
They can also be displayed alphabetically [Sort: A-Z]
All towns throughout Japan that have one or more ski resorts are listed*
Initially they are displayed by the number of ski resorts in each town [Sort: Quantity]
They can also be displayed alphabetically [Sort: A-Z]
|Latitude:||The latitude of a ski resort|
|Longitude:||The longitude of a ski resort|
Resorts are either labeled as 'Currently operating' or 'Closed'
This is a general meaning - it does not represent whether a resort is open on that particular day
Resorts marked as 'Currently operating' plan to open for the 11/12 winter season
Resorts marked as 'Closed' will not be open for the 11/12 winter season
|Maximum elevation:||Highest point of a ski resort above sea level, in meters|
|Minimum elevation:||Lowest point of a ski resort above sea level, in meters|
|Vertical:||The difference between the highest and lowest points of a ski resort|
|Longest course:||The longest course of a ski resort, in meters|
|Steepest slope:||The steepest slope of a ski resort, in degrees|
|Number of ski courses:||The number of official ski courses at a ski resort|
|Beginner courses %:||The percentage of courses at a ski resort that are assigned as 'beginner' level, meaning suitable for beginner skiers/snowboarders|
|Intermediate courses %:||The percentage of courses at a ski resort that are assigned as 'intermediate' level, meaning suitable for intermediate skiers/snowboarders|
|Advanced courses %:||The percentage of courses at a ski resort that are assigned as 'advanced' level, meaning suitable for advanced skiers/snowboarders|
|Total number of lifts:||The total number of ski lifts/gondolas/ropeways/t-bars at a ski resort|
|Number of ropeways:||The number of ropeways at a ski resort (large cable cars)|
|Number of gondolas:||The number of gondolas at a ski resort|
|Number of quad lifts:||The number of quad (4 person) lifts at a ski resort|
|Number of triple lifts:||The number of triple (3 person) lifts at a ski resort|
|Number of pair lifts:||The number of pair (2 person) lifts at a ski resort|
|Number of single lifts:||The number of single (1 person) lifts at a ski resort|
Resorts are either labeled as 'Yes/part or 'No'
Resorts marked as 'Yes/No' allow snowboarders to use all/most/some of their courses
Resorts marked as 'No' do not allow snowboarders (ie. they are skier-only)
|Snowboarders %:||The percentage of visitors at a resort that snowboard (according to recent data)|
|Skiers %:||The percentage of visitors at a resort that ski (according to recent data)|
|Snow park:||This denotes whether there is an official 'Snow Park' at a resort|
Resorts are either labeled as 'Yes (or limited)' or 'None'
Resorts marked as 'Yes (or limited)' have night time floodlit slope operations on at least some days
Resorts marked as 'No' do not have any night time floodlit operations
|Nearest expressway name:||The name of the nearest expressway (highway/toll road) to a ski resort|
|Nearest IC name:||The name of the nearest expressway IC (Interchange/junction) to a ski resort|
|Km from expressway:||The number of kilometers that the nearest IC is from a ski resort|
The following data fields come directly from our main SnowJapan site - it is all
submitted by our readers/members and does not necessarily reflect the views of SnowJapan
If you rank a ski resort, post a Resort Review or upload a photo on the main SnowJapan site, it will appear in these statistics
Any such new data on SnowJapan will be updated on SnowJapanResorts on a daily basis
|Ranking - general:||General ranking points for a ski resort (maximum 100)|
|Ranking - snow conditions:||Ranking points for 'snow conditions' at a ski resort (maximum 100)|
|Ranking - lift system:||Ranking points for 'lift system' at a ski resort (maximum 100)|
|Ranking - courses:||Ranking points for 'courses' at a ski resort (maximum 100)|
|Ranking - apres ski:||Ranking points for 'apres ski' a at ski resort (maximum 100)|
|Resort reviews available:||This shows whether there are any Resort Reviews on SnowJapan for a ski resort|
|Number of reviews:||This shows the number of Resort Reviews on SnowJapan for a resort|
|Resort photos available:||This shows whether any photographs of a ski resort have been uploaded to SnowJapan|
|Number of photos:||This shows the number of photographs that have been uploaded to SnowJapan for a resort|
* As per current database. If you know of any small areas that are not covered please contact us.
We have prepared a few video clips that show SnowJapanResorts in action and demonstrate some of the things that you can do:
The basics. This video introduces some of the basics of SnowJapanResorts
A sample search - ski resorts that are in specific towns, have a max. elevation
of more than 1000m, a steepest slope of 33 degrees or over and are less than 16km
from the expressway
Pop Quiz! Which resorts in Japan have the most vertical? The top 5 please!
You have 10 seconds, starting.... now!
Pop Quiz! How many ski resorts are there in Japan that have a steepest slope
of over 38 degrees, a longest course of over 5000m and vertical of over 1000m?
Hidden gems? Resorts that have no Resort Reviews or Photos uploaded to SnowJapan
but look interesting...
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the steepest of them all? Let's compare Hakuba
and Niseko and then find the steepest slope in Japan!
Let's West Japan!
You can search for so much more. We hope you enjoy exploring!
Will SnowJapanForums work on my mobile
Unfortunately... probably not.
It is not possible to view Silverlight applications on most mobile devices and you will not be able to view it on iOS and Android operating systems.
We were always aware of this limitation, but SnowJapanResorts uses a lot of bandwidth and also suits a larger screen and so is not really best suited to small devices.
You can, however, view our main SnowJapan website and SnowJapanForums (which has specially created mobile themes available) on mobile devices.
We also have created official SnowJapan Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android - please check the App Store and Android Market to download those.
They are all free.
I have found a very interesting search. How can I share it with other people?
Please post your comments about this site and recommended searches on our Forums here.
We are very keen to hear about interesting and fun searches you have made and no doubt other people reading the Forums will be too.
I think I have found a mistake!
We have put a lot of effort into making sure that information presented on SnowJapanResorts is correct and current. We also intend to regularly check and make sure that we keep things up to date. Even so, there is always the possibility of error and so if you do find something that you believe to be incorrect please do contact us and we will quickly look into it and fix if necessary.
How can I contact SnowJapanResorts / SnowJapan?
You can contact us by using this form.
While we cannot answer specific resort related enquiries, we do respond to questions about our site(s) as quickly as possible.
Please also let us know if you find what you believe to be incorrect data on this website.
For general discussions on Japan winter sports and related topics, we highly recommend signing up for and using our friendly and active Forums.
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