Tenjindaira - Reviews

Powder Hound Paradise

William Demarest
19/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
Wow. Powder houd paradise, that is if you are a true powder hound. If you are looking for a 4 star lodge with deluxe accommodations then you are not a true powder seeking warrior and this is not for you! This lodge (Tenjin Lodge) and guiding exceeded my exceptions. Food is great, beer is even better at the lodge. Tenjin skiing is amazing, deep and steep! The owners will go above and beyond to make your experience unique and amazing.

Perfect Ingredients for a Powder Hound Destination

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
25/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
Big terrain Amazing terrain Snowshoeing with Lucky the Border Collie from Tenjin Lodge Takaragawa Onsen Takaragawa Onsen
The positive hype about Tanigawadake Tenjindaira in Gunma is well justified. Tenjin has all the perfect ingredients for the ideal powder hound destination: huge amounts of snow; great quality snow; steeps with plenty of variety from trees to big mountain alpine terrain, some of which is ridiculously gnarly and only for demi-gods; a fast ropeway; hike to terrain; and freshies and face shots galore. It almost sounds too good to be true! Tenjindaira is superb for experienced skiers and snowboarders who love plenty of powder and challenging terrain. Steep and deep is somewhat of a rarity in Japan, but Tenjin has it in spades.

As to be expected for such amazing attributes, the mountain also has some limitations and you have to be lucky to hit it just right. Massive snowfalls usually only come from big weather, and Tanigawadake is no exception. During the peak of winter, disgusting blizzards arrive in full force. It snows, it blows, and the lifts are often closed because it’s exposed. There are nearby ski resorts that may provide an alternative, but otherwise you’ll just have to be patient and wait for all the elements to line up for the perfect day.

Also to be expected for such steep terrain and abundant snowfall, avalanches are a problem. As an example, Avalanche Gully aka Tenjin Bowling Alley, is called that for good reason.

If you don’t want to head into the backcountry or sidecountry of Tenjindaira, the ski resort can be fun especially when there’s no one around, but it will probably only provide entertainment for advanced riders for a few hours.