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Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Nagano

  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort 
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    In addition to five beginner, two intermediate, and three advanced slopes, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort also has a Free Ride Park and a pole practice run open from about mid-January. It’s great for beginners too with ski and ski wear rentals, and with its snow park, you can have a good time even if you don’t plan on hitting the slopes. There is also a ski school for kids from three to nine years old with boots sizes ranging from 15 to 23 centimeters.
  • Ryuoo Ski Park
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Yomase 11700
    In winter, Ryuoo Mountain Park is renamed Ryuoo Ski Park. The famous Kiotoshi First Track is a special area with 100% completely non-compact snow and a highest gradient of 36 degrees. It’s for ultra-advanced level skiers and doesn’t open unless there’s enough snow. The zone around the top lift station is called the Skyland Area and caters to beginners and intermediate level skiers.
  • Madarao Mountain Resort
    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Madaraokougen
    The popular Madarao Mountain Resort has a wide range of slopes and zones including beginner runs, a park area, tree runs, and areas geared toward kids and families. It offers other ways to enjoy the winter mountain too, like snow rafting, snowshoe tours, backcountry tours, and more. The Madarao Sports Academy is a highly regarded ski school that serves everyone from kids to advanced level skiers.
  • Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
    Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunnagawamachi Daimon 3652
    The popular skiers-only Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort has nine slopes with a total of ten kilometers of courses, three each for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level skiers. Everyone from kids to seniors enjoys the resort, regardless of their skill level. They also hold events like their Children’s Ski Day on the third Sunday of the month where kids of elementary school age or under ski for free.
  • Echo Valley Ski Area
    Nagano-cho, Ogata-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
    Echo Valley Ski Area has ten courses for everyone from beginners to advanced level skiers. A free parking lot directly connects with the slopes, making it popular with families in particular. Night skiing is available on Saturday evenings from 17:00 between the end of December and the end of February, offering even more ways to have fun. There may be changes to the night skiing schedule depending on snow conditions, so it’s a good idea to confirm they are operating before you go.
  • Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunkawakamimura Goshodaira 1841
    Popular with families, Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake has a kids park and offers loads of fun on its compact slopes. Lots of clear weather, artificial snow, and its 1,620-meter elevation means amazing conditions on the slopes. They offer night skiing every Saturday from early January to mid-March. Night skiing is also available from December 29 to January 3, January 7, and February 11.
  • Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 4035-2541
    The Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort boasts one of the highest elevations in the country, long runs, and spectacular winter scenery with views of the three ranges of the Japanese Alps and the Yatsugatake Mountains. It offers a wide variety of courses, including its Juhyo Course with snow-bound trees and lots of powder and its Technical Slope used for ski and snowboard certification. Its four-kilometer-long course you reach via a 100-person ropeway is famous.
  • Togakushi Ski Area
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 3682
    Togakushi Ski Area has 19 highly diverse courses and a superb view of the Togakushi Range from the summit. Its day-care center earns it high praise from moms and dads. There is also a kids park, a moving walkway, and you can boost your downhill skills on their Ninja Slope with its shadow warrior training theme. It’s a popular resort with everyone from beginners to advanced level skiers and a great place to spend a day.
  • Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi 4294-3
    Mt. Norikura Snow Resort has 20 courses in the heights, catering to everyone from families and beginners to expert level skiers. There’s a superb view out across the Matsumoto region from the top of the Kamoshika Course with a steepest gradient of 35 degrees for advanced level skiers. In addition to their school’s ski and snowboard lessons, they offer snowshoeing, back country, cross country, and telemark skiing lessons and guided tours.
  • Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou Iwayake
    Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field has an amazing panoramic view from its majestic summit area of the Northern Japan Alps and the Hakuba Basin. Its 26 courses make skillful use of the natural terrain, and in addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy winters sports like cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Iwatake’s western flank faces the three peaks of the Northern Japan Alps known as the Shirouma Sanzan, and its four “view courses” can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to advanced level students.