Mountains

Resorts and Mountains

Below are some of the most popular mountains and ski resorts in the Snow Country region. Our instructors can go to any one of these resorts (and more!) to teach you. Choose the button below that best represents your skill level, and we’ll show you ski resorts that might suit you well.

If you’d rather, you can also just keep scrolling down and look through our list of resorts and use the table or the full descriptions below to help you make a decision.

Each one is ranked by suitability for Beginners, Intermediates, and Experts on a scale of one to three stars. One star is least suitable and three stars mean that resort is great for that ability level.

“Distance” refers to the distance from Echigo-Yuzawa Station and Pod Snow Sports.

Use the arrows at the tops of each column to sort the list of resorts.

NameBeginnersIntermediatesTrailsDistance (km)
Yuzawa Kogen
3
star03
2
star02
700.5 km
NASPA Ski Garden
3
star03
2
star02
801.6 km
GALA Yuzawa
2
star02
3
star03
1702.7 km
Iwappara
3
star03
2
star02
1003.6 km
Yuzawa Nakazato
3
star03
2
star02
1405.9 km
Ishiuchi
2
star02
3
star03
2407.5 km
Kagura
1
star01
2
star02
2308.3 km
Tashiro
2
star02
3
star03
1414.9 km
Naeba
2
star02
3
star03
2121.8 km
Hakkaisan
2
star02
1
star01
1535.5 km
Nozawa Onsen
3
star03
2
star02
3659.3 km

For Beginners

While each of these ski resorts also has runs for people of intermediate and expert levels, the resorts below are particularly well suited to those just beginning to learn to ski and snowboard.

Yuzawa Kogen

The base of the resort is right in the center of Yuzawa. The Family Slope at the bottom of the ropeway is skier only and is one of the gentlest runs for beginners in the whole region.

Beginner: star03
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star01
Runs: 7

NASPA Ski Garden

This resort is skiers-only and has a large hotel complex attached. It has a magic carpet lift where you can practice until you are ready for the first beginner run from the chairlift up the mountain.

Beginner:  star03
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star02
Runs: 8

Iwappara

Long wide slopes which are great for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Not much for experts. This ski resort has a magic carpet lift.

Beginner:  star03
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star01
Runs: 10

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort is a good choice for families. It provides a good range of runs with some very gentle terrain for beginners. It also has a magic carpet lift for first timers as well as a sledding/tobogganing course. Relax in the re-purposed train carriages at the base of the ski resort.

Beginner:  star03
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star01
Runs: 14

Nozawa Onsen

Although not in the Snow Country Region, this resort is only an hour away from Yuzawa, in Nagano Prefecture. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is a popular resort and quaint village. We often have clients asking to ski and snowboard with us over there.

Beginner:  star03
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star02
Runs: 36

For Intermediates

Every resort has at least a little space for beginner and expert skies and snowboarders, but these ski resorts specialize in that happy medium. Their runs mostly focus on people who have some experience, but aren’t quite yet experts. If you’ve been skiing or snowboarding before and want a little bit more of a challenge, visit one of these mountains.

GALA Yuzawa

One of the largest and most popular snow sports resorts in Yuzawa. It’s very easy to access because it has its own dedicated shinkansen (bullet train) stop!
(Ask us about special discounted train tickets and lift passes for GALA)

Beginner: star02
Intermediate: star03
Expert: star02
Runs: 17

Ishiuchi

Plenty of different runs in this ski resort that links up with GALA Yuzawa. It has lots of slope-side accommodations. There are several base areas for the resort, so if you want to meet with us, we’ll need to confirm which meeting area works best for you.

Beginner: star02
Intermediate: star03
Expert: star01
Runs: 24

Tashiro

Tashiro Ski Resort is between Naeba and Kagura. It has plenty of long, cruise-y slopes that are great for beginners and intermediates. The first run down from the top of the ropeway can be a bit daunting for beginner skiers as it is a narrow track, but after that, there is plenty of space to explore.

Beginner: star02
Intermediate: star03
Expert: star01
Runs: 14

Naeba

Naeba Ski Resort is a large resort with the huge Naeba Prince Hotel at the bottom. Naeba is linked to Tashiro by the 5.5 kilometer long Dragondola.

Beginner: star02
Intermediate: star03
Expert: star02
Runs: 21

For Experts

Are you ready for a challenge? Take on one of these ski resorts to test your mettle. While these resorts do have runs for people of other skill levels, they’re definitely best suited for those with the skills to take on their most thrilling and challenging runs.

Kagura

Kagura Ski Resort has some great runs for intermediates and experts but can be challenging for beginners as most of the runs are rather steep. Some good backcountry opportunities are also available if you like hiking. Bring an avalanche transciever/beacon if you’re planning to do any backcountry exploration, though!

Beginner: star01
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star03
Runs: 23

Hakkaisan

Hakkaisan Ski Resort is full of very long runs, most of which are steep. Hakkaisan is a great place place for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Beginner: star01
Intermediate: star02
Expert: star03
Runs: 15

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