Tsugaike Kogen resort review (Otari Village, Nagano)

Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 24th January 2012
Tsugaike Kogen review
If I had not bought a 2-day Alpen pass while staying at Happo-one, I probably would have spurned Tsugaike in favour of its bigger, more famous neighbours but I am glad I got to check it out, albeit for one afternoon only. I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre and exchanged my Happo pass for a Tsugaike one, which caused a bit of confusion at the ticket booth but I was soon on my way up the gondola.

There was low cloud and therefore poor visability at the top but I played in the powder under under the closed Tsuga No. 1 Pair Lift, which kept me amused for a while. I then headed back down to the base and then up to the skiers left of the resort for a few runs before calling it a day. I wanted to check out the onsen at the base but didnt have time before my bus back to Happo - maybe next time!

Although I only spent a few hours at Tsugaike and therefore did not see the whole resort, I liked what I saw and would go there again.
Date visited: From 28 December, 2011
Snow condition on visit: Fresh powder but poor visibility up top
Things I liked: Not very busy
Things I didn't like: Was quite flat at the bottom though good for beginners
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Tsugaike Kogen

栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 63
Snow conditions: 64
Courses/Terrain: 59
Lift system: 58
Apres ski: 42

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1704m
Min. elevation: 800m
Vertical: 904m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 4630m
Number of lifts: 21

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