Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort resort review (Ueda City, Nagano)

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
菅平高原スノーリゾート
Ueda City, Nagano
Submitted by Black Mountain on 3rd March 2014
Spring snow
First of all, Sugadaira isn't a resort per se but more of a resort area. The area is a cluster of small resorts that are hardly even physically connected (Only Pine Beak 1 & 2 and Taro & Davos). If you try to hit all the areas you'll end up frustrated and wasting a bunch of time. It's definitely best to stay in one or two of the areas and roam around than trying to navigate the roads if you are driving or the shuttles if you don't have a car.

It was a pretty warm day and the snow was soft and almost slushy. We mostly played around in the Pine Beak 1 area and within half a day we had easily hit up all the runs and park at the bottom of the hill. We also had a great kebab at the bottom of the hill for lunch. Yummy!

Over at the Davos side of the resort area things were very different. The snow was definitely patchier and stickier than the Pine Beak side and visibility was almost nothing. The courses are super wide and we couldn't find anything too interesting but that might have been because of the fog (or not if you ask ippy). As well, the snowcats were finished for the season which was too bad because the terrain above Davos looked interesting and the run back into the resort looked long and fun.

Sugadaira definitely had a kind of charm for me. I'm not really sure what it was but I can definitely see the appeal. It's a beginner (or blossoming intermediate) area that would be great for families. I kind of liked the slower pace of the place and the local vibe. It wasn't a pretentious place and everyone there was having a good time. I also get the feeling that there aren't really any powder hounds about so after a good dump you'd probably be able to lap up the snow run after run.

Would I go back? If I were in the area and looking for a relaxing day, I think so. I'd really like to see what this place had to offer when the conditions weren't so springy.
Date visited: From 25 March, 2013
Snow condition on visit: Spring conditions, patchey
Things I liked: Small and rustic.
Things I didn't like: Areas are disconnected without good signs for getting around.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Authentic Japan experience
Not recommended for: Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Apres-ski
General score: 60
Snow conditions: 15
Courses/Terrain: 50
Lift system: 80
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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort

菅平高原スノーリゾート
Ueda City, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 68
Snow conditions: 62
Courses/Terrain: 57
Lift system: 67
Apres ski: 20

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1580m
Min. elevation: 1270m
Vertical: 310m
Steepest slope: 36°
Longest course: 4000m
Number of lifts: 16

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