Tsugaike Kogen resort review (Otari Village, Nagano)

Reviews of Tsugaike Kogen resort in Otari Village, Nagano Prefecture. Currently 24 reviews.
Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by woody on 5th March 2015
Great stepping stones from beginner to intermediate
Thanks to SnowJapan's competions, wining us a free lift pass we booked a private lesson and picked Tsugaike Kogen to use the pass.

Tsugaike is a great place especially for beginners and intermediates, lots of wide open runs allowing you to progress your sking gradually or quickly as there are many types of graded runs. My husband and I are at different level of sking but we were able to ski some runs together or part runs then meet up at
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by lozzac on 17th February 2015
Good vertical
I visited TK on a lovely sunny day.
It's fairly close to Happo One & presumably will one day link up to make a huge skijo!
The principal lift is the gondola which had massive queues throughout the day.
It hadn't snowed for a few days so no off piste action.
There are some excellent very long cruising Red intermediate runs.
there is one longish ridgeline black.
It starts off as a deceptively groomed slope before heading into a long challenging mogul field.
Bizarrely the top gondola
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 28th March 2014
Let's Tsugaike Ropeway!
This was my 3rd visit to Tsugaike and came courtesy of an unclaimed Hakuba Alpen Resorts ticket from the SnowJapan Giveaways, so a big thanks to SJ, Hakuba Alpen Resorts and the person who didn't claim their winning ticket!

When I visited here last season (March 2013), I met up with fellow SJ’er Chriselle for a few turns and we discovered that Tsugaike has a top ropeway that only opens from March. We weren’t able to ride it that day but
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 8th March 2014
Springtime in Tsugaike!
I’d visited Tsugaike in Dec 2011 [http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resort-reviews/detail/1998] albeit only for a morning, but had liked what I had seen so was looking forward to a return visit, aided by the free lift ticket I’d received from those kind people at SJ so a big thanks to them and Alpen Resorts.

As previously, I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre (which goes via Hakuba Iwatake) and was soon heading up the Central Triple Chair Lift at the Tsugaike base.
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by spindrift on 6th January 2014
Beginner's paradise with some decent tree skiing
First things first--if you're a beginner, Tsugaike is a great place. Most of the resort, especially the bottom half, is very flat and well-groomed, with a pitch ranging from pancake flat to gently inclined. The broad, flat area at the base is well-served by numerous chairlifts.

However, for those of us with more vertiginous preferences, Tsugaike is sorely lacking. There is no sustained steep terrain, except out of bounds (will get back to that in a minute). The best skiing for
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 24th January 2012
Let's Tsugaike!
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
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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
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2010
Tsugaike Kogen review by Stephen
Overall a good resort.

Long runs with a long gondola. Lots of warnings about not going off piste but hardly any ski patrol. I was going of the black run at the top. I waited until all the fencing had finished and just popped down under the gondola and cut across all the beginner cat tracks.

Really fun tree runs.

The beginner area is almost completely at the bottom so there were hardly any kids in my way.

Good apres
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 6th April 2009
Tsugaike Kogen review
Tsugaike has the most snow in Nagano now, thanks to its gondola which can take you up higher than the other resorts.

Conditions were good at top. Board park was impressive and opened at 10:30am.

More challenging black runs open than other areas at this time of year. \r\n\r\nNo waits for lifts.

Tickets 2500 adult/1500 child.

More crowded on Saturday, but they got rained on unfortunately
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 15th May 2008
Tsugaike Kogen review by nee.deep
Best time to go is earlier in the season there are less crowds and the snow is light and fluffy. Some really nice off piste terrain, not too scary and plenty steep to not get stuck in a stack.

The upper range is accessible by hiking and possibly snow mobile, but later in the season can be accessed by tram car and heli service - not worthwhile late in the season.

Due to a sand storm which blew in from China,
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 7th March 2008
Tsugaike Kogen review by Brett Dennis
Maybe I was having a bad day after being soundly pole-axed by a tree at Hakuba 47 two days before, but like Happo, this resort delivered some disappointment.

After eventually working out which shuttle to catch from Wadano, we arrived at Tsugaike in heavy snow and very limited visibility. With a formidable gondola line we jumped on the nearby 'high-speed' pair and headed uphill or so we thought!

With the flat light further enhancing the lack of gradient, I keep thinking
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 18th January 2008
Tsugaike Kogen review by Tan
I loved the ski conditions and when I was there, there was hardly anyone around.

Got to all access of the mountain easily even with some lifts not operatin. I have a fantastic time over there and loved the long ski runs. As there were not many people about you can virtually ski down a slope without meeting anyone. If yon know the mountains very well you can ski to all parts of the mountains.
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Tsugaike Kogen

栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
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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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