Resort Spotlight: Madarao Kogen (Nagano)
| Madarao Mountain Resort
Madarao Mountain Resort (known as 'Madarao Kogen' in Japanese) is located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture. It is connected to the Tangram Ski Circus resort at the top and a joint ticket is available to let you ski or snowboard at both resorts. Well known as offering some excellent powder snow conditions in season, the resort offers a good choice of courses suitable for beginners to more advanced snow riders.
In Madarao, 60% of the courses are ungroomed, so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to enjoy a fluffy, deep powder when you ski. Also, since not as many people as you might think like to ski on untouched powder, there is not a lot of competition for the slopes!
Mt. Madarao stands 1382 meters tall and has 25 separate courses. There are 15 lifts, all of which are free for children 12 and under. The ski area features a unique bowl-shape. Since Madarao was host to Japan’s first Freestyle Skiing Competition, there are many unique courses to choose from. There are groomed courses, ungroomed courses, the Tree Run course, Free Ride Park, Kid’s Park, and wave courses - Madarao can be enjoyed by everyone from first timers to advanced skiers!
POWDERWAVE I & II
Whether you are in the mood for a powder run, are looking for some natural hits, or want to enjoy an air session, this is the course for all you advanced skiers out there. AIRWAVE II can be accessed by way of Tangram Lift 2.
River Line is a V-shaped course filled with the remains of rivers, making long pathways in the snow which can be “surfed” like waves!
This course takes advantage of the natural landscape to provide a challenging and technical course for advanced skiers.
River Line will be open on an on-and-off basis depending on weather conditions - if it is closed, there will be a “closed” sign placed at the entrance. Under no circumstances may guests enter River Line if it is closed.
Definitely worth trying your skills at if you consider yourself an advanced skier!
Round in classic ski area tour
What is "Round in classic ski area tour"? The owners of lodges in Madarao Kogen Ski Area would like to introduce an exciting tour to you!
On this tour, you can stay at a comfortable lodge in Madarao Kogen and enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Madarao as well as other famous nearby classic ski areas, such as Nozawa, Myoko and Shiga Kogen. Madarao Kogen Ski Area is located in the center of these famous classic ski areas.
It takes less than forty minutes to Nozawa and Myoko, and just sixty minutes to Shiga.... so Madarao makes for a great base-camp to go to these other classic ski areas.
During the 12/13 snow season, all children under the age of 12 years old can ski at Madarao Kogen FOR FREE - every day of the season!
There are two kinds of tickets on sale - those for Madarao Kogen only and also a joint ticket that allows you to ski or snowboard at both Madarao Kogen and the connecting Tangram Ski Circus resort.
Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus resorts joint ticket
Madarao Kogen resort only
Ski & Snowboard Rental
A wide range of skiing and snowboarding equipment is available for rental at the resort. Basic charges are as below:
Carving, fun skis set @ 3,600 yen; skis only @ 2,600 yen
Snowmobile Land in Madarao
Snowmobile Land is open for everyone - beginners, children, adults.... no licence required!
Backcountry tours [Hillman Adventures]
These are backcountry tours aimed toward enjoying the natural landscape of Mt. Madarao through skiing and snowboarding. There are several paths leading up the mountain, and hiking up to the top takes around 20 minutes- perfect for a beginner.
Sliding down the mountain on natural half pipes, catching air time by hanging off branches, forming jumps off the contours of the land, being surrounded by trees and sliding, tumbling, and flying through the scenery of Mt. Madarao will make for an adventure not soon forgotten!
Contact: 050-5532-6460 [Hillman Adventures desk]
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How to get to Madarao Mountain Resort
Madarao is located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, on the border with Niigata Prefecture. It is just an hour or so from central Nagano City and part of Iiyama City. Buses are available from Nagano Station direct to Madarao Kogen. If you are arriving by car, from the Toyota Iiyama IC Madarao is just a 25 minute (16.5km) drive up into the mountains.
Both the Myoko Kogen resorts in neighbouring Niigata Prefecture, and the Kijimadaira, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen resorts in Nagano are within reach from Madarao.