Echo Valley (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Echo Valley
エコーバレー (長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Early December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Echo Valley is located to the north west of Lake Shirakaba in Nagawa town in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It has been operating since 1981.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

1850m
400m
1450m
35"
10
2500m
7
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 1 3 3 0 0

Echo Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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1st - - 1st - 35cm 1st - 70cm 1st - 65cm
2nd - - 2nd - 35cm 2nd - 70cm 2nd - 65cm
3rd - - 3rd - 35cm 3rd - 70cm 3rd - 65cm
4th - - 4th - 35cm 4th - 70cm 4th - 65cm
5th - - 5th - 35cm 5th - 70cm 5th - 65cm
6th - - 6th - 35cm 6th - 70cm 6th - 65cm
7th - - 7th - 30cm 7th - 70cm 7th - 65cm
8th - - 8th - 30cm 8th - 70cm 8th - 65cm
9th - - 9th - 35cm 9th - 70cm 9th - 60cm
10th - - 10th - 35cm 10th - 70cm 10th - 60cm
11th - - 11th - 35cm 11th - 70cm 11th - 65cm
12th - - 12th - 35cm 12th - 70cm 12th - 65cm
13th - - 13th - 35cm 13th - 70cm 13th - 65cm
14th - - 14th - 35cm 14th - 65cm 14th - 70cm
15th - - 15th - 35cm 15th - 65cm 15th - 70cm
16th - - 16th - 35cm 16th - 65cm 16th - 80cm
17th - - 17th - 35cm 17th - 65cm 17th - 80cm
18th - - 18th - 50cm 18th - 65cm 18th - 80cm
19th - - 19th - 50cm 19th - 65cm 19th - 80cm
20th - 35cm 20th - 60cm 20th - 65cm 20th - 70cm
21st - 35cm 21st - 60cm 21st - 65cm 21st - 70cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 60cm 22nd - 65cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 60cm 23rd - 65cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 70cm 24th - 65cm 24th - 70cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 70cm 25th - 65cm 25th - 70cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 70cm 26th - 65cm 26th - 70cm
27th - 30cm 27th - 70cm 27th - 65cm 27th - 70cm
28th - 35cm 28th - 70cm 28th - 65cm 28th - 70cm
29th - 35cm 29th - 70cm 29th - 60cm 29th - 70cm
30th - 35cm 30th - 70cm 30th 30th - 70cm
31st - 35cm 31st - 70cm 31st 31st - 70cm

Previous Statistics

Echo Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Echo Valley. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a beginners area that can be used before riding the lifts. On weekends and holidays the 'Slow Area' by the Number 2 triple lift is open. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is by the Number 8 pair lift and the 'Free Ride Course' is by the Number 6 quad lift. 

Echo Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Echo Valley is open from 9am until 4pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 9pm mostly on Saturdays and over New Year.

Nighta is on weekends and holidays and over the New Year period (29th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017).

Echo Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 3,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4pm) 3,300 yen
Super PM (12pm-9pm) 4,000 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 3,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day and 2 Day tickets are valid from opening until daytime closing (4pm on weekdays and 4:30pm on weekends and holidays).

The Super PM ticket includes nighta.

Nighta is on weekends and holidays and over the New Year period (29th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017).

Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month. On those days, children of elementary school age and under can ride the lifts for free.

Senior Day is every Tuesday. On those days a 1 day ticket for seniors is half price (1,500 yen).

Ladies Day is every Thursday (except 29th December 2016). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is half price (2,000 yen).

Mens Day is every Friday (except 23rd and 30th December 2016). On those days men buying a 1 day lift ticket get an 800 yen lunch voucher.

Getting to Echo Valley

By public transport
Train
Train
41.3km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.6km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Information
Echo Valley is under 25km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 41km from Echo Valley.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus information is available.
By Car
Car
26.8km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
29.8km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.4km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (2.3km away)
Direction
Direction
Echo Valley is located to the north west of Shirakaba lake and just over 2km off Route 152, otherwise known as Daimon Highway.

From the Suwa IC exit on the Chuo Expressway, turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to and past Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the resort which is signposted off Route 152 to the north of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
Parking
Parking
There is parking for 2,500 vehicles at the base of Echo Valley. Parking is free to use and open 24 hours a day.

More Information

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Address
Address
Himekidaira 352-1
Nagawa-machi
Chiisagata-gun
Nagano-ken
386-0601
Telephone
Telephone
0268-60-2001
About 16-17 season information
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This message updated 3rd December
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