Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano Town, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
タングラムスキーサーカス (長野県 信濃町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao in Shinano town, Nagano Prefecture – right on the border with Myoko city in Niigata Prefecture. On a clear day from the top there are spectacular views of Mt Myoko and Lake Nojiri. This resort opened in 1989.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski and snowboard resorts – the other one being Madarao Kogen. The two resorts are connected and a joint shared lift ticket is available. As with Madarao Kogen, there are a few ungroomed 'powder runs' and 'tree runs' at Tangram Ski Circus as well as features and activities for children and families.

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.

The Mountain

1320m
520m
800m
35"
14
2500m
5
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
0 0 2 0 3 0 0
Tangram Ski Circus is lift-connected with:
Madarao Kogen

Tangram Ski Circus Course Map

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Tangram Ski Circus Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
1st - - 1st - 110cm 1st - 240cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 245cm
3rd - - 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 245cm
4th - - 4th - 110cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 245cm
5th - - 5th - 110cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 240cm
6th - - 6th - 110cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 240cm
7th - - 7th - 110cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th - 120cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 240cm
9th - - 9th - 120cm 9th - 260cm 9th - 240cm
10th - - 10th - 120cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 240cm
11th - - 11th - 135cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 240cm
12th - - 12th - 135cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 240cm
13th - - 13th - 145cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 240cm
14th - - 14th - 160cm 14th - 270cm 14th - 240cm
15th - - 15th - 210cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 230cm
16th - - 16th - 230cm 16th - 270cm 16th - 230cm
17th - 45cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 270cm 17th - 230cm
18th - 45cm 18th - 270cm 18th - 270cm 18th - 230cm
19th - 45cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 230cm
20th - 40cm 20th - 270cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 220cm
21st - 40cm 21st - 275cm 21st - 260cm 21st - 220cm
22nd - 40cm 22nd - 275cm 22nd - 260cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 210cm
24th - 45cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 210cm
25th - 60cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 210cm
26th - 60cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 210cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 75cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 200cm
29th - 80cm 29th - 250cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 230cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st - 120cm 31st - 240cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

Tangram Ski Circus Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tangram Ski Circus. 
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
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort and has a variety of child friendly activities and items to play with - entry is free for those with lift tickets or 800 yen for those without. Open from 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018.

There is also a child-care facility available within Hotel Tangram (half day from 2,800 yen; full day from 5,400 yen). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located by the Number 3 lift and features various items. 

Tangram Ski Circus Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tangram Ski Circus is generally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 23rd December 2017 until 24th March 2018 as well as over the New Year period (28th December until 7th January) and 11th February 2018. The slopes are groomed before nighta operations start.

Tangram Ski Circus Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days 7,600 yen 5,400 yen 6,400 yen
3 Days 11,400 yen 8,100 yen 9,800 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Mountain Pass 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Mountain Pass is valid at Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen.

Getting to Tangram Ski Circus

By public transport
Train
Train
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8.8km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Information
Tangram Ski Circus is about 9km from Myoko Kogen Station.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is just over 16km from Tangram.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by public transport
bus
Bus
A bus is available from Iiyama Station.
By Car
Car
10.6km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (8.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Direction
Direction
Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen resorts. That road - along with Prefecture Road 96 on the Myoko side - connects Iiyama city with Myoko city and the road is open throughout the winter months.

Approaching from the Joshinetsu Expressway
If approaching from the south the nearest exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway is the Shinano-machi IC.
If approaching from the north, exit the expressway at the Myoko Kogen IC.
From both head up to Madarao using Prefecture Road 96 and then Prefecture Road 97.

Approaching from central Iiyama and Route 117
If arriving from the east using Route 117, there are a number of Madarao Kogen signposts near the central area of Iiyama City. Madarao Kogen resort is about 11.5km from Route 117 and the base of Tangram Ski Circus is a further 5.5km along the same road.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by car
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of Tangram Ski Circus.

More Information

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Address
Address
Furumi 3575-8
Shinano-machi
Kamiminochi-gun
Nagano-ken
389-1302
Telephone
Telephone
026-258-3511
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Tangram Ski Circus
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