Kita Shiga Ryuoo Ski Park is located in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture, just an hour or so from Nagano and within easy reach of the Shinshu Nakano IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway. There is an excellent variety of courses at the resort catering for all skill levels, including a selection of ungroomed powder courses. The resort also caters for those looking for snow activities as well as skiing and snowboarding.
For those looking for a Park experience, try the Dragon Park, complete with rails, boxes, kickers, walls and more. For beginners, try the Cherry Park first to get a feel for park fun!
Other snow activities
It's not only about skiing and snowboarding if you don't want it to be! There's lots more to do, with plans for the 2014/2015 season including tubing, banana boat, dragon rider, snowmobiling, 4 wheeled buggies and snow rafting. See below for charges.
Courses & Lifts
Length in meters
Valley Number 1 Gelende (beginner)
Valley Number 2 Gelende (inter / advanced)
Valley Number 3 Gelende (beginner)
Valley Number 4 Gelende (inter / advanced)
Valley Number 5 Gelende (advanced)
Valley Number 6 Gelende (inter)
Valley Number 8 9 Gelende (inter)
Valley Number 10 Gelende (inter)
Kiotoshi b Course (advanced)
Kiotoshi c Course (advanced)
Skyland A Course (beginner)
Skyland B Course (inter)
Skyland C Course (inter)
Skyland D Course (advanced)
Length in meters
Open for nighta?
Valley Number 1 Quad Lift
Valley Number 2 Pair Lift
Valley Number 3 Pair Parallel Lift
Valley Number 4 Pair Parallel Lift
Valley Number 5 Lift
Valley Number 8 Lift
Valley Number 9 Pair Lift
Valley Number 10 Pair Lift
Sky Land Number 1 Quad Lift
Sky Land Number 3 Pair Lift
Ryuoo Koe Tour Course (Open from late February until late March) Enjoy the wild nature on this course - open from late February until late March. You need to inform the Resort when you plan to use this special course and there are a few restrictions. If you wish to use the course, please inform the Patrol at the restaurant next to the top Ropeway Station.
Kiotoshi Courses The Kiotoshi courses are found connecting the top Sky Land area of the resort and the Valley Area. If you're looking for deep fresh powder snow on ungroomed areas, then this is the place for you.
As these courses are for advanced riders, beginners are advised to use the ropeway to go down from the Sky Land area to the Valley Area rather than challenge these courses.
Kiotoshi B Course (For advanced skiers and snowboarders) This is a powder course on a course lined with trees - at the peak of season those trees are covered in ice. This is a hard course for those advanced skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge.
Kiotoshi A Course (For advanced skiers and snowboarders) Start from the side of the top Ropeway station, and start down the 32 degrees max slope - again suitable for advanced skiers and snowboarders...not for the faint-hearted! After a snowfall you should find lots of deep powder on this course.
Skyland Area Go up to the top of the ropeway and a whole new world opens up before you - the Skyland Area. You're now 2000 meters above sea level, and before you start enjoying the powder snow be sure to check out the spectacular views.
One of the world's largest capacity Ropeways, with a capacity of 166 people, quickly takes you up 800 meters to a different world of powder snow, ice covered trees and great views.
Skyland A course (suitable for beginners) This is a 1,370 meters long course. Take the Ropeway up to the top then the Dai-ichi Quad Lift, enjoy the 360 degrees panorama, and then ski through the trees. You can see Mount Myoko, the Kita Alps and other regions on a clear day.
You might think that the top of the mountain would offer only difficult slopes, but not at Ryuoo - with an average of 15 degrees the slopes are suitable even for beginners and for learning.
Skyland B and C Course (suitable for beginners and intermediates) Look out for the wild animals in this through-the-trees runs - 'kamoshika' deer and rabbits are common.... you'll be sure to see their footprints!
The Information Center at the base of the resort is open from 4am until 10pm daily and features a large 1500 car capacity car park, toilets, changing rooms and a selection of restaurants and pro gear shops:
SUBWAY - open from 6am until 6pm GoGoCurry - open from 6am until 6pm Murasaki Sports - open from 6am until 6pm
There is an entrance charge of 500 yen and the Park is open daily from 9am until 4pm
More things for the children and family: Kid's Tour (300 yen a time): Experience a ride on a snowmobile.