Resort Spotlight: Ryuoo Ski Park (Nagano)

Ryuoo Ski Park
Yamanouchi Town
Nagano Prefecture

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
www.ryuoo.com

Planned Season:
26th November 2016 until 7th May 2017

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Introduction

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.

Snow Park

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 including tubing, banana boat, dragon rider, snowmobiling, 4 wheeled buggies and snow rafting.  See below for charges.

 


Courses & Lifts
  

  Course name Length in meters Maximum gradient Minimum gradient
1 Valley Number 1 Gelende (beginner) 490 22 15
2 Valley Number 2 Gelende (inter / advanced) 600 36 25
3 Valley Number 3 Gelende (beginner) 270 20 15
4 Valley Number 4 Gelende (inter / advanced) 420 22 15
5 Valley Number 5 Gelende (advanced) 800 39 27
6 Valley Number 6 Gelende (inter) 510 27 20
8 9 Valley Number 8 9 Gelende (inter) 650 25 18
10 Valley Number 10 Gelende (inter) 600 28 20
b Kiotoshi b Course (advanced) 1,320 32 23
c Kiotoshi c Course (advanced) 1,172 28 18
A Skyland A Course (beginner) 1,370 19 8
B Skyland B Course (inter) 880 25 9
C Skyland C Course (inter) 645 24 11
D Skyland D Course (advanced) 740 24 13
E Connecting Course  190 23 16


  

  Lift Name Length in meters Open for nighta?
1 Valley Number 1 Quad Lift 490 Yes
2 Valley Number 2 Pair Lift 547 Yes
3 Valley Number 3 Pair Parallel Lift 272 --
4 Valley Number 4 Pair Parallel Lift 406 Yes
5 Valley Number 5 Lift 676 --
8 Valley Number 8 Lift 598 --
9 Valley Number 9 Pair Lift 630 --
10 Valley Number 10 Pair Lift 495 --
11 Sky Land Number 1 Quad Lift 1073 --
13 Sky Land Number 3 Pair Lift 160 --
14 Ryuoo Ropeway 2292 --


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!

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Information Center

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



Children's Facilities

'Chibi-dora' Park

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.

Kid's Ski School:
Special lessons for the kids

Child Care:
3 hours @ 5000 yen, 6 hours @ 8000 yen


Lift Ticket Charges 16/17 Season

Ticket Type Adult Children (ages 4 to 12) Senior
(over 55)
EARLY & LATE SEASON
Valid from open until 16th December 2016; 21st March until 7th May 2017
     
Ropeway & 2-day Lift ticket 6,200 yen 3,400 yen 5,000 yen
Ropeway & 1-day Lift ticket 3,400 yen 1,900 yen 2,600 yen
Ropeway & Half-day Lift ticket 2,800 yen 1,700 yen 2,300 yen
MAIN SEASON      
Ropeway & 2-day Lift ticket 8,000 yen 5,100 yen 6,200 yen
Ropeway & 1-day Lift ticket 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,600 yen
  This ticket can be used on the day of purchase (8am-5pm).  Not valid for 'nighta' (night-time skiing and snowboarder).
Ropeway & Half-day Lift ticket 3,400 yen 2,200 yen 3,000 yen
  Morning ticket valid from 8am-1pm
Afternoon ticket valid from 12pm-5pm
Lift (PM) & Nighta ticket (12pm-9pm) 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,600 yen
Wide AM ticket (8am-2pm) 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,300 yen
Wide PM ticket (11am-5pm) 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,300 yen
Lift Nighta ticket (5pm-9pm) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
  Nighta operations are from mid-December until late March. The above nighta tickets do not allow use of the Ryuoo Ropeway.
Lift ticket (1 time) 400 yen 300 yen 400 yen
  The above ticket type does not allow use of the Ryuoo Ropeway.
Season ticket 38,000 yen 15,000 yen 33,000 yen
 

Variations available

   
Snowmobile experience 1000 yen per person
Snow buggy experience 1000 yen per person
Snow Rafting 2500 yen per person

'Chibi-dora' Park entry and usage

500 yen per person

 

 

Getting to Ryuoo Ski Park

Easy access by car using the Expressway - just three hours from Tokyo!  
The resort is just 20 minutes from Shinshu Nakano IC to Ryuoo Ski Park using Route 403.  Free parking for 1500 cars.

By train, Ryuoo Ski Park is just two and a half hours from Tokyo, and just over four hours from Nagoya.

From Tokyo:

Take the Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano City (about 80 minutes).

From Osaka:

Take the Shinkansen to Osaka (1 hour), then the Shinano line to Nagano City (just under 3 hours). 

From Kanazawa:

The train journey to Nagano Station takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes.

 

Once at Nagano station, either take the direct bus to the Resort (about 80 minutes) or take the train to Shinshu Nakano (30 minutes) and then the bus to the Resort.


Official website:
www.ryuoo.com