Resort Spotlight: Sugadaira Kogen (Nagano)

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort, Nagano
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Sugadaira, located in the heart of central Nagano Prefecture, is a popular ski and snowboard resort with a wide range of courses, regular powder snow conditions and spectacular views of the surrounding regions.

The resort is divided into three main skiing and snowboard areas which are called "Pine Beak Area", "Taro Area" and "Davos Area".   For more information about the resort and the facilities on offer, please click on the link below.

Statistics

Maximum elevation 1620 meters
Minimum elevation 1220 meters
Beginner courses 30%
Intermediate courses 60%
Advanced courses 10%
Number of Lifts 36
8 pair lifts
8 triple lifts
4 quad lifts
Opening times 8:30am - 5pm
Car parking Free parking for 3000 vehicles

Sugadaira Kogen is a popular local resort with long, wide slopes that are particularly suitable for learner skiers and snowboarders and families.  There are a wide range of runs on offer during the season which runs from early December until early April. The small resort town of Sugadaira has a number of shops and ski equipment rental shops featuring skis, snowboards, boots and poles.

There is a wide variety of of traditional pensions, lodges and Japanese-style hotels on offer in Sugadaira, with many of them offering ski in ski out accessibility.  There are a few other winter-related activities that skiers and non-skiers alike can take part in, such as hiking, snowshoeing and heli-skiing. Spa facilities are available at some of the top pensions and après-ski can be enjoyed at the on-slope restaurant and several restaurants and bars in the village.

Sugadaira is easy to get to by both car and train:

By car, the resort is easily accessible from both the north and south.  From the south, take the Joshietsu Expressway, get off at the Ueda Sugadaira IC and head north on Route 144.   The journey from the Expressway takes about 30 minutes.  From the north and Nagano take route 406 south to the resort.

By train from Tokyo, take the Ueda bound limited express service on the Shinetsu line.  This journey takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes and there is a bus service from the station to the resort - this journey takes about 50 minutes.

 

Areas

The Sugadaira resort has three main areas - Pine Beak Area, Taro Area and Davos Area.  Details and images of each presented below.

Pine Beak Area

LIFTS Name Type Length
2 Oumatsu Number 1 Quad Quad lift 781 m
4 Oumatsu Number 3 Pair Pair lift 490 m
5 Oumatsu Number 5 Pair Pair lift 638 m
6 Oumatsu Number 6 Pair Pair lift 793 m
7 Tsubakuro Number 1 Pair Pair lift 1,015 m
8 Tsubakuro Number 2 Pair Pair lift 360 m
 
GELENDE AREA COURSE NAME LEVEL MIN
GRADIENT
MAX
GRADIENT
LENGTH
Pine Beak Oumatsu Gelende Oumatsuyama Grand Prix Course Intermediate 14 28 570 m
Oumatsuyama Holiday Course Beginner 6 10 900 m
Oumatsuyama Alpen Course Expert 17 28 700 m
Oumatsuyama Champion Course Expert 12 26 1183 m
Oumatsuyama Challenge Course Expert 22 36 790 m
Oumatsuyama Family Course Beginner 8 10 500 m
Oumatsuyama > Tsubakuro connecting course Beginner 5 12 4000 m
Oumatsuyama Alps Course Beginner 11 24 1300 m
Oumatsuyama White Peak Course Expert 23 28 766 m
Pine Beak Tsubakuro Gelende Tsubakuro Champion Course Expert 20 25 1100 m
Tsubakuro Panorama Course Expert 22 25 1100 m
Tsubakuro White Valley Course Intermediate 18 22 1300 m

Taro Area

LIFTS Name Type Length
1 Mack Pair lift 658 m
2 Guran Quad lift 781 m
3 Hinode Pair Pair lift 750 m
4 Tengu Quad Pair lift 490 m
5 Stage 1 Pair lift 638 m
6 Stage 2 Pair lift 793 m
7 Stage 3 Pair lift 1,015 m
  
GELENDE AREA COURSE NAME LEVEL MIN
GRAD.
MAX.
GRAD.
LENGTH
Shirogane Schwartz Gelende Shirogane Forest Course Beginner 8 17 1060 m
Shirogane Karamatsu Course Beginner 8 17 1210 m
Shirogane Schwartz Course Intermediate 16 26 710 m
Omote Taro Gelende Taro Long Course Beginner 6 15 2200 m
Taro Course Intermediate / Advanced 15 30 700 m
Hinode Gelende (Nighta) Hinode Gelende Beginner / Intermediate 17 27 500 m
Tengu Gelende A Course Intermediate / Advanced 12 30 800 m
Tengu Forest Course Beginner 8 15 1500 m
Ura Taro Gelende Ura Taro Challenge Course Advanced 13 26 560 m
Ura Taro Schiheil Course Advanced 16 22 470 m
Ura Taro Family Course Intermediate 12 18 670 m
Ura Taro Kamoshika Course Intermediate 11 17 710 m
Ura Taro Usagi Course Beginner 8 14 1000 m

Davos Area
 

LIFTS Name Type Length
1 Wave Pair lift 658 m
2 Schneider Triple Triple lift 781 m
3 Schneider Pony Pair lift 750 m
4 Potato Pony Pair lift 490 m
5 Beat 1 Pair lift 638 m
6 Davos Kanko Triple Chair Triple lift 793 m
7 Oku Davos Number 2 Triple Triple lift 1,015 m
8 Oku Davos Number 3 Pair Pair lift  
9 Oku Davos Number 1 Triple Chair Triple lift  
 
GELENDE AREA COURSE NAME LEVEL MIN
GRADI
MAX
GRAD
LENGTH
Ura Davos Gelende Ura Davos A Course Intermediate 10 20 570 m
Ura Davos B Course Beginner 10 14 730 m
Ura Davos C Course Beginner 13 17 430 m
Schneider Gelende Schneider Gelende Beginner / Intermediate 16 24 600 m
Schneider Family Gelende          
Hyo Davos Gelende Hyo Davos A Course Beginner / Intermediate 10 18 730 m
Hyo Davos B Course Beginner / Intermediate 10 20 760 m
Hyo Davos C Course Beginner 7 19 1080 m
Hyo Davos D Course Beginner / Intermediate 9 19 530 m
Oku Davos Gelende Oku Davos Fox Alpen   13 25 1100 m
Oku Davos Long Course   12 17 1300 m
Oku Davos Family Gelende   13 15 350 m
Dake Downhill Course Intermediate - - 6000 m
 

Lift Tickets
 

Type of ticket Adult Children (under 12) Children (Junior High)
55-64 year olds
Notes
1 day ticket 4,300 yen 2500 yen 3300 yen All days
2 day ticket 7,500 yen 5000 yen 6500 yen
3 hours ticket 3,000 yen   3000 yen
Lunch Pack ticket (adult) 4,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,800 yen Lift ticket + 800 yen worth lunch ticket, peak season
1 lift ticket (adult) 500 yen 400 yen 500 yen  
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Rental

Ski and snowboard rental is available at the resort at the following rates:

Ski Rental Adult (1 day) Child (1 day)
Ski set 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
Wear 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Ski 2,000 yen 1,500 yen
Ski boots 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Stock/poles 300 yen 300
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Snowboard rental 1 day
Snowboard set 3,000 yen
Snowboard 2,000 yen
Snowboard boots 1,500 yen
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School

Keen to learn more skiing skills?  Take a lesson at the SAJ Licensed Sugadaira Ski School to improve existing skills or learn new ones.  Contact details below:

SAJ Licensed Sugadaira Ski School

Ski School
Tel: 0268 74 2740
Fax: 0268 74 2748

http://www.janis.or.jp/users/s-school/

Reception times:
8:45-9:50, 12:30-13:20

Lesson times:
10:00-12:00, 13:30-15:30

   
  1 day Half day
General Lesson (ages 6 and over) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen
Kids Lesson (ages 4-6)* 6,000 yen 4,000 yen
Private lesson (1 person) 20,000 yen 12,000 yen
Group lesson (2-5 people) 23,000 yen 16,000 yen

*  "Kids Lessons" are available every day from 28th December - 5th January and then every Saturday, Sunday and holiday.

 

Other Facilities

Child care
Insurance and nappies are provided.  Charges are 500 yen for a half day and 1000 yen for a full day.  Times are from 9am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4pm, with a maximum number of 20 people.  For reservations call 0268 74 2138.

Medical Center
There are comprehensive medical facilities available at the Sugadaira Kogen Kokusai Resort Center, which can be contacted on 0268 74 2003.