Tsugaike Kogen resort review (Otari Village, Nagano)

Tsugaike Kogen
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by lozzac on 17th February 2015
Good vertical
I visited TK on a lovely sunny day.
It's fairly close to Happo One & presumably will one day link up to make a huge skijo!
The principal lift is the gondola which had massive queues throughout the day.
It hadn't snowed for a few days so no off piste action.
There are some excellent very long cruising Red intermediate runs.
there is one longish ridgeline black.
It starts off as a deceptively groomed slope before heading into a long challenging mogul field.
Bizarrely the top gondola doesn't open till Spring so I can't report on what terrain I missed out on.
Some nice eating options in the village at the bottom.
Last but not least there's a bizarre Colonel Sanders gondola which flies around!!!
Date visited: From 07 February, 2015 To 07 February, 2015
Snow condition on visit: Packed Powder(LOL)
Things I liked: Red cruisers
Things I didn't like: Massive liftlines for the gondola
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Not recommended for: Off-piste opportunities
General score: 65
Snow conditions: 65
Courses/Terrain: 55
Lift system: 50
Apres ski: 65

Tsugaike Kogen

Otari Village, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 63
Snow conditions: 64
Courses/Terrain: 59
Lift system: 58
Apres ski: 42

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1704m
Min. elevation: 800m
Vertical: 904m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 4630m
Number of lifts: 21

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