Mt Norikura Snow Resort (Matsumoto City, Nagano)

Mt Norikura Snow Resort
(長野県 松本市)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until March 2021
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Mt Norikura Snow Resort is located on the eastern foothills of Mt Norikura, to the west of central Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture. The resort covers quite a wide area and is known for often very good snow conditions. There are a few official ungroomed snow course areas. It has been operating since 1961. Mt Norikura Snow Resort recently changed hands and is now part of the Blue Resort group.

For the 2020-2021 season the Torii One quad lift and Wasabisawa Lift will not be operating and the Yamaboushi lift may also be rested on weekdays.

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

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Mt Norikura Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 70cm 60cm 1st 110cm 110cm 1st 110cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 60cm 2nd 110cm 110cm 2nd 110cm 90cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 60cm 3rd 110cm 110cm 3rd 110cm 90cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 70cm 4th 110cm 110cm 4th 100cm 90cm
5th 10cm - 5th 70cm 80cm 5th 110cm 110cm 5th 100cm 90cm
6th 10cm - 6th 70cm 80cm 6th 110cm 120cm 6th 100cm 90cm
7th 10cm - 7th 70cm 80cm 7th 110cm 120cm 7th 100cm 90cm
8th 10cm - 8th 80cm 70cm 8th 110cm 120cm 8th 100cm 80cm
9th 30cm - 9th 80cm 70cm 9th 120cm 120cm 9th 100cm 80cm
10th 30cm - 10th 80cm 70cm 10th 120cm 120cm 10th 100cm 70cm
11th 30cm - 11th 80cm 70cm 11th 130cm 120cm 11th 100cm 70cm
12th 30cm - 12th 90cm 70cm 12th 130cm 130cm 12th 100cm 60cm
13th 30cm - 13th 90cm 70cm 13th 130cm 130cm 13th 130cm 60cm
14th 40cm 40cm 14th 90cm 80cm 14th 120cm 130cm 14th 130cm 60cm
15th 40cm 40cm 15th 90cm 80cm 15th 120cm 120cm 15th 120cm 60cm
16th 50cm 40cm 16th 80cm 80cm 16th 120cm 110cm 16th 110cm 70cm
17th 60cm 30cm 17th 80cm 80cm 17th 140cm 90cm 17th 90cm 80cm
18th 60cm 30cm 18th 80cm 80cm 18th 140cm 100cm 18th 90cm 80cm
19th 60cm 30cm 19th 90cm 80cm 19th 140cm 100cm 19th 90cm 80cm
20th 70cm 30cm 20th 90cm 80cm 20th 140cm 100cm 20th 90cm 80cm
21st 70cm 40cm 21st 90cm 90cm 21st 140cm 90cm 21st 80cm 80cm
22nd 70cm 40cm 22nd 90cm 90cm 22nd 130cm 90cm 22nd 70cm 70cm
23rd 70cm 50cm 23rd 90cm 100cm 23rd 130cm 90cm 23rd 70cm 50cm
24th 70cm 50cm 24th 90cm 100cm 24th 130cm 100cm 24th 70cm 50cm
25th 70cm 50cm 25th 90cm 100cm 25th 130cm 100cm 25th 70cm 50cm
26th 70cm 50cm 26th 90cm 100cm 26th 130cm 100cm 26th 70cm 40cm
27th 70cm 40cm 27th 90cm 100cm 27th 130cm 100cm 27th 70cm 30cm
28th 70cm 60cm 28th 90cm 110cm 28th 120cm 100cm 28th 70cm 30cm
29th 70cm 60cm 29th 100cm 110cm 29th - 100cm 29th 60cm 30cm
30th 70cm 60cm 30th 100cm 110cm 30th 30th 60cm 40cm
31st 70cm 60cm 31st 110cm 110cm 31st 31st 60cm 30cm

Previous Statistics

Mt Norikura Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Mt Norikura Snow Resort. 
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
There is a kids park called 'Kids Park Norikurando'. Entry is 500 yen and it is open from 9:30am until 3:30pm. (The mascot for the resort appears to be an eye-patch wearing bird... looks fairly friendly though and the kids seem to like him/her!) 
Park Information
Park information
There is a park area as well as a number of ungroomed course areas at Mt Norikura. 

Mt Norikura Snow Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Mt Norikura Snow Resort is open from 8:45am until 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Mt Norikura Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
Older Child
Senior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,300 yen
4 Hours 3,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 400 yen 400 yen 500 yen
12 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 5,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 40,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 34,000 yen 20,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.

If you live in Matsumoto or nearby, a cheaper one day lift ticket is available for 3,000 yen.

There are also various special lift ticket prices including the following:

Children's Day is the 3rd Sunday of January, February and March - Elementary school age ride the lifts for free, 100 get a free burger (!) and there's some kind of offer on for snowmobile experiences.
Cosplay Day is the 4th Sunday of January, February and March - arrive in complete cosplay gear for a free lift ticket.
Monday - 'Ladies Day' (excluding 13th January and 24th February) - 2,100 yen one day ticket special price
Wednesday - 2,100 yen one day ticket special price for anyone and everyone. Including eye-patch wearing birds
Thursday - 'Senior Day' (excluding 13th January and 24th February) - 2,100 yen one day ticket special price

Getting to Mt Norikura Snow Resort

By public transport
29km from Shin Shimashima Station on the Kamikochi Line
43km from Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line
Transport Information
Mt Norikura Snow Resort is 29km from Shin Shimashima Station on the Kamikochi line and about 43km from Matsumoto Station.

>> More information on the Shinonoi train line
A free shuttle bus from central Matsumoto is available, mainly on weekends. Reservations are required (at least 4 days in advance).
By Car
40.6km from the Matsumoto IC on the Nagano Expressway
44.4km from the Shiojiri Kita IC on the Nagano Expressway
50.4km from the Shiojiri IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 158 (11.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 84
Mt Norikura Snow Resort is about 40km from the Matsumoto IC exit and 44.4km from the Shiojiri Kita IC exit on the Nagano Expressway.

From the Matsumoto IC exit, turn right onto Route 158 and follow the road for about 29km until reaching the sign to turn left onto Prefecture Road 84. Follow the signs to the base of the resort.

>> More information on the Nagano Expressway

There is parking for 900 vehicles near the base of the ski hill on various car parks. Parking is free every day of the season and open 24 hours a day.

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