Blanche Takayama Ski Resort (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
(長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Saturday 5th December 2020 until late April 2021
Official snow depth 120cm (0cm) [updated on 7th March 2021]

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Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is a skiers-only resort, located in Nagawa town to the north of Lake Shirakaba in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It is the most northerly of the ski resorts in this particular area and has been operating since 1985. The resort boasts of fine weather on over 80% of days during the season (though some readers may well be feeling that such a thing is not something to boast about!)

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

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.

Regional information Learn more about the Nagano region

The Mountain

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Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 85cm 50cm 1st 120cm 80cm 1st 130cm 80cm
2nd - - 2nd 85cm 50cm 2nd 120cm 80cm 2nd 130cm 80cm
3rd - - 3rd 85cm 50cm 3rd 120cm 80cm 3rd 120cm 80cm
4th - - 4th 85cm 50cm 4th 120cm 80cm 4th 120cm 75cm
5th - - 5th 85cm 55cm 5th 120cm 80cm 5th 120cm 75cm
6th - - 6th 85cm 55cm 6th 120cm 80cm 6th 120cm 75cm
7th - 35cm 7th 85cm 55cm 7th 120cm 80cm 7th 120cm 75cm
8th - 35cm 8th 85cm 55cm 8th 120cm 80cm 8th - 75cm
9th - 35cm 9th 90cm 55cm 9th 120cm 80cm 9th - 75cm
10th - 35cm 10th 90cm 50cm 10th 120cm 80cm 10th - 75cm
11th - 35cm 11th 90cm 50cm 11th 120cm 80cm 11th - 75cm
12th 30cm 35cm 12th 90cm 50cm 12th 120cm 85cm 12th - 75cm
13th 30cm 40cm 13th 90cm 50cm 13th 120cm 85cm 13th - 75cm
14th 30cm 40cm 14th 90cm 50cm 14th 120cm 85cm 14th - 70cm
15th 40cm 40cm 15th 90cm 60cm 15th 120cm 85cm 15th - 70cm
16th 40cm 40cm 16th 90cm 60cm 16th 120cm 85cm 16th - 70cm
17th 50cm 40cm 17th 90cm 60cm 17th 120cm 75cm 17th - 70cm
18th 50cm 40cm 18th 90cm 60cm 18th 130cm 75cm 18th - 75cm
19th 60cm 35cm 19th 90cm 60cm 19th 130cm 75cm 19th - 80cm
20th 60cm 35cm 20th 90cm 70cm 20th 130cm 75cm 20th - 80cm
21st 60cm 35cm 21st 90cm 70cm 21st 130cm 75cm 21st - 70cm
22nd 60cm 35cm 22nd 90cm 70cm 22nd 130cm 75cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd 60cm 50cm 23rd 90cm 70cm 23rd 130cm 75cm 23rd - 70cm
24th 60cm 50cm 24th 110cm 70cm 24th 130cm 75cm 24th - 70cm
25th 60cm 50cm 25th 120cm 70cm 25th 130cm 75cm 25th - 70cm
26th 60cm 50cm 26th 120cm 70cm 26th 130cm 80cm 26th - 70cm
27th 60cm 45cm 27th 120cm 70cm 27th 130cm 80cm 27th - 70cm
28th 65cm 45cm 28th 120cm 80cm 28th 130cm 80cm 28th - 60cm
29th 65cm 50cm 29th 120cm 80cm 29th - 80cm 29th - 70cm
30th 65cm 50cm 30th 120cm 80cm 30th 30th - 70cm
31st 85cm 50cm 31st 120cm 80cm 31st 31st - 65cm

Previous Statistics

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Blanche Takayama Ski Resort at the Ski School and the Kids School.

Snowboarding is not allowed at this resort. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment and wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Chibikko Wan-Park' is located at the base of the resort and there are various areas: Ski Area, Sledge Area, Tubing Area and Snowmobile Area. Entry is 1,000 yen (free with valid lift ticket). Other charges for various activities may apply.  
Park Information
Park information
There is also a 3,700m long beginner cross course. 

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on holidays.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Pre-School age
Older Child
Elementary School age
55-69 year olds
1 Day 4,800 yen 1,000 yen 2,800 yen 3,800 yen
2 Days 8,200 yen 1,800 yen 4,800 yen 6,200 yen
Half Day 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen
Season Ticket 48,000 yen 9,000 yen 25,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

A Gold ticket for those ages 70 and over is also available - charges are 3,000 yen for 1 day; 5,200 yen for 2 days and 2,500 yen for a half day.

Half day tickets are valid from opening until 1:00pm or from 11:30am until closing.

Early season half price one day lift tickets are available until 11th December 2020.

A number of family tickets are available:

Family A ticket (1 adult and 1 elementary school age child) - 7,000 yen
Family B ticket (1 adult and 2 elementary school age children) - 9,500 yen
Family C ticket (2 adults and 1 elementary school age child) - 11,000 yen
Family D ticket (2 adults and 2 elementary school age children) - 14,000 yen

A season ticket allows the holder to buy a 1,000 yen one-day lift ticket at other nearby ski resorts (Kurumayama, Pilatus, Shirakaba Kogen, Shirakaba 2in1, Shirakaba Royal Hill and Echo Valley).

Getting to Blanche Takayama Ski Resort

By public transport
37.9km from Ueda Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
27km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is about 27km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.
No free shuttle bus service is available.

A taxi from Chino Station takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
23.5km from the Okaya IC on the Nagano Expressway
29.5km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.2km from the Ueda Sugadaira IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (3.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 155
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is located to the north of Shirakaba lake and just under 4km off Route 152, otherwise known as Daimon Highway.

From the Suwa IC exit on the Chuo Expressway, turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to and past Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the resort which is signposted off Route 152 to the north of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway

Parking is available for 1,500 vehicles at the base of the ski hill.

The car parks are open 24 hours a day and free to use.

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2020-2021 UPDATES
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