Echo Valley (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Echo Valley
エコーバレー (長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
Special 'Pre-open' is planned for 7th and 8th December
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Echo Valley is located to the north west of Lake Shirakaba in Nagawa town in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It has been operating since 1981.

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.

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The Mountain

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Echo Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 95cm 1st - 120cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 95cm 2nd - 120cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 95cm 3rd - 120cm
4th - - 4th - 50cm 4th - 95cm 4th - 120cm
5th - - 5th - 50cm 5th - 95cm 5th - 120cm
6th - - 6th - 50cm 6th - 95cm 6th - 120cm
7th 50cm - 7th - 50cm 7th - 95cm 7th - 115cm
8th 50cm - 8th - 50cm 8th - 95cm 8th - 115cm
9th 50cm - 9th - 70cm 9th - 95cm 9th - 115cm
10th 50cm - 10th - 70cm 10th - 105cm 10th - 115cm
11th 50cm - 11th - 70cm 11th - 105cm 11th - 115cm
12th 50cm - 12th - 70cm 12th - 105cm 12th - 115cm
13th 50cm - 13th - 70cm 13th - 105cm 13th - 115cm
14th 50cm - 14th - 70cm 14th - 105cm 14th - 115cm
15th - 45cm 15th - 75cm 15th - 105cm 15th - 115cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 80cm 16th - 105cm 16th - 115cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 105cm 17th - 115cm
18th - 50cm 18th - 80cm 18th - 105cm 18th - 115cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 80cm 19th - 105cm 19th - 115cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 80cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 115cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 80cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 115cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 95cm 22nd - 110cm 22nd - 115cm
23rd - 45cm 23rd - 95cm 23rd - 110cm 23rd - 115cm
24th - 45cm 24th - 95cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 115cm
25th - 45cm 25th - 95cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 115cm
26th - 45cm 26th - 95cm 26th - 120cm 26th - 115cm
27th - 40cm 27th - 95cm 27th - 120cm 27th - 130cm
28th - 45cm 28th - 95cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 130cm
29th - 45cm 29th - 95cm 29th - - 29th - 130cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 95cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 95cm 31st 31st - 130cm

Previous Statistics

Echo Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Echo Valley. 
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 beginners area that can be used before riding the lifts. On weekends and holidays the 'Slow Area' by the Number 2 triple lift is open. 
Park Information
Park information

Echo Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Echo Valley is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays between late December 2017 and mid March 2018.

Echo Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,600 yen 2,000 yen 3,200 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,600 yen
1.5 Days 4,500 yen 3,000 yen 4,300 yen
2 Days 6,000 yen 3,700 yen 5,000 yen
Half Day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
Nighta additional fee 500 yen 300 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 25,000 yen 33,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day and 2 Day tickets are valid from opening until daytime closing (4:00pm on weekdays and 4:30pm on weekends and holidays).

Nighta is on Fridays and Saturdays from late December 2017 until mid March 2018.

Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month. On those days, children of elementary school age and under can ride the lifts for free.

Senior Day is every Tuesday. On those days a 1 day ticket for seniors is half price (1,500 yen).

Ladies Day is every Thursday (except 29th December 2016). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is half price (2,000 yen).

Mens Day is every Friday (except 23rd and 30th December 2016). On those days men buying a 1 day lift ticket get an 800 yen lunch voucher.

Getting to Echo Valley

By public transport
41.3km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.6km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Echo Valley is under 25km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 41km from Echo Valley.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
No shuttle bus information is available.
By Car
26.8km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
29.8km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.4km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (2.3km away)
Echo Valley is located to the north west of Shirakaba lake and just over 2km 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
There is parking for 2,500 vehicles at the base of Echo Valley. Parking is free to use and open 24 hours a day.

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