Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano Town, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
タングラムスキーサーカス (長野県 信濃町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao in Shinano town, Nagano Prefecture – right on the border with Myoko city in Niigata Prefecture. On a clear day from the top there are spectacular views of Mt Myoko and Lake Nojiri and you can buy a return ticket just for this lift to go up to see the views. This resort opened in 1989.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski and snowboard resorts – the other one being Madarao Kogen. The two resorts are connected and a joint shared lift ticket is available. As with Madarao Kogen, there are a few ungroomed 'powder runs' and 'tree runs' at Tangram Ski Circus as well as features and activities for children and families.

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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Tangram Ski Circus is lift-connected with:
Madarao Mountain Resort

Tangram Ski Circus Course Map

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Tangram Ski Circus Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 150cm 1st - 220cm 1st - 230cm
2nd - - 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 220cm
3rd - - 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 220cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 210cm
5th - - 5th - 200cm 5th - 220cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 200cm 6th - 220cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 200cm 7th - 220cm 7th - 200cm
8th - - 8th - 200cm 8th - 230cm 8th - 200cm
9th - - 9th - 200cm 9th - 230cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 190cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 170cm
11th - - 11th - 190cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 170cm
12th - - 12th - 190cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 170cm
13th - - 13th - 200cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 210cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th - 210cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 150cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 150cm
17th - 80cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 150cm
18th - 100cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 150cm
19th - 100cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 240cm 19th - 140cm
20th - 110cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 140cm
21st - 110cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 240cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - 110cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 100cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 100cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 140cm
25th - 100cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 130cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 130cm
27th - 130cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 120cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 120cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - 110cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 230cm 30th 30th - 110cm
31st - 150cm 31st - 220cm 31st 31st - 90cm

Previous Statistics

Tangram Ski Circus Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tangram Ski Circus. 
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
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort and has a variety of child friendly activities and items to play with - entry is free for those with lift tickets or 800 yen for those without. Open from 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019.

There is also a snow escalator by the Number 5 quad lift that services a small beginners area. Free to use.

Within Hotel Tangram there is a child-care facility available (half day from 2,800 yen; full day from 5,400 yen). Available from 24th December 2018 until 24th March 2019. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located by the Number 3 lift and features various items.

Various activities are available at Tangram - snow mobiles, snow rafting, kids cat experience... as well as an on-the-snow 'Dog Run'. 

Tangram Ski Circus 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 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tangram Ski Circus is generally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 22nd December 2018 until 23rd March 2019 as well as over the New Year period (28th December until 5th January), 23rd December 2018, 13th January 2019 and 10th February 2019. The slopes are groomed before nighta operations start. The Number 3 quad lift operates for nighta.

Tangram Ski Circus Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days 7,600 yen 5,400 yen 6,400 yen
3 Days 11,400 yen 8,100 yen 9,800 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Mountain Pass 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Mountain Pass is valid at Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen.

A sightseeing lift for people just wanting enjoy the views of Nojiriko (Lake Nojiri) from the top is available. That lift costs 1,200 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children (return).

Getting to Tangram Ski Circus

By public transport
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8.8km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Tangram Ski Circus is about 9km from Myoko Kogen Station.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is just over 16km from Tangram.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by public transport
A bus is available from Iiyama Station.
By Car
10.6km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (8.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen resorts. That road - along with Prefecture Road 96 on the Myoko side - connects Iiyama city with Myoko city and the road is open throughout the winter months.

Approaching from the Joshinetsu Expressway
If approaching from the south the nearest exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway is the Shinano-machi IC.
If approaching from the north, exit the expressway at the Myoko Kogen IC.
From both head up to Madarao using Prefecture Road 96 and then Prefecture Road 97.

Approaching from central Iiyama and Route 117
If arriving from the east using Route 117, there are a number of Madarao Kogen signposts near the central area of Iiyama City. Madarao Kogen resort is about 11.5km from Route 117 and the base of Tangram Ski Circus is a further 5.5km along the same road.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by car
Parking is available at the base of Tangram Ski Circus.

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