“No need to choose, you can have it all”
You don’t have to choose between quality or quantity at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort – you get them both.
The resort enjoys exceptional falls of fine, dry powder, which can reach depths of over five metres around its 1,650m summit when the long December to May season peaks during January, February and March.
There are powder burns aplenty to enjoy it on among Nozawa’s 36 courses, which criss-cross an area of almost 300 ha from the summit down to the village – a vertical drop of more than a kilometre.
One of the best things about them is the enormous variety they offer all skiers.
Beginners are well-catered for with 40 per cent of the terrain, and some of its scenic highlights include a five-kilometre tree run linking the Paradise and Hikage slopes.
The Hikage slope is Nozawa’s main slope, and is great for families and beginners with its ski school, kids park and child care facilities.
The remainder of the terrain is divided evenly between intermediate and expert courses, which incline as much as 39º and include competition runs. Nozawa’s Uenotaira Snow Park boasts a 3.5m tall, 110m long, and 4 m wide half-pipe, to complement a good selection of fun boxes, waves, rails and kickers designed with something for all riders in mind.
During the off season period of mid-July to late August, the ski field transforms into a thrilling 10km mountain biking course. From the starting point of the Nagasaki gondola at altitude of 1,400m, mountain bikers can enjoy a scenic ride down the mountain side.
Toyosato 7653, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun
Days 8:40-17:20, Nights 16:30-20:00
Travelling times to Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
Tokyo: 2 hrs 25 min (train), Osaka: 4 hrs 30 min (train)