Madarao Kogen Ski Resort

Madarao Mountain Resort

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madarao kogen ski resort, madarao mountain resortMadarao Kogen Ski Resort (斑尾高原スキー場 or a.k.a. Madarao Mountain Resort) is a unique bowl shape resort with 22 separate courses best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, but there is some terrain for beginners and some fairly steep runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

There’s a lot to see and do on the mountain, but you’ll easily be able to explore all it’s runs in a full day. Despite typical Japanese lift infrastructure geared to on-piste skiers accessing the lower slopes, you can still access most areas without too much traversing and upload reasonably efficiently. There are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available as well as Madarao backcountry tours.

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Madarao Ski Resort: About

Mt. Madarao reaches a height of 1,382 meters tall and has 16 lifts, all of which are free for overseas children 12 and under. The common consensus is that this resort is usually uncrowded during weekdays with a good selection of runs, some nicely groomed trails (although 60% of the courses are ungroomed), and there are also very impressive views of Mt Myoko on a clear day. Madarao Kogen Ski Resort is quite near to Nagano City as well as the resorts in Myoko and Nozawa Onsen.

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Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Info

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Madarao Kogen ski resort info

Two new courses were built at Madarao Kogen in 2009. Specifically constructed more for advanced skiers and snowboarders, the ‘Air Wave’ and ‘Usagi’ (rabbit) courses are ungroomed courses. Air Wave boasts moguls, opportunities for ‘air’ and tree runs – a powder snow paradise. The Usagi is bit easier so more suited to those looking to try out ungroomed areas without getting into too much difficulty. There was yet another new tree course for the 2013/14 season (see video) known as Powder Line. For more details see this info here

Madarao-Kogen is connected to Tangram Ski Circus Resort at the top of the mountain and a joint ticket is available to let you ski or snowboard both. For those wanting to step outside the resort, backcountry access is available through the top gate. There are also plenty of options to ski back into the resort for lift-accessed sidecountry fun and backcountry ski tours in Madarao Kogen are available.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: More info

Lift and food prices are reasonable, plus there are discounts for seniors over 58 yrs old.

Like many Japanese resorts, Madarao offers night skiing on weekends. They also host New Year’s Eve nightskiing and fireworks, and a Dondoyaki Fire Festival in early January. See our Events page for more info on these.

There are various food options on the mountain including a large cafeteria offering moderately-priced food from ramen to hotdogs and tap beer, a convenience store and several small eateries.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Ski School, Ski Rental and Kids

There are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available at North Nagano Outdoor Sports, Madarao Sports Academy and Action Snow Sports. Additionally Madarao back country and ski guiding tours are available. For your Madarao ski rental needs there are three ski shops + various accommodation providers also have ski rental onsite.

See more information and request your Madarao ski school lessons and Madarao Ski Rental here!

For anyone wanting to ski with young families, there is also childcare and a kids park available. Next to the kids park, Restaurant Tyrol has a kids room and other child services available.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Stats

Longest Run: 2,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Child Care and/or Kids Park: Yes
Cross-country available: Yes
Elevation: 1,350 metres
Vertical Drop: 440 metres
Terrain Parks: Yes
– Giant Course (Freeride Park) – table top, 1/4 pipe, hip spine, rail, box, kicker, hip

Madarao Ski Area: Ski Runs & Trail Map

Lifts: 16 Trails: 22 (Beg:30% Int:45% Adv:25%)

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort trail mapDownload a .pdf version here

Lift Ticket Prices 2017/18

Area Pass (valid only for Madarao Kogen Ski Resort)

Tangram Lifts are not included on this pass. Customers who plan on using the Tangram lifts should purchase the Mountain Pass.

Type of ticket Adult Senior(over 55)、
Junior and senior high school students
Kids(under 12)
Single Lift 400 yen 400 yen 300 yen
4 Hour Pass 3,900 yen 3,200 yen Not set Valid from 4 hours of purchase time
1 Day Pass 4,500 yen 4,000 yen 1,500 yen 8:30 – 17:00
2 Day Pass 8,100 yen 7,100 yen 2,500 yen
3 Day Pass 11,900 yen 10,100 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon + Nighter Pass 4,800 yen 4,000 yen Not set 12:00 – 21:00
Nighter Pass 1,800 yen 1.600 yen Not set(Included in 1DayPass) 17:00 – 21:00
Afternoon+Year-end Nighter Pass 5,500yen 4,700yen Not set 12/31(New Year’s Eve)12:00-24:00
Year-end Nighter Pass 2,500yen 2,100yen Not set 12/31(New Year’s Eve)17:00-24:00

Mountain Pass (valid for both Madarao Kogen Ski Resort & Tangram)

Type of ticket Adult
Senior(over 55)
Junior and senior high school students
Kids (under 12yo)
Mountain 1 Day Pass  5,000 yen  3,000 yen 8:30 – 17:00
(Cannot be used during “Nighter” hours).
Mountain 1 Day Pass Add 500 yen to Area pass
Mountain 2 Pass Add 1,000 yen to Area pass
Mountain 3 Pass Add 1,500 yen to Area pass

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0269-64-3214 | Website

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Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Accommodation

There is a great variety of Madarao accommodation from Annex Aburaya right by the ski lifts, or cosy lodges such as Fujio Pension and Alp Bach Madarao. See more Madarao hotels and accommodation here.

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Madarao Kogen Hotel offers ski-out convenience, being situated right at the top of the Madarao Kogen ski lifts. The hotel offers a beautiful view of the Madarao Plateau plus an onsen onsite. The restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes, Japanese cuisine made with ingredients freshly plucked from the Sea of Japan, or Chinese dishes. Madarao Kogen Hotel is family friendly with English speaking concierge and handily located close to ski rentals, restaurants, etc. Packages with ticket available – contact us for more details and/or a quote.

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Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Access

Train: Twenty five minutes from Myokokogen Station on the Kita-Shinano line, or fifteen minutes from JR Iiyama Station (Shinkansen stop).

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Need a car? Madarao car rentals. Pick up at Iiyama Station.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Weather and Snow Forecast

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Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort: Webcam

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