Tangram Ski Circus, Nagano, Japan
Tangram Ski Circus: Overview
Tangram Ski Circus (スキー場：タングラムスキーサーカス) enjoys a wonderful position at the base of Mt. Madarao – overlooking Iiyama & Nozawa Onsen in one direction and, on a clear day, the spectacular mountains of Myoko Kogen and the Japan Sea in the other. Tangram is only is a small-medium sized deluxe ski resort but offers skiers and snowboarders an impressive 520 metres (1706 feet) of vertical descent. Madarao-Kogen Ski Area 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.
The resort features a Western-style hotel (see places to stay), a bright restaurant area with big windows overlooking the slopes, a snow mobile track, an indoor swimming pool and onsen, plus a health club and games arcade.
Tangram Ski Circus is best suited to a range of skiers and snowboarders with it’s excellent wide, open runs that are never very crowded. For advanced skiers there hasn’t been a lot of challenge in recent years apart from a punishing mogul run. However in 2016 they have begun opening new tree runs and relaxing off-piste rules.
Lifts: 6 Trails: 14 (Beg:30% Int:40% Adv:30%)
Lift Ticket Prices 2017/18
|Ticket||Adult||Senior (over 55)||Child||Remarks|
|4 hour ticket||3,200yen||2,800yen||2,500yen||Valid 4 hrs from purchase.|
|Single use ticket||500yen|
|Single use (11x)||5,000yen|
|Night skiing||1,500yen||Preschoolers, 800yen|
|Season Pass||Adult 30,000yen||Senior 30,000yen||Child 20,000yen|
Madarao Mountain Pass (valid for both Madarao Kogen Ski Resort ＆ Tangram)
|Type of ticket||Adult / Senior (over 55) / Junior & senior high school students||Kids (under 12yo)|
|Mountain 1 Day Pass||5,000 yen||3,000 yen|
Tangram Ski Resort: Accommodation
The Tangram Hotel is a high-end, mountainside resort, overlooking surrounding the ski lifts and slopes. Featuring sitting areas with sofas, the refined rooms come with free Wi-Fi and TVs. Some rooms have traditional features such as chabudai dining tables and tatami floors. The hotel has an elegant restaurant featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace. There's also an indoor pool, a game room, tennis courts and an onsen, a bathhouse with natural hot spring water. Parking is complimentary. Check here for other Tangram Ski Resort accommodation.
Tangram Ski Resort: Access
Train: Twenty minutes from Myokokogen Station on the Kita-Shinano line, or thirty minutes from JR Iiyama Station (Shinkansen stop).