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“A Hidden Jewel in North Nagano”

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Iiyama
Certificate of Excellence
Yokohama, Japan
Level Contributor
36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A Hidden Jewel in North Nagano”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Halfway up towards the famous Nozawa Onsen ski area from Nagano city is this small but charming ski area. From wide groomed slopes ideal to carve to challenging ungroomed runs, there is a good mix of slopes of different charactors, with which you never get bored for the whole day. There are several cafeterias mostly located at the bases, which offer food well above the average in quality for such places at ski areas. Some hot, spicy dishes make you warm from the inside on a chilly day. Families with small children should be pleased that primary school pupils can ski free here. However, the real charm of this little ski area is its relaxed yet well-managed off-piste policy. Thanks to the north-facing slopes and a relatively high altitude, there is a good chance to be able to enjoy fine, light powder in January and February. One of a few downsides is its slow and ineffecient lift system. Except for twin quad lifts along the main slope, all the lifts are a bit dated short fixed chair lifts obviously opearated slower than usual. You sometimes have to take two or three lifts to ski down a slope and going back to the top often takes time.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Fantastic powder”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very accessible ski resort with fantastic amount of snow. It's a very lively place with many ski and snowboard noobs, and yet caters to pros skiers and snowboarders as well.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank asianms
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“First Time Snowboarder”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

This was my first snowboarding experience, but it was a lot of fun.
The beginner’s slope was a bit crowded though.

Visited January 2012
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