Whether you are introducing a child to the snow for the very first time or an adult looking for a new adventure in skiing, Nozawa Onsen ski resort has the perfect area for you to get you started !
Uenotaira and Paradise slopes
With an excellent snow quality thanks to lower temperature than at the foot at the valley, Uenotaira and Paradise slopes offer the best gentle and wider courses of the whole resort. Served by a 4 seater chairlift, secured by hand grab bar and a hood, enjoy a safe ride back up to the beginning of the slope. To reach the bottom of the mountain, you can either go on the Rinkan course, a gentle but narrow forest slope, or grab the Gondola back. A perfect area to ski and snowboard with family and friends !
The Foot of the Mountain – Hikage Area * Nagasaka * Karasawa
The lower slopes of the resort are separated in 3 different locations : Hikage – Nagasaka – Karasawa. You will find there, wide and gentle slopes with quick and easy access from the village. Within a short walk distance from most accommodation and close to rental shops, firsttimers guests can also enjoy winter sports.
Of the three areas, Karasawa is the lowest one and is located next to the parking P2. A Ticket center, toilets and shuttle bus stop make its access easy even during snow storm. The main slope is serviced by the Karasawa Pair Lift. And the Nagasaka Link chairlift gives you a easy access to the Nagasaka gondola, in the next valley.
With the most busy area in the morning, you find Nagasaka, located next to the parking P1 (separated in A – B – C block with direct access to the slopes). Here you can find rental shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. A ticket center, toilets, and the last stop of the free shuttle bus to complete the services range available overthere.
Finally, the most preferred area of family and kids, The Hikage area. Higher up on the mounrtain with access via travelator to and from the village. This is where you will find the Kids Park and School for lesons. A ticket center, toilets, child daycare, restaurants and rental shops are also provided on that side of the mountain.
Nozawa Onsen Kids Park
Safe ! Worry-free ! Rich ! Let’s play in the snow at at the Kids Park !
The park is easily accessible from the village via a conveyor belt called “Yu Road” (from the Kanji Play and the word ‘road’, literraly means the “Fun’s Road”) or by snow mobile shuttle, Naski Go, from the Nagasaka area (dedicated transportation for kids and family that use the Kids park – Free of charge). It is located in the Hikage area, just in front of the Hikage Information Center.
A safe but exiting kids play area, with everything the little ones need. Here you will find sled and tubing courses, jumping castles and Magic carpets for first time skiers and snowboarders.
The kids park operates every day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, from the middle of December till the end of March depending on the snow conditions.
Ski and snowboard lessons for children
Lessons are held every day at the Hikage ski school. Ski lesson are open for children from 3 to 12 years old.
Snowboard lessons are open for children from 7 to 12 years old.
Lessons are divided into groups that fits a certain level. Absolute beginners stay near the kids park at the magic carpet while more capable skiers/snowboarders are taken out into the resort to learn. Parents meet their children back at the kids park at the end of the lesson.