Training facilities

Training facilities

Downhill slopes, ski jumping and cross country training facilities.

Nozawa onsen ski area was designated as an official ski training center of the Ski Association of Japan, in 1970.
Training facilities include the Kandahar Alpine courses, Ski Jumps, and the Nagano Olympic biathlon venue used as a cross country training course.
The village is perfectly equipped to host training courses, with fast and easy access to the mountain from the village, a variety of accommodation types to host large training groups and 13 free onsen throughout the village to assist with recovery, and relaxation.

About Kandahar course general opening times

Kandahar course is an official International Ski Federation (FIS) competition course that hosts many events every year, including All Japan Ski Association and international competitions. The Kandahar course is open to the public when competitions are not being held.
Both the east and west slopes of Kandahar are advanced courses with a length of about 1km and a maximum slope of 28 °. Both courses have multiple gradient changes, so please control your speed and ski safely.

  • Please note that the opening dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and postponement, preparation, etc. of ski competitions.
  • Skiing and snowboarding are possible on general open days.

Kandahar course profile

  Giant slalom Slalom
Men Women Men Women
Start Elevation 989.5m 989.5m 885.0m 851.9m
Finish Elevation 684.9m 684.9m 684.9m 684.9m
Verttical Drop 304.6m 304.6m 200.1m 167.0m
Total Length 915.5m 988.6m 583.3m 476.2m
Maximum Grade 53.0% 53.9% 53.0% 51.7%
Minimum Grade 10.1% 11.1% 27.6% 19.0%
Averarge Grade 33.3% 30.8% 34.3% 35.1%

Slalom course training

We can set up Slalom courses to assist in effective race training. You can have poles set in specific areas or formations.
Please feel free to submit a training course application.

For enquiries phone the Ski resort management office (Nagasaka gondola station)
TEL: 0269-85-3166

*Training course reservations begin on November 1 st .
*Course is open to use between the middle of December to the end of March- depending on conditions.
*Spring ski courses are available higher on the mountain between the end of March and close of season.

Pole rental is 3000yen per 10poles per day. Use of the training area is free.

Nozawa Onsen ‘Schanze’ Medium Hill Jump Training Center

Opening period varies depending on event schedules.

Reception hours9: 30-11: 30, 13: 00-15: 00
Open for useJump House Management Office (Jump House)
Usage fee500 yen per person (including insurance).

*The facility has user accident insurance, but please bring your health insurance card in case of emergency. Also, please ensure you have personal accident insurance.
*Depending on the weather and other conditions on the day, we may ask you to maintain the jumping platform during use.
*In the event of heavy snowfall/ inclement weather it may not be possible to hold a scheduled event.
For inquiries, please contact Nozawa Onsen Ski School

Nozawa Onsen Medium Hill

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Cross Country Training Center, “ Minamihara Cross Country Course”

The Nagano Winter Olympics Biathlon competition was held on this course.Both the 5Km / 7.5Km cross-country courses are official courses of the Ski Association of Japan.
Furthermore, the start and finish points are 80m x 120m flatground, making it an ideal training area for beginners.

Opening periodLate December-Late March
* The training area is closed during competitions.
Reception hoursReception hours From 8: 30am
Usage hours: Between 9: 00-12: 00 and 13: 30-16: 30
Reception placeMinamihara Cross Country Course Administration Building.
Course management fee500 yen per person per day
Uenotaira Cross Country Course will open at the end of
March, or when the Nambara course closes.
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Professional cross country lessons are also available.

For more information, please contact the Nozawa onsen ski school (0269-85-2623).

Cross Country Training Center : Uenotaira Cross Country Course.

The Uenotaira Cross Country Course, located at 1,300m, is maintained at the beginning and later stages of the ski season, Meaning that, between the Nambara and Uenotaira courses, cross country training, on snow, is possible for 5 months of the year.

Opening periodEarly December until the opening of the Nanbara course.
And Saturdays and Sundays in April and Golden Week
Cross-country lessons held by professional staff on request.
Reception8: 30-13: 30
Reception placeUenotaira Cross Country Course Administration Building
Course management and usage fee500 yen per person per day
Cross country packTicket A (Gondola fee, Uenotaira quad lift 1-time ticket, lunch, and course fee).
Adult 3,000yen
child 2,500yen

Ticket B (Gondola fee, Uenotaira quad lift 1-time ticket, management fee).
Adult 2,400yen
child 1,900yen
RemarksThe opening period and reception location may change depending on the snow conditions.
* Cross-country packs are sold only to customers using ski cross- country skis
* Please note that the ticket is valid only on the day of purchase.
* Cross-country packs are sold only during the period when the Uenotaira Cross-Country Course is open.