Best skiing in Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen has so many high quality areas to ski or snowboard, there are 36 trails in total. These are a few of our favourite runs:
4,500m red/black: The fastest way from the top of the mountain to the bottom, this intermediate-advanced course starts by snaking down the ridge line as a red, becoming a black half way down. Often referred to as a rollercoaster, Skyline also has a few flat spots to give the legs a rest and take in the amazing views before dropping into the next fast section. For skiers who do not want to take the black section of Skyline, there are two beginner friendly cat tracks which guide you down to the bottom via Karasawa. Intermediate skiers do not have to take the advanced black section of Skyline.
1,200m green: One of the widest beginner areas in existence, allowing ample space to practice carving. The pitch of Paradise is absolutely perfect for beginners to improve. Also featuring some of the best restaurants on the mountain. If green runs are not your thing, Paradise gives direct access to some of the steepest courses in Nozawa Onsen and serves as a good warmup en route.
3,000m green: If you want an entire 3km run to yourself, check our Karasawa. Although best suited to beginners, anyone can have fun here, with ample space to carve and fly into the powder built up on either side. Karasawa goes unnoticed due access via Skyline, which is an intermediate/advanced course. Most intermediate/advanced skiers do not want to drop down to the green, meaning the snow stays mostly untouched all day. For beginners, there is a Karasawa chairlift which can take you half way up Karasawa. A great, quiet place to learn.
1,300m red: The top of the mountain and the most user friendly powder snow courses you will find in Nozawa Onsen. Yamabiko is in fact five separate courses, all red for intermediate/advanced, all groomed except for one ungroomed powder/mogul course. The best views in Nozawa Onsen. Come early for the fresh groomed runs and untracked powder, it can get bumpy in the afternoon.
1,400m green: The best kept secret for uncrowded weekend skiing. This area is relatively hidden, as it used to be accessed by the middle station of the previous gondola. The new direct gondola bypassing this area will make it even quieter. Please note that these chairlifts only run on weekends or public holidays. Great introduction to powder skiing in some areas next to the piste. The exit from this area for beginners is very flat. Snowboarders will have to unclip and push, especially if there is a lot of fresh snow. Advanced skiers can exit this area down a steep ungroomed course.
These are some of our favourite areas to ski in Nozawa Onsen. If you have any questions about the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort we will be happy to help, contact us here.