Suginohara Ski Resort

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Myoko Suginohara
Myoko Suginohara
Suginohara has some lovely tree skiing
Suginohara has some lovely tree skiing
Suginohara sidecountry
Suginohara sidecountry
Suginohara has a good range of slopeside eateries
Suginohara has a good range of slopeside eateries
Puki Yuki the snow goddess blesses Myoko Kogen
Puki Yuki the snow goddess blesses Myoko Kogen
Suginohara Myoko Ski Resort
Suginohara Myoko Ski Resort
Lake views at Myoko Suginohara
Lake views at Myoko Suginohara
Myoko Suginohara has highly renowned sidecountry
Myoko Suginohara has highly renowned sidecountry
Suginohara has long cruisers
Suginohara has long cruisers
The Suginohara Gondola
The Suginohara Gondola
Myoko Suginohara
Myoko Suginohara
Suginohara Ski Resort has 2 hooded quad chairs
Suginohara Ski Resort has 2 hooded quad chairs
Wide open groomers
Wide open groomers
The hooded quads are nice on inclement weather days
The hooded quads are nice on inclement weather days
The very slow access double chair from the village
The very slow access double chair from the village
Suginohara Ski Resort Myoko
Suginohara Ski Resort Myoko
Suginohara Myoko has long cruisy groomed runs
Suginohara Myoko has long cruisy groomed runs

Suginohara Ski Resort

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Suginohara Ski Resort Myoko

Myoko Suginohara is possibly our favourite of the Myoko ski resorts, with super long cruisy groomers, some nice tree skiing and fun sidecountry. Often called “Sugi” for short, Suginohara Ski Resort is proud to have the longest run in Japan at 8.5km. The only problem with their claim is that Zao Onsen actually has a longer run (10km), although the Zao run is more of an annoying traverse than a thigh burning fall line cruiser!

Suginohara Myoko Kogen is a Prince Resort but it doesn’t quite fit the mould. Firstly there are no ski patrollers chasing you when you head off-piste, and there’s no imposing Prince Hotel at the base area as with Naeba, Furano, Shizukuishi, and Yakebitaiyama at Shiga Kogen. The little village at the base of the Suginohara Ski Resort is called Suginosawa Onsen, and there are no towering hotels and it’s retained its Japanese flavour. English isn’t widely spoken, although this is changing with the ever increasing popularity of Myoko Kogen.

Pros and Cons of Myoko Suginohara

Pros 
  • Sugi has long groomed runs and is ideal for intermediates and confident beginners.
  • The lift infrastructure at the Suginohara Ski Resort is reasonably good.
  • Like the other main Myoko ski resorts, it generally receives abundant snow, although the aspect isn’t great for sunny days.
  • Suginohara has fantastic sidecountry and backcountry for experts and also provides some fun tree skiing inside the resort boundaries.
  • Kids under 13 years of age ski free and ski rentals are free on weekdays (except holidays).
  • On clear days, the ski area affords lovely views of the lakes and the valley.
  • It’s generally quiet midweek and easy enough to find freshies, although the popularity of Myoko Kogen is increasing.
Cons
  • There are no on-site facilities for English speaking kids such as ski school or child care.
  • Like a lots of Japanese ski resorts, the ski area isn’t big enough to provide adequate variety for a long holiday. It’s best combined with other Myoko and/or Niigata and Nagano ski resorts.
  • Also typical of many Japan ski resorts, there’s very little advanced piste terrain and the black runs are not particularly challenging.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • English isn’t widely spoken in the village, although this is changing with the ever increasing popularity of Myoko Kogen.
  • There’s not much to do at Suginosawa other than ski or snowboard and soak in an onsen.
  • Overnighters will need to BYO party and keep expectations very low regarding evening dining options. Staying at Suginohara provides an inexpensive and very quiet alternative to staying at the quasi-westernised parts of Myoko Kogen.

Suginohara Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Suginohara is medium sized for a Japanese ski resort, and it’s long and skinny with a big vertical drop of 1,124 metres (731-1,855m). Suginohara only has 5 lifts, but the lift infrastructure is reasonably good considering 3 lifts are fast & protect you from the elements.

The ski area is below the treeline and the trail stats (40% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 20% black) largely reflect the piste terrain, which is mostly mellow beginner and intermediate groomed runs. Suginohara has some enjoyable off-piste skiing and riding in the trees, particularly off the top lift. It’s not steep but the variety of tree spacing keeps it fun.

The Sugi terrain park is decent and is making the resort increasingly popular with freestylers.

Suginohara Snow

Suginohara scores lots of goodness from the Yuki gods with somewhere in the realm of 13 metres of snowfall on average per season. The top of the resort typically has great snow quality during the peak of winter thanks to its high elevation.

Where is Myoko Suginohara?

Myoko Kogen is located one hour north of the city of Nagano in the Niigata Prefecture – see the travel to Myoko Kogen page for information on getting there. Suginohara is located on the southeast flank of Mt Myoko and the furthest south of the main Myoko ski areas.

Suginosawa Onsen Accommodation

The Suginosawa Onsen village at the base of the Suginohara ski resort is very quiet and more of a large collection of pensions and lodges than a village per se. The village hasn’t been westernised, there is only one or two restaurants, and most people stay at their accommodation for dinner. Much of the Suginohara accommodation is inexpensive, ski-in ski-out or close to the slopes, includes half board, and some lodges have an on-site onsen.

Suginohara Accommodation Listings

Facilities

Suginosawa and the ski resort have various basic ski and snowboard rental shops. The base area also has a retail shop selling lots of snacks, beverages, sundries and basic ski accessories. The official ski school is only for those fluent in Japanese, although it’s possible to get a private lesson from one of the international ski schools in the area. During the day there are lots of food options to choose from, particularly at the base of the Mitahara lift #2, or there are eateries at the Center Area and the large cafeteria at the main base.

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Tours That May Include Suginohara

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Alps to Coast Tour
HAKUBA & MYOKO BC TOUR
8 Nights | 7 Day Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This backcountry tour includes the HAKUBA region with its steep alpine terrain and the MYOKO area which receives big snow falls. Choose from either a side country tour (lift accessed backcountry) or ski touring/skinning backcountry. Option to include a day of cat skiing & option for deluxe accommodation.
Price p/p From price based on 8-nights twin share room for group of 5 (price displayed is per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,231
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Pow Pow Japan Tour
HOSTED (UNGUIDED) PRIVATE GROUP TOUR
Cultural Ski & Snowboard Adventure
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Ski Japan's famous powder in conjunction with a rich cultural experience on this hosted tour. The tour is hosted by a local Japanese person who speaks fluent English; whilst the focus of the tours is primarily snow sports, you will experience the culture, food & festivities beyond the normal ski/snowboard adventure.
Price p/p From price based on 8-day sample itinerary, twin-share room (group of 6).
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,503
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Myoko Progression Tours
GUIDED PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Want to improve your riding to tackle bigger and better terrain? Well this tour could be for you! Get ski or snowboard instruction and learn to ride & ski deep powder whilst immersing yourself in Japanese culture.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple/quad-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Myoko Powder Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED TOURS
7 Nights | 6 Days Lifts | 5 Days Morning Guiding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski resorts and chase the powder with a Myoko Kogen Powder Tour. This tour includes quality accommodation in a great location, transport to nearby ski areas & morning guide. Tours runs Saturday to Saturday.
Price p/p Sample price based on twin/double-share option at the Lodge with shared bathroom, 7 nights for the 20/21 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 1,599
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Lotte Arai
MULTI-RESORT DAY TRIPS FROM MADARAO
Private Groups Only | 1, 2 or 3 days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are heading to Madarao for a ski or snowboarding holiday with your family or group and you want to explore other ski areas nearby this could be a great option for you. Resorts include Nozawa Onsen, Kijimadaira, Kurohime, Lotte Arai & Myoko ski areas.
Price p/p From price based on 1-day tour (group of 6) i.e. full price is JPY 58,000.
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USD 88
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