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Suginohara is part of the Myoko Big 4 which you can get on the same day pass if you ask for it. The lift system is probably the first very good impression you get. High speed gondola and several high speed chairs.

If you are searching for the steeps you only need the top chair and even then you won’t find many challenging areas without hiking to it. Nevertheless it did not take long to find some short but nice tree runs right off the groomers.  Later in the day we even found the really good area, with an easy way in and a short hike out.

The resort offers long, wide open groomed runs from the top to the bottom and you can even ski Japans longest run. 8.5km with an impressive vertical drop of 1124 meters!

Overall I would recommend the resort for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders in need of perfectly groomed runs. Keen to hit the park? From what we saw it looked pretty good, lots of features considering how early in the season. Suginohara’s south facing aspect (not all of it) will lead to some crusty powder a day or two after the storm so make sure to be there in time.

Several on mountain restaurants offer food and drinks.

Oh and a few words to the off piste policy. Officially: No idea. Reality: very few signs and very few ropes. We had no issues all day but be careful if you decide to ski near the gully off the top of the highest chair. There are some huge cornices and they are super easy to trigger as we learnt the day we were there. You don’t even notice that you are already standing on it until you notice the cracks or even trigger one like we did. Not funny at all.

We had not the right conditions to hit the BC but we could see the potential and there are some sick lines after about a one hour hike.

It was very quiet today but the size of the car park did leave a rather weird feeling in terms of possible weekend crowds.

Note for powder hounds: If the top lift is closed you won’t find anything steep enough to have fun with.

Accomodation

No matter if you are on a low buget or prefere to stay in luxory. You will always find the right accomocation for your needs. Ski in ski out also available.

Discounted Tickets

Ask at your lodge. There are package deals (Ticket plus food) for most resorts.

Food

Myoko offers a wide range of different restaurants. From a short 4 day stay I can recommend the following small selection of restaurants located along the main street. “Alps Undo” noodles at Fu, downstairs of the Italien Pomodoro which is also pretty good. Keep walking “uptill” along the main street till you have to turn left or right. Right on the corner on your left hand side there are two small Izakaya restaurants KEI and Hoheto downstairs. Both totally different but with fantastic food. If you are a group of several people order many of the small dishes and share.

How To Get There

Details and text taken from the book “Snow Search Japan” by WSG media:

By Train: Myoko is fairly accessible for those travelling within Japan and arriving from abroad. The town of Myoko Kogan is in Niigata prefecture, although it’s just over the boarder from Nagano prefecture. Nagano City is the main access point for Myoko, allowing you to take advantage of the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo (about 90min). After the smooth Shinkansen ride you must take the slightly bumpier local train to Myoko Kogan Station, 40min on the Shin-Etus line. From Myoko Staiton local buses connect throughout the day to the resort base areas of Suginohara, Ikenotaira and Akakura. Nearly all accommodation will pick you up from Myoko Station as part of their service, and the Myoko tourist office also runs a minibus pick-up service from Nagano City.

By car an easy 2.5h drive from Hakuba, from Nagano about 1h, about 4h from Narita Airport

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Prices

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Weather Affection

Moderate

Trees

Yes

Linked with

Some linked by skiing others by bus