Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, nestling on the slopes of Mount Kenashi above the village. The resort offers a variety of terrain suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Nozawa Onsen has a good mix of groomed runs, powder areas and challenging slopes, boasting about 50 kilometres (31 miles) of ski runs and 21 ski lifts to access different parts of the mountain.
There are endless ways to enjoy skiing here, from long, scenic, tree-lined slopes to challenging bump runs—and especially deep, deep powder. The best months for skiing Nozawa Onsen tends to be in January and February, although great snowfalls can extend anywhere between November and May!
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort consists of 6 main areas as follows.
Yamabiko Area: This area is located at the top of the mountain and offers some of the steepest and most challenging runs at the resort. It’s a favorite spot for advanced skiers and snowboarders seeking adrenaline-pumping descents.
Uenotaira Area: Situated at a slightly lower elevation than Yamabiko, the Uenotaira area provides a mix of intermediate and advanced runs. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking from this part of the resort.
Hikage Area: This section is well-suited for beginners and early intermediates, with gentle slopes and dedicated beginner-friendly runs. It’s an excellent place for novices to build their confidence and improve their skills.
Karasawa Area: Offering a variety of terrain, including groomed runs and tree skiing, the Karasawa area is favored by intermediate and advanced skiers looking for more challenging runs away from the crowds.
Nagasaka Area: The Nagasaka base area is where many of the resort’s accommodations and facilities are located. It has a mix of runs suitable for different skill levels, and it’s also the starting point for the famous “Yu Road,” a moving walkway that takes you up part of the mountain.
Paradise Area: As the name suggests, this area provides excellent tree skiing and powder stashes for advanced skiers and snowboarders who enjoy off-piste adventures.
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort: Weather
Current snow and weather conditions in Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Weather Forecast: 7 Day Outlook (from Meteoblue)
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