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
9 Nights | Option of 1 Day Cat Skiing | Deluxe Option
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 a twin share room for group of 6 for 2020 (price displayed is per person).
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AUD 4,156
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The Legendary Roadie
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience Japan powder like no other on this legendary road trip where you will visit up to 8 resorts in 3 prefectures; Nagano, Gunma & Niigata! Join a tour as a solo traveler, couple or small group. Max 6 spots per tour so get in quickly! Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share, standard package at Lodge Aibiya.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 4,605
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 5% off price for bookings before 31st Oct 2020
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.
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AUD 2,180
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Nagano Ski/Board Progression
SKI / SNOWBOARD GUIDED INSTRUCTION
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Learn to ski and ride deep powder with more confidence or improve your on-piste technique whilst checking out some of Nagano's fabulous ski areas away from the masses of foreigners. In addition to the skiing and snowboarding, experience an area rich in culture and history. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share dorm room with shared bathroom.
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AUD 3,945
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Nagano Ski Buffet
GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE (SKIERS ONLY)
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Combine deep untracked powder skiing where few foreigners go, with a rich Japanese cultural experience, traditional Japanese accommodation and authentic Japanese food, and you have the perfect Japanese ski adventure! Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share room at Lodge Aibiya with shared bathroom.
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AUD 3,945
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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.
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AUD 3,958
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Myoko Deep Tour
MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
7 Nights | 5 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. On this PRIVATE Myoko tour you can head deep into the backcountry or just score the powder in the sidecountry (lift accessed) terrain of Myoko and surrounding ski areas.
Price p/p Indicative price based on a twin share room for tour in 2021 with 6 guests (price displayed is per person).
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AUD 3,035
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Myoko Guided Day Tours
GUIDED DAY TOURS from MYOKO
For PRIVATE & MIXED GROUPS of up to 5 people
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are in the MYOKO area, you can't go past a day or more of guided skiing or snowboarding. The area (& also other nearby resorts) is huge & some of the best skiing is outside of the resort boundaries which should only be accessed with a guide. Bring your own group (of up to 5) or join a group as a solo/small group
Price p/p From price based on group tour per person.
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AUD 211
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