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Slope Guide

Tsugaike’s Terrain

Tsugaike Kogen has the terrain you’re looking for, no matter your preferred style, skill-level or needs.
Everyone from true beginners to experts alike can find something to keep themselves satisfied.

Beginner & Intermediate Slopes

  • Kane-no-naru-oka (The hill where the bell rings)

    鐘の鳴る丘ゲレンデ

    The “Kane-no-naru-oka” slope, sometimes referred to simply as “Kane-naru”, is located at the foot of the Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort. This gentle 1,200m wide slope is Tsugaike’s most suitable area for beginners and families. Night skiing is also available here.
    * Please check the Night Skiing Schedule to confirm the dates and hours of operation.

    Difficulty Level ★☆☆☆ Maximum Slope 19 degrees
    Course Length 980 m3,215 ft Average Slope 8 degrees
  • Kane-no-naru-oka, No. 2

    The “Kane-no-naru-oka” No. 2 slope, the upper portion of the “Kane-no-naru-oka” area, is ideal for those looking to take the next step after mastering the lower section. This mogul-less slope is accessed by the “Kane-no-naru-oka” Skyliner IV lift, which drops skiers off at an elevation of 1,030m for the long cruise back to the bottom.

    Difficulty Level ★★☆☆ Maximum Slope 15 degrees
    Course Length 890 m2,920 ft Average Slope 10 degrees
  • Karamatsu / Oya-no-hara

    The Karamatsu High Speed Pair Lift and Central Triple-Chair Lift offer access to this gentle and enjoyable area featuring a 1,200m long course suitable for beginners and others alike. Karamatsu is also one of the three slopes in Tsugaike that offer night skiing.
    * Please check the Night Skiing Schedule to confirm the dates and hours of operation.

    Difficulty Level ★☆☆☆ Maximum Slope 10 degrees
    Course Length 1,200 m3,937 ft Average Slope 7 degrees
  • Han-no-ki

    The “Han-no-ki” downhill course stretches more than 3km from top to bottom. This long, straight course popular with intermediate skiers and boarders, features a variety of slope-angles and a few, small natural mogul areas. Due to its lofty location at the top of the Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, “Han-no-ki” can be enjoyed up until the end of the spring season.

    Difficulty Level ★★☆☆ Maximum Slope 30 degrees
    Course Length 3,000 m1.86 mi Average Slope 12 degrees
  • Maruyama

    This somewhat-isolated area is located on the northern, upper portion of the “Kane-no-naru” slope, and is served by the Maruyama No. 1 & No. 2 Quad Lifts. This mostly smooth course is best suited to intermediate skiers and boarders keen to practice turns on the manageable 12-degree slope.

    Difficulty Level ★★☆☆ Maximum Slope 15 degrees
    Course Length 700 m2,297 ft Average Slope 12 degrees
  • Shirakaba

    “Shirakaba” is the most popular slope with intermediate visitors, and for good reason. This well-groomed course, has an average inclination of 23 degrees, making it well suited to high-speed parallel turns day or night. In fact, “Shirakaba” has even hosted an official FIS Super-G event.
    * Please check the Night Skiing Schedule to confirm the dates and hours of operation.

    Difficulty Level ★★☆☆ / ★★★☆ Maximum Slope 23 degrees
    Course Length 1,200 m3,937 ft Average Slope 17 degrees

Advanced & Expert Slopes

  • Tsuga-no-mori

    To reach this, the uppermost slope in Tsugaike, riders must take the “Eve” Gondola to the top station and transfer to either the Tsuga No. 1 Pair Lift or the Tsuga No. 2 Pair Lift, depending on which is operating. Here at an elevation of 1,700m, the mountainside is blanketed with deep, natural, fine-powder snow. From here you can enjoy the superb panoramas, crisp air and forested setting before starting your run, or dropping into the terrain park which is located here during the spring season.

    Difficulty Level ★★★☆ Maximum Slope 23 degrees
    Course Length 630 m2,067 ft Average Slope 14 degrees
  • Uma-no-se (The horse’s back)

    The terrain known as “Uma-no-se” is situated on a narrow spine at the pinnacle of Tsugaike Kogen, 1,700m above sea level. Along with sweeping panoramic views of the Northern Alps, Mt. Fuji can even be glimpsed on exceptionally clear days. Shaped similarly to a horse’s back, it is well-known as Tsugaike’s expert course, with a slope angle of up to 32 degrees and moguls occasionally large-enough to hide the shape of skiers brave enough to enter.

    Difficulty Level ★★★★ Maximum Slope 32 degrees
    Course Length 1,300 m4,265 ft Average Slope 17 degrees
  • Champion

    With an average inclination of 26 degrees, the “Champion” slope is the ideal area for upper-intermediate to advanced riders. Despite the steep gradient, this wide-open course with areas of moderate moguls to the side, is great for practicing speedy turns. In fact, slalom poles are usually set up and available for general public use here. Additionally, a side trail cutting through the forest to the side of the Champion slope is a nice cruising area for lower-intermediate skiers.

    Difficulty Level ★★★☆ Maximum Slope 35 degrees
    Course Length 1,000 m3,281 ft Average Slope 26 degrees