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Time your trip to Tsugaike to coincide with one of our exciting winter events!

There are numerous special promotions and events, both large and small, held in and around Tsugaike Kogen during the winter season. Come and join us for one, or for all, and make your trip even more memorable!

  • Kids Ski Free Promotional Days

    Free one-day lift tickets for elementary school age children! Families with young children will not want to miss this special opportunity.

    Dates The third Sunday of every month from December to April
    December 15, January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19
  • Early Bird Skiing

    Early Birds

    Score first tracks in fresh powder in the crisp air and beautiful early light of mid-winter mornings. On these select days, the lifts serving the “Karamatsu” and “Shirakaba” slopes begin operation at 6:30am. Those holding a valid lift ticket are eligible for Early Bird Skiing at no additional cost.
    Blog posting from January 2013 / movie (staff blog)

    Slope / Area Name “Karamatsu” / “Shirakaba”
    Dates of Operation January 12, 13, 19, 26
    February 9
    Hours of Operation 6:30 -
  • Night Skiing

    Another great way to extend your time on the slopes. On these predetermined datess, the lifts serving the “Kane-no-naru-oka” and “Karamatsu / Shirakaba” slopes offer longer-than-usual operating hours, but a separate lift ticket is necessary to take advantage of the extended hours.

    Slope / Area Name Dates of Operation Hours of Operation
    “Kane-no-naru-oka” December 28 – 31
    January 1, 11, 12
    18:00 – 20:50
    “Karamatsu” / “Shirakaba” December 21 – 31
    January 1 – 4, 11, 12, 25
    February 8, 15, 22, 29
    18:00 – 21:00
  • Mochitsuki (Pounding Steamed Rice into Rice Cakes)

    Mochitsuki (pounding steamed rice into rice cake) at “Kane-no-naru-oka”

    Pounding fresh, hot, steamed rice into rice cakes (mochi) by hand is a Japanese tradition synonymous with festivals and celebrations. It is a dynamic exercise carried out with a large wooden basin hollowed out from a singular block of wood, and using a giant hammer also crafted from wood. To do it well requires strength and coordination. Participation is free, and reservations are not required, so come give it a try, and enjoy delicious freshly made mochi.

    Dates February 16, March 15
    Hours 10:00 -
    Venue “Kane-no-naru-oka” slope
    Inquiries Hakubakan Co., Ltd. +81 (0)261-83-2112
  • Children’s Winter Festival

    Tsugaike Children’s Winter Festival

    Tsugaike’s annual Children’s Winter Festival is a family event where kids can participate in fun outdoor events such as a treasure hunt and sledding competition, before moving inside to enjoy an assortment of carnival-style attractions including a shooting gallery, ring toss, lucky drawing for prizes and more.

    Date February 16
    Venue “Kane-no-naru-oka” event space
    Inquiries Hakubakan Co., Ltd. +81 (0)261-83-2112
  • The 49th Annual Tsugaike Kogen Snow Festival

    The 44th Tsugaike Kogen Snow Festival & Ultra Tsugaike Thanksgiving Party

    Join us for the biggest event in the Hakuba Valley. This special winter festival held here at Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort for almost 50 years, features various performances ranging from a Japanese idol group, ski demonstrations and taiko drummers. The evening continues with a fantastic torchlight illumination, as volunteer skiers and snowboarders wielding fiery torches make their way down the otherwise unlit slopes in a single, large procession. The night of celebration is capped off with a brilliant fireworks display.

    Date March 7
    Inquiries Hakubakan Co., Ltd. +81 (0)261-83-2112
  • Tsugaike Ropeway Spring Service

    Tsugaike Ropeway Spring Service

    Utilize the gondola and ropeway in spring to access the vast, natural snowfields and slopes located high above the Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort. Casual visitors can enjoy a winter walk on snowshoes or cross-country skiing, while those with the requisite skills, experience and gear can hike to nearby peaks or access backcountry terrain.

    Dates Early-March to season end (early-May)
    Fees Gondola & Ropeway Round-Trip Ticket Adult: ¥3,300, Children: ¥1,800
    Ropeway One-Way Ticket Adult ¥740 Children ¥360
    Inquiries Tsugaike Gondola Lift Co., Ltd. +81 (0)261-83-2255