Skiing in Karuizawa 

 

Karuizawa Skiing

Karuizawa is a mountain resort town, and as such offers great skiing opportunities.

The snow that falls in Karuizawa is on the dry side compared with the softer, wetter snow found on the Japan Sea side of Honshu. Depending on the weather that year, ski slopes in and around Karuizawa can open as early as mid-October.

The following Karuizawa skiing information introduces the ski slopes easily accessible by automobile, bus or train from Karuizawa.

 

Prince Snow Resort

The biggest ski area in Karuizawa is operated by the Prince Snow Resort, with ten slopes covering Mt. Yagasaki, almost to its 1,155m summit, each with a chairlift.

Five of the slopes are for beginners and average about 500m in length; two are medium difficulty, about 900m; and three are expert level, the longest being 800m. Several of the slopes continue operating after dark.

There are also Kids Park areas for junior fun on the snow, plus the Mori Kids Room, a centrally heated facility where infants can be left to be looked after while parents ski.

The Prince Snow Resort ski season is usually from about the middle of November to about the end of March.

Skis and snowboards can be hired, and there is a ski and snowboard school.

The Prince Snow Resort is only a few minutes from the Karuizawa shinkansen station, and has parking for 1,000 cars.

Prince Snow Resort

Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0102 Tel. 0267 42 5588

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