The Kijimadaira Ski Resort is a 15-minute drive from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, and a 20-minute drive from the Toyota Iiyama Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway.This ski resort spreads out on the northern slopes of the 1351-meter-high Mt. Kosha.
Starting with the Sky Course on the main slope, which stretches out wide, various courses (40% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 20% advanced) can be enjoyed by beginners and advanced skiers alike, all of which are characterized by their spaciousness and relaxed atmosphere. There are also children’s slopes and a sledding course with 800-meter runs, making it a family-friendly ski resort.
Slope Map / From the official website of Kijimadaira Ski Resort
The stream course and downhill course for intermediate skiers are fun courses that take advantage of the natural terrain. Snowboarders can enjoy wall sliding, and when there is fresh snow on the ground, you can enjoy great powder skiing. When it snows, the Sawa Course offers natural half-pipe-like banks of non-pressed powder.
In addition, the legendary steep Pioneer Course is back this year. This difficult course is said to be the steepest in Japan, but downhill lift rides are available. Anyone can enjoy the spectacular view of the summit.
The snow air dome play equipment (penguins) is very popular at the Children’s Plaza, which is free to enter. A parking lot is adjacent to the park, making it a convenient place for families with young children.
A 50-meter moving walkway has been installed on the kids’ slope, on both sides of which they can freely play in the snow, sled, ski, and snowboard.
■Address: 3876-2 Kamikijima, Kijimadaira Village, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
■Operating period: December 25, 2022 – March 31, 2023 / Night operation: Thursday, December 30, Friday, December 31, and Saturdays in January and February
■Opening hours: 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
■Fees: One-day lift tickets: Adults (junior high school students and older): 4,300 yen, seniors (50 years and older): 3,500 yen, children (4 years old to 6th grade): 1,500 yen / two-day, and three-day lift tickets are also available.
■Rental fees: Ski and snowboard rental from 3,500 yen per day
■Contents: Free lift, Children’s treasure hunt
■Target: Elementary school students and younger
■Date: 3rd Sunday of December to March