Lodge Scole

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Ski course guide

Guide for the first visiters and someone who enjoy more skiing in zao.

Zao Onsen is one of the largest ski areas in Japan with 31 lifts, and over 300 hectares of skiable terrain. Let our experienced guides show you around the mountain and grant you access to the best snow and terrain the mountain has to offer.

The use condition infomation

・Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders only.
・Only available Saturdays and Sundays.
・Max of 8 people.
・Please book at check-in or no later than the night before your desired tour. ・Subject to weather and snow conditions and staff availability. Cancellations may be made as late as the time of departure owing to changing conditions.

Ski Area Guide Fees
(Sat. & Sun. only)

1-2 people: ¥3,500/person
3-8 people: ¥2,500/person

Recommended ski course map

With over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, Zao has something for all levels of skiers & boarders.
The longest run is around 10km in length and can be negotiated by intermediate skiers and boarders. Black and off piste runs through the trees and “Snow Monsters” will test even the most experienced skiers and riders. Riding all of Zao Onsen’s runs, not including the nearly unlimited off piste options, would take the average person 3 to 4 days.
Beginner lessons by English speaking instructors are available, ski & board hire can be found at several outlets throughout Zao, and lift tickets are reasonably priced and can be purchased for multiple, non-consecutive days. i.e. 10 day pass - any 10 days of the season. Panoramic bird’s eye views can also be seen from the Jyuhyogen and Torikabuto Courses when the weather is clear.

1. Ryuzan1. Zange
2. Uwanodai2. Jyuhyou
3. Sunrise3. Connection
4. Yokokura4. Oohira
5. Hyakumannin5. Takatori
6. Yutopia6. Paradise Detour
7. Shobunuma7. Hanenkam A/B
8. Kotan8. Hanenkam C
9. Paradise9. Karamatsu
10. Chuo10. Kurohime Super Giant
11. Nakamori11. Omori Giant
12. Diamond12. Kurohime Connection
13. Kurohime
14. Oomori
Other:Getting to the Liza slope takes about 30 minutes by car.
Lodge Scole Recommended Courses
For beginners:
Uwanodai, Omori, Nakamori, Ryuzan
For intermediate skiers and boarders:
Ryuzan, Hannenkam, Chuou, Kurohime, Sunrise, Paradise, Nakamori
For advanced skiers and riders:
Hannenkamm, A, B, C, Sunrise, Kurohime Super Giant, Nakamori Giant
For anyone looking for a challenge:
Kokutai, Yokokura Wall (38º), Kurohime Super G (might be good for mogul riders)
Long Runs:
From the top of the Kokutai Lift to the bottom of Uwanodai, from the top of the Chuou Area to the bottom of Uwanodai via the Ohira Course, from the top of the Sky Cable Gondola to the bottom of Uwanodai, from the top of the Jyuhyogen to the bottom of Kurohime or Omori.
For panoramic views:
From the Jizo-son (at the top of the mountain), from Paradise (via the Jyuhyogen), from the Kokutai Lift, from Hyakumannin, from Utopia, from on the lifts.

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