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Kids Love It!
Snow play area called Family Park and is located inside Kurohime Kogen Snow Park. The spacious play area is divided by different themes and there are many activities for kids. You will need more than one day to try all of them! The activities include snow sledding, snow tubing, snow rafting and bouldering which can be fun for both kids and adults. A sledding hill is long and popular for its long distance and its thrills.
Fairy House inside Kids Family Park
Fairy House is a ski center for children and is located at the bottom of Kurohime Family Park. While another ski center called Cosmo Plaza is located in the main ski area, Family Park has its own ski center providing a daycare center, a nursing room, a diaper changing station and gear rentals for children. This facility is meant for small children up to around age of 7 or 8. There is also a restaurant that serves kids menu. For sure your children will be happy playing here.
Learn Ski at Kurohime Ski School
Another element that makes Kurohime Kogen Snow Park famous is high level instruction at Kurohime Ski School. The school has a long history and ski lessons they provide are known to be highly instructive and has high reputation.
Lessons by Kurohime Ski School are somewhat different from ones provided by other schools which allow skiers to learn and improve intuitively.
The resort’s wide-open and well designed slopes are not only for the beginners to learn ski basics but also for other level of skiers who want to improve their ski skills. If you fall into one of those type of skier, why not give this resort a try.
Gentle Slope for Beginner and Intermediate Skiers
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park has 11 slopes in total, of which 80% are for the beginner and intermediate skiers.
Slopes coming from the mountain top are tricky slopes only recommended for advanced skiers. Half-way up the mountain you will find a slope with just the right length and difficulty level for intermediate skiers. At the foot of the mountain spreads a wide-open slope with gentle slope recommended for beginner skiers.
Towards the bottom of mountain you go on, less difficult slopes become. This simple trail design makes it less possible for skiers to accidentally ski into a more difficult slope from a branching point as they ski down the mountain.
Well maintained, smooth skiing
This is a well maintained ski resort with compressed snow on all slopes making smooth skiing possible. Because it is located inland and high altitude area, you get to experience dry powder snow with less moisture.
It is less crowded even on weekends and holidays, so the snow stays relatively fresh in the afternoon. Highly recommended for those who want to ski in fresh snow.
Looking Over Nojiri Lake
This resort lies on a mountain slope that opens up providing a spectacular view for skiers looking down to Nojiri Lake. Surrounded by mountains, there are many photo locations on the slopes.
Less crowded, powder snow and fun for kids. Sounds perfect? Yes, except this area has a heavy snow fall (and that is why they constantly have powder snow!) which often creates blizzard. Only 30% to 40% of the winter season in Kurohime Kogen area is sunny. On a heavy snow day, forget taking photos and just focus on the heavenly powder snow and enjoy!
How to Get Here
2 Hour 30 Minutes Train Ride from Tokyo
Access from Tokyo is not bad compared to other ski resorts in Nagano. Take Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) and get off at Nagano Station. Change to a local train and head to Kurohime Station. There is a free shuttle bus from Kurohime Station to this resort.
3 Hour Drive By Car
If you are driving, take Kanetsu Expressway and Jyoshinetsu Expressway. Drive from nearest interchange called Echigo Shinanocho Interchange is about 5 kilometers. There is no steep mountain road or path on the way. Driving takes about 3 hours but maybe less hassle if you have lots of luggages. There are free parking spaces close to the resort making an easy access to the lifts.
Although there is no hotel which has direct access to the ski resort, there are many hotels, pensions and Japanese style bed-and-breakfast called minshuku nearby. Kurohime Rising Sun Hotel is efficiently sized hotel with easy acess to the resort which is operated and managed by Kurohime Kogen Snow Park affiliate company. You can also try a pension or a Japanese minshuku which is smaller in size compared to a hotel but suitable if you wanted to go sightseeing besides skiing. Many of these smaller accommodations provide cozy atmosphere for families.
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park is a fun place for families with a spacious snow play area, kids themed facilities and many services available for beginner skiers such as ski lessons. Don't let your winter go by. Consider Kurohime Kogen Snow Park for your next family trip.
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