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Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Chair Lifts Chair Lifts
Single 1 Double 28
Triple 3 Quad 5
5 + 1 Gondola 3
Terrain Terrain
Vertical Graph 1660m % Beginner 40
880m % Intermediate 40
780m % Advanced 20
Ski season Ski Season
Start Early December End Early May
Courses Courses
Courses 26 Longest Course 9000
Steepest Slope 38 Degrees
Boarder/Skier 40% Boarders 60% Skiers
Tickets Ticket Prices


Adult 4,500 yen (5 Hours) Child 2,200 yen (5 Hours)

Full Day

Adult 5,000 yen Child 2,500 yen

Two Day

Adult 9,200 yen Child 4,600 yen

Night Skiing

Adult 2,000 yen Child 1,000 yen
Access Access
Nearest Station Zao Station
Nearest City Yamagata City
Opening Hours 8:30am - 5:00pm

Ski Facilities Ski Facilities
Children’s course/s,Children’s play area,Kid's areas,Moguls,Piste skiing,Ski Patrol,Ski School,Terrain parks
General Facilities General Facilities
Cafe,Daycare,English Information Desk,Rental Store,Rest Areas,Restaurants,Taxi Stop,Ticket Office


Zao Onsen is one of the few places in Japan where you can see Juhyo or Snow Monsters. The tree take on curious shapes due to the heavy snowfall and freezing winds . The snow monsters are so spectacular that it would not be an exaggeration to the call the mountain a "Natural World Heritage Site of Winer". The Snow Monsters form around the peak of Zao ski resort and are usually most spectacular around mid-February. Access to the monsters is provided by a ropeway and a gondola for both skiers and non-skiers. In the evening, the monsters around the summit are lit up to be enjoyed outside or from a warm seat in the cafe. Night skiing, however is offered only in the lower elevations of the resort. 

Zao Onsen ski resort offers 37 lifts, 3 large ropeways and a 6 seater gondola spanning over the 26 courses suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, especially suited to beginners, intermediates and families. The longest course starts in the territory of the Snow Monsters at the summit of the mountain and is about 10 kilometres long. The lifts at the resort are normally open from 8:30am (ropeways from 8:15am) until 5pm during the daytime with night skiing operating from 5pm until 9pm. Night skiing at the Uwanodai area from mid-December until early March. Special night skiing operates at the Yokokura area during the Christmas and New Year periods. 

The resort peak sits at 1660 metres and features an impressive vertical terrain of 880 metres, the steepest slope is 38 degrees and is challenging for advanced skiers and boarders, along with its powder areas. The resort dedicates 40% of its courses to beginners, 40% to intermediates and 20% to advanced skiers and boarders and features a small terrain park for children. 

Zao Onsen has a huge amount of beginner terrain, with plenty of runs near the base areas of the Uwanodai and Nakamori slopes, with more mellow runs in the upper reaches of the resort. Beginners can catch the Zao Sky Cable or the Zao Chuo Ropeway up to the Diamond or Chuo areas and make their way down at the end of the day. Zao is incredibly well suited to intermediates skiers and boards with plenty of piste trails rated as red, and many of the green runs would also be fine for cautious intermediates. The Hyakumannin Course provides a deep and challenging experience to intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders. 

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