Villa Nozawa

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Trip Type: 
Hosted Lodge
Ability: 
Beginner/Intermediate
Comfort: 
2
Basic
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
100m to slopes
Traditional Japanese tatami-style accommodation
Perfect for families and groups of friends
Spacious and cosy
Fireplace
Magnificent views
Onsite Hosts
2014 Trip Advisor Winner

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Overview

Villa Nozawa is a cosy 14 room hosted ski hostel with magnificent sweeping views across the valley and Nozawa Onsen Resort.  The whole villa provides the feeling of space with large bedrooms, and an open plan communal living area on the ground floor, perfect for Apres Ski drinks around the fireplace with old friends and new.

Your hosts, Gab and Kyoko do an amazing job of managing Villa Nozawa.  Gab (originally from Switzerland and a top level racer) is also chief ski instructor so you're in the right place for professional advice.  A popular performer at the local Karaoke bar and an all round good guy, Gab will put you at ease from day one.  Kyoko san is a natural at taking care of people and will welcome you with true Japanese hospitality and a smile. One of the most adventurous girls we know she will tackle any challenge thrown at her.  Perfect English and German she is pretty smart and will sort anything you need.  A keen snow shoe hiker too so try and join her on one of her walks.

Ski Locker:  You will also have access to the Takasago Ski Locker (just down from the Nagasaka Gondola) – a very easy and convenient way to store some gear whilst you hit the slopes!

Snow Conditions

Jan: 
excellent
Feb: 
excellent
Mar: 
excellent
Apr: 
good
May: 
fair
Jun: 
poor
Jul: 
poor
Sep: 
poor
Oct: 
poor
Nov: 
poor
Dec: 
good

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort:  Japan Powder Heaven

Nozawa Onsen’s mountain is mostly intermediate and beginner runs making it perfect to take a family of first timers or the family in general.  This isn’t to say Nozawa isn’t suitable for advanced level skiers or boarders.  Nozawa has some very fun off-piste terrain with open tree shoots in both the back and side country.  Guides can be provided if you would like to explore these areas with a local expert.

Extending from the top to the foot of Mt. Kenashi (1,650m), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort boasts an altitude differential of 1,085 meters and a total ski slope area of 297 hectares. Indeed, the resort ranks among the very top in Japan in terms of size, its history and snow quality.  The abundance of 100% natural, high-quality powder snow allows you to enjoy skiing well into early May.

Mountain Base Area
The mountain base area has wide and gentle terrain that is suited to children who are skiing or snowboarding for the first time. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort has three main entrances: the Hikage Trail, which is accessible from the spa town via Yu-road; the Nagasaka Trail, which is easily accessible by car from the new parking lot; and the Karasawa Trail, which has both medium and gentle terrains. If you need a rest, you can take a break in the rest houses that are adjacent to each trail.  Additionally, a free rest station for kids called the "Naski Room" has been opened on the 2nd floor of the Hikage Trail Information Centre.

Uenotaira Snow Park & Halfpipe 
Altitude: : 1,220–1,410m
Distance: 2,000m
Opening Period: Late December–May

Uenotaira Snow Park in Uenotaira Trail attracts many snowboarders and free skiers.  The snow park is about 2km long, and has many attractions of varying types and levels, such as a kicker, box, rail, half pipe, and wave.  The half pipe is set up at the bottom of the Uenotaira Trail, in front of the Yunomine Rest House.

Powder Snow Area
Trails with high-quality powder snow Nozawa Onsen village is well-known for having the heaviest snowfall in Nagano Prefecture. With the recent surge in the popularity of powder snow, this village has been attracting many skiers and snowboarders seeking its superb powder—not only from across Japan, but from all over the world.  You will particularly enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the powder snow in the mountain top area, where the maximum snow accumulation may be more than 5m.

Spring Time in Japan - Bluebird Days and no crowds

We'll let you in on a bit of a secret!...Spring Skiing in Japan is amazing. It's not unusal for a 3 metre base in April.  World Surfaris/Snowfaris staff have travelled several times to Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba in March/April and enjoyed perfect Bluebird days, mild temperatures and top to bottom boarding with no one around.  You should consider Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba for March/April .  Don't wait too long though as it's already filling due to lack of beds in Jan/Feb.  

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Optimum Conditions: 

Best chance of Powder from Mid December till Mid March.  Great Spring conditions with Bluebird days and no crowds and usually a 3m base right through to April.

 

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