Naeba Ski Resort

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This article is about the ski resort. For the mountain named Naeba, see Mount Naeba.
Naeba Ski Resort
A view from top of Mt.Takenoko
A view from top of Mt.Takenoko
Location Yuzawa, Niigata, Japan
Vertical    889 m (2,917 ft)
Top elevation 1,789 m (5,869 ft)
Base elevation    900 m (2,953 ft)
Skiable area 196 ha (484 acres)
Runs 16
Longest run 4.0 km (2.5 mi)
Lift system 23 (3 gondola lifts, 7 quad chairlifts, and 13 pair chairlifts)
Web site Mt.Naeba

Naeba Ski Resort (苗場スキー場 Naeba Sukī-jō?) is a ski resort on the eastern slope of Mount Takenoko (筍山?) in Yuzawa (湯沢町?), Niigata Prefecture. This ski resort was formerly run by Kokudo, and currently is run by Prince Hotel, which merged with Kokudo in 2006. Naeba is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan due to its accessible location from Tokyo and relatively long snow season with snow making machines. On the bottom, Naeba Prince Hotel, which has 1,299 rooms, 20 restaurants, convenience stores, and other facilities, serves skiers. On top of the hotel, skiers can choose their accommodations from various types of hotels and ryokans, some of which has hot spring baths, in nearby Asagai town. Naeba Ski Resort composes Mt. Naeba Ski Resort with Kagura Ski Areas by combining both areas with Doragondola. On the opposite mountain across Asagai town, a small Asagai Area accommodates mainly family skiers.

The resort is 40 minutes from Echigo-Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen by non-stop express bus. This station is approximately 190 km (120 mi) from Tokyo.

Skiing[edit]

The maximum slope is 32° on three slalom 'burns' (from the German 'Bahn'); the longest run is 4.0 km (2.5 mi) and the vertical drop is 889 m (2,917 ft).[1]

In addition to the extensive skiing at Naeba itself (two gondolas, 33 ski lifts), there is a third gondola 'Dragondola' connecting the resort to the Tashiro (田代?) ski area, which in turn connects to the Mitsumata (三俣?) and Kagura (かぐら?) ski areas.

Naeba hosted World Cup races in the 1970s.

Other attractions[edit]

In the summer, the Naeba ski resort is home to Fuji Rock Festival.

In February, Matsutoya Yumi (松任谷由実?) (a.k.a. 'Yuming') holds a series of late-night concerts in the hotel's Blizzardium ballroom / an exhibition space.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Course". Naeba Ski Resort/Naeba Prince Hotel. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Naeba Ski Resort at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 36°47′28″N 138°47′06″E / 36.791°N 138.785°E / 36.791; 138.785