Echo Valley resort review (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Echo Valley
エコーバレー
Nagawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by Nipponfraser on 31st January 2017
Icy icy all the way up
Rode the course from the very top of the mountain. I'll start out by saying that there were some very challenging runs with a very steep black level (not sure if its considered up to double black standard) route at the very top that surprised me given the relative size of the resort. That said, the runs were not suitable for any type of riding and most of the snow was man-made. There was a decent amount of snowfall that night before so I figured everything in Nagano was covered. Not here

I was there on a Tuesday afternoon and there were only a few bodies out there so that was nice. I usually just walk on lifts at these smaller resorts, but not today. The lift guy at the very bottom was super strict about the lift tickets. I tried sneaking on when I first got there but he wasn't having it. So I bought a one-way ticket for 500¥ which got me to the second level where most of the lifts where that went going all the way up The very top route was full of icy and falling on it totally sucked.
Date visited: From 31 January, 2017 To 31 January, 2017
Snow condition on visit: What snow? Ice conditions were impeccable...
Things I liked: Challenging routes. Not many people
Things I didn't like: Icy runs
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Snowboarders
Authentic Japan experience
Not recommended for: Snow Park
General score: 45
Snow conditions: 10
Courses/Terrain: 50
Lift system: 25
Apres ski: 70
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Echo Valley

エコーバレー
Nagawa Town, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 57
Snow conditions: 42
Courses/Terrain: 55
Lift system: 42
Apres ski: 70

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1850m
Min. elevation: 1450m
Vertical: 400m
Steepest slope: 35°
Longest course: 2500m
Number of lifts: 7

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