Echo Valley (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Echo Valley
エコーバレー (長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Early December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Echo Valley is located to the north west of Lake Shirakaba in Nagawa town in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It has been operating since 1981.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Echo Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 35cm 1st 95cm 70cm 1st 120cm 65cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 35cm 2nd 95cm 70cm 2nd 120cm 65cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 35cm 3rd 95cm 70cm 3rd 120cm 65cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 35cm 4th 95cm 70cm 4th 120cm 65cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 35cm 5th 95cm 70cm 5th 120cm 65cm
6th - - 6th 50cm 35cm 6th 95cm 70cm 6th 120cm 65cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 30cm 7th 95cm 70cm 7th 115cm 65cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 30cm 8th 95cm 70cm 8th 115cm 65cm
9th - - 9th 70cm 35cm 9th 95cm 70cm 9th 115cm 60cm
10th - - 10th 70cm 35cm 10th 105cm 70cm 10th 115cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 35cm 11th 105cm 70cm 11th 115cm 65cm
12th - - 12th 70cm 35cm 12th 105cm 70cm 12th 115cm 65cm
13th - - 13th 70cm 35cm 13th 105cm 70cm 13th 115cm 65cm
14th - - 14th 70cm 35cm 14th 105cm 65cm 14th 115cm 70cm
15th 45cm - 15th 75cm 35cm 15th 105cm 65cm 15th 115cm 70cm
16th 50cm - 16th 80cm 35cm 16th 105cm 65cm 16th 115cm 80cm
17th 50cm - 17th 80cm 35cm 17th 105cm 65cm 17th 115cm 80cm
18th 50cm - 18th 80cm 50cm 18th 105cm 65cm 18th 115cm 80cm
19th 50cm 35cm 19th 80cm 50cm 19th 105cm 65cm 19th 115cm 80cm
20th 50cm 35cm 20th 80cm 60cm 20th 110cm 65cm 20th 115cm 70cm
21st 50cm 35cm 21st 80cm 60cm 21st 110cm 65cm 21st 115cm 70cm
22nd 50cm 30cm 22nd 95cm 60cm 22nd 110cm 65cm 22nd 115cm 70cm
23rd 45cm 30cm 23rd 95cm 60cm 23rd 110cm 65cm 23rd 115cm 70cm
24th 45cm 30cm 24th 95cm 70cm 24th 120cm 65cm 24th 115cm 70cm
25th 45cm 30cm 25th 95cm 70cm 25th 120cm 65cm 25th 115cm 70cm
26th 45cm 30cm 26th 95cm 70cm 26th 120cm 65cm 26th 115cm 70cm
27th 40cm 30cm 27th 95cm 70cm 27th 120cm 65cm 27th 130cm 70cm
28th 45cm 35cm 28th 95cm 70cm 28th 120cm 65cm 28th 130cm 70cm
29th 45cm 35cm 29th 95cm 70cm 29th - 60cm 29th 130cm 70cm
30th 50cm 35cm 30th 95cm 70cm 30th 30th 130cm 70cm
31st 50cm 35cm 31st 95cm 70cm 31st 31st 130cm 70cm

Previous Statistics

Echo Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Echo Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a beginners area that can be used before riding the lifts. On weekends and holidays the 'Slow Area' by the Number 2 triple lift is open. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is by the Number 8 pair lift and the 'Free Ride Course' is by the Number 6 quad lift. 

Echo Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Echo Valley is open from 9am until 4pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 9pm mostly on Saturdays and over New Year.

Nighta is on weekends and holidays and over the New Year period (29th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017).

Echo Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 3,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4pm) 3,300 yen
Super PM (12pm-9pm) 4,000 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 3,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day and 2 Day tickets are valid from opening until daytime closing (4pm on weekdays and 4:30pm on weekends and holidays).

The Super PM ticket includes nighta.

Nighta is on weekends and holidays and over the New Year period (29th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017).

Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month. On those days, children of elementary school age and under can ride the lifts for free.

Senior Day is every Tuesday. On those days a 1 day ticket for seniors is half price (1,500 yen).

Ladies Day is every Thursday (except 29th December 2016). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is half price (2,000 yen).

Mens Day is every Friday (except 23rd and 30th December 2016). On those days men buying a 1 day lift ticket get an 800 yen lunch voucher.

Getting to Echo Valley

By public transport
41.3km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.6km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Echo Valley is under 25km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 41km from Echo Valley.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
No shuttle bus information is available.
By Car
26.8km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
29.8km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.4km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (2.3km away)
Echo Valley is located to the north west of Shirakaba lake and just over 2km off Route 152, otherwise known as Daimon Highway.

From the Suwa IC exit on the Chuo Expressway, turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to and past Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the resort which is signposted off Route 152 to the north of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
There is parking for 2,500 vehicles at the base of Echo Valley. Parking is free to use and open 24 hours a day.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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Snow conditions 42
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Lift system 42
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