Several years back, there was news of a group of existing ski hills coming together and being newly branded as ‘Mt Kosha’. The five ski hills involved are dotted around the slopes of Mount Kosha in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture:
- Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira (more information on SnowJapan)
- Makinoiri Snow Park (more information on SnowJapan)
- X-JAM Takaifuji (more information on SnowJapan)
- Yomase Onsen (more information on SnowJapan)
- Yamabiko no oka (more information on SnowJapan)
The idea was to offer a joint lift ticket and be marketed as a group - a bit like a smaller 'Shiga Kogen' kind of set up.
It seemed like a really good idea with a lot of potential. Mt Kosha is located to the north east of Nagano City, and is in a central area between the popular Shiga Kogen, Madarao Kogen, Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen resort areas. The nearest ski lifts are also less than 10km from the upcoming (at the time) Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train station in Iiyama.
However, over the last few seasons the status of the ‘Mt Kosha’ group has been somewhat confusing. Makinoiri Snow Park struggled to remain open and there were questions over the status of Yomase Onsen. There somehow didn't seem to be a consistent group presence.
For the 2017-2018 season, it looks like the group relationship has become further disjointed. A joint Mt Kosha ticket is no longer available. Yomase Onsen and X-JAM Takaifuji on the southern and eastern slopes are offering a joint ticket, but Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira and Makinoiri Snow Park are only offering individual lift tickets. (Though there is a deal available for cheaper tickets between Yomase Onsen/X-JAM and Kijimadaira). And it seems that the small Yamabiko no oka area is not going to be opening for the season.
See the individual resort pages for more information - links above - and we'll keep an eye on any further developments.