Next to the kids park, Restaurant Tyrol has a kids room and other child services available.

Longest Run: 2,500 metres Half Pipes: Yes Child Care and/or Kids Park: Yes Cross-country available: Yes Elevation: 1,350 metres Vertical Drop: 440 metres Terrain Parks: Yes – Giant Course (Freeride Park) – table top, 1/4 pipe, hip spine, rail, box, kicker, hip Lifts: 16 Trails: 22 (Beg:30% Int:45% Adv:25%) Tangram Lifts are not included on this pass.

* One pre-school infant 3 years or older can ride for free if accompanied by an adult.

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There are various food options on the mountain including a large cafeteria offering moderately-priced food from ramen to hotdogs and tap beer, a convenience store and several small eateries.

From season 2016/17 there are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available at North Nagano Outdoor Sports, as well as back country and ski guiding. For anyone wanting to ski with young families, there is also childcare and a kids park available.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort is quite near to Nagano City as well as the resorts in Myoko and Nozawa Onsen.

Two new courses were built at Madarao Kogen in 2009.

Madarao reaches a height of 1,382 meters tall and has 16 lifts, all of which are free for overseas children 12 and under.

The common consensus is that this resort is usually uncrowded during weekdays with a good selection of runs, some nicely groomed trails (although 60% of the courses are ungroomed), and there are also very impressive views of Mt Myoko on a clear day.

Catch a Dentetsu bus from Nagano Station: Nagaden Bus runs two express buses to Madarao Kogen from JR Nagano Station each day and return during winter from the East (Higashi) exit of Nagano Station (Bus stop 3 or 4 – check map).

Adult fare is 1,400 yen and child over 5 is 700 yen (reservations are needed).

From season 2016/17 there are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available.

There is a great variety of Madarao accommodation from the upmarket Active Life Madarao to cosy pensions such as Bergland Madarao or the almost ski-in, ski-out Monaile Hotel.

Like many Japanese resorts, Madarao offers night skiing on weekends.