Yamagata Zao Onsen

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Overall
4.1
Yamagata Zao Onsen is one of the top resorts in Japan. With 25 runs spanning 460 acres, it is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. To give you a snapshot of the resort, we've put together a comprehensive list of key statistics, including mountain profile, lift system, historical opening and closing dates, and ticket pricing. Make sure you read the reviews left by skiers and riders who've experienced it first hand, and check out how they rate the resort!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Yamagata Zao Onsen vs
Yamagata Zao OnsenAkakura Kanko
beginner40 %40 %
intermediate40 %30 %
advanced20 %30 %
expert--
total runs25 10
ski area460ac -
summit elevation5,449ft 4,921ft
total lifts36 7
child lift ticket¥2,500 JPY ($22 USD) ¥3,000 JPY ($26 USD)
adult lift ticket¥5,000 JPY ($44 USD) ¥4,300 JPY ($38 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall220″ -
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Yamagata Zao Onsen Reviews

Very Good 4.1 / 5
based on 3 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

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Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5May 03, 2018
Timothy K. Timothy K.
advanced skier
Zao Onsen is a true Japanese snow experience. The hot springs are very atmospheric and scattered all through out the town. Up on the mountain Zao offers a large inbounds area to explore, catering mostly to intermediate skiers with a nice but smaller selection of more advanced terrain. The top part of the mountain is covered in the famous Zao... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 14, 2017
LILeandro I.
expert skier
Big ski resort in Yamagata. Easiest way to get here is via Sendai or Yamagata city. It has trails for all levels, beginner to pros (with steeps and moguls). You can also go down a special trail next to the snow monsters 樹氷, which is the main feature of this place. The vertical drop is big, so conditions are very diffferent from top to bottom! It... More
Good!3.7 / 5Dec 05, 2017
TTTaylah T.
intermediate snowboarder
A phenomenal hidden gem that is fantastic for beginner riders that want to immerse themselves in the Japanese culture. Zao onsen is a smaller mountain with beautiful scenery and you still get plenty of powder to play in! The lift lines are short and the staff is amazing. Definitely would recommend a trip there.... More

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