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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Yamagata

(4.5/5 based on 200 reviews on the web)
At the higher altitudes of Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Siberian winds cake trees in ice and snow to create "snow monsters," a rare sight that gives the destination an otherworldly aspect. With a 305 hectare (754 acre) area predominantly made up of beginner and intermediate runs, the resort makes a good place for those newer to the sport to hone their skills in a dramatic and picturesque location. If you're looking to take lessons, be aware that English tutelage is only offered privately. After carving it up on the slopes, head to the resort's hot spring facilities to give your muscles a well-deserved soak. In winter, a trip to the top of the mountain reveals the striking image of the illuminated snow monsters. Our Yamagata itinerary builder makes visiting Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and other Yamagata attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Zao ski resort is amazing. The run variety is vast, lift passes are reasonable priced, staff are ever so friendly and the snow is incredible. The snow monsters truly are a masterpiece of nature. This ...  more »
  • A nice and interesting village and ski resort. We come across several travellers who were on their 2-3 stays at Zao. And now I know why, and probably will go again. Not too fair from Tokyo, clear and ...  more »
  • I really enjoyed this skii resort. They have a lot of lifters and different trails the view is amazing and we bought the 4 hour ticket for 4500 yen and all day is like 5000 yen I really have a nice an...  more »