Ryuoo Ski Park Up Close
Ryuoo Ski Park 竜王スキーパーク = Pronounced as more like Liu-Oh
What kind of mountain is Ryuoo?
This mountain/resort is made up with 2 parts.
Valley Area and Skyland Area.
And they are connected by Ropeway and Kiotoshi courses in between, being a very steep terrain only ideal for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Also, Kiotoshi 木落し stands for “Tree Falling“, meaning “So steep that even trees fall off the face” (My translation)
Please be aware that these Kiotoshi courses tend to open up well into January due to the nature of the terrain hard to accumulate snow.
Valley Area – Lower part
6 Chailfts, wide open long trails, mostly gentle incline.
Along V2 Lift you have some more speed with steeper terrain.
There are some “Ungroomed” space left near V2 Lift and V10 Lift for you to enjoy some powder.
The Top part of Valley Area has V5 Lift with steeper runs, but they don’t seem to open early in the season.
The reasons being,
- Steeper so no groomer vehicle goes there
- Therefore in need of wait for the accumulation of enough natural snowfall for safety
Skyland Area – Upper Part
2 Chairlifts, 3 Trails
The view from the upper part, (The highest point being at around 1930m or over 6000 feet) Skyland Area is superb on a clear day.
Also being higher in altitude, the snow tends to be drier and softer than Valley Area most of the times.
At the same time the temperature is a lot colder than what it is at the lower part of the mountain so be prepared to get in colder climate.
Oh and quite often it’s in the clouds with lower visibility.
The terrain is definitely for beginners to intermediate.
There are 2 restaurants, right above the top ropeway station at at the very top of the mountain off S1 Lift so you have somewhere to rush in if it’s too cold for you.
At those restaurants, mainly you find Japanese food like Japanese curry and ramen and so on.
Some Useful Links
– This is the link to one of my past related post Let’s go skiing!
They run every 1-1.5 hour between Yudanaka Station and Ryuoo Ski Park.
It only takes 15-20moin to get to the resort.
The first one top depart Yudanaka is just after 9am, the last one to depart Ryuoo is just after 5pm.
It departs from right in front of Yudanaka Station.
Half Day: Morning 8am-1pm, Afternoon 12pm-5pm, Adult ¥3400, Kids (4 y/o to 12 y/o) ¥2200
1 Day: Adult ¥4500, Kids ¥2900
2 days: Adult ¥8000, Kids ¥5100
Half Day: Morning 8am-1pm, Afternoon 12pm-5pm, same as the lift passes, Adult ¥3500, Kids ¥2000
1 Day: Adult ¥4000, Kids ¥2500
2 days: Adult ¥7500, Kids ¥4500
If you are staying in yudanaka, one idea is to go see the guys at Yudanaka Rental/Info Centre right behind Goen restaurant.
You can get yourself set up with gear even the day before you head up the mountain.
That’ll be a good time-saver for you to be prepared the day before, rather than rushing for everything in the morning, with a possibility of waiting if they get busy.
I hope you will enjoy your time up on this mountain, and snow too!
See you next time.