Madarao Backcountry Tours, Madarao Ski Guiding

Madarao Backcountry Tours & Madarao Ski Guiding

In need of some Madarao backcountry fresh? Or simply need a Madarao ski guide to show you the best in-bounds stashes? You’ve come to the right place!

See the bottom of this page for telemark, cross-country and nordic ski options

Myoko Kogen Back country ski tours
Want to hike the Madarao backcountry on a guided tour?

Madarao Backcountry Ski: Overview

Madarao is a pleasant reprieve from many of the crowded nearby resorts and has a great mix of tree runs and secret back bowls to please powderhounds!

A little bit off the beaten track but still easy access from Nozawa or Myoko, Madarao offers a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of some of the bigger resorts but has some nice little gems stashed away.  Short hikes (20mins) allows us access to some great BC treeline terrain with varying slopes and aspects. The peak of Mt Madarao is on 1340m high so best to head here mid storm (if you are with our guides) to get the best conditions. Most visitors to the Madarao backcountry tours tend to explore the deep powder fields by first heading up the lift line.

Destination Madarao Kogen is pleased to be able to help offer group and private backcountry tours in Madarao. These are run by well established operations with experienced Madarao backcountry guides.

Madarao Backcountry Ski: Video

Madarao Kogen Back Country tours by Nagano North

Enjoy fun off-piste and backcountry ski tours in Madarao Kogen!

Madarao Kogen Backcountry tours are aimed toward enjoying the natural landscape of Mt. Madarao through skiing and snowboarding. There are several paths leading up the mountain and hiking up to the top takes around 20 minutes – perfect for beginners. From the top of the ski lift skiers hike to the very top of Mount Madarao. From there you’ll experience a fun back country ride with a tree course and natural half pipe as well as an encounter with ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Big Rock’!

Easy hike access, steep entry zones, consistently deep mid-season snow packs, wonderful continuous pitch through evenly spaced trees for upwards of 700 vertical meters and smile-inducing magical scenery create a special off-trail riding environment that every Madarao backcountry snow slider will appreciate.

Your experienced local Madarao ski guide determines the best course of the day by checking out the snow conditions every morning. Madarao Mountain has plenty of north face and guests can expect a high quality of powder snow almost every day. However please understand there can be sudden course changes or suspension due to inclement weather.

Price (per person)
The half-day (3 hours) tour cost is 8,000 yen
The day tour (6 hours) tour cost is 13,000 yen

Both tours include beacon rental but you need to bring your own lunch and snacks. Minimum age is 16 + and at least two people in a group needed. Snowshoe rental is an extra 1,000 yen per person.

Private Madarao backcountry tours are also available – fully customisable to suit your riding ability and physical fitness.

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Japan Back Country Skiing in Madarao Kogen
Kitting up for Back Country Skiing in Madarao Kogen

Madarao Backcountry Ski Tours by Japan Adventures

Madarao Backcountry Tours run Jan 9th – March 15th (8.00 – 4.30pm) but may vary due to lift operation circumstances. Contact us for possible tours outside these dates

Madarao backcountry tours: routes and skill levels

The route will be chosen and customised by your guide to match your skill & experience level


This is the perfect introductory tour to the backcountry. Learn how to use the gear and access some easy untracked terrain to master those powder turns in the Madarao backcountry.


If you have been BC before and want to get away from the crowds to find those secret stashes then look no further. We have the goods!


If you are looking for a BIG day of Madarao backcountry BC, have plenty of experience and are a high level rider, then one of our expert routes is for you.

Need to know:

  • Minimum of 3 people required to run tour
  • Age 13 and older + Intermediate level ski/snowboarder or above.
  • Participants under 20 must have signature of guardian or parent.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required. The fitter the group the more extensive the touring options.
  • Bring: Ski/Board, Boots, Ski clothing, Gloves, Helmet,Goggles, ski poles with BIG baskets, drink, snacks, sandwich/food
  • Included: Professional guide, Avalanche transceiver, Probe & Shovel
  • The price does not include skis/snowboard, lift ticket, lunch or insurance.
  • Please ensure your travel insurance will cover any circumstances that may occur during your tour.

Price (per person) – 20,000 yen

Ready to book your Madarao backcountry ski guide? Fill out the enquiry form to start!


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Nearby Madarao Cross-country courses, Nordic, Telemark

Area: Myoko Pine Valley Ski Area Cross Country Course
Telephone: 0255 82 4111
Location: 19km from Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) – See Access Map
Season: Mid December – Late March
Opening times: 9:00am-4:00pm
Course length: 1km
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Suitable for x-country beginners

Area: Ikenotaira Shirakaba Cross Country Ski Course
Telephone: 0255 86 2871
Location: 2.5km from Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) – See Access Map
Opening times: Varies
Season: Mid December-Mid March
Opening times: Varies
Courses available: 3km & 5km courses
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Unknown
Comments: Popular course with a number of events held here.

Area: Togakushi X-Country Ski Area
Telephone: 026 254 2888
Location: 30km from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) See Access Map
Season: Early December – Mid April
Opening times: 8:00am-5:00pm
Courses available: A variety of routes and lengths. Some are in the lower forest near Okusha Iriguchi bus stop. Cedar grove lines trail up the hill to the Okusha temple.
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Watch out for the wildlife!

Areas: Kurohime Kogen Ski Area & Douwanomori Snow Wave
Telephone: 026 255 6720
Location: 4km from Shinano-machi IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) See Access Map
Season: Mid December – Late March
Opening times: 9:30am-4:00pm
Courses available: 3km (beginner), 5km (intermediate, advanced)
Cost: 300 yen
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Tours available.