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Let’s hit the slopes with a RV!

Elmonte RV’s are fully equipped with an advanced heater system!

An increasing number of people decides to go skiing and snowboarding with an RV. However, some are still worried about using such a vehicle on snowy roads. With studless tires and keeping safety in mind though, it is a very comfortable way of traveling to the resorts. To answer the demand, an increasing number of resorts decides to be RV-friendly.

Winter activities with an RV, what are the benefits?

Going skiing or snowboarding with a camper certainly has its own benefits. Among them:

No worries about the lack of storage space

o worries about the lack of storage space

Snowboarding and skiing gear can be quite bulky, and as such can take a lot of space in an ordinary passenger car. But if you use a RV, you do not need to think about such a thing: there is plenty of storage space available.

It’s easy to change clothes in an RV!

It’s easy to change clothes in an RV!

It’s easy to change clothes in an RV! Have you ever tried to put on your snowboarding gear in a passenger car? The interior can be quite tiny, and it might sometime be too cold inside. Also, as space is limited, only few people cannot change at the same time. With an RV, you can prepare yourself quickly and smoothly.

It’s easy to take a break

It’s easy to take a break

If you arrive too early to the ski area, you might want to take a nap before dawn. When traveling with friends, it is not an easy thing to do in an ordinary car. However, since sleeping and storage space is separated in an RV, you can rest comfortably until the morning comes.

Benefits unique to El Monte’s RVs

Our RVs are equipped with an advanced heating system

Our RVs are equipped with an advanced heating system

All our campers have an advanced heater system which can warn the interior even if the engine is stopped.

All our RVs are equipped with toilets

All our RVs are equipped with toilets

Our RVs comes with simple and easy-to-use toilets for free.

RV can be equipped with studless tire (*option)

RV can be equipped with studless tire (*option)

You might feel uneasy to the thought of traveling on a snowy road with an RV. However, if you use studless tires, you have nothing to worry about. Deep tread depths allow to better manage snow and slush dispersion from under the tire, making it way easier to drive under winter conditions.

Four-wheel drive makes it easy to drive on snowy roads

Four-wheel drive makes it easy to drive on snowy roads

As our RVs are 4WD vehicles, they can accelerate more easily on snowy and frozen roads. You can drive as easily as you would in dry conditions, contrary to 2WD cars that can be less stable during bad weather.

Be careful when driving on snow-covered roads

Even with studless tires and 4WD, it is not possible to drive with more than 30cm of snow on the ground. To avoid any issue, please do not drive in places where snow removal is not done, such as forest roads. In addition, be aware even more than usual of the following points:

  • 1) Do not drive too fast
  • 2) Do not brake suddenly
  • 3) Keep a higher safe following distance
  • 4) If a road seems dangerous, do not go

Recommended ski resorts to go with an RV

To help you during your travels, we listed some ski resorts that are very popular to visit with an RV. Some are equipped with a private parking lot with a power source. However, you might sometime be requested to move when snow removal is needed. For long-term stay, please contact each resort directly.

Skiing in Tohoku Region

【Appi Kogen Ski Resort (Iwate Prefecture)】

One of the largest ski resorts in Japan. There is a large free parking lot in front of the Appi Resort Center, at the foot of the slopes.

http://www.appi-japan.com/

【ALTS Bandai (Fukushima Prefecture)】

Ski resort operated by Hoshino Resorts. Parking lot is available 24 hours a day.

https://www.alts.co.jp/en/

Skiing in the Echigo Yuzawa area

【Yuzawa Nakazato (Niigata Prefecture)】

Good access: only 2 hours by car from Tokyo! You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding on a day trip. The parking lot is open to the public all day. Ski resort customers can use the public bath free of charge until 6 o’clock.

https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/yuzawa/yuzawa-nakazato

【Kagura ski resort (Niigata prefecture)】

Ski resort located between Echigo Yuzawa and Naeba. There are two parking lots: Mitsumata Station and Tashiro Station. Free of charge, except Saturdays, Sundays and special days.

http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/kagura/

Skiing in the Nagano area

【Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Snow Resort (Nagano Prefecture)】

There is a parking lot with power supply for RVs. Price is 3,000 yen per night.

https://snow.gurunavi.com/guide/htm/r0196ens.htm

【Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort (Nagano Prefecture)】

As the snow is regularly removed, it is easy to access the parking lot from the national highway. During the season Escal Plaza, which features restaurants, gear rental, and nap areas, is open 24 hours a day.

http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter-en/

【Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park (Nagano Prefecture)】

Beside the parking lot the base lodge, Euclid, offers free wifi. Shower room can also be used (100 yen/5 minutes)

https://www.hakuba47.co.jp/winter/en/

【Hakuba Iwatake Ski Field (Nagano Prefecture)】

There are several parking lots that can accommodate about 1,000 cars. A hot-spring facility, Iwatake no yu, is located near the fourth parking lot.

http://www.hakuba.jp/iwatake/en/

※For more information regarding ski resorts and snow reports: SURF&SNOW

https://snow.gurunavi.com/