Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
さかえ倶楽部 (長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Tuesday 28th March 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 27th April 2017]

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Sakae Club is located in Sakae village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Tsunan town in Niigata Prefecture. It is actually the most northerly located ski hill in Nagano Prefecture. A number of the courses at Sakae Club are left ungroomed on most weekdays during the season. The local train station just a few kilometres away from the lifts boasted an astonishing snow depth record of 7.85m in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is usually one feature of this region. The Nozawa Onsen resort is about 22km to the south west of Sakae Club.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Sakae Club Course Map

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Sakae Club Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 65cm 80cm 1st 200cm 120cm 1st 190cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 55cm 80cm 2nd 210cm 120cm 2nd 180cm 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 80cm 3rd 220cm 130cm 3rd 180cm 125cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 70cm 4th 220cm 130cm 4th 180cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 55cm 40cm 5th 200cm 130cm 5th 170cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 75cm 30cm 6th 190cm 125cm 6th 170cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 70cm 30cm 7th 190cm 130cm 7th 180cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 65cm 40cm 8th 230cm 130cm 8th 180cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 55cm 45cm 9th 220cm 120cm 9th 175cm 80cm
10th - - 10th 55cm 40cm 10th 240cm 140cm 10th 170cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 90cm 40cm 11th 260cm 150cm 11th 180cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 85cm 40cm 12th 290cm 140cm 12th 175cm 70cm
13th - - 13th 95cm 40cm 13th 290cm 130cm 13th 170cm 70cm
14th - - 14th 140cm 35cm 14th 300cm 115cm 14th 170cm 65cm
15th - - 15th 180cm 40cm 15th 310cm 105cm 15th 170cm 65cm
16th - - 16th 190cm 40cm 16th 310cm 135cm 16th 170cm 65cm
17th 70cm - 17th 220cm 50cm 17th 290cm 125cm 17th 170cm 60cm
18th 60cm - 18th 210cm 45cm 18th 260cm 165cm 18th 170cm 55cm
19th 50cm 20cm 19th 220cm 50cm 19th 265cm 130cm 19th 170cm 50cm
20th 45cm 20cm 20th 220cm 65cm 20th 250cm 120cm 20th 165cm 45cm
21st 40cm 20cm 21st 205cm 80cm 21st 270cm 110cm 21st 160cm 40cm
22nd 40cm 10cm 22nd 220cm 90cm 22nd 270cm 110cm 22nd 160cm 35cm
23rd 25cm 10cm 23rd 240cm 110cm 23rd 260cm 110cm 23rd 160cm 30cm
24th 30cm 10cm 24th 250cm 100cm 24th 270cm 120cm 24th 165cm 30cm
25th 30cm 10cm 25th 260cm 140cm 25th 210cm 120cm 25th 160cm 40cm
26th 30cm 10cm 26th 280cm 140cm 26th 200cm 120cm 26th 155cm 40cm
27th 25cm 20cm 27th 270cm 130cm 27th 200cm 115cm 27th 150cm 40cm
28th 35cm 50cm 28th 260cm 120cm 28th 190cm 110cm 28th 150cm -
29th 40cm 65cm 29th 240cm 120cm 29th - 100cm 29th - -
30th 80cm 60cm 30th 200cm 135cm 30th 30th - -
31st 70cm 60cm 31st 200cm 130cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Sakae Club Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sakae Club. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging play area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Sakae Club Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Sakae Club is open from 9am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and national holidays.

The Number 3 lift is closed on most weekdays, with some exceptions. It is open from 28th December until 4th January and from 18th March until 28th March. Note that all courses are still available when the lift is closed.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Sakae Club Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
4 Hours 2,800 yen 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 25,200 yen 16,000 yen 10,600 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free, but must be with an adult.

Getting to Sakae Club

By public transport
31.5km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.6km from Morimiyanohara Station on the Iiyama Line
28.2km from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Sakae Club is and just over 2.5km from Morimiyanohara Station on the local Iiyama line, though there are no scheduled shuttle bus services.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is the closest Shinkansen station and is around 31.5km to the south west of Sakae Club.

Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 41km to the east.

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No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
36.1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.8km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (1.8km away)
Sakae Club is less than 2km off the main Route 117 road that goes from Nagano city through to Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture.

There are two exits on expressways that are convenient.

From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway, Sakae Club is about 36km and the journey usually takes about 40 minutes.

From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway (in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata Prefecture), Sakae Club is just over 37km away and the journey usually takes about 50 minutes.

After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). Continue on Route 117, through Tsunan town and over the border into Nagano Prefecture, for about 15km. Turn right at the signs to head up to Sakae Club.

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There is a car park close to the base of Sakae Club.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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