Muica Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Muica Snow Resort
ムイカ スノーリゾート (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 16th December 2016 until early April 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 27th April 2017]

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Muica Snow Resort is located to the west of central town area of Muikamachi, in the west area of Minamiuonuma city. Most of the slopes are quite gentle and on weekdays many local schools often practice here. The top area is left ungroomed - but you need to hike up to enjoy it. This ski hill was originally known Minami and then as Muikamachi Ski Resort. For the 16-17 season it has been renamed as Muica Snow Resort.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

748m
400m
348m
33"
12
2600m
4
35%
40%
25%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 0 1 0 3 0 0

Muica Snow Resort Course Map

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Muica Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
1st - - 1st 80cm 100cm 1st 260cm 150cm 1st 220cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 100cm 2nd 270cm 150cm 2nd 220cm 160cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 90cm 3rd 275cm 160cm 3rd 220cm 160cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 85cm 4th 275cm 160cm 4th 220cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 80cm 50cm 5th 270cm 160cm 5th 220cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 50cm 6th 260cm 160cm 6th 200cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 50cm 7th 270cm 160cm 7th 190cm 120cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 70cm 8th 270cm 160cm 8th 190cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 90cm 9th 270cm 160cm 9th 190cm 110cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 90cm 10th 270cm 165cm 10th 190cm 110cm
11th - - 11th 120cm 90cm 11th 280cm 170cm 11th 190cm 110cm
12th - - 12th 130cm 90cm 12th 290cm 170cm 12th 190cm 110cm
13th - - 13th 160cm 90cm 13th 300cm 170cm 13th 190cm 110cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 90cm 14th 300cm 150cm 14th 190cm 110cm
15th - - 15th 230cm 100cm 15th 300cm 140cm 15th 190cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 240cm 100cm 16th 300cm 140cm 16th 190cm 100cm
17th 100cm - 17th 250cm 100cm 17th 290cm 140cm 17th 190cm 100cm
18th 100cm 30cm 18th 260cm 100cm 18th 280cm 140cm 18th 190cm 100cm
19th 80cm 30cm 19th 250cm 110cm 19th 280cm 140cm 19th 190cm 100cm
20th 75cm 30cm 20th 250cm 120cm 20th 270cm 140cm 20th 190cm 100cm
21st 70cm 30cm 21st 250cm 120cm 21st 260cm 130cm 21st 190cm 100cm
22nd 60cm 25cm 22nd 250cm 130cm 22nd 260cm 130cm 22nd 190cm 100cm
23rd 55cm 25cm 23rd 260cm 130cm 23rd 250cm 130cm 23rd 190cm 100cm
24th 40cm 25cm 24th 280cm 130cm 24th 250cm 130cm 24th 190cm 90cm
25th 40cm 20cm 25th 290cm 150cm 25th 250cm 140cm 25th 190cm 90cm
26th 40cm 15cm 26th 290cm 150cm 26th 240cm 140cm 26th 190cm 90cm
27th 40cm 40cm 27th 290cm 150cm 27th 240cm 140cm 27th 190cm 90cm
28th 50cm 50cm 28th 280cm 150cm 28th 230cm 140cm 28th 190cm 90cm
29th 70cm 70cm 29th 270cm 150cm 29th - 140cm 29th 190cm 70cm
30th 100cm 100cm 30th 260cm 150cm 30th 30th 190cm 70cm
31st 100cm 100cm 31st 260cm 150cm 31st 31st 190cm 50cm

Previous Statistics

Muica Snow Resort Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muica Snow Resort. 
Rental
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
The 'Smile Kids Park' area is located by the base of the resort. Entry is free and the snow escalator costs 500 yen for 1 day.
There is also a 'Kids Room' rest room. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Rookie' snow park is located by the Falcon course and suitable for beginners. There is also a 'Smile Cross' course area next to the Bluebird Course (by the top of the Number 1 quad lift) and some mogul courses. 

Muica Snow Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Muica Snow Resort is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.
There is no nighta at this resort.

Muica Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 3,900 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
PM Short (1pm-4:30pm) 2,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen
11 Lift Coupons 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Snow Escalator (1 day) 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 25,000 yen 10,000 yen 13,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information There is no charge for children under 6 years of age accompanied by an adult.
The season ticket also includes various benefits and discounts including access to the onsen in the base hotel and discounted group lift tickets.

Getting to Muica Snow Resort

By public transport
Train
Train
14.4km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Muikamachi Station on the Joetsu Line
4.1km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Information
Muica Snow Resort is just over 4km from Muikamachi Station on the local Joetsu and Hokuhoku lines.

Urasa Station is the nearest Joetsu Shinkansen station and is about 14km away.

Echigo Yuzawa Station is just over 20km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available mostly on weekends in the peak season between the resort and Muikamachi Station. The journey from Muikamachi Station to Muikamachi Ski Resort takes about 10-15 minutes.
By Car
Car
2.9km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
14.8km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
23.7km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 253 (0.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 478
Direction
Direction
Muika Snow Resort is less than 3km from the Muikamachi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Muikamachi IC exit traffic lights, turn right onto Route 253 and continue towards Tokamachi for about 2.5km. Turn left at the sign for Muica Snow Resort and the car parks are just on the right hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
Parking
Parking
The car park close to the base of the resort is open from 7am until 6pm. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Koguriyama 2910-114
Minamiuonuma-shi
Niigata-ken
949-6636
Telephone
Telephone
025-773-3311
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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.
Current resort snow depth
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