White Valley (Minakami Town, Gunma)

White Valley
ホワイトバレー (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
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White Valley is located in the Tanigawa Onsen area of Minakami town in Gunma Prefecture. This small ski hill first opened in 1962.

On powder days most of the upper area of White Valley is left untouched by groomers - they call it 'Premium Powder Day' and these days are announced the previous day via official sources. Fun fact when you're not riding the powder... the Joetsu Shinkansen tunnels go right under the base area of White Valley.

Minakami town is separated from Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture to the north by the impressive Tanigawa mountain range. The nine separate ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami are quite spread out throughout the central region of the town. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities... and the onsen hot springs are very popular too.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

1030m
380m
650m
35"
5
2000m
2
30%
40%
30%
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 0 0 2 0 0

White Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st - 110cm 1st - 130cm 1st - 140cm
2nd - - 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 140cm
3rd - - 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 150cm 4th - 130cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - 150cm 5th - 150cm 5th - 140cm
6th - - 6th - 150cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th - 130cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 120cm
8th - - 8th - 130cm 8th - 150cm 8th - 120cm
9th - - 9th - 130cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 120cm
10th - - 10th - 110cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 120cm
11th - - 11th - 110cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 110cm
12th - - 12th - 110cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 110cm
13th - - 13th - 110cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 110cm
14th - - 14th - 110cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 100cm
15th - - 15th - 110cm 15th - 130cm 15th - 100cm
16th - - 16th - 110cm 16th - 130cm 16th - 100cm
17th - - 17th - 100cm 17th - 130cm 17th - 100cm
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 160cm 18th - 100cm
19th - - 19th - 100cm 19th - 160cm 19th - 90cm
20th - - 20th - 100cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 70cm
21st - - 21st - 100cm 21st - 160cm 21st - 70cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 100cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd - 40cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 100cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 60cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 100cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 60cm
26th - 40cm 26th - 110cm 26th - 150cm 26th - -
27th - 80cm 27th - 130cm 27th - 150cm 27th - -
28th - 120cm 28th - 130cm 28th - 140cm 28th - -
29th - 100cm 29th - 130cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 120cm 30th - 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 120cm 31st - 130cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

White Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White Valley. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Chibbiko Hiroba' kids sledging area is located near the bottom of the Number 1 pair lift in the base area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

White Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am 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
White Valley is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays, and from 8:30am on weekdays.

In March, it is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

White Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,600 yen 3,500 yen
Sunrise (open-12pm) 3,400 yen
Sunset (12pm-closing) 3,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 550 yen 550 yen 550 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 36,500 yen 20,000 yen 33,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 21,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Elementary School age children can ride the lifts for free on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to White Valley

By public transport
Train
Train
14.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
White Valley is located 3km from Minakami Station on the local Joetsu line and about 14km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus service is available from Minakami Station during the peak season.
By Car
Car
6.9km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17.5km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (2.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 252
Direction
Direction
White Valley is just under 7km from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

At the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291. After 1.3km turn left at the first traffic lights to continue on Route 291 towards central Minakami. After another 3km, at the Tanigawa Onsen Iriguchi traffic lights, take a sharp turn left onto Prefecture Road 252. Follow this road for about 2.5km to reach White Valley.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
There is a car park for 200 vehicles near the base of White Valley.

Car parking is free on weekday and 1,000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

More Information

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Address
Address
Tanigawa
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1619
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-5094
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
At the time of writing more than 40% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season - even some of the larger ones! We are continuing to manually check and update information within SnowJapan on a daily basis, but for the moment things remain a mix of new and old. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(19th November 2018)
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