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 24th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
Official snow depth 250cm (10cm) [updated on 16th January 2022]

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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 as 'Minami' and then as 'Muikamachi Ski Resort'. Since the 2016-2017 season it has been known 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

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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
1st - - 1st 230cm 230cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 230cm 250cm 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 230cm 250cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - 230cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 250cm 4th - 280cm 4th - 230cm
5th - - 5th 210cm 250cm 5th - 300cm 5th - 220cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 250cm 6th - 300cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 250cm 7th - 290cm 7th - 210cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 280cm 8th - 290cm 8th - 210cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 330cm 9th - 310cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th 200cm 330cm 10th - 320cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 320cm 11th - 320cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th 190cm 310cm 12th - 310cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 310cm 13th - 300cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 300cm 14th - 280cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th 240cm 280cm 15th - 280cm 15th - 150cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 270cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 280cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 150cm
18th - - 18th - 280cm 18th - 300cm 18th - 150cm
19th - - 19th - 290cm 19th - 310cm 19th - 150cm
20th - - 20th - 290cm 20th - 310cm 20th - 140cm
21st - - 21st - 290cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 130cm
22nd - - 22nd - 280cm 22nd - 280cm 22nd - 120cm
23rd - - 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 120cm
24th 70cm - 24th - 270cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 110cm
25th 70cm 190cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 100cm
26th 100cm 210cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 100cm
27th 140cm 210cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 90cm
28th 180cm 190cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 90cm
29th 200cm 170cm 29th - 240cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 190cm 160cm 30th - 280cm 30th 30th - -
31st 200cm 190cm 31st - 280cm 31st 31st - -

Muica Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muica Snow Resort. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Smile Kids Park area is located by the base of the ski area. Entry is free and the snow escalator costs 800 yen for 1 day. There is also a snow tubing course.

There is a free Kids Room (rest room) in the hotel at base. 
Park Information
Park information
The Snow Park Rookie 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 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 8:30am until 4:30pm
'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 night skiing at this area.

Muica Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
4 Hours 3,100 yen 1,500 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
PM Short (1pm-4:30pm) 2,900 yen 1,500 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Snow Escalator (1 day) 800 yen 80 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket 27,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen 21,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

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
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
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.
A free shuttle bus is available mostly on weekends in the peak season between the ski area and Muikamachi Station.

The journey from the east exit of Muikamachi Station to Muikamachi Ski Resort takes about 15 minutes.
By 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
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.
The car park close to the base of the resort for 500 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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