White Valley (Minakami Town, Gunma)

White Valley
ホワイトバレー (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Thursday 22nd December 2016 until late March 2017
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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. 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. These maps show all of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami area together. 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

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White Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 30cm 1st 180cm 50cm 1st 180cm 60cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 30cm 2nd 180cm 50cm 2nd 180cm 60cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 30cm 3rd 180cm 50cm 3rd 180cm 60cm
4th - - 4th 25cm 20cm 4th 180cm 50cm 4th 180cm 60cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 15cm 5th 170cm 50cm 5th 180cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 40cm - 6th 170cm 50cm 6th 170cm 50cm
7th - - 7th 50cm - 7th 190cm 50cm 7th 170cm 50cm
8th - - 8th 50cm - 8th 200cm 50cm 8th 180cm 50cm
9th - - 9th 30cm - 9th 190cm 50cm 9th 180cm 30cm
10th - - 10th 30cm - 10th 200cm 90cm 10th 180cm 30cm
11th - - 11th 50cm - 11th 200cm 90cm 11th 170cm 30cm
12th - - 12th 60cm - 12th 250cm 90cm 12th 170cm 25cm
13th - - 13th 60cm - 13th 250cm 90cm 13th 170cm -
14th - - 14th 60cm - 14th 250cm 90cm 14th 170cm -
15th - - 15th 130cm 10cm 15th 230cm 100cm 15th 170cm -
16th - - 16th 140cm 10cm 16th 230cm 100cm 16th 170cm -
17th - - 17th 150cm 10cm 17th 210cm 90cm 17th 170cm -
18th - 10cm 18th 160cm 40cm 18th 190cm 90cm 18th 170cm -
19th - 10cm 19th 140cm 30cm 19th 190cm 90cm 19th 170cm -
20th - 10cm 20th 140cm 50cm 20th 180cm 90cm 20th 170cm -
21st - - 21st 140cm 70cm 21st 200cm 90cm 21st 170cm -
22nd 0cm - 22nd 140cm 70cm 22nd 200cm 90cm 22nd 170cm -
23rd - - 23rd 160cm 70cm 23rd 190cm 90cm 23rd 170cm -
24th 10cm - 24th 170cm 60cm 24th 200cm 90cm 24th 180cm -
25th - - 25th 180cm 70cm 25th 200cm 80cm 25th 190cm -
26th - - 26th 190cm 70cm 26th 200cm 80cm 26th 200cm -
27th - 10cm 27th 190cm 70cm 27th 190cm 60cm 27th - -
28th - 20cm 28th 190cm 50cm 28th 190cm 60cm 28th - -
29th - - 29th 170cm 50cm 29th - 50cm 29th - -
30th 40cm 30cm 30th 160cm 50cm 30th 30th - -
31st 40cm 30cm 31st 180cm 50cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

White Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White Valley. 
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
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am 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
White Valley is normally open from 8am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays, and from 8:30am on weekdays.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

White Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,600 yen 3,500 yen
Sunrise (open-12pm) 3,400 yen
Sunset (12pm-closing) 3,300 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.

Getting to White Valley

By public transport
14.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport 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
A free shuttle bus service is available from Minakami Station during the peak season.
By 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
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
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.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be 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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Lift system 50
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