White Valley (Minakami Town, Gunma)

White Valley
ホワイトバレー (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Friday 22nd December 2018 until late March 2018
'Minakami Now' daily report
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Latest report posted at 8:34am on Thursday 14th December 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 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 - they call it 'Premium Powder Day' and these days are announced the previous day via official sources. 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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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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 1st - 180cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd - 30cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd - 30cm 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 25cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th - 40cm 5th - 170cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th - 40cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th - 50cm 7th - 190cm 7th - 170cm
8th - - 8th - 50cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th - 30cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th - 30cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 50cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 170cm
12th - - 12th - 60cm 12th - 250cm 12th - 170cm
13th - - 13th - 60cm 13th - 250cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 60cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th - 130cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 170cm
16th - - 16th - 140cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 170cm
17th - - 17th - 150cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 170cm
18th - - 18th - 160cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 170cm
19th - - 19th - 140cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 170cm
20th - - 20th - 140cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 170cm
21st - - 21st - 140cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 170cm
22nd - 0cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd - - 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 170cm
24th - 10cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 180cm
25th - - 25th - 180cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 190cm
26th - - 26th - 190cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 200cm
27th - - 27th - 190cm 27th - 190cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 190cm 28th - 190cm 28th - -
29th - - 29th - 170cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 40cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 40cm 31st - 180cm 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 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
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
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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Message updated on 3rd Dec 2017
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