Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
キューピットバレイ (新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 9th April 2017
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Cupid Valley is located on the northern slopes of Mt Hishigatake, about half way between Joetsu city and Tokamachi city in Niigata Prefecture. It is also around half way between the popular Myoko and Yuzawa regions of Niigata. The area known as Yukudaruma Kogen. On a clear day fine views of the Japan Sea can be enjoyed from the top.

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. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Cupid Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 70cm 150cm 1st 270cm 200cm 1st 270cm 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 140cm 2nd 270cm 200cm 2nd 270cm 220cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 120cm 3rd 270cm 220cm 3rd 280cm 210cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 100cm 4th 260cm 220cm 4th 280cm 195cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 100cm 5th 260cm 210cm 5th 270cm 190cm
6th - - 6th 80cm 100cm 6th 240cm 210cm 6th 260cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 70cm 100cm 7th 250cm 220cm 7th 280cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 120cm 8th 260cm 220cm 8th 320cm 130cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 120cm 9th 260cm 210cm 9th 310cm 125cm
10th - - 10th 70cm 120cm 10th 270cm 225cm 10th 310cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 130cm 11th 280cm 235cm 11th 310cm 130cm
12th - - 12th 150cm 140cm 12th 300cm 220cm 12th 300cm 135cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 140cm 13th 310cm 190cm 13th 290cm 130cm
14th - - 14th 250cm 130cm 14th 320cm 150cm 14th 285cm 130cm
15th 80cm - 15th 280cm 150cm 15th 330cm 140cm 15th 280cm 140cm
16th 120cm - 16th 280cm 150cm 16th 320cm 190cm 16th 300cm 140cm
17th 130cm - 17th 280cm 150cm 17th 310cm 180cm 17th 295cm 130cm
18th 120cm 60cm 18th 290cm 140cm 18th 290cm 220cm 18th 290cm 120cm
19th 100cm 55cm 19th 280cm 135cm 19th 300cm 200cm 19th 280cm 100cm
20th 80cm 50cm 20th 280cm 135cm 20th 280cm 190cm 20th 275cm 100cm
21st 70cm 45cm 21st 270cm 150cm 21st 280cm 160cm 21st 270cm 100cm
22nd 50cm 25cm 22nd 280cm 170cm 22nd 280cm 170cm 22nd 280cm 100cm
23rd 35cm - 23rd 310cm 185cm 23rd 270cm 160cm 23rd 280cm 90cm
24th 40cm - 24th 310cm 180cm 24th 280cm 180cm 24th 300cm 100cm
25th 45cm - 25th 310cm 190cm 25th 270cm 190cm 25th 300cm 130cm
26th 45cm 20cm 26th 320cm 190cm 26th 270cm 200cm 26th 290cm 120cm
27th 40cm 40cm 27th 300cm 180cm 27th 280cm 190cm 27th 280cm 110cm
28th 55cm 80cm 28th 300cm 170cm 28th 270cm 180cm 28th 290cm 100cm
29th 55cm 120cm 29th 290cm 160cm 29th - 170cm 29th 290cm 100cm
30th 100cm 140cm 30th 270cm 195cm 30th 30th 280cm 90cm
31st 85cm 135cm 31st 280cm 195cm 31st 31st 280cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Cupid Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Cupid Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, snow shoes and snow scoots are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kindergarden' is located by the Number 1 quad lift. Entry is 500 yen entry for children and 250 yen for guardians, or free with a valid lift ticket. Plastic skis, sledges, buckets are available to rent.

The 'Family Park' offers some attractions for parents and young children including wave and tunnels. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Snow Park' and a 'Family Park' area. Items available vary depending on the weather and snow conditions. The 'Puchippa' park area for beginners is by the base of the resort. 

Cupid Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Cupid Valley is open from 8:30am until 5pm.

Nighta is on Saturdays and other specific days in peak season, from 5pm until 9pm.

Cupid Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,300 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
12 Lift Coupons 4,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
Nighta (4pm-9pm) 1,500 yen 500 yen 1,000 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,000 yen 700 yen 1,000 yen
Gondola (return) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 20,000 yen 31,000 yen
Koibito Season 52,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Koibito (lovers) Season ticket for 1 man and 1 woman.

A Family Season ticket for 3 people in the same family is 52,000 yen.

A Family Season ticket for 4 people in the same family is 58,000 yen.

Getting to Cupid Valley

By public transport
34.8km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.6km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
31.3km from Naoetsu Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Cupid Valley is less than 14km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku train line.

The Hokuhoku line runs from Echigo Yuzawa Station through to Naoetsu Station with convenient connections at both.

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A shuttle bus is available from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
30.2km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
33km from the Kakizaki IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
56.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 403 (0.1km away)
Cupid Valley can be reached either from exits on the Hokuriku Expressway or from exits on the Kanetsu Expressway.

It is located to the south of Route 405 which runs from Joetsu city to Tsunan town.

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There is parking for 1250 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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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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