Chateau Shiozawa (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Chateau Shiozawa
シャトー塩沢 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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Latest report posted at 6:57am on Friday 23rd March 2018
Official snow depth 130cm (-10cm) [updated on 22nd March 2018]

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Chateau Shiozawa is located in the western region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. There are two separate base areas at Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato. Ipponsugi is to the south but both can be accessed from the central Shiozawa town area. The two are connected by the top course and lift of the resort. It is a popular ski hill for school and college ski lesson trips.

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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Chateau Shiozawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 170cm 40cm 1st 280cm 180cm 1st 260cm 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 180cm 35cm 2nd 250cm 240cm 2nd 260cm 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 180cm 30cm 3rd 250cm 240cm 3rd 250cm 240cm
4th - - 4th 185cm 30cm 4th 250cm 230cm 4th 250cm 210cm
5th - - 5th 215cm 45cm 5th 250cm 210cm 5th 250cm 210cm
6th - - 6th 215cm 65cm 6th 230cm 200cm 6th 220cm 210cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 60cm 7th 230cm 220cm 7th 220cm 210cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 55cm 8th 230cm 240cm 8th 220cm 220cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 40cm 9th 240cm 230cm 9th 200cm 220cm
10th - - 10th 210cm 40cm 10th 230cm 230cm 10th 200cm 220cm
11th - - 11th 170cm 70cm 11th 210cm 240cm 11th 190cm 220cm
12th - - 12th 170cm 100cm 12th 210cm 240cm 12th 190cm 220cm
13th - - 13th 170cm 120cm 13th 215cm 245cm 13th 185cm 210cm
14th - - 14th 170cm 240cm 14th 240cm 245cm 14th 180cm 210cm
15th - - 15th 170cm 290cm 15th 250cm 240cm 15th 180cm 210cm
16th - - 16th 160cm 315cm 16th 250cm 270cm 16th 170cm 180cm
17th - - 17th 160cm 320cm 17th 250cm 250cm 17th 140cm 180cm
18th - - 18th 160cm 320cm 18th 290cm 240cm 18th 140cm 180cm
19th - - 19th 160cm 285cm 19th 310cm 245cm 19th 140cm 180cm
20th - - 20th 130cm 270cm 20th 310cm 245cm 20th 140cm 180cm
21st - - 21st 130cm 230cm 21st 310cm 250cm 21st 140cm 180cm
22nd - - 22nd 130cm 230cm 22nd 310cm 255cm 22nd 130cm 180cm
23rd 80cm 30cm 23rd 135cm 230cm 23rd 310cm 250cm 23rd - 180cm
24th 65cm 40cm 24th 150cm 245cm 24th 290cm 250cm 24th - 180cm
25th 60cm 30cm 25th 180cm 290cm 25th 290cm 250cm 25th - 180cm
26th 75cm 20cm 26th 180cm 290cm 26th 280cm 240cm 26th - 180cm
27th 140cm 10cm 27th 230cm 290cm 27th 270cm 240cm 27th - 200cm
28th 140cm - 28th 280cm 280cm 28th 270cm 240cm 28th - 200cm
29th 160cm 30cm 29th 265cm 270cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th 160cm 60cm 30th 280cm 200cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st 170cm 60cm 31st 280cm 180cm 31st 31st - 180cm

Previous Statistics

Chateau Shiozawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Chateau Shiozawa. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a 'Chibbiko Gelende' play area at the base of both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato areas - free entry to both.  
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Chateau Shiozawa Season & Opening Times

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

Nighta is on a few selected days of the season each year (usually Saturdays and holidays).

Chateau Shiozawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Half Day 2,500 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen
2 Days 5,500 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta 1,000 yen 700 yen

Getting to Chateau Shiozawa

By public transport
16.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
There are two bases to Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato - and they join up at the top of the hill. The Ipponsugi base is just over 3km from Shiozawa Station while the Yoshizato base is slightly nearer. Local trains run between Echigo Yuzawa Station and Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu line and the journey takes about 18 minutes.
Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line in neighbouring Yuzawa town is about 16.5km from Chateau Shiozawa.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in the winter months.

A taxi journey costs around 5,000 yen.
By Car
9.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.1km away)
Chateau Shiozawa is located almost half way between the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC and the Muikamachi IC exits of the Kanetsu Expressway, both are about 9.5km away from the Ipponsugi base.
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn right onto Route 17 for about 6.5km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 82 for about 1km, go under the Kanetsu Expressway road and then turn left at the signposts to continue on up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Limited parking is available at both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato base areas.

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