Resort Spotlight: Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort (Niigata)

Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort

2018-2019 season planned dates:
Friday 14th December 2018 until Sunday 6th May 2019

** More details, stats, weather forecast on SnowJapan here **

Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort is located in the western region of Niigata Prefecture - to the west of Myoko and to the north east of Hakuba... and reachable from both.

While it may not be as well known as those areas, people who have discovered Charmant Hiuchi often rave about it. Why?

Over 5m average snow depth in season // 65% of course areas remain ungroomed

Charmant Hiuchi is one of the few ski areas in Japan where the natural contours of the land have been left as they are and where you can really enjoy deep powder... usually 5m of it in season. 
Add to that the fact that 65% of the course areas remained ungroomed....

If you love powder, you will want to try this place out!

Powder Area Length Vertical Area Steepest
Hiyama 1,101m 355m 8.7 ha 26°
Surge 276m 100m 3.0 ha 22°
Oredani 416m 162m 1.6 ha 34°
Princess Bowl 276m 93m 1.1 ha 24°
Hi Tribe 583m 195m 2.6 ha 27°
Jackson 359m 104m 1.9 ha 33°
Zen 278m 93m 1.0 ha 21°
Off Piste Length Vertical Average Steepest
Couer 296m 106m 21° 29°
Princess 780m 280m 21° 32°
Nature 521m 180m 18° 29°
On Piste        
Snowman 1256m 485m 21° 37°
Mer 1260m 490m 15° 29°
Raisin 520m 127m 18° 36°
Voler 1623m 500m 8° 24°
Evian 300m 70m 9° 21°
Mer Bottom 490m 85m 11° 20°

Charmant Hiuchi is divided into four areas:

* Piste Courses

These courses are groomed and well-maintained. Hazards should be minimal but remain alert and ride responsibly.

* Powder Courses

There are no standing trees, but the course is ungroomed so be careful of deep snow, cracks and rocks. Do not approach marked hazards.

* Powder Area

This includes all areas beyond the “Out of Maintained Area” signs. These areas are left natural and are unmanaged by the resort. Natural features including deep snow, rivers, pits, ridges, kinks, trees, bushes and other hazards are common. Please keep this in mind and only enter if able to identify and navigate these hazards.

* Restricted Zone

These areas are exceptionally dangerous and are off-limits to all riders, regardless of skill. Do not enter restricted zones.

Those wishing to ride outside of the resort area must contact the patrol office and fill out a backcountry riding plan before leaving.

- The resort recommends that every skier and boarder has insurance
- Always check the information written on the white boards at the Ski Center
- For more detailed information, talk with the ski patrol.
- Take time to carefully review the area map and memorize the courses you plan to ride.
- Learn how to use an avalanche beacon, shovel and prove.
- Do not approach marked hazards such as overhanging snow, cracks and other dangerous areas.
- Be sure to check on changing weather and avalanche conditions before you head out.
- As much as possible, avoid going out on your own. The basic rule is always to be in a position where others can hear your voice.
- Deep snow is great fun, but there is always the danger of suffocation after a hard fall - understand the danger and think about how to respond


Groomed Area: 35%    Ungroomed Area:  65%
Longest run: 2,700m  //  Base altitude: 501m  // Top altitude: 1009m
Beginners 20% // Intermediate 45%  //  Advanced 35%


Center House

The main Center House facility can be found at the base of the resort and features all you need for the day -  local Japanese cuisine served, a shop, rental facilities, locker rooms, rest rooms, ski school and patrol.

Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

(up to 15 years)
(55 years)
Morning Ticket
3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon Ticket
3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Ride Ticket
One time on quad lift
500 yen 300 yen -
1 Ride Ticket
One time on pair lift
300 yen 300 yen -
Season Ticket
All days
38,000 yen 18,000 yen 26,000 yen
Weekday Pass
Weekdays only
16,000 yen - -

Lift Number 1 (quad) operates from 8:30am until 4:00pm (until 4:15pm from March 2019)
Lift Number 2 (pair) operates from 8:30am until 4:15pm (until 4:30pm in March and only weekends and holidays from April 2019)
Lift Number 3 (pair) operates from 8:30am until 4:00pm (until 4:15pm from March 2019). Open when the upper area of the resort is open


Rental 2018-2019 Season

  Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child
Expert Rental
K2, Atomic, 4FRNT etc fat skis
4,500 yen - 3,100 yen - 1,500 yen -
Snowboard Set 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,700 yen 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Wear Set 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,100 yen 2,000 yen - -
Carving Ski Set 3,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,100 yen 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Telemark Set 4,500 yen - 3,100 yen - 1,500 yen -
Snowscoot 4,500 yen - 3,100 yen - - -


How to get to Charmant Hiuchi

Getting to Charmant Hiuchi by Train

Charmant Hiuchi can be reached using a free shuttle bus service from the Itoigawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
Details for the 2018-2019 season coming soon

Getting to Charmant Hiuchi by Car

Charmant Hiuchi is located in Itoigawa city in the south-western region of Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Nagano Prefecture.

The resort base is about 16km (30 minutes drive) from the Nou IC exit of the Hokuriku Expressway.

From the Tokyo region: about 4 hours
From Takasaki: about 2 and a half hours
From Nagano: about 1 hour
From Matsumoto:
about 1 hour 40 minutes
From Toyama:
about 1 hour
From Kanazawa:
about 2 hours
From Osaka:
about 5 hours

Parking at the base of the resort is free every day of the season.

See you in the powder!

** More details, stats, weather forecast on SnowJapan here **

Itoigawa, Niiigata Prefecture