Okutone Snow Park (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Latest report posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Official snow depth 45cm (0cm) [updated on 18th December 2018]

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Okutone Snow Park is located to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. Interestingly, the slopes of this ski resort are not really visible from the base area. This ski hill originally opened in 1972 as Okutone Kokusai. It has been known as Okutone Snow Park since 2007. This resort offers nighta until 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

A few years ago, a brand new 810m long pair lift and 900m long course with a maximum gradient of 25 degrees were added to the top area of the resort. For the 2018-2019 season, a new 1000m long and 30-degree max gradient course is opening at Okutone Snow Park. The new course is called ‘Yukizaru’ and is located in the upper area of the resort, accessed near the base of the Bunanoki lift. More snow making machines are being added as well to help the natural snow if and when needed.

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. 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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Okutone Snow Park Course Map

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Okutone Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 120cm 1st - 180cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - - 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 180cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th - 180cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 180cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 150cm
7th - - 7th - 180cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 150cm
9th - 10cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 140cm
10th - 10cm 10th - 180cm 10th - 180cm 10th - 140cm
11th 40cm 10cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 140cm
12th 40cm 10cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 130cm
13th 40cm 10cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 130cm
14th 40cm 50cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 130cm
15th 45cm 50cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 120cm
16th 45cm 50cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 120cm
17th 45cm 60cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 120cm
18th 45cm 60cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 120cm
19th - 60cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 110cm
20th - 60cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 110cm
21st - 60cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 110cm
22nd - 60cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 110cm
23rd - 60cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 110cm
24th - 60cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 110cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 90cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 90cm
28th - 110cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 90cm
29th - 120cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - 80cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - 80cm
31st - 120cm 31st - 180cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Okutone Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutone Snow Park. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a 'Kids Gelende' area by base and in front of the Rest House. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few park areas at Okutone Snow Park - including a Beginners Park - with a variety of items. 

Okutone Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Okutone Snow Park is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

The resort is open for nighta from 21st December 2018 until 23rd March 2019. It is open until 10:00pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Okutone Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
70 years & over
60 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen
Early Morning (6am-9am) 1,500 yen
PM+Nighta (12pm-closing) 4,500 yen
Sunset (2pm-closing) 3,800 yen
Nighta A (4pm-10pm) 2,300 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta A (24 Nighta) 2,700 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen
Nighta B (6pm-10pm) 2,000 yen 1,700 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta B (24 Nighta) 2,200 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta C (8pm-10pm) 1,500 yen
Nighta C (24 Nighta) 1,700 yen
Season Ticket (all) 50,000 yen 40,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 40,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season Ticket (early+nighta) 25,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under the age of 12 can use the lifts for free every day.

The resort is open for nighta until 10:00pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Major credit cards are accepted.

Ladies Day is every Wednesday when a lift ticket for ladies is 3,000 yen.

Getting to Okutone Snow Park

By public transport
17.4km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
6.1km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line is about 3km from Okutone Snow Park.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is 17.4km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
A new free shuttle buses from Jomo Kogen Station (on the Joetsu Shinkansen line) and Minakami Station (on the local Joetsu line) is available for the 2018-2019 season.

The journey takes about 40 minutes and 10 minutes respectively.
By Car
10.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
21.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (2.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Okutone Snow Park is just over 10km from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway) and follow the signs to Okutone which is a further 3km to the right of the main road.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
The car park at the base of Okutone Snow Park is open 24 hours a day and is free to use every day of the season. Up to 900 vehicles.

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