White Valley (Minakami Town, Gunma)

White Valley
ホワイトバレー
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
Normally closed on Thursdays
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Latest report posted at 10:07am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
Official snow depth --- [updated on 19th April 2021]

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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 a full 90% of White Valley is left untouched by groomers - all but the lower area serviced by the Number 1 lift. They call it 'Premium Powder Day' and these days are announced the previous day via official sources. Would love to share statistics on how many times in a season this happens, but alas this information is not available. (If you know, please get in touch!) Fun fact when you're not riding the powder... 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. 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

1030m
380m
650m
35"
5
2000m
2
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 0 0 0 2 0 0

White Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
season
20/21
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19/20
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1st - - 1st 110cm 20cm 1st 110cm 40cm 1st 90cm 70cm
2nd - - 2nd 100cm 20cm 2nd 100cm 40cm 2nd 90cm 60cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 20cm 3rd 100cm 40cm 3rd 100cm 60cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 20cm 4th 100cm 40cm 4th 100cm 60cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 40cm 5th 130cm 40cm 5th 80cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 50cm 6th 120cm 40cm 6th 80cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 50cm 7th 120cm 60cm 7th 80cm 70cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 50cm 8th 120cm 60cm 8th 80cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 50cm 9th 150cm 70cm 9th 80cm -
10th - - 10th 120cm 30cm 10th 150cm 70cm 10th 80cm -
11th - - 11th 120cm 30cm 11th 150cm 100cm 11th 80cm -
12th - - 12th 110cm 30cm 12th 140cm 100cm 12th 70cm -
13th - - 13th 110cm 30cm 13th 140cm 100cm 13th 70cm -
14th - - 14th 110cm 30cm 14th 120cm 80cm 14th 60cm -
15th - - 15th 100cm 30cm 15th 110cm 70cm 15th 60cm -
16th - - 16th 90cm 30cm 16th 110cm 70cm 16th 60cm -
17th - - 17th 90cm 30cm 17th 110cm 70cm 17th 60cm -
18th - - 18th 90cm 30cm 18th 110cm 70cm 18th 60cm -
19th 200cm - 19th 100cm 30cm 19th 120cm 70cm 19th 50cm -
20th 200cm - 20th 120cm 30cm 20th 110cm 70cm 20th 50cm -
21st 200cm - 21st 120cm 40cm 21st 100cm 70cm 21st 40cm -
22nd 250cm - 22nd 120cm 50cm 22nd 100cm 50cm 22nd - -
23rd 250cm - 23rd 90cm 50cm 23rd 100cm 50cm 23rd - -
24th 200cm - 24th 90cm 30cm 24th 100cm 50cm 24th - -
25th 140cm - 25th 90cm 30cm 25th 100cm 50cm 25th - -
26th 150cm - 26th 90cm 30cm 26th 90cm 50cm 26th - -
27th 150cm - 27th 80cm 30cm 27th 100cm 50cm 27th - -
28th 130cm - 28th 80cm 40cm 28th 100cm 70cm 28th - -
29th 120cm - 29th 80cm 30cm 29th - 70cm 29th - -
30th 80cm - 30th 100cm 30cm 30th 30th - -
31st 110cm 20cm 31st 130cm 30cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

White Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White Valley. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Chibbiko Hiroba' kids sledding 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. It's about powder! 

White Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'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.

It is normally closed on Thursdays (but open on 31st December 2020 and 11th February 2021).

There is no night skiing at this ski area.

White Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,700 yen 3,600 yen
Sunrise (open-12pm) 3,500 yen
Sunset (12pm-closing) 3,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 550 yen 550 yen 550 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,200 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 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 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

Children under 6 years old can ride the lifts for free.

Season ticket holders can buy cheaper lift tickets (for 3,000 yen) at nearby Norn Minakami, Kawaba and Tambara Ski Park resorts.

Getting to White Valley

By public transport
Train
Train
14.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
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
bus
Bus
By Car
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
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
There is a car park for 200 vehicles near the base of White Valley.

Car parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

More Information

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Address
Address
Tanigawa
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1619
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-5094
2020-2021 UPDATES
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