White Valley (Minakami Town, Gunma)

White Valley
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020
Normally closed on Thursdays
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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. (Let us know if you know!) 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

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White Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 20cm 145cm 1st 40cm 185cm 1st 70cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 95cm 2nd 40cm 170cm 2nd 60cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 20cm 130cm 3rd 40cm 160cm 3rd 60cm 110cm
4th - - 4th 20cm 110cm 4th 40cm 150cm 4th 60cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 90cm 5th 40cm 150cm 5th 60cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 50cm 90cm 6th 40cm 140cm 6th 70cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 90cm 7th 60cm 140cm 7th 70cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 90cm 8th 60cm 140cm 8th 70cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 130cm 9th 70cm 145cm 9th - 100cm
10th - - 10th 30cm 130cm 10th 70cm 150cm 10th - 100cm
11th - - 11th 30cm 120cm 11th 100cm 150cm 11th - 100cm
12th - - 12th 30cm 110cm 12th 100cm 160cm 12th - 100cm
13th - - 13th 30cm 100cm 13th 100cm 160cm 13th - 90cm
14th - - 14th 30cm 100cm 14th 80cm 160cm 14th - 90cm
15th - - 15th 30cm 90cm 15th 70cm 150cm 15th - 90cm
16th - - 16th 30cm 95cm 16th 70cm 150cm 16th - 80cm
17th - - 17th 30cm 95cm 17th 70cm 170cm 17th - 70cm
18th - - 18th 30cm 100cm 18th 70cm 170cm 18th - 70cm
19th - - 19th 30cm 130cm 19th 70cm 150cm 19th - 60cm
20th - - 20th 30cm 125cm 20th 70cm 140cm 20th - 60cm
21st - - 21st 40cm 130cm 21st 70cm 140cm 21st - 50cm
22nd - - 22nd 50cm 145cm 22nd 50cm 130cm 22nd - 50cm
23rd - - 23rd 50cm 145cm 23rd 50cm 130cm 23rd - 50cm
24th - - 24th 30cm 145cm 24th 50cm 120cm 24th - 50cm
25th - - 25th 30cm 170cm 25th 50cm 120cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th 30cm 160cm 26th 50cm 110cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th 30cm 180cm 27th 50cm 110cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th 40cm 190cm 28th 70cm 110cm 28th - -
29th - 80cm 29th 30cm 200cm 29th 70cm - 29th - -
30th - 100cm 30th 30cm 185cm 30th 30th - -
31st 20cm 145cm 31st 30cm 185cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

White Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Chibbiko Hiroba' kids sledging 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
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'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 (except 2nd January).

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

White Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
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 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

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

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

Getting to White Valley

By public transport
14.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport 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
A free shuttle bus service is available from Minakami Station during the peak season.
By 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
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
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.

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