Resort Spotlight: Muica Snow Resort (Niigata)

Muica Snow Resort
Minamiuonuma, Niigata

Muica Snow Resort (previously known as Muikamachi Ski Resort) is located in Minamiuonuma city, just a few kilometers from the Muikamachi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway in Niigata Prefecture. 

Spectacular views of the valley can be enjoyed from the wide main runs at the resort - and the main runs are suitable for beginners and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. 

For those who like their powder untouched, try to top area of Muica Snow Resort.... hike up for some off-piste powder runs on the Dynamic, Condor and Eagle courses.


Click to view the main Japanese course map


Course name Length Level Max grad Av grad
Dynamic Course (1) 280m Advanced 33° 20°
Condor Course (2) 435m Advanced 24° 17°
Eagle Course (3) 641m Advanced 33° 16°
Falcon Course (4) 781m Beginner-Intermediate 23° 13°
Swallow Course (5) 781m Intermediate 23° 13°
Bluebird Course (6) 538m Beginner 16° 8°
Seagull Course (7) 900m Intermediate 20° 11°
Stork Course (8) 250m Intermediate 23° 19°
Robin Course (9) 948m Intermediate 19° 11°
Ibis Course (10) 1100m Beginner 18° 9°
Canary Course (11) 1633m Beginner 12° 6°
Smile Kids Park (12) 154m Beginner 9° 8°


Course Features (see course map)

1 Mogul Course
2 Mogul Course
3 Wave Course
4 Snow Park Rookie
5 Cross Course
6 Wave Course
7 'RinRin Bell' Course
8 Pole Course


Hike Up Zone & Off-Piste Field

Hike up to the top of the mountain to experienced the three ungroomed and untouched powder courses with a steepest slope of 33 degrees. Only for the experienced!


Smile Kids Park

Located close to the Muica Onsen Hotel entrance, this is a special area where young children can enjoy playing in the snow in a safe environment - separate from the main ski runs. Sledges can be rented for free within the area. Entry is free and use of the snow escalator is 500 yen for the day (or free with a valid ski lift ticket). Children 2 years and younger can enter for free.


Lift Tickets 2018-2019

  Adult Child
(junior high school)
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
One day pass 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
4 hour ticket 3,000 yen 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen
Afternoon short (1pm-4:30pm) 2,800 yen 2,300 yen 1,500 yen 2,300 yen
Season ticket* 25,000 yen 13,000 yen 10,000 yen 20,000 yen
1 lift 400 yen
11 lifts 4,000 yen
Snow escalator (1 day) 500 yen

Lifts tickets available from the Muica Onsen Hotel Ski Center 1F from 8:00am until 4:30pm.  The ski lifts are normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Season ticket also includes:
- Muica Onsen Hotel onsen free entry
- Muica Onsen Hotel 10% off stay
- Muica Onsen Hotel 10% off shop purchases
- One day lift ticket for just 1000 yen at group ski resorts (Yuzawa Nakazato, Maiko Snow Resort, Ninox Snow Park, Asahi Tengston) and Cupid Valley.

Ski Center

Rental Shop (Muica Onsen Hotel 1F)
Open from 8am until 5pm
During rental times you can change from ski to snowboard as well as model type as many times as you like.

Ski Gear Shop (Muica Onsen Hotel 1F)
Open from 8am until 5pm

SAJ Ski School Reception (Muica Onsen Hotel 1F)
Reception from 8:30am until 4pm

Restaurant Planet (Muica Onsen Hotel 2F)
Open from 11am until 2pm (last order at 1:30pm)
A popular restaurant serving a menu based on local ingredients.

Hotel Front and Shop (Muica Onsen Hotel 2F)

Onsen hot springs (Muica Onsen Hotel 2F)
Open for day visitors from 12pm until 6:00pm


Ski Rental

Ski Adult Child
(elementary school and younger)
Ski or snowboard set (1 day) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen
Ski set (afternoon half day) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
Wear set 4,000 yen 3,000 yen
Wear individual item (jacket or pants) - 1 day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Wear individual item (jacket or pants) - half day 2,000 yen 1,500 yen

How to get to Muica Snow Resort


A free shuttle bus service is available from Muikamachi Station (Joetsu local line) to Muica Snow Resort - the journey takes approximately 15 minutes. Buses leave the station at 8:45am, 9:40am, 11:10am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 3:45pm and 4:45pm - mostly on weekends and holidays.


The Muikamachi IC (Interchange) exit on the Kanetsu Expressway (toll) road is just a few km from Muica Snow Resort.  Turn right onto Route 253 after existing the IC and head towards Tokamachi.  The resort is 2km along that road.  Free parking every day of the season!


Information on other resorts in the Smile Resorts group:

Asahi Tengston Snow Park (Hamada, Shimane)
Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma, Niigata)
Ninox Snow Park (Shibata, Niigata)
Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort (Yuzawa, Niigata)

Information on the Cupid Valley resort can be found here.