Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park (Chino City, Nagano)

Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park
(長野県 茅野市)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Wednesday 31st March 2021
Official snow depth 80cm (0cm) [updated on 7th March 2021]

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Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park is a small ski hill located on the eastern side of Shirakaba Lake in Chino city, in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. There are numerous activities and attractions for families with young children... the 'Pota Snow Land' - which features some live animals as well as a special ski and sledding area for children - plans to be open every day of the season this time round.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 60cm 35cm 1st 80cm 60cm 1st 80cm 60cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 35cm 2nd 80cm 60cm 2nd 80cm 60cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 40cm 3rd 80cm 60cm 3rd 80cm 55cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 40cm 4th 80cm 60cm 4th 80cm 55cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 40cm 5th 80cm 60cm 5th 80cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 40cm 6th 80cm 60cm 6th 80cm 60cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 40cm 7th 80cm 60cm 7th 80cm 60cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 40cm 8th 80cm 60cm 8th - 60cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 40cm 9th 80cm 60cm 9th - 60cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 40cm 10th 80cm 60cm 10th - 60cm
11th - - 11th 60cm 40cm 11th 80cm 60cm 11th - 50cm
12th - - 12th 60cm 40cm 12th 80cm 60cm 12th - 50cm
13th - - 13th 70cm 40cm 13th 80cm 60cm 13th - 50cm
14th - - 14th 70cm 40cm 14th 80cm 60cm 14th - 50cm
15th - - 15th 70cm 40cm 15th 80cm 60cm 15th - 50cm
16th - - 16th 70cm 50cm 16th 80cm 60cm 16th - 50cm
17th - - 17th 70cm 50cm 17th 80cm 60cm 17th - 50cm
18th - - 18th 70cm 50cm 18th 80cm 60cm 18th - 50cm
19th 40cm - 19th 70cm 50cm 19th 80cm 60cm 19th - 50cm
20th 40cm - 20th 70cm 50cm 20th 80cm 60cm 20th - 50cm
21st 40cm - 21st 70cm 50cm 21st 80cm 60cm 21st - 50cm
22nd 40cm - 22nd 70cm 50cm 22nd 80cm 60cm 22nd - 50cm
23rd 40cm - 23rd 70cm 50cm 23rd 80cm 60cm 23rd - 50cm
24th 40cm 30cm 24th 75cm 50cm 24th 80cm 60cm 24th - 50cm
25th 40cm 30cm 25th 80cm 50cm 25th 80cm 60cm 25th - 50cm
26th 40cm 30cm 26th 80cm 50cm 26th 80cm 60cm 26th - 50cm
27th 40cm 30cm 27th 80cm 50cm 27th 80cm 60cm 27th - 50cm
28th 40cm 30cm 28th 80cm 60cm 28th 80cm 60cm 28th - 50cm
29th 40cm 30cm 29th 80cm 60cm 29th - 60cm 29th - 40cm
30th 40cm 30cm 30th 80cm 60cm 30th 30th - 50cm
31st 50cm 35cm 31st 80cm 60cm 31st 31st - 50cm

Previous Statistics

Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Rental equipment is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
'Pota Snow Land' is located by the base area and entry is 1,000 yen. It features numerous snow activities for young children as well as some live animals and sledging. This season Pota Snow Land plans to be open every day.

There is also an area called 'Kota-kun no Hiraho yama' with ski and snowboard activities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no special snow park. 

Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ikenotaira Snow Park is normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at this ski area.

Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
60 years & over
1 Day 3,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.

Cheaper lift tickets are available for guests at the base hotel.

Getting to Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park

By public transport
36.1km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
20.2km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park is about 20km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

To the north the Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 36km away.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
Bus services from Chino Station are available - it takes about 40 minutes.
By Car
22.4km from the Suwa IC on the Chugoku Expressway
25.4km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
34.3km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (1.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park is less than 23km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.

From the Suwa IC exit turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the ski hill which is located on the eastern side of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
There is parking for 1,900 vehicles on a few car parks near the base of the ski hill. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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2020-2021 UPDATES
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