Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
さかえ倶楽部 (長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Thursday 28th March 2019
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Sakae Club is located in Sakae village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Tsunan town in Niigata Prefecture. It is actually the most northerly located ski hill in Nagano Prefecture. A number of the courses at Sakae Club are left ungroomed on most weekdays during the season. The local train station just a few kilometres away from the lifts boasted an astonishing snow depth record of 7.85m in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is usually one feature of this region. The Nozawa Onsen resort is about 22km to the south west of Sakae Club.

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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Sakae Club Course Map

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Sakae Club Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 120cm 130cm 1st 290cm 280cm 1st 195cm 210cm
2nd - - 2nd 145cm 130cm 2nd 290cm 270cm 2nd 195cm 210cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 130cm 3rd 290cm 260cm 3rd 190cm 220cm
4th - - 4th 170cm 210cm 4th 240cm 250cm 4th 185cm 210cm
5th - - 5th 170cm 230cm 5th 230cm 280cm 5th 180cm 200cm
6th - - 6th 180cm 220cm 6th 220cm 270cm 6th 175cm 200cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 220cm 7th 210cm 260cm 7th 170cm 200cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 210cm 8th 220cm 260cm 8th 170cm 190cm
9th - - 9th 250cm 210cm 9th 230cm 260cm 9th 170cm 180cm
10th - - 10th 250cm 190cm 10th 250cm 260cm 10th 170cm 180cm
11th - - 11th 250cm 190cm 11th 260cm 240cm 11th 170cm 180cm
12th - - 12th 240cm 210cm 12th 260cm 220cm 12th 165cm 170cm
13th - - 13th 240cm 190cm 13th 270cm 210cm 13th 165cm 170cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 200cm 14th 270cm 210cm 14th 185cm 160cm
15th 50cm - 15th 200cm 195cm 15th 260cm 200cm 15th 180cm 160cm
16th 50cm 70cm 16th 180cm 185cm 16th 250cm 200cm 16th 180cm 150cm
17th 50cm 80cm 17th 180cm 180cm 17th 260cm 200cm 17th 170cm 150cm
18th 60cm 100cm 18th 190cm 160cm 18th 250cm 240cm 18th 165cm 140cm
19th 60cm 100cm 19th 200cm 150cm 19th 240cm 250cm 19th 160cm 140cm
20th 60cm 100cm 20th 190cm 145cm 20th 220cm 250cm 20th 155cm 140cm
21st 40cm 90cm 21st 250cm 145cm 21st 210cm 240cm 21st 150cm 140cm
22nd 40cm 85cm 22nd 290cm 140cm 22nd 210cm 230cm 22nd 145cm 140cm
23rd 40cm 80cm 23rd 290cm 155cm 23rd 210cm 220cm 23rd 140cm 130cm
24th 40cm 80cm 24th 290cm 170cm 24th 210cm 220cm 24th 140cm 130cm
25th 40cm 80cm 25th 295cm 210cm 25th 200cm 210cm 25th 140cm 130cm
26th 40cm 90cm 26th 305cm 250cm 26th 200cm 210cm 26th 135cm 120cm
27th 40cm 140cm 27th 305cm 260cm 27th 195cm 210cm 27th 135cm 120cm
28th 60cm 160cm 28th 305cm 250cm 28th 195cm 210cm 28th 120cm 110cm
29th 80cm 150cm 29th 310cm 250cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 100cm 150cm 30th 300cm 300cm 30th 30th - -
31st 120cm 140cm 31st 290cm 300cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Sakae Club Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sakae Club. 
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 sledging play area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Sakae Club Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Sakae Club is open from 8:45am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and national holidays.

The Number 3 lift is closed on most weekdays, with some exceptions. Note that all courses are still available when the lift is closed.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Sakae Club Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
4 Hours 2,800 yen 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 25,200 yen 16,000 yen 10,600 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free, but must be with an adult.

Getting to Sakae Club

By public transport
31.5km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.6km from Morimiyanohara Station on the Iiyama Line
28.2km from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Sakae Club is and just over 2.5km from Morimiyanohara Station on the local Iiyama line, though there are no scheduled shuttle bus services.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is the closest Shinkansen station and is around 31.5km to the south west of Sakae Club.

Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 41km to the east.

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No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
36.1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.8km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (1.8km away)
Sakae Club is less than 2km off the main Route 117 road that goes from Nagano city through to Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture.

There are two exits on expressways that are convenient.

From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway, Sakae Club is about 36km and the journey usually takes about 40 minutes.

From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway (in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata Prefecture), Sakae Club is just over 37km away and the journey usually takes about 50 minutes.

After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). Continue on Route 117, through Tsunan town and over the border into Nagano Prefecture, for about 15km. Turn right at the signs to head up to Sakae Club.

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There is a car park close to the base of Sakae Club.

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