Charmant Hiuchi (Itoigawa City, Niigata)

Charmant Hiuchi
シャルマン火打 (新潟県 糸魚川市)
Planned season: Friday 14th December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 9th December 2018]

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Charmant Hiuchi is located to the east of Itoigawa city and to the north west of the Myoko region of Niigata Prefecture (and north east of Hakuba in Nagano), quite close to Japan Sea coastline. Access is only from the north. The area gets a lot of snowfall and the resort often enjoys a long season into May. Charmant Hiuchi may not be the easiest place to get to but it has been popular for it's various 'off-piste' ungroomed course areas (65% of the total courses), snow quantity and snow quality. The resort names the areas of the resort Powder Area, Off Piste and On Piste.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Charmant Hiuchi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 240cm 1st - 350cm 1st - 380cm
2nd - - 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 350cm 2nd - 395cm
3rd - - 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 350cm 3rd - 350cm
4th - - 4th - 290cm 4th - 340cm 4th - 370cm
5th - - 5th - 300cm 5th - 350cm 5th - 350cm
6th - - 6th - 300cm 6th - 380cm 6th - 350cm
7th - - 7th - 300cm 7th - 370cm 7th - 340cm
8th - - 8th - 295cm 8th - 390cm 8th - 340cm
9th - - 9th - 270cm 9th - 390cm 9th - 310cm
10th - - 10th - 270cm 10th - 370cm 10th - 340cm
11th - - 11th - 280cm 11th - 370cm 11th - 330cm
12th - - 12th - 290cm 12th - 380cm 12th - 320cm
13th - - 13th - 340cm 13th - 400cm 13th - 320cm
14th - - 14th - 340cm 14th - 400cm 14th - 320cm
15th - - 15th - 340cm 15th - 400cm 15th - 310cm
16th - - 16th - 330cm 16th - 410cm 16th - 300cm
17th - - 17th - 320cm 17th - 410cm 17th - 310cm
18th - - 18th - 300cm 18th - 410cm 18th - 310cm
19th - - 19th - 280cm 19th - 400cm 19th - 300cm
20th - - 20th - 280cm 20th - 380cm 20th - 300cm
21st - - 21st - 280cm 21st - 410cm 21st - 300cm
22nd - 220cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 430cm 22nd - 300cm
23rd - 220cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 420cm 23rd - 300cm
24th - 210cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 410cm 24th - 300cm
25th - 200cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 400cm 25th - 300cm
26th - 220cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 400cm 26th - 300cm
27th - 220cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 390cm 27th - 300cm
28th - 240cm 28th - 310cm 28th - 390cm 28th - 300cm
29th - 240cm 29th - 320cm 29th - - 29th - 290cm
30th - 240cm 30th - 370cm 30th 30th - 280cm
31st - 240cm 31st - 370cm 31st 31st - 275cm

Previous Statistics

Charmant Hiuchi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Charmant Hiuchi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, telemark skis and snowscoots are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging area is available for children near the base of the resort.

There is a special Kids Room in the base building. 
Park Information
Park information
The Snow Park - usually open from March - is close to the base of the quad lift. 

Charmant Hiuchi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Charmant Hiuchi is normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm.

From March the lifts open 15 minutes longer.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Charmant Hiuchi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Junior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (8:30am-12:30pm) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
2 Days 6,400 yen 4,800 yen
1 quad lift ride 500 yen 300 yen
1 pair lift ride 300 yen 300 yen
Season Ticket (all) 38,000 yen 18,000 yen 26,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekday) 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Season ticket holders can get a discount on rental, use the park and get a discount on ski goods in the shop... as well as some discounts on tickets at other nearby ski hills.

Getting to Charmant Hiuchi

By public transport
30.7km from Itoigawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
16.3km from Nou Station on the Nihonkai Hisui line
30.7km from Itoigawa Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Charmant Hiuchi is just under 31km from Itoigawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, the Oito line and Nihonkai Hisui line.

Nou Station is the closest station on the Nihonkai Hisui line, just over 16km from the ski hill.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
There is a free shuttle bus to Charmant Hiuchi from the South Exit of Itoigawa Station. This bus operates mainly on weekends and other holidays in the season.
By Car
16km from the Nou IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
32.8km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
47.9km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 8 (17.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 246
Charmant Hiuchi is about 16km (and a 30 minute drive) from the Nou IC exit of the Hokuriku Expressway.

At the Nou IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road and basically follow this road up to the base of Charmant Hiuchi.

>> More information on Hokuriku Expressway
There is parking for 1,000 vehicles at the base of Charmant Hiuchi. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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As of Sunday 9th December, we still need to update the information for about 50 ski hills around Japan. They are mostly very small ones and the information can be very hard to find. We are working to get them all updated as quickly as possible... hopefully within the next week!
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