Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
(新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until mid March 2021
Pre-open on Friday 18th December 2020
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Cupid Valley is located on the northern slopes of Mt Hishigatake, about half way between Joetsu city and Tokamachi city in Niigata Prefecture. It is also around half way between the popular Myoko and Yuzawa regions of Niigata. The area known as 'Yukudaruma Kogen' - loose translation as 'Snowman Heights'! On a clear day fine views of the Japan Sea looking over layers of rice fields can be enjoyed from the top.

The Gondola lift will be rested during the 2020-2021 season which means that two lifts are required to get to the top area. Most terrain remains available due to the gondola not moving - the exception being about 600m of course under the top of the gondola lift. The official maximum elevation of the ski area has been adjusted from 960m to 920m due to the gondola operation change; other details remain the same.

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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Cupid Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 260cm 40cm 1st 325cm 95cm 1st 370cm 120cm
2nd - - 2nd 280cm 70cm 2nd 300cm 105cm 2nd 335cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 300cm 90cm 3rd 320cm 100cm 3rd 360cm 110cm
4th - - 4th 290cm 95cm 4th 320cm 110cm 4th 360cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 280cm 120cm 5th 370cm 110cm 5th 320cm 105cm
6th - - 6th 280cm 120cm 6th 350cm 170cm 6th 320cm 115cm
7th - - 7th 270cm 120cm 7th 340cm 180cm 7th 320cm 115cm
8th - - 8th 325cm 90cm 8th 340cm 170cm 8th 320cm 110cm
9th - - 9th 370cm 50cm 9th 390cm 210cm 9th 320cm -
10th - - 10th 370cm 60cm 10th 395cm 210cm 10th 320cm -
11th - - 11th 370cm 60cm 11th 390cm 220cm 11th 360cm -
12th - - 12th 380cm 50cm 12th 380cm 210cm 12th 310cm -
13th - - 13th 360cm 50cm 13th 370cm 180cm 13th 310cm -
14th - - 14th 350cm 50cm 14th 360cm 155cm 14th 300cm -
15th - - 15th 335cm 50cm 15th 330cm 135cm 15th 300cm -
16th - - 16th 320cm 65cm 16th 330cm 120cm 16th 290cm -
17th - - 17th 340cm 65cm 17th 350cm 100cm 17th 290cm -
18th - - 18th 330cm 60cm 18th 400cm 120cm 18th 290cm -
19th 250cm - 19th 330cm 60cm 19th 420cm 130cm 19th 280cm -
20th 290cm - 20th 330cm 60cm 20th 400cm 120cm 20th 280cm -
21st 270cm - 21st 315cm 80cm 21st 430cm 120cm 21st 260cm -
22nd 260cm - 22nd 310cm 90cm 22nd 410cm 110cm 22nd - -
23rd 245cm - 23rd 300cm 85cm 23rd 400cm 100cm 23rd - -
24th 230cm - 24th 290cm 70cm 24th 380cm 105cm 24th - -
25th 230cm - 25th 290cm 70cm 25th 400cm 100cm 25th - -
26th 280cm - 26th 270cm 70cm 26th 390cm 95cm 26th - -
27th 260cm - 27th 260cm 70cm 27th 380cm 130cm 27th - -
28th 240cm - 28th 260cm 65cm 28th 380cm 145cm 28th - -
29th 220cm - 29th 255cm 60cm 29th - 135cm 29th - -
30th 210cm - 30th 290cm 50cm 30th 30th - -
31st 230cm - 31st 300cm 70cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Cupid Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Cupid Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Smile Kids Park' is located by the Number 1 quad lift. Entry is 1,000 yen entry for children and 500 yen for adults (free with a valid lift ticket). Plastic skis, sledges, buckets are available to rent. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific Snow Park. 

Cupid 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 8:30am 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
Cupid Valley is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at Cupid Valley.

Cupid Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
Junior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 4,200 yen 2,700 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
5 Hours 3,400 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
12 Lift Coupons 6,000 yen 6,000 yen 6,000 yen 6,000 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 lift tickets

A 1 day lift ticket that also includes a 1,000 yen lunch voucher (and discounts on rental and ski school lessons) is available:

Adult: 5,000 yen
Elementary School age: 3,500 yen
High School age and Seniors: 4,500 yen

Getting to Cupid Valley

By public transport
34.8km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.6km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
31.3km from Naoetsu Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Cupid Valley is less than 14km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku train line.

The Hokuhoku line runs from Echigo Yuzawa Station through to Naoetsu Station with convenient connections at both.

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A shuttle bus is available from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
30.2km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
33km from the Kakizaki IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
56.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 403 (0.1km away)
Cupid Valley can be reached either from exits on the Hokuriku Expressway or from exits on the Kanetsu Expressway.

It is located to the south of Route 405 which runs from Joetsu city to Tsunan town.

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There is parking for 1,250 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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