Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
キューピットバレイ (新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Mid December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
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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 can be enjoyed from the top.

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 Course Map

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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 180cm 70cm 1st 330cm 270cm 1st 350cm 270cm
2nd - - 2nd 210cm 60cm 2nd 320cm 270cm 2nd 340cm 270cm
3rd - - 3rd 230cm 70cm 3rd 390cm 270cm 3rd 340cm 280cm
4th - - 4th 240cm 70cm 4th 300cm 260cm 4th 330cm 280cm
5th - - 5th 245cm 60cm 5th 330cm 260cm 5th 320cm 270cm
6th - - 6th 250cm 80cm 6th 330cm 240cm 6th 300cm 260cm
7th - - 7th 250cm 70cm 7th 320cm 250cm 7th 300cm 280cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 70cm 8th 340cm 260cm 8th 295cm 320cm
9th - - 9th 220cm 60cm 9th 340cm 260cm 9th 280cm 310cm
10th - - 10th 210cm 70cm 10th 330cm 270cm 10th 295cm 310cm
11th - - 11th 210cm 110cm 11th 320cm 280cm 11th 290cm 310cm
12th - - 12th 220cm 150cm 12th 320cm 300cm 12th 290cm 300cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 180cm 13th 340cm 310cm 13th 280cm 290cm
14th - - 14th 260cm 250cm 14th 340cm 320cm 14th 280cm 285cm
15th 120cm 80cm 15th 250cm 280cm 15th 350cm 330cm 15th 270cm 280cm
16th 110cm 120cm 16th 230cm 280cm 16th 360cm 320cm 16th 260cm 300cm
17th 120cm 130cm 17th 220cm 280cm 17th 350cm 310cm 17th 260cm 295cm
18th 160cm 120cm 18th 220cm 290cm 18th 370cm 290cm 18th 260cm 290cm
19th 150cm 100cm 19th 200cm 280cm 19th 380cm 300cm 19th 250cm 280cm
20th 170cm 80cm 20th 195cm 280cm 20th 380cm 280cm 20th 250cm 275cm
21st 160cm 70cm 21st 195cm 270cm 21st 390cm 280cm 21st 250cm 270cm
22nd 155cm 50cm 22nd 210cm 280cm 22nd 390cm 280cm 22nd 240cm 280cm
23rd 150cm 35cm 23rd 220cm 310cm 23rd 380cm 270cm 23rd 240cm 280cm
24th 140cm 40cm 24th 235cm 310cm 24th 370cm 280cm 24th 240cm 300cm
25th 120cm 45cm 25th 260cm 310cm 25th 380cm 270cm 25th 230cm 300cm
26th 130cm 45cm 26th 290cm 320cm 26th 370cm 270cm 26th - 290cm
27th 180cm 40cm 27th 300cm 300cm 27th 360cm 280cm 27th - 280cm
28th 180cm 55cm 28th 290cm 300cm 28th 360cm 270cm 28th - 290cm
29th 180cm 55cm 29th 280cm 290cm 29th - - 29th - 290cm
30th 190cm 100cm 30th 330cm 270cm 30th 30th - 280cm
31st 190cm 85cm 31st 340cm 280cm 31st 31st - 280cm

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.
Wear, snow shoes and snow scoots are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kindergarden' is located by the Number 1 quad lift. Entry is 500 yen entry for children and 250 yen for guardians, or free with a valid lift ticket. Plastic skis, sledges, buckets are available to rent.

The 'Family Park' offers some attractions for parents and young children including wave and tunnels. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Snow Park' and a 'Family Park' area. Items available vary depending on the weather and snow conditions. The 'Puchippa' park area for beginners is by the base of the resort. 

Cupid Valley 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 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Cupid Valley is open from 8:30am until 5pm.

It appears that Cupid Valley will not be opening for nighta during the 17-18 season.

Cupid Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 4,200 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
12 Lift Coupons 4,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,700 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,000 yen 700 yen 1,000 yen
Gondola (return) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 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 1250 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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As the 2018-2019 winter season approaches, we will gradually be updating the information for every ski resort in Japan.

Many ski resorts in Japan do not update their own information until the autumn months and so our process of updating information will be ongoing until November.

Resorts usually open and close around the same time each season - if the 2017-2018 planned season dates are still displayed on this page, they can be used as a good indication of the season length.

(Late May 2018)
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