Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
キューピットバレイスキー場
(新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until mid March 2022
Official snow depth 300cm (-20cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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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 is known as 'Yukidaruma 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.

There is a gondola lift at Cupid Valley but it is being rested for the 2021-2022 season. Two fast quad lifts are required to get to the top area, and all but 600m of course under the top of the gondola lift remains available. 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.

The Mountain

920m
490m
430m
32"
9
4000m
4
20%
40%
40%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
0 1 2 0 1 0 0

Cupid Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
21/22
season
20/21
season
21/22
season
20/21
season
21/22
season
20/21
season
21/22
season
20/21
season
1st - - 1st 240cm 260cm 1st - 325cm 1st - 370cm
2nd - - 2nd 230cm 280cm 2nd - 300cm 2nd - 335cm
3rd - - 3rd 230cm 300cm 3rd - 320cm 3rd - 360cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 290cm 4th - 320cm 4th - 360cm
5th - - 5th 240cm 280cm 5th - 370cm 5th - 320cm
6th - - 6th 240cm 280cm 6th - 350cm 6th - 320cm
7th - - 7th 230cm 270cm 7th - 340cm 7th - 320cm
8th - - 8th 240cm 325cm 8th - 340cm 8th - 320cm
9th - - 9th 230cm 370cm 9th - 390cm 9th - 320cm
10th - - 10th 220cm 370cm 10th - 395cm 10th - 320cm
11th - - 11th 210cm 370cm 11th - 390cm 11th - 360cm
12th - - 12th 220cm 380cm 12th - 380cm 12th - 310cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 360cm 13th - 370cm 13th - 310cm
14th - - 14th 270cm 350cm 14th - 360cm 14th - 300cm
15th - - 15th 260cm 335cm 15th - 330cm 15th - 300cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 320cm 16th - 330cm 16th - 290cm
17th - - 17th 250cm 340cm 17th - 350cm 17th - 290cm
18th - - 18th 310cm 330cm 18th - 400cm 18th - 290cm
19th - 250cm 19th 300cm 330cm 19th - 420cm 19th - 280cm
20th - 290cm 20th 300cm 330cm 20th - 400cm 20th - 280cm
21st - 270cm 21st 320cm 315cm 21st - 430cm 21st - 260cm
22nd - 260cm 22nd 320cm 310cm 22nd - 410cm 22nd - -
23rd - 245cm 23rd 300cm 300cm 23rd - 400cm 23rd - -
24th - 230cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 380cm 24th - -
25th 35cm 230cm 25th - 290cm 25th - 400cm 25th - -
26th 65cm 280cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 390cm 26th - -
27th 68cm 260cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 380cm 27th - -
28th 140cm 240cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 380cm 28th - -
29th 120cm 220cm 29th - 255cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 140cm 210cm 30th - 290cm 30th 30th - -
31st 230cm 230cm 31st - 300cm 31st 31st - -

Cupid Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Cupid Valley. 
Rental
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 are a few ungroomed snow areas on the mountain. 

Cupid Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'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
High School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 4,200 yen 2,700 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 2,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
4 Lift Coupons 2,400 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,200 yen 2,000 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 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
Train
Train
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
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.
bus
Bus
A shuttle bus is available from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
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)
Direction
Direction
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.
Parking
Parking
There is parking for 1,250 vehicles at the base of the ski area. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Sugawa
Yasuzuka-ku
Joetsu-shi
Niigata-ken
942-0534
Telephone
Telephone
025-593-2041
Current resort snow depth
300cm
(-20cm)
(change since last update)
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