Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Maiko Snow Resort
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 17th December 2021 until early April 2022
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Latest report posted at 8:24am on Friday 21st January 2022
Official snow depth 300cm (25cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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Maiko Snow Resort is located in Minamiuonuma city, close to the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway and about ten minutes from the central area of Yuzawa town. This ski area has two main bases (Maiko and Nagamine) and three main areas (Maiko, Nagamine and Okusoechi). Part of what is now the Maiko rea originally opened in 1959 and the ski area has changed names a number of times over the years. The Maiko area is home to gentler slopes, snow parks and Maiko Kogen Hotel. The Nagamine area features the main Day Centre and Maiko Gondola which goes up to the popular slopes of the Okusoechi area. The best snow conditions can usually be found at Okusoechi as well as some fine mountainous scenery.

Since the 2019-2020 season, Maiko area opened up two official tree run courses - one on either side of the top Okusoechi course. Registration is required to enter the areas.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town are home to over 20 individual ski areas, including some of the most well-known in Japan. With easy and quick access by train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of Japan's most popular ski destinations. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter.

The Mountain

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Maiko Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 220cm 280cm 1st - 290cm 1st - 310cm
2nd - - 2nd 220cm 290cm 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 285cm
3rd - - 3rd 230cm 290cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - 300cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 275cm 4th - 285cm 4th - 300cm
5th - - 5th 250cm 275cm 5th - 330cm 5th - 285cm
6th - - 6th 250cm 260cm 6th - 310cm 6th - 280cm
7th - - 7th 240cm 245cm 7th - 295cm 7th - 275cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 310cm 8th - 305cm 8th - 275cm
9th - - 9th 240cm 320cm 9th - 340cm 9th - 270cm
10th - - 10th 230cm 310cm 10th - 350cm 10th - 270cm
11th - - 11th 220cm 320cm 11th - 345cm 11th - 265cm
12th - - 12th 240cm 300cm 12th - 330cm 12th - 260cm
13th - - 13th 240cm 290cm 13th - 320cm 13th - 260cm
14th - - 14th 240cm 285cm 14th - 310cm 14th - 250cm
15th - - 15th 270cm 280cm 15th - 295cm 15th - 245cm
16th - - 16th 260cm 270cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 250cm
17th - - 17th 255cm 285cm 17th - 310cm 17th - 245cm
18th - - 18th 300cm 280cm 18th - 330cm 18th - 240cm
19th 30cm 40cm 19th 295cm 300cm 19th - 340cm 19th - 230cm
20th 120cm 280cm 20th 275cm 310cm 20th - 330cm 20th - 230cm
21st 90cm 300cm 21st 300cm 300cm 21st - 310cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 70cm 280cm 22nd - 290cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd 90cm 250cm 23rd - 275cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 210cm
24th 75cm 240cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 330cm 24th - 200cm
25th 65cm 240cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 200cm
26th 150cm 280cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 200cm
27th 160cm 270cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 320cm 27th - 200cm
28th 200cm 250cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 315cm 28th - 180cm
29th 205cm 240cm 29th - 255cm 29th - - 29th - 165cm
30th 190cm 220cm 30th - 270cm 30th 30th - 155cm
31st 230cm 250cm 31st - 280cm 31st 31st - 155cm

Maiko Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Maiko Snow Resort. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two Smile Kids Park areas at Maiko Snow Resort - one by the Day Ski Centre and the other in the Maiko Area. Each are 800 yen to enter.

Banana Boat rides and Snow Mobile Experience rides are also available in the Maiko Area.

There is a Kids Room on the 2nd Floor of the gondola base building. Charges are 1,200 yen per hour, available for children ages 2-6. 
Park Information
Park information
There are few snow park areas at Maiko Snow Resort including the Maiko Snow Park Garden and the Step Up Park - located in the Maiko Area. There is also an ungroomed Peak Performance Off-Piste Zone in the Nagamine Area, which opens depending on snow conditions. 

Maiko Snow Resort 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Maiko Snow Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends during the daytime.

Maiko de Night night skiing is scheduled for from 4:00pm until 8:00pm in part of the Maiko Area. It is on Saturdays and Sundays from 8th January 2022 through 12th March 2022 and also from 30th December 2021 until 3rd January 2022 and 11th February 2022.

Maiko Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
2 Days 8,700 yen 5,400 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days 12,200 yen 7,600 yen 10,900 yen 10,900 yen
4 Days 15,500 yen 9,600 yen 13,800 yen 13,800 yen
5 Days 18,600 yen 11,400 yen 16,500 yen 16,500 yen
6 Days 21,500 yen 13,000 yen 19,000 yen 19,000 yen
7 Days 24,200 yen 14,400 yen 21,300 yen 21,300 yen
5 Hours 4,500 yen 2,700 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Night 1,000 yen 500 yen 800 yen 800 yen
5 Tickets 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,500 yen 900 yen 1,300 yen 1,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The full day lift ticket passes include access to night skiing.

Getting to Maiko Snow Resort

By public transport
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.7km from Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu Line
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Maiko Snow Resort is less than 3km from the small local Ishiuchi Station. However, most people arriving by train use the free shuttle bus from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station which is just under 9km from Maiko Snow Resort.

Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line and connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available.
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Maiko Snow Resort. The journey takes about 20 minutes to the Maiko Area and 30 minutes to the Nagamine Area.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Maiko Area costs around 3,000 yen and to the Day Centre area costs around 3,700 yen.
By Car
0.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
13km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 28
There are two bases at Maiko Snow Resort.

The Maiko Area is less than 1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway. At the IC exit, go straight ahead and follow the road up to the main parking area on the right hand side.

The Nagamine Area is where the main Day Centre and Gondola is located. For many this is considered the main base of Maiko. At the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit traffic lights, turn left and after just over 1km follow the signs by turning right to head up to the car park.
Parking is free in both areas on weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, over New Year and on special holidays parking costs 1,000 yen per vehicle.

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