Muica Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Muica Snow Resort
ムイカ スノーリゾート (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 21st December 2018 until 31st March 2019
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Muica Snow Resort is located to the west of central town area of Muikamachi, in the west area of Minamiuonuma city. Most of the slopes are quite gentle and on weekdays many local schools often practice here. The top area is left ungroomed - but you need to hike up to enjoy it. This ski hill was originally known as 'Minami' and then as 'Muikamachi Ski Resort'. From the 2016-2017 season it has been known as Muica Snow Resort.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

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. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Muica Snow Resort Course Map

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Muica Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 150cm 200cm 1st 300cm 280cm 1st 160cm 290cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 200cm 2nd 300cm 250cm 2nd 160cm 250cm
3rd - - 3rd 150cm 200cm 3rd 300cm 250cm 3rd 160cm 250cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 210cm 4th 300cm 240cm 4th 155cm 260cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 220cm 5th 300cm 250cm 5th 155cm 250cm
6th - - 6th 150cm 220cm 6th 270cm 260cm 6th 155cm 250cm
7th - - 7th 170cm 220cm 7th 270cm 250cm 7th 155cm 250cm
8th - - 8th 200cm 230cm 8th 245cm 240cm 8th 155cm 230cm
9th - - 9th 200cm 230cm 9th 255cm 240cm 9th 160cm 220cm
10th - - 10th 220cm 200cm 10th 260cm 240cm 10th 160cm 220cm
11th - - 11th 220cm 200cm 11th 260cm 240cm 11th 155cm 200cm
12th - - 12th 220cm 200cm 12th 240cm 220cm 12th 155cm 180cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 190cm 13th 240cm 220cm 13th 155cm 180cm
14th - - 14th 220cm 200cm 14th 260cm 250cm 14th 170cm 170cm
15th 70cm 100cm 15th 220cm 200cm 15th 260cm 265cm 15th 170cm 165cm
16th 70cm 100cm 16th 220cm 190cm 16th 260cm 250cm 16th 170cm 165cm
17th 70cm 100cm 17th 220cm 190cm 17th 270cm 240cm 17th 170cm 140cm
18th 70cm 100cm 18th 220cm 190cm 18th 270cm 260cm 18th 170cm 140cm
19th 70cm 100cm 19th 220cm 180cm 19th 260cm 290cm 19th 165cm 140cm
20th 60cm 100cm 20th 240cm 180cm 20th 240cm 320cm 20th 165cm 130cm
21st 60cm 100cm 21st 240cm 170cm 21st 240cm 310cm 21st 165cm 130cm
22nd 50cm 100cm 22nd 240cm 170cm 22nd 200cm 310cm 22nd 150cm 130cm
23rd 40cm 100cm 23rd 260cm 160cm 23rd 200cm 300cm 23rd 150cm 120cm
24th 40cm 100cm 24th 260cm 170cm 24th 200cm 290cm 24th 150cm 120cm
25th 55cm 90cm 25th 270cm 180cm 25th 190cm 290cm 25th 160cm 120cm
26th 55cm 110cm 26th 280cm 200cm 26th 190cm 290cm 26th 155cm 110cm
27th 55cm 140cm 27th 300cm 270cm 27th 190cm 280cm 27th 155cm 110cm
28th 80cm 180cm 28th 300cm 280cm 28th 190cm 280cm 28th 150cm 100cm
29th 90cm 190cm 29th 300cm 280cm 29th - - 29th 150cm 90cm
30th 130cm 200cm 30th 300cm 290cm 30th 30th 145cm 80cm
31st 150cm 200cm 31st 300cm 290cm 31st 31st 140cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Muica Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muica Snow Resort. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Smile Kids Park' area is located by the base of the resort. Entry is free and the snow escalator costs 500 yen for 1 day.

There is also a 'Kids Room' rest room. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Rookie' snow park is located by the Falcon course and suitable for beginners. There is also a 'Smile Cross' course area next to the Bluebird Course (by the top of the Number 1 quad lift) and some mogul courses. 

Muica 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 8:30am 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
Muica Snow Resort is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Muica Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,900 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
PM Short (1pm-4:30pm) 2,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen
11 Lift Coupons 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Snow Escalator (1 day) 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 25,000 yen 10,000 yen 13,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information There is no charge for children under 6 years of age accompanied by an adult.

The season ticket also includes various benefits and discounts including access to the onsen in the base hotel and discounted group lift tickets.

Getting to Muica Snow Resort

By public transport
14.4km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Muikamachi Station on the Joetsu Line
4.1km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Muica Snow Resort is just over 4km from Muikamachi Station on the local Joetsu and Hokuhoku lines.

Urasa Station is the nearest Joetsu Shinkansen station and is about 14km away.

Echigo Yuzawa Station is just over 20km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available mostly on weekends in the peak season between the resort and Muikamachi Station.

The journey from Muikamachi Station to Muikamachi Ski Resort takes about 10-15 minutes.
By Car
2.9km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
14.8km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
23.7km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 253 (0.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 478
Muika Snow Resort is less than 3km from the Muikamachi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Muikamachi IC exit traffic lights, turn right onto Route 253 and continue towards Tokamachi for about 2.5km. Turn left at the sign for Muica Snow Resort and the car parks are just on the right hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
The car park close to the base of the resort for 500 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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