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: Late December 2020 until late March 2021
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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'. Since 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 - 40cm 1st - 70cm 1st - 110cm
2nd - - 2nd - 40cm 2nd - 100cm 2nd - 100cm
3rd - - 3rd - 60cm 3rd - 100cm 3rd - 100cm
4th - - 4th - 60cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 90cm
5th - - 5th - 80cm 5th - 110cm 5th - 70cm
6th - - 6th - 80cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 80cm
7th - - 7th - 80cm 7th - 170cm 7th - 70cm
8th - - 8th - 80cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 70cm
9th - - 9th - 60cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 60cm
10th - - 10th - 60cm 10th - 210cm 10th - -
11th - - 11th - 40cm 11th - 210cm 11th - -
12th - - 12th - 40cm 12th - 210cm 12th - -
13th - - 13th - 40cm 13th - 190cm 13th - 30cm
14th - - 14th - 40cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 30cm
15th - - 15th - 40cm 15th - 160cm 15th - 30cm
16th - - 16th - 50cm 16th - 150cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 50cm 17th - 120cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 50cm 18th - 130cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 40cm 19th - 140cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 40cm 20th - 140cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 60cm 21st - 130cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 80cm 22nd - 130cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 60cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 60cm 24th - 110cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 50cm 25th - 100cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 50cm 26th - 90cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 50cm 27th - 100cm 27th - -
28th - 40cm 28th - 40cm 28th - 120cm 28th - -
29th - 40cm 29th - 40cm 29th - 120cm 29th - -
30th - 40cm 30th - 30cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 20cm 31st - 40cm 31st 31st - -

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 800 yen for 1 day.

There is also a new snow tubing course this season.

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 night skiing at this area.

Muica Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
4 Hours 3,100 yen 1,500 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
PM Short (1pm-4:30pm) 2,900 yen 1,500 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Snow Escalator (1 day) 800 yen 80 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket 27,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen 21,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

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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