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 20th December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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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

748m
400m
348m
33"
12
2600m
4
35%
40%
25%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 0 1 0 3 0 0

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
19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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1st - - 1st - 150cm 1st - 300cm 1st - 160cm
2nd - - 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 300cm 2nd - 160cm
3rd - - 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 300cm 3rd - 160cm
4th - - 4th - 150cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 155cm
5th - - 5th - 150cm 5th - 300cm 5th - 155cm
6th - - 6th - 150cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 155cm
7th - - 7th - 170cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 155cm
8th - - 8th - 200cm 8th - 245cm 8th - 155cm
9th - - 9th - 200cm 9th - 255cm 9th - 160cm
10th - - 10th - 220cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 160cm
11th - - 11th - 220cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 155cm
12th - - 12th - 220cm 12th - 240cm 12th - 155cm
13th - - 13th - 220cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 155cm
14th - - 14th - 220cm 14th - 260cm 14th - 170cm
15th - 70cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 260cm 15th - 170cm
16th - 70cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 260cm 16th - 170cm
17th - 70cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 270cm 17th - 170cm
18th - 70cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 270cm 18th - 170cm
19th - 70cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 165cm
20th - 60cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 165cm
21st - 60cm 21st - 240cm 21st - 240cm 21st - 165cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 150cm
23rd - 40cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 150cm
24th - 40cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 150cm
25th - 55cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 55cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 155cm
27th - 55cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 155cm
28th - 80cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 90cm 29th - 300cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 130cm 30th - 300cm 30th 30th - 145cm
31st - 150cm 31st - 300cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

Muica Snow Resort Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muica Snow Resort. 
Rental
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
                                                           
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
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
Senior
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 2019-2020 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.

Women's Day is the every Tuesday; women can buy a 1 day lift ticket for 1,000 yen (excluding 31st December, 11th February).

Men's Day is every Wednesday; men can buy a 1 day lift ticket for 1,000 yen (excluding 1st January).

Silver Day is every Thursday; people 55 years and over can buy a 1 day lift ticket for 2,000 yen (excluding 2nd January).

Junior Day is the third Sunday of the month; children can have a free lift ticket.

Getting to Muica Snow Resort

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
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
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
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
The car park close to the base of the resort for 500 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Koguriyama 2910-114
Minamiuonuma-shi
Niigata-ken
949-6636
Telephone
Telephone
025-773-3311
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Muica Snow Resort
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2019-2020 UPDATES
18th November 2019:
We are still in the process of carefully checking and updating information for the upcoming 19-20 winter season. It is a manual process that will take us into December.
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