Ninox Snow Park (Shibata City, Niigata)

Ninox Snow Park
(新潟県 新発田市)
Planned season: Thursday 17th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
Official snow depth 260cm (0cm) [updated on 21st January 2021]

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Ninox Snow Park (often just known as Ninox) is located on the western slopes of Ninojodake, to the east of Shibata City in the northern region of Niigata Prefecture. It is one of the few resorts in the Kaetsu region of Niigata Prefecture and is a popular resort for people based in both Shibata and nearby Niigata city.

Only the base quad lift and pair lift will be operating for the 2020-2021 winter season as the upper quad lift and associated terrain will be rested. (The statistics on the page below represent normal operations).

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. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Ninox Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 110cm 5cm 1st - 25cm 1st - 40cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm 15cm 2nd - 30cm 2nd - 35cm
3rd - - 3rd 160cm 25cm 3rd - 30cm 3rd - 35cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 25cm 4th - 50cm 4th - 30cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 40cm 5th - 50cm 5th - 30cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 40cm 6th - 60cm 6th - 35cm
7th - - 7th 200cm 40cm 7th - 70cm 7th - 35cm
8th - - 8th 220cm 30cm 8th - 80cm 8th - 30cm
9th - - 9th 220cm 20cm 9th - 100cm 9th - 30cm
10th - - 10th 250cm 20cm 10th - 100cm 10th - 20cm
11th - - 11th 250cm 15cm 11th - 110cm 11th - 20cm
12th - - 12th 260cm 15cm 12th - 110cm 12th - 20cm
13th - - 13th 260cm 15cm 13th - 100cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th 260cm 10cm 14th - 90cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th 240cm 10cm 15th - 70cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th 240cm 10cm 16th - 65cm 16th - -
17th 45cm - 17th 220cm 10cm 17th - 50cm 17th - -
18th 45cm - 18th 220cm 20cm 18th - 60cm 18th - -
19th 60cm - 19th 220cm 20cm 19th - 60cm 19th - -
20th 60cm - 20th 260cm 20cm 20th - 60cm 20th - -
21st 65cm - 21st 260cm 20cm 21st - 60cm 21st - -
22nd 65cm - 22nd - 30cm 22nd - 60cm 22nd - -
23rd 60cm - 23rd - 65cm 23rd - 40cm 23rd - -
24th 55cm - 24th - 25cm 24th - 40cm 24th - -
25th 55cm - 25th - 25cm 25th - 30cm 25th - -
26th 70cm - 26th - 25cm 26th - 25cm 26th - -
27th 80cm - 27th - 25cm 27th - 40cm 27th - -
28th 75cm 5cm 28th - 25cm 28th - 45cm 28th - -
29th 70cm 10cm 29th - 20cm 29th - 45cm 29th - -
30th 65cm 5cm 30th - 20cm 30th 30th - -
31st 65cm 5cm 31st - 15cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Ninox Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ninox Snow Park. 
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' is located by the base area and costs 1,000 yen to enter (free with a valid 5 hour or 1 day ticket). Open on weekends and holidays. There is also a cross and wave course area. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Free Ride Park' is located close to base by the Number 1 lift. 

Ninox Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 10:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Ninox Snow Park is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Night skiing is from 4:30pm until 8:00pm between 25th December 2020 and 13th March 2021.

On Fridays, Saturdays and nights before national holidays (some exceptions), it is open until 10:00pm.

Ninox Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
Long 1 Day (8:30am-closing) 5,000 yen 3,800 yen 4,500 yen
Twilight (2pm-closing) 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,200 yen 1,600 yen 1,800 yen
Long Nighta (5pm-11pm) 2,900 yen 2,100 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
12 Lift Coupons 4,900 yen 4,900 yen 4,900 yen
Season Ticket 35,000 yen 18,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

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

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of January, February and March. On those days, a 1 day ticket for children is free.

Ladies Day is every Wednesday between 8th January and 25th March 2020. On those days, a 1 day ticket for ladies is 2,000 yen.

Getting to Ninox Snow Park

By public transport
42.4km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
14.8km from Shibata Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Ninox is about 14km from Shibata Station on the Uetsu Honsen line.

Shibata Station is about 14km to the west.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line

A free shuttle bus is available from Shibata Station and takes about 20 minutes to get to the ski area.

The bus leaves Shibata Station at 9:10am on weekdays and at 8:30am and 9:40am on weekends and holidays. The service runs between 19th December 2020 and 28th March 2021. Reservations are required on weekdays.
By Car
18.4km from the Seiro Shibata IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
29.4km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
33.5km from the Toyosaka Smart IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 290 (8.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 60
Ninox Snow Park is located to the east of central Shibata city in northern Niigata Prefecture.

The nearest IC exit is Seiro Shibata IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.

From the Seiro Shibata IC exit head east on Route 7 and then follow the signs along Route 290 and Prefecture Road 60 to get to the base of Ninox.

>> More information on Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway

About 20 minutes from central Shibata city.
About 40 minutes from central Niigata city.
Car parking is available at the base of Ninox Snow Park. Parking is free on weekdays and for night skiing. On weekends and national holidays the parking charge is 1,000 yen per vehicle.

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2020-2021 UPDATES
We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and coronavirus. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

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