GRANSNOW Okuibuki (Maibara City, Shiga)

(滋賀県 米原市)
Planned season: Mid December 2019 until early April 2020
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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GRANSNOW Okuibuki is located in the northern area of Maibara city in Shiga Prefecture - in the mountains to the east of the northern part of Lake Biwa. It is one of the larger ski hills in the Kansai region and many people visit from the Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya regions. It has been operating since 1970 and to celebrate 50 years, the resort has renamed itself from 'Oku Ibuki' to 'GRANSNOW Okuibuki' for the 2019-2020 season.

The 'New Challenge' course features a steepest gradient of 46 degrees, allowing the resort to boast about it being the 'steepest in Japan'. For the 2019-2020 season they seem to be concentrating on claiming that the Number 3 quad lift is the 'fastest lift in Japan' as well as the area being on the receiving end of the heaviest/deepest snowfall in the world. (Yes... the world). 11.82m. We're going on what they're saying with these things, so just the messanger! Whatever, this region certainly does usually enjoy plenty and very good snow conditions.

Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai region in the western region of the main island of Honshu. Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater in Japan located at the centre of Shiga Prefecture. Most of the ski hills in Shiga Prefecture are found in the region to the north west of Lake Biwa. Be sure not to confuse Shiga Prefecture with the popular ‘Shiga Kogen’ resort region of Nagano Prefecture – they are un-related.

The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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GRANSNOW Okuibuki Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 20cm 80cm 1st 35cm 180cm 1st 70cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 80cm 2nd 50cm 180cm 2nd 65cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 20cm 90cm 3rd 50cm 180cm 3rd 65cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 20cm 90cm 4th 50cm 140cm 4th 65cm 90cm
5th - - 5th 25cm 90cm 5th 50cm 130cm 5th 65cm 90cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 90cm 6th 60cm 130cm 6th 70cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 35cm 90cm 7th 80cm 130cm 7th 75cm 80cm
8th - - 8th 20cm 80cm 8th 80cm 130cm 8th 65cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 20cm 110cm 9th 85cm 130cm 9th 60cm 80cm
10th - - 10th 20cm 110cm 10th 85cm 130cm 10th 55cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 20cm 110cm 11th 90cm 130cm 11th 45cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 20cm 110cm 12th 95cm 130cm 12th 45cm 60cm
13th - - 13th 20cm 110cm 13th 70cm 130cm 13th 45cm 60cm
14th 5cm - 14th 25cm 100cm 14th 70cm 130cm 14th 45cm 80cm
15th 5cm 25cm 15th 25cm 100cm 15th 70cm 130cm 15th 45cm 80cm
16th 5cm 25cm 16th 35cm 100cm 16th 60cm 130cm 16th 45cm 80cm
17th 5cm 20cm 17th 35cm 100cm 17th 55cm 130cm 17th 60cm 80cm
18th 0cm 35cm 18th 35cm 120cm 18th 75cm 130cm 18th 55cm 80cm
19th 0cm 35cm 19th 40cm 120cm 19th 80cm 130cm 19th 55cm 80cm
20th 0cm 30cm 20th 40cm 120cm 20th 80cm 120cm 20th 55cm 80cm
21st 0cm 25cm 21st 45cm 110cm 21st 80cm 120cm 21st 55cm 80cm
22nd 0cm 15cm 22nd 50cm 120cm 22nd 80cm 120cm 22nd 45cm 70cm
23rd 0cm 15cm 23rd 50cm 130cm 23rd 80cm 120cm 23rd - 70cm
24th 0cm 15cm 24th 45cm 130cm 24th 80cm 120cm 24th - 70cm
25th 0cm 15cm 25th 45cm 130cm 25th 80cm 120cm 25th - 70cm
26th 0cm 15cm 26th 40cm 140cm 26th 65cm 110cm 26th - 70cm
27th 0cm 15cm 27th 40cm 160cm 27th 65cm 110cm 27th - 70cm
28th 10cm 50cm 28th 40cm 160cm 28th 70cm 110cm 28th - 70cm
29th 10cm 80cm 29th 20cm 180cm 29th 70cm - 29th - 70cm
30th 10cm 100cm 30th 20cm 180cm 30th 30th - 70cm
31st 10cm 90cm 31st 25cm 180cm 31st 31st - 70cm

Previous Statistics

GRANSNOW Okuibuki Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at GRANSNOW Okuibuki. 
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 'Chibbiko' childrens area is next to the Resthouse building by the base area. It features various items and activities and covered moving walkway and that costs 1,000 yen (free with valid lift ticket). Open from 8:00am until 4:45pm. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is off the Number 3 quad lift and features a bunch of items. 

GRANSNOW Okuibuki 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
GRANSNOW Okuibuki is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

GRANSNOW Okuibuki Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,800 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon (weekends & holidays) 3,800 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
Afternoon (weekdays) 3,200 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Voucher 350 yen 350 yen 350 yen 350 yen
10 Lift Vouchers 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Tunnel Ticket 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 48,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen 35,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 32,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen 35,000 yen
January + February 38,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for lift tickets.

Getting to GRANSNOW Okuibuki

By public transport
34.3km from Maibara Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line
24.4km from Omi Nagaoka Station on the Tokaido Honsen Line
34.3km from Maibara Station on the Hokuriku Honsen Line
Transport Information
GRANSNOW Okuibuki is just over 24km from Omi Nagaoka Station on the Tokaido Honsen line.

A bus service to the resort is available from Omi Nagaoka Station.

A bus service is also available from Maibara Station and takes about 55 minutes.
By Car
28.3km from the Nagahama IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
31.5km from the Maihara IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
30.9km from the Sekigahara IC on the Meishin Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 365 (21km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
GRANSNOW Okuibuki is about 23km from Route 365 on Prefecture Road 40.

It is about 30 minutes drive from the Maihara IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway and 40 minutes from the Sekigahara IC exit of the Meishin Expressway using Route 365.

>> More information on Hokuriku Expressway
Parking is 500 yen on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays - free with valid season ticket. Parking is available for 2700 vehicles over 10 different car parks!

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