GRANSNOW Okuibuki (Maibara City, Shiga)

(滋賀県 米原市)
Planned season: Mid December 2019 until early April 2020
Official snow depth --- [updated on 14th December 2019]

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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 - 80cm 1st - 180cm 1st - 100cm
2nd - - 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 100cm
3rd - - 3rd - 90cm 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 100cm
4th - - 4th - 90cm 4th - 140cm 4th - 90cm
5th - - 5th - 90cm 5th - 130cm 5th - 90cm
6th - - 6th - 90cm 6th - 130cm 6th - 90cm
7th - - 7th - 90cm 7th - 130cm 7th - 80cm
8th - - 8th - 80cm 8th - 130cm 8th - 80cm
9th - - 9th - 110cm 9th - 130cm 9th - 80cm
10th - - 10th - 110cm 10th - 130cm 10th - 80cm
11th - - 11th - 110cm 11th - 130cm 11th - 80cm
12th - - 12th - 110cm 12th - 130cm 12th - 60cm
13th - - 13th - 110cm 13th - 130cm 13th - 60cm
14th 5cm - 14th - 100cm 14th - 130cm 14th - 80cm
15th - 25cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 130cm 15th - 80cm
16th - 25cm 16th - 100cm 16th - 130cm 16th - 80cm
17th - 20cm 17th - 100cm 17th - 130cm 17th - 80cm
18th - 35cm 18th - 120cm 18th - 130cm 18th - 80cm
19th - 35cm 19th - 120cm 19th - 130cm 19th - 80cm
20th - 30cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 80cm
21st - 25cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 120cm 21st - 80cm
22nd - 15cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd - 15cm 23rd - 130cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 15cm 24th - 130cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 70cm
25th - 15cm 25th - 130cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 70cm
26th - 15cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 110cm 26th - 70cm
27th - 15cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 110cm 27th - 70cm
28th - 50cm 28th - 160cm 28th - 110cm 28th - 70cm
29th - 80cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - 70cm
30th - 100cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - 70cm
31st - 90cm 31st - 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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2019-2020 UPDATES
14th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated - last ones should be updated within the week... More about updates here
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