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Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Niigata

  • Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Suginosawa
    This ski resort is located approximately ten minutes by car from the Joshin-etsu Expressway’s Myoko-kogen Interchange. It boasts one of the longest ski slopes in the country, approximately 8.5 kilometers. Since 80% of the slopes are suitable for beginner and intermediate level skiers, anyone, from children to adults can enjoy the winter sports here. In addition to the fun-filled snow park, with its various pipes, jumps and rails, advanced level skiers can enjoy the Super Giant Course, which include the Tengu Drop with its 27 degree gradient and the Hell’s Valley with its 38 degree gradient. The Kids’ Free Program is also highly rated, whereby children up to elementary school age can use the lift and gondola for free all day.
  • AKAKURA Kanko Resort Ski Resort
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Tagiri 216
    This ski resort adjacent to Akakura Onsen is a mere eight minutes from Myoko-Kogen Interchange. Besides being easily accessible, its free parking lot with room for 1,000 cars right next to the slopes means guests can start skiing immediately upon arrival. The resort, Japan’s first officially-designated international ski area, has courses for all ability levels, but an especially good selection of intermediate and expert courses. The Hotel Number 5 lift offers guests a long course around 4,000 meters in length. A free ride park is also located along each course. For small children, we recommend the Chibikko Hiroba (Kid’s Square) located by the parking lot.
  • NASPA Ski Garden
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 2117-9
    Snowboarding is not allowed at this pure ski resort located a five-minute drive from Yuzawa Interchange. The resort is popular with families with children looking to enjoy skiing at a relaxed paced. Eight well-balanced courses suited for all ability levels are available. Powder lovers are sure to love the ungroomed expert courses. Small children not yet used to snow can play in the snow at the resort’s Kids Garden. A hotel, NASPA New Otani, is located at the base of the resort.
  • Muikamachi Hakkaisan Ski Resort
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Yamaguchi 1610
    This ski resort is located alongside the JR Joetsu line, on Minamiuonuma’s Mt. Hakkai. Placed on a gently sloping mountain ridge, the courses run from the peak to part-way down the mountain, with steep gradients. The ski resort is best known for its intermediate and advanced level slopes, but it does also have courses for beginners. The Mt. Hakkai Ropeway extends from the ridge to the summit of the mountain, at an altitude of 1,147 meters, and on a clear winter’s day, there is a breathtaking panorama all the way from the North Japan Alps to the Sea of Japan. Additionally, a ski school officially recognized by the Ski Association of Japan is held here, with beginners to intermediate skiing and snowboarding lessons.
  • CharMant Hiuchi Ski Resort
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Nishihiyama 1821
    This ski resort is located in Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture. Its distinguishing feature is that it has many non-compact snow courses with abundant snowfall, allowing skiing to continue until May. Visitors can enjoy powder snow here, which is unusual for a ski resort on the coast of the Sea of Japan, making it very attractive. The vast slopes have approximately 16 different courses, with options for people of all ability levels from beginners to advanced level skiers to enjoy. The ski resort has a full range of facilities, including the Salut restaurant, which primarily serves local seafood, and the cafeteria, Levant, which overlooks the ski slopes.
  • Cupid Valley Ski Resort
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Yasuduka-ku Sugawa Snowman Plateau
    This resort facility is in Joetsu City, Niigata. It stands out for having fun activities all year round. In the summer have fun with waterslides and a firefly walking tour while in the winter they pile the snow and make a snow-hut convenience store. Campgrounds and BBQ areas are also available. During winter snow seasons they have a school licensed by SAJ as well as a wide variety of snow activities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from beginner to expert.
  • Ikenotaira Hot Spring & Ski Area
    Niigata Prefecture Myoko City Ikenohei Onsen 2457-1
    This ski resort is located about five minutes by car from the Joshin-etsu Expressway’s Myoko-kogen Interchange. It has one of the biggest straight runs in the country at the bottom of Mount Myoko, and with its fun-filled park, is a popular ski resort. There are 10 courses on the two slopes, Alpine Brick and the 400 meters wide Kayaba slope, which continue down the mountain side for approximately three kilometers, so even beginners can enjoy gently sliding down them. So intermediate and advanced level skiers can improve their skills, snowboarding is permitted throughout the whole area. Skiers can see a superb view of the Sin-etsu mountain range and Lake Nojiri.
  • Suhara Ski Area
    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Suhara 1846-13
    This ski area located a 30 minute drive from either Koide Interchange or Horinouchi Interchange in Uonuma City is known its great views. You can overlook the peaks of Mt. Sumondake, Mt. Asakusadake, and the Echigo Sanzan (three mountains of Echigo). Its diverse slopes, which can be enjoyed by both skiers and snowboarders, alternate between steep slopes suited for experts and gentle ones suited for beginners. The slopes can also be rented out at night (from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) by individuals or groups for events, competitions, or even dates (reservation required).
  • Itoigawa Seaside Valley Ski Area
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Yamaguchi 151-1
    Located a 15-minute drive from Itoigawa Interchange, this ski area is adjacent to Shio no Michi Onsen’s Hotel White Cliff. It has six slopes that can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels. It also has a slalom course suitable for slalom practice and a cross country course where you can enjoy exploring the mountain forests, giving guests many ways to enjoy winter sports. After skiing, enjoy a bath at the Shio no Michi Onsen hot springs spa located within the adjacent lodging facility, Hotel White Cliff.
  • Matsunoyama Onsen Ski Area
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsunoyamamamizushima 909
    This ski area located near Matsunoyama Hot Spring Village in Tokamachi City is known for the high snow quality of its slopes. It has a range of slopes suitable for people of all ability levels. One of these is its Champion Course, which features uncompacted snow. The ski area also boasts great views of Mt. Naeba, Mt. Hakkai, and Mt. Makihata, also known as Echigo Sanzan (Three Mountains of Echigo). Their restaurants offerings include their simple yet addictive special niku miso (a condiment made with meat and miso paste) noodles and handmade onigiri (rice balls) made with Uonuma Koshihikari rice grown locally in Matsunoyama.