Formerly known as Arai Mountain Resort and Spa
Arai Ski Resort closed in 2006 but is scheduled for full re-opening in late 2017 under the new ownership of the Korean Lotte Group. Formerly branded as “Arai Mountain Resort and Spa” it will be known after re-opening as “Lotte Arai Resort”. It will offer world-class standard hotels with nearly 250 rooms, extensive spa and onsen facilities, a variety of restaurants, retail stores, an international snow school, and alpine activities.
Lotte’s goal is to turn the area into “Asia’s best ski resort”. Aside from complete renovation of the lifts and other infrastructure, there are additional proposed recreational facilities. From spring to autumn there will be four activities – a zip line that is said to be the largest in the country, a tree top adventure that crosses a suspension bridge over the forest and a log bridge, an indoor bouldering centre and tubing activity. There are also numerous golf courses nearby.
We will be updating information here as we become aware.
Arai Ski Resort, Myoko
Arai Ski Resort: An overview
Arai Mountain Ski Resort will re-open with five ski lifts. It has a very impressive 951 metres (3,120 feet) of vertical descent with 11 pistes. The resort is best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders but there is some terrain for beginners and advanced skiers. For snowboarders, there should be one or more half pipes.
The terrain is located in a bowl and even allows for a little hiking (check out the video below). There were two very well kept pipes when the resort was last in operation and we are hopeful they will appear again. The main attraction is the powder resulting from the big dumps because of its location in the first mountain range west of the Japan Sea. However some caution is required as the runs can funnel towards the river and a waterfall.
Arai Ski Resort: Stats
Longest Run: 5200 metres (Myoko High Long Run)
Half Pipes: TBC
Terrain Parks: TBC
Back-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 1,280 metres
Vertical Drop: 951 metres
Lifts: 5 (Gondola 1 / Pair Lift 2 / Quad Lift 2)
Trails: 11 (Beg: 25% Int: 45% Adv: 30%)
Arai Ski Resort: Contact
Phone number (TBA)
Official Ski Schools & Rentals
Myoko Snowsports (lessons in Japanese and English)
Arai Ski Resort: Access & Directions
The nearest stations are JR JoetsuMyoko Station (shinkansen) and Echigo TokiMeki Arai Station (local line). See this info on getting to Myokokogen for more details. Transfer details to Arai Resort will be available in due course.
Arai Ski Resort: Weather
Arai Ski Resort : Ski Video
Places to stay near Arai Ski Resort:
Super Hotel Arai Nigata offers accommodation about 5-6 minutes drive from Arai Resort. Every room at this Japanese-style business hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV and free WiFi.
Hotel Route-Inn Myoko Arai is a 10 minute drive from Arai Resort. It features a free buffet breakfast with fresh-baked European breads and a hot public bath.