This was my 3rd visit to Tsugaike and came courtesy of an unclaimed Hakuba Alpen Resorts ticket from the SnowJapan Giveaways, so a big thanks to SJ, Hakuba Alpen Resorts and the person who didn't claim their winning ticket!
When I visited here last season (March 2013), I met up with fellow SJ’er Chriselle for a few turns and we discovered that Tsugaike has a top ropeway that only opens from March. We weren’t able to ride it that day but
I’d visited Tsugaike in Dec 2011 [http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resort-reviews/detail/1998] albeit only for a morning, but had liked what I had seen so was looking forward to a return visit, aided by the free lift ticket I’d received from those kind people at SJ so a big thanks to them and Alpen Resorts.
As previously, I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre (which goes via Hakuba Iwatake) and was soon heading up the Central Triple Chair Lift at the Tsugaike base.