GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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GALA Yuzawa is famous for being the only ski and snowboard resort in Japan with it's own Shinkansen bullet train station - the train station and ski gondola which goes up to the base of the main courses are actually in the same base building. Such convenience makes GALA extremely popular for day-trips from Tokyo. There are 4 main areas to GALA - Central Area, Southern Area, Northern Area and the downhill course. With a relatively high altitude, GALA Yuzawa enjoys a long season and generally some of the best snow conditions in the region. GALA Yuzawa is lift-connected to the Yuzawa Kogen resort (from the South Area) and also to the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort (from the Northern Area). A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three resorts is available. A new simple course that connects the North Area with the base of the Central Area opens for the 2016-2017 season. GALA Yuzawa has been operating since 1990.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city - located around 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

1181m
381m
800m
33"
17
2600m
11
20%
45%
35%
Skiers
43%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
57%
1 1 3 2 4 0 0
GALA Yuzawa is lift-connected with:
Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Kogen

GALA Yuzawa Course Map

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GALA Yuzawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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1st - - 1st - 110cm 1st - 170cm 1st - 160cm
2nd - - 2nd - 140cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - - 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th - 110cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 190cm
5th - - 5th - 100cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th - 100cm 7th - 170cm 7th - 160cm
8th - - 8th - 110cm 8th - 190cm 8th - 140cm
9th - - 9th - 120cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 130cm
10th - - 10th - 130cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 130cm
11th - - 11th - 110cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 140cm
12th - - 12th - 130cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 140cm
13th - - 13th - 140cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 140cm
14th - - 14th - 140cm 14th - 190cm 14th - 130cm
15th - - 15th - 110cm 15th - 160cm 15th - 130cm
16th - - 16th - 120cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 120cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 160cm
18th - - 18th - 120cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 140cm
19th - - 19th - 120cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 140cm
20th - 60cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 170cm 20th - 130cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 130cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 120cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 110cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 170cm 23rd - 110cm
24th - 40cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 110cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 40cm 26th - 170cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 140cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 140cm
28th - 80cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 130cm
29th - 100cm 29th - 160cm 29th - 160cm 29th - 120cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - 110cm
31st - 130cm 31st - 170cm 31st 31st - 110cm

Previous Statistics

GALA Yuzawa Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at GALA Yuzawa - lessons in English are available directly with the resort. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Rental
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
There is a 'Chibbiko' area at the base of the ski runs in the Centre Area. Special SpongeBob Snow Camp lessons for childen are also available.

A 'Kids Room' child-care facility is also available on the 2nd Floor of the Resthouse 'Cheers' and is for children ages 2-6 years old. The charge for 1 hour is 1,200 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' for beginners is located in the North Area of GALA Yuzawa. 

GALA Yuzawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
GALA Yuzawa is generally open from 8am until 5pm.

From 3rd April until 7th May 2016, the resort is open until 4:30pm (4pm on weekdays in April).

There is no nighta at GALA Yuzawa.

GALA Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,600 yen 2,300 yen 3,700 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 3,400 yen 6,000 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 3,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,700 yen 1,800 yen 3,300 yen
PM3 (3pm-5pm) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,800 yen
Gondola Return 1,300 yen 650 yen 1,300 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen
1 Day - Mt 3 5,100 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days - Mt 3 8,100 yen 6,600 yen 6,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information Pre-schoolers ride the lifts for free.

A ticket that is valid for every day from 1st February 2017 costs 31,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st March 2017 costs 21,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st April 2017 costs 11,000 yen.
All season tickets include 10% off school lessons.

Mt 3 Ticket
The Mt 3 ticket is valid at GALA Yuzawa and also the connecting Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 14th January until Monday 20th March 2017.

Spring season tickets are available from 1st April 2017 and they are cheaper than the tickets sold in main season:
Adult 1 day - 3,700 yen
Adult 2 day - 5,700 yen

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

By public transport
Train
Train
0km from Gala Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.9km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
1.9km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Information
GALA Yuzawa is unique in that it has it's own Shinkansen bullet train station. As an extension to the main Joetsu Shinkansen line and just 2km further on from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station, the GALA Yuzawa building houses both the train platform and the ski resort gondola. Not all Joetsu Shinkansen train services stop at Gala Yuzawa Station and so be sure before choosing which train. If you do get on a train that stops only at Echigo Yuzawa Station, there are free shuttle buses from there to GALA Yuzawa and they only take around five minutes.

Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

Very good value day trip return tickets that include the Joetsu Shinkansen train and ski lift tickets are available.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Another shuttle bus also connects GALA Yuzawa with the nearby Yuzawa Kogen and NASPA Ski Garden resorts.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to GALA Yuzawa costs around 900 yen.
By Car
Car
4.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
6.3km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
Direction
Direction
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 17 and continue north towards Minamiuonuma for 3.4km after which there is a large sign for GALA Yuzawa on the left hand side. Turn left at the sign and follow the road for about 700m to the car parks at GALA Yuzawa. There is a small car park right in front of the GALA Yuzawa building, and once that is full staff will direct you to the other car parks (left side).

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Parking
Parking
GALA Yuzawa is just under 4km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking at Gala Yuzawa is free.

More Information

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Address
Address
Yuzawa 1039-2
Yuzawa-machi
Minamiuonuma-gun
Niigata-ken
949-6101
Telephone
Telephone
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