GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)
Planned 2013/2014 season: Saturday 21st December 2013 until Tuesday 6th May 2014
Gala Yuzawa is famous for being the only ski resort in Japan with it's own shinkansen bullet train station - the train station and ski gondola are the same building. Gala Yuzawa is connected to Yuzawa Kogen (Ropeway connecting the resorts) and also Ishiuchi Maruyama (from the North Area).
There are two half day ticket prices - morning and afternoon.
The morning ticket, valid 8am-1pm, is 3300 yen (adult), 1600 yen (child), 3000 yen (senior).
The afternoon ticket, valid 12pm-5pm, is 3600 yen (adult), 1800 yen (child), 3300 yen (senior).
Children of elementary school age (6-12 years) are eligible for the 'Child' tickets - under 6 years can ski for free.
People aged 55 years and over are eligible for 'Senior' tickets.
The ticket that covers Gala Yuzawa and connecting resorts Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama is 4900 yen for adults and 4000 yen for children and seniors. (7900 yen for adults and 6400 yen for children and seniors for a 2 day ticket).
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 on from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station, the GALA Yuzawa building houses both the train platform and the ski resort gondola making it ultra convenient. Not all Joetsu Shinkansen trains stop at Gala Yuzawa Station and so be sure before choosing which train! There are free shuttle buses from Echigo Yuzawa Station though, and they only take 5 minutes or so to get to Gala.
GALA Yuzawa is just under 4km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking at Gala Yuzawa is free.
Snow depth, average temperature and percentage of fine weather conditions (where available) from recent season
Yuzawa Now! snow report
Latest 22nd July 2014
Rainy season. Not the most fun time of the year for most people I'd say. We have had our fair share (and more, it would seem) of rain this season - along with some impressive thunderstorms as well. Luckily we are about to leave that behind and enter "real summer", and hopefully Read more ...
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Latest by Mick Rich on 16th March 2014
This was my second visit to Gala. The first time was in January 2012 when there was good snow but poor visibility and more importantly, the Southern Area was closed, this being the area with ungroomed, powder runs. I’ve therefore Read more ...
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