GALA Yuzawa resort review (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 8th January 2011
GALA Yuzawa review
I don't know if I just got lucky but the snow yesterday was as good as anywhere else I've had the pleasure of riding. It just continued to snow all day filling tracks and topping up the powder. Visibility was pretty good for most of the day, I took an early lunch about 11.30 because the vis was a little bad then and at the end of the day the vis was down again but I didn't mind as the snow was ace!

I'd heard that GALA can be really busy so I was a little concerned but I needn't have worried, there weren't that many people around. I guess because it was a Friday and people were still working. By the end of the day I was still getting face shots and knee high powder slashes as I slid down the slopes.

GALA is great as its got everything right there....Shinkansen station built into the base, onsen on the 3rd floor, shops and restauranst all in the one building. For convienience it can't be beaten for day trippers from Tokyo.

It's a shame really, as Yuzawa often gets overlooked by people looking to make trips to Japan, often for the bigger well known places such as Hakuba. BUT Yuzawa is a great destination, the snow it receives is fantastic and often as good as the other better known resort areas, it has a year round town and the amenities that brings and it has a big selection of resorts to try out and its only 90 mins away from Tokyo station by Shinkansen.

I usually hit up Kagura or Naeba when I come up to Yuzawa but the other smaller resorts are definitely worth a day each.
Date visited: From 07 January, 2011
Snow condition on visit: Powder-tastic
Things I liked: The! No crowds, getting the Shink right into the Base Station, the snow, having the top run to myself for most of the day....did I mention the snow?
Things I didn't like: Some flat run outs, 1000 yen for a storage locker WTF?!! Kinda slow lifts, Shortish runs

GALA Yuzawa

Yuzawa Town, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 78
Snow conditions: 78
Courses/Terrain: 75
Lift system: 73
Apres ski: 40

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1181m
Min. elevation: 800m
Vertical: 381m
Steepest slope: 33°
Longest course: 2600m
Number of lifts: 11

Other resorts nearby

Yuzawa Kogen 1.40km
Ipponsugi 2.00km
Ishiuchi Maruyama 2.00km
NASPA Ski Garden 3.50km
Ishiuchi Hanaoka 5.80km
Iwappara 5.90km
Yuzawa Park 6.50km
Kandatsu Snow Resort 6.70km
Mt Granview 7.00km
Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort 7.70km
Nakazato Snow Wood 7.80km
Ludens Yuzawa 8.40km
Maiko Snow Resort 8.70km
Joetsu Kokusai 10.70km
Kagura 12.90km
Chateau Shiozawa 14.40km
Muica Snow Resort 19.80km
Itsukamachi 22.40km
Nakasato Kiyotsu 25.10km
Naeba 26.10km
Muikamachi Hakkaisan 28.20km
Hakkai Sanroku 30.90km
Norn Minakami 34.80km
New Greenpia Tsunan 36.40km
White Valley 37.90km
Oana 38.50km
Matsunoyama Onsen 39.00km
Yakushi 39.00km
Sakae Club 39.20km
Akasawa 40.30km
Matsudai Family 41.00km
Okutone Snow Park 41.20km
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira 44.50km
Oyu Onsen 48.00km
Suhara 49.00km
Minakami Hodaigi 50.00km

Location of GALA Yuzawa