Headed up to Zao Saturday morning, clutching free Giveaway ticket (thanks!), arriving mid-morning. Parked near the Zao Sanrokusen ropeway station (Yokokura area). Pretty much peak season, so was worried about finding parking, but turned out not to be such a problem. The parking lot next to the ropeway was full, but one almost across the street was taking cars.
First impression: this place is freaking huge. A giant bowl of slopes surrounding the onsen town. In the course of two