GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
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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

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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
1st - - 1st 180cm 140cm 1st 320cm 320cm 1st 340cm 360cm
2nd - - 2nd 180cm 130cm 2nd 310cm 320cm 2nd 320cm 350cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 120cm 3rd 310cm 340cm 3rd 320cm 350cm
4th - - 4th 240cm 140cm 4th 300cm 330cm 4th 320cm 350cm
5th - - 5th 270cm 140cm 5th 310cm 330cm 5th 310cm 370cm
6th - - 6th 280cm 140cm 6th 320cm 330cm 6th 300cm 360cm
7th - - 7th 270cm 190cm 7th 320cm 320cm 7th 290cm 350cm
8th - - 8th 270cm 170cm 8th 310cm 350cm 8th 290cm 360cm
9th - - 9th 280cm 160cm 9th 320cm 370cm 9th 290cm 370cm
10th - - 10th 230cm 180cm 10th 320cm 360cm 10th 260cm 370cm
11th - - 11th 220cm 190cm 11th 310cm 360cm 11th 270cm 360cm
12th - - 12th 230cm 210cm 12th 310cm 370cm 12th 270cm 380cm
13th - - 13th 230cm 210cm 13th 310cm 370cm 13th 260cm 370cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 250cm 14th 310cm 410cm 14th 260cm 360cm
15th - - 15th 260cm 280cm 15th 310cm 400cm 15th 250cm 350cm
16th 90cm - 16th 250cm 290cm 16th 300cm 410cm 16th 250cm 350cm
17th 90cm 120cm 17th 230cm 290cm 17th 320cm 410cm 17th 250cm 370cm
18th 130cm 130cm 18th 220cm 290cm 18th 350cm 390cm 18th 250cm 380cm
19th 150cm 130cm 19th 210cm 290cm 19th 350cm 370cm 19th 240cm 380cm
20th 140cm 120cm 20th 210cm 290cm 20th 360cm 370cm 20th 240cm 360cm
21st 140cm 110cm 21st 210cm 290cm 21st 360cm 370cm 21st 240cm 360cm
22nd 130cm 100cm 22nd 210cm 280cm 22nd 370cm 380cm 22nd 230cm 340cm
23rd 130cm 90cm 23rd 220cm 280cm 23rd 360cm 390cm 23rd 240cm 350cm
24th 120cm 80cm 24th 220cm 300cm 24th 350cm 370cm 24th 240cm 360cm
25th 110cm 80cm 25th 240cm 310cm 25th 340cm 370cm 25th 240cm 370cm
26th 110cm 90cm 26th 270cm 330cm 26th 340cm 370cm 26th 230cm 380cm
27th 120cm 80cm 27th 310cm 340cm 27th 340cm 370cm 27th 230cm 360cm
28th 170cm 70cm 28th 320cm 330cm 28th 340cm 370cm 28th 220cm 370cm
29th 180cm 100cm 29th 320cm 320cm 29th - - 29th 210cm 380cm
30th 180cm 100cm 30th 310cm 320cm 30th 30th 210cm 370cm
31st 190cm 130cm 31st 330cm 330cm 31st 31st 200cm 370cm

Previous Statistics

GALA Yuzawa Facilities

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. 
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 'Sledding Slope' and 'Snow Playground' area at the base of the ski runs in the Central 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. Open from 16th December 2017 until 8th April 2018. 
Park Information
Park information
There is not official snow Park at GALA Yuzawa, but there is an ungroomed in the North Area (and nearby some items have been known to appear). 

GALA Yuzawa Season & Opening Times

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

From 2nd April, the resort is open until 4:30pm (until 4:00pm on weekdays in April).

There is no nighta at GALA Yuzawa.

GALA Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
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 at GALA Yuzawa.

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 6th January until Sunday 18th March 2018.

Spring season tickets are available from 2nd April 2018 and they are cheaper than the tickets sold in main season:
1 day - 3,700 yen (adult); 1,850 yen (child); 3,100 yen (senior)
2 day - 5,700 yen (adult); 2,800 yen (child); 5,000 yen (senior)
AM - 2,800 yen (adult); 1,300 yen (child); 2,500 yen (senior)
PM - 3,000 yen (adult); 1,400 yen (child); 2,600 yen (senior)

A ticket that is valid for every day from 1st February 2018 costs 31,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st March 2018 costs 21,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st April 2018 costs 11,000 yen.
All season tickets include 10% off official school lessons.

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

By public transport
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
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
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
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
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).

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
GALA Yuzawa is just under 4km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking at Gala Yuzawa is free every day.

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