Gassan (Nishikawa Town, Yamagata)

月山 (山形県 西川町)
Planned season: Wednesday 10th April 2019 until late July 2019

Gassan is a small ski hill located on the southern slopes of Mt Ubagatake (to the south west of the Mt Gassan peak) in the central region of Yamagata Prefecture. Large amounts of snow fall on the mountain and the ski hill only opens for the late spring season - usually from April until late July. There is only one pair lift and some t-bars, but unlike most ski hills in Japan there are not many trees - the skiable area is a relatively wide open area and backcountry tours are popular. When other ski resorts are closed in late season, Gassan can be very busy especially on weekends and holidays.

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the south-west part of Tohoku with the west coast facing the Sea of Japan. The boundaries of Yamagata Prefecture are all mountainous with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture to the south, Akita Prefecture to the north and Miyagi Prefecture to the east. The ski and snowboard ski hills in Yamagata range from very small one-lift local hills to the biggest individual ski resort in Japan (Zao Onsen) and are spread across the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Gassan Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Gassan.

Backcountry tour services are also available. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
There are no equipment rental facilities. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Gassan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid April until Late July
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Gassan is open from 8:00am until 4:30pm.

Note that Gassan only usually opens from April.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Gassan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
1 Day 4,600 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (open-12:30pm) 3,400 yen 2,700 yen
Afternoon (11:30am-closing) 3,400 yen 2,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 580 yen 400 yen
7 Lift Coupons 3,700 yen 2,700 yen
T-bar (1 ride) 200 yen 200 yen
T-bar (11 rides) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen

Getting to Gassan

By public transport
57.5km from Yamagata Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line
36.7km from Aterazawa Station on the Aterazawa line
Transport Information
Gassan is about 37km from Aterazawa Station on the Aterazawa line.

Yamagata Station is less than 60km from the ski hill.

>> More information on the Yamagata Shinkansen train line
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
11.8km from the Gassan IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 112 (4.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 114
Gassan is less than 12km from the Gassan IC exit of the Yamagata Expressway.

From the Gassan IC exit head south on Route 122 and then after just under 1km turn left (remaining on Route 112). Follow this road for just over 6km and then turn right onto Prefecture Road 114. This road head up to the Gassan car parks.

>> More information on Yamagata Expressway
There is parking for about 500 vehicles close to the base of Gassan. There are charges for parking.

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2019-2020 SEASON INFO
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
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Lift system 65
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