Yudonosan (Tsuruoka City, Yamagata)

(山形県 鶴岡市)
Planned season: Saturday 7th December 2019 until Tuesday 31st March 2020
Closed every Wednesday in March 2020
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Yudonosan is located to the north west of Gassan in the eastern area of Tsuruoka city in the north-western region of Yamagata Prefecture.

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 () and are spread across the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Yudonosan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 80cm 270cm 1st 110cm 440cm 1st 180cm 330cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 270cm 2nd 110cm 450cm 2nd 170cm 330cm
3rd - - 3rd 90cm 270cm 3rd 110cm 450cm 3rd 160cm 330cm
4th - - 4th 110cm 270cm 4th 110cm 450cm 4th 160cm 330cm
5th - - 5th 130cm 280cm 5th 170cm 430cm 5th 150cm 300cm
6th - - 6th 130cm 300cm 6th 200cm 420cm 6th 170cm 300cm
7th 120cm - 7th 130cm 310cm 7th 210cm 420cm 7th 170cm 310cm
8th 100cm 25cm 8th 120cm 320cm 8th 230cm 420cm 8th 170cm 310cm
9th 90cm 100cm 9th 80cm 350cm 9th 240cm 420cm 9th 170cm 310cm
10th 80cm 120cm 10th 80cm 350cm 10th 240cm 420cm 10th 150cm 300cm
11th 80cm 130cm 11th 80cm 350cm 11th 270cm 420cm 11th 150cm 250cm
12th 60cm 100cm 12th 80cm 350cm 12th 270cm 420cm 12th 110cm 250cm
13th 70cm 110cm 13th 80cm 350cm 13th 250cm 450cm 13th 110cm 250cm
14th 60cm 120cm 14th 70cm 340cm 14th 200cm 460cm 14th 120cm 260cm
15th 60cm 150cm 15th 80cm 340cm 15th 180cm 460cm 15th 120cm 260cm
16th 60cm 150cm 16th 100cm 360cm 16th 170cm 460cm 16th 120cm 260cm
17th 60cm 145cm 17th 110cm 360cm 17th 150cm 460cm 17th 120cm 260cm
18th 50cm 120cm 18th 110cm 420cm 18th 150cm 430cm 18th 120cm 260cm
19th 50cm 140cm 19th 110cm 430cm 19th 150cm 410cm 19th 110cm 260cm
20th 50cm 140cm 20th 110cm 430cm 20th 150cm 390cm 20th 90cm 260cm
21st 90cm 140cm 21st 120cm 430cm 21st 150cm 390cm 21st 90cm 240cm
22nd 70cm 140cm 22nd 130cm 440cm 22nd 150cm 390cm 22nd 80cm 240cm
23rd 60cm 120cm 23rd 130cm 440cm 23rd 150cm 380cm 23rd 70cm 240cm
24th 70cm 110cm 24th 110cm 440cm 24th 150cm 380cm 24th 70cm 240cm
25th 70cm 130cm 25th 110cm 440cm 25th 150cm 370cm 25th 70cm 240cm
26th 60cm 130cm 26th 110cm 440cm 26th 150cm 340cm 26th 70cm 240cm
27th 50cm 140cm 27th 110cm 440cm 27th 180cm 340cm 27th 60cm 240cm
28th 70cm 180cm 28th 110cm 440cm 28th 200cm 330cm 28th 60cm 250cm
29th 70cm 230cm 29th 90cm 440cm 29th 200cm - 29th 60cm 250cm
30th 60cm 240cm 30th 80cm 440cm 30th 30th 60cm 250cm
31st 40cm 260cm 31st 90cm 440cm 31st 31st 60cm 250cm

Yudonosan Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yudonosan. 
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
The 'Kids Corner' is located at the base of the ski hill. There is also an indoor 'Kids Room' open at weekends which is free to use (10:00am-3:00pm). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located by the Number 3 pair lift. 

Yudonosan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yudonosan is open from 8:45am until 4:30pm.

It is closed every Wednesdays in March.

There is no nighta.

Yudonosan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,200 yen 1,000 yen 2,700 yen
4 Hours 2,800 yen 500 yen
2 Hours 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 270 yen 100 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,700 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 32,000 yen 6,100 yen 29,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.
The 2 Hour ticket is valid for two hours from the time of purchase.

A Family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 3,600 yen.
A Family ticket for 2 adults and 1 child is 6,100 yen.

The third Sunday of the month is Children's Day when elementary school age children can ride the lifts for free.

Ladies Day is the first Saturday of the month and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 40% off (1,920 yen).

Getting to Yudonosan

By public transport
34.3km from Tsuruoka Station on the Ou Honsen Line
Transport Information
Yudonosan is about 34km from Tsuruoka Station on the Ou Honsen line.

>> More information on the Ou Honsen train line
No shuttle bus service information is available but there are public buses from Tsuruoka Station (about 70 minutes)
By Car
4.3km from the Yudonosan IC on the Yamagata Expressway
16.8km from the Gassan IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 112 (0.9km away)
Yudonosan is close to the Yudonosan IC exit on the Yamagata Expressway.

From the Yudonosan IC exit, turn left onto Route 112 and continue on this road for about 3.5km until reaching the turn off for the ski hill. Turn left and follow the signs up to the car parks.

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About 40 minutes from Tsuruoka.
About 90 minutes from Yamagata.

There are a few car parks at the base of the ski hill for about 800 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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