Visited Naeba my only other time about 17 yrs ago. It had been snowing off and on for the past couple of weeks w/ a forecast calling for clear and sunny on the 2nd so signed up for a JR Ski Ski 1-day package (shinkansen RT, bus 1-way, all-day lift ticket) out of Ueno on the 1st train out, 2 days before.
Was on the hill a little before 10. Sunny w/ very little wind, the morning was crisp w/
After a memorable first experience, I had the opportunity to return to Gala under 'normal' conditions ... meaning not after a huge dump of snow.
The ungroomed runs that I enjoyed so much last time were transformed into hard packed mogul runs. There was still a lot of untouched virgin powder a little bit further on the side. The best track is linking the Central Area to the South Area. It is great, but hardly accessible; indeed you
The top quad runs are fun, nice steepness and some fun terrain. Trees can be ok but this was early season so snow wasn't packed down enough so stayed out of them for the most part.
Make sure you look at the course map with friends - theres a lot of vert and the mountain kinda has two sides -gondola side and skiers right side. They are separated and takes a while to cross over if you stuff
First went there last winter and loved it! My third time- every day with 30cm+ fresh! Stayed on the top lift most of the day.\r\n\r\nThere are tracks through the trees next to the top quad, and under it. Ski Patrol wasn't happy. But if the snow is too deep it's easy to get stuck if you're not careful.
Theres a backcountry gate/warning skiers left from the top of the quad. Fun couple hundred meters vert, links into a