GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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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 140cm 110cm 1st 320cm 170cm 1st 360cm 160cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 140cm 2nd 320cm 170cm 2nd 350cm 190cm
3rd - - 3rd 120cm 120cm 3rd 340cm 160cm 3rd 350cm 200cm
4th - - 4th 140cm 110cm 4th 330cm 180cm 4th 350cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 100cm 5th 330cm 180cm 5th 370cm 180cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 100cm 6th 330cm 170cm 6th 360cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 190cm 100cm 7th 320cm 170cm 7th 350cm 160cm
8th - - 8th 170cm 110cm 8th 350cm 190cm 8th 360cm 140cm
9th - - 9th 160cm 120cm 9th 370cm 180cm 9th 370cm 130cm
10th - - 10th 180cm 130cm 10th 360cm 170cm 10th 370cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 110cm 11th 360cm 190cm 11th 360cm 140cm
12th - - 12th 210cm 130cm 12th 370cm 210cm 12th 380cm 140cm
13th - - 13th 210cm 140cm 13th 370cm 210cm 13th 370cm 140cm
14th - - 14th 250cm 140cm 14th 410cm 190cm 14th 360cm 130cm
15th - - 15th 280cm 110cm 15th 400cm 160cm 15th 350cm 130cm
16th - - 16th 290cm 120cm 16th 410cm 150cm 16th 350cm 150cm
17th 120cm - 17th 290cm 120cm 17th 410cm 180cm 17th 370cm 160cm
18th 130cm - 18th 290cm 120cm 18th 390cm 180cm 18th 380cm 140cm
19th 130cm 50cm 19th 290cm 120cm 19th 370cm 190cm 19th 380cm 140cm
20th 120cm 60cm 20th 290cm 140cm 20th 370cm 170cm 20th 360cm 130cm
21st 110cm 50cm 21st 290cm 130cm 21st 370cm 170cm 21st 360cm 120cm
22nd 100cm 50cm 22nd 280cm 150cm 22nd 380cm 160cm 22nd 340cm 110cm
23rd 90cm 50cm 23rd 280cm 150cm 23rd 390cm 170cm 23rd 350cm 110cm
24th 80cm 40cm 24th 300cm 150cm 24th 370cm 170cm 24th 360cm 110cm
25th 80cm 30cm 25th 310cm 150cm 25th 370cm 170cm 25th 370cm 120cm
26th 90cm 40cm 26th 330cm 170cm 26th 370cm 180cm 26th 380cm 140cm
27th 80cm 50cm 27th 340cm 170cm 27th 370cm 190cm 27th 360cm 140cm
28th 70cm 80cm 28th 330cm 170cm 28th 370cm 190cm 28th 370cm 130cm
29th 100cm 100cm 29th 320cm 160cm 29th - 160cm 29th 380cm 120cm
30th 100cm 120cm 30th 320cm 160cm 30th 30th 370cm 110cm
31st 130cm 130cm 31st 330cm 170cm 31st 31st 370cm 110cm

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 'Chibbiko' area at the base of the ski runs in the Centre 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. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' for beginners is located in the North Area of GALA Yuzawa. 

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 8am until 5pm.

From 3rd April until 7th May 2016, the resort is open until 4:30pm (4pm 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.

A ticket that is valid for every day from 1st February 2017 costs 31,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st March 2017 costs 21,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st April 2017 costs 11,000 yen.
All season tickets include 10% off school lessons.

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 14th January until Monday 20th March 2017.

Spring season tickets are available from 1st April 2017 and they are cheaper than the tickets sold in main season:
Adult 1 day - 3,700 yen
Adult 2 day - 5,700 yen

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.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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