GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
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Latest report posted at 8:02am on Monday 17th December 2018
Official snow depth 80cm (0cm) [updated on 17th December 2018]

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GALA Yuzawa is famous for being the only ski and snowboard resort in Japan with its 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 Yuzawa extremely popular for day-trips from Tokyo and the resort increasingly caters for the growing number of international visitors.

There are four 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 opened for the 2017-2018 season. For the 2018-2019 season the ‘play in the snow’ area near the Central base - called 'Snow Enjoyment Park' - has been expanded.

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

1181m
381m
800m
33"
17
2600m
11
20%
45%
35%
Skiers
43%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
57%
1 1 3 2 4 0 0
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
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st - 180cm 1st - 320cm 1st - 340cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 310cm 2nd - 320cm
3rd - - 3rd - 210cm 3rd - 310cm 3rd - 320cm
4th - - 4th - 240cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 320cm
5th - - 5th - 270cm 5th - 310cm 5th - 310cm
6th - - 6th - 280cm 6th - 320cm 6th - 300cm
7th - - 7th - 270cm 7th - 320cm 7th - 290cm
8th - - 8th - 270cm 8th - 310cm 8th - 290cm
9th - - 9th - 280cm 9th - 320cm 9th - 290cm
10th - - 10th - 230cm 10th - 320cm 10th - 260cm
11th - - 11th - 220cm 11th - 310cm 11th - 270cm
12th - - 12th - 230cm 12th - 310cm 12th - 270cm
13th - - 13th - 230cm 13th - 310cm 13th - 260cm
14th - - 14th - 230cm 14th - 310cm 14th - 260cm
15th 80cm - 15th - 260cm 15th - 310cm 15th - 250cm
16th 80cm 90cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 250cm
17th 80cm 90cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 320cm 17th - 250cm
18th - 130cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 350cm 18th - 250cm
19th - 150cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 350cm 19th - 240cm
20th - 140cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 360cm 20th - 240cm
21st - 140cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 360cm 21st - 240cm
22nd - 130cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 370cm 22nd - 230cm
23rd - 130cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 360cm 23rd - 240cm
24th - 120cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 350cm 24th - 240cm
25th - 110cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 240cm
26th - 110cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 340cm 26th - 230cm
27th - 120cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 340cm 27th - 230cm
28th - 170cm 28th - 320cm 28th - 340cm 28th - 220cm
29th - 180cm 29th - 320cm 29th - - 29th - 210cm
30th - 180cm 30th - 310cm 30th 30th - 210cm
31st - 190cm 31st - 330cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

GALA Yuzawa Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at GALA Yuzawa - lessons in English and other languages 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. 
Rental
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 'Snow Enjoyment Park' (playing in the snow) area is near the base of the ski runs in the Central Area of GALA Yuzawa. Renewed and expanded for the 2018-2018 season.

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 one hour is 1,200 yen. Open from 15th December 2018 until 7th April 2019. 
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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'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 1st April 2019 until the end of the season, the resort is open until 4:30pm (until 4:00pm on weekdays in April).

There is no nighta at GALA Yuzawa.

The lift ticket that is valid at GALA Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama and Yuzawa Kogen is available from 29th December 2018 until 31st March 2019.
The direct lift connection between GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi is available from 29th December 2018 until 17th March 2019.
The direct Ropeway connection between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen is available from 5th January until 17th March 2019.

GALA Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
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) 3,700 yen 1,800 yen 3,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 3,700 yen 1,800 yen 3,300 yen
PM3 (3pm-close) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,800 yen
Gondola (1 day) 1,800 yen 900 yen 1,800 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 20,000 yen
1 Day - Mt 3 5,700 yen 4,200 yen 5,000 yen
2 Days - Mt 3 9,200 yen 6,500 yen 7,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information Pre-schoolers ride the lifts for free at GALA Yuzawa.

Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi) is the third Sunday of the month between December and April. On those days the lift ticket for children is available for no charge.

'Yuzawa Snow Link'

The Yuzawa Snow Link ticket is valid at GALA Yuzawa and also the connecting Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 29th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019:

- 1 day >> 5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors
- 2 days >> 9,200 yen adults; 6,500 yen children; 7,800 yen seniors

The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen will be open from 5th January 2018.

Spring season tickets for GALA Yuzawa are available from 1st April 2019 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 or PM - 3,000 yen (adult); 1,400 yen (child); 2,600 yen (senior)
PM3 - 3,000 yen (adult); 1,400 yen (child); 2,600 yen (senior)

A ticket that is valid for every day from 1st February 2019 costs 31,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st March 2019 costs 21,000 yen.
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st April 2019 costs 11,000 yen.

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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.

Excellent 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
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Another free 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
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
Direction
Direction
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 nearby car parks.

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

More Information

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Address
Address
Yuzawa 1039-2
Yuzawa-machi
Minamiuonuma-gun
Niigata-ken
949-6101
Telephone
Telephone
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GALA Yuzawa
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