Good news from JR, the national rail company. They have increased the range of the great value Kanto Pass to include Echigo-Yuzawa and GALA Yuzawa for winter. It is now called the JR TOKYO Wide Pass. This is going to make getting up to the mountains even more tempting.
The pass is 10,000JPY per adult or 5,000JPY per child and is good for 3 consecutive days of travel within the set area on bullet trains and limited express trains. As well as including Echigo-Yuzawa Station and GALA Yuzawa the pass can get you to Karuizawa, Mt. Fuji, Izu, as well as the Tokyo airports.
Just to give you some idea, a one way ticket from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa Station usually costs just over 6,500JPY. Make good use of it over the three days and you will make some decent savings. The TOKYO Wide Pass takes over from the Kanto Pass on December 19th 2015.
If you are just coming up to Yuzawa for a day trip without all the other traveling the day return packages might be a better choice as they also include lift passes.
Either way, don't forget to contact Snow Country Instructors for your ski lesson or snowboard lesson in Yuzawa resorts.