At this time of year lots of resorts put up some offers to buy day passes at a significant discount. It is a bit of a win-win; you get the chance to save some money, and the resort get a bit of cash to give everything a lick of paint after a long, quiet summer.
The majority of these deals are only available for a short window. They all tend to be posted in Japanese. They are usually for adult day passes that can be used at any point throughout the season.
Here are some that are floating about at the moment.
GALA Yuzawa - Day pass for 2,300 yen. Purchase by September 13 -FINISHED Day pass for 2,500 yen. Purchase 9/14-9/30
Maiko - Day pass with 500 yen food voucher for 3,100 yen. Purchase by December 11 - FINISHED, Day pass for 2,800 yen - FINISHED
Muikamachi Ski Resort - Day pass for 3,000 yen. Buy before December 11th.
Yuzawa Nakazato - Family pass for 4,000 yen (1 adult & 1 child). Buy before December 18th - FINISHED Day pass for 2,600 yen. Buy before December 18th - FINISHED
Kandatsu Kogen - Day pass for 2,600 yen. Buy before end of March
They'll be more discounts coming out soon, so we will update as soon as we hear about them.
UPDATE Sept 12 at 4pm
Yuzawa 8 Resorts - Adult Day pass for 2,800 yen. Can be used at GALA, Iwappara, Yuzawa Kogen, Yuzawa Nakazato, Yuzawa Park, NASPA Ski Garden, Ipponsugi, & Kandatsu, Same resorts but Child Day pass for 1,800 yen on the same link above.
UPDATE Oct 7th
Various offers for different resorts in and around Yuzawa including Okutadami, Hakkaisanroku, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Yuzawa Nakazato, Iwappara, Joetsu Kokusai, Yuzawa Park, Muikamachi, Maiko, Yuzawa Kogen, GALA, Naspa, Kagura, Naeba, Kandatsu, & Matsunoyama - http://www.alpen-group.info/event/2015hayawari/#listArea The site is in Japanese so if you need help with any of the offers, please let us know. Most offers can be purchased before December 13th.
UPDATE Oct 21st
Yuzawa 3 Mountains (GALA, Ishiuchi, Yuzawa Kogen) - Day pass for 3,900 (usually 5,100). Buy before December 25th.