We are getting questions about lift tickets in resorts in and around Yuzawa. Unfortunately there is no one simple answer!
We are waiting for news on a new all resort Yuzawa lift pass that will cover all ski areas in the town, and hopefully have good multi-day discounts. Until that arrives (maybe early 2020…?) most people buy lift passes each day at the resort they will use.
Most resorts have a multi-day discount but often you don’t get them for more than 3 consecutive days.
Discount tickets are available sometimes. Certain resorts have online coupons, often combining things like rental, or lunch vouchers with the lift ticket. Some places have discount vouchers in rental shops, restaurants, or hotels, usually for about 500 yen off. Some accommodations and rental shops also have discounted tickets to buy directly. Or occasionally loyalty card schemes that can save you a bit of money, or a discount with a certain kind of train pass.
Each resort has its own offerings. There are usually full day and half day tickets (sometimes split by AM or PM), or shorter duration tickets (e.g. 4 hours, or 5 hours). You can find tickets that combine day skiing and night skiing, or even PM skiing and night skiing. Some resorts have lift tickets for certain lifts – e.g. magic carpet only. You can also find tickets for a combination of linked resorts e.g. Yuzawa Snow Link (which used to be the 3 Mountains) consisting of Yuzawa Kogen, GALA Yuzawa, and Ishiuchi Maruyama, or Mt. Naeba which is Kagura, Tashiro and Naeba all on one ticket (the other options being just Naeba, or just Tashiro & Kagura.) Added to that there are special discount days (e.g. Ladies’ Day, Kids Day, etc) or different tickets for different stages of the season.
Confused yet? Hopefully the All Yuzawa lift pass will make things much easier. Finger crossed.