Yuzawa Snowsports School

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Canyons professional international instructors can help you improve your style and skills, whether it is your first time on the snow or you are an experienced skier or snowboarder.
We can cater for personalized private lessons from kids to adults and we also offer group lessons at GALA Yuzawa.

Private Lessons

Personalised private Ski & Snowboard lesson in  Gala Yuzawa, tailored to your level.
Children Specific Lessons - as children and adults learn in different ways and at different speeds we highly recommend the services of one of our experts in teaching youngsters.
Half Day Lesson 
(2 Hours)
Full Day Lesson 
(4 hours)
Per instructor
(1-8 Students)

20,000 yen

35,000 yen

*Private lesson may not be available without reservation
(Depends on availability of instructors on the day)

Ski Lesson
Snowboard Lesson



Group lessons at GALA are only for Ski & Snowboard beginners.

Half Day Lesson 
(2 Hours)
AM-Meet 10:00, PM-Meet 13:30
Full Day Lesson 
(4 hours)
Meet 10:00
Per Student

6,000 yen

11,000 yen

Ski Lesson

Snowboard Lesson

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Private Snowshoe tour

Snowshoe walk in the great nature. 

To enjoy slowly just family " family reunion snowshoe tour " ,
" anniversary tour " for couple ,
To your parents " always thank you tour " ,
To that important person " Happy Birthday Tour" ...
We present a time of unforgettable memories !

Half Day Snowshoe tour 
(2 Hours)
Tour start 10:00 or 13:30
Per instructor
(Up to 6 people)

20,000 yen

Snowshoe tour detailes

 Booking for  lesson 
or feel free to contact us with any questions   
 Wiht in Japan  080-9083-2179  From over sea 81-80-9083-2179
 Email [email protected]

Ski Levels



The next step

Level 1

You've never ever skied before.

Learn equipment, safety & mountain code. Stopping and basic turns.

Level 2

You can stop in a wedge and make basic turns in a wedge.

Build confidence on lifts, easy green runs. Turn with rhythm & control

Level 3A

You link wedge turn with good speed control. Ride chairlifts

Match your skis to parallel at the end of each turn. Building confidence

Level 3B

You match ski to parallel from middle of turn on greens/blues

Ski blue runs with confidence and match skis through most of turn

Level 4

Ski blue runs confidently and match skis early in turn

To make round, controlled parallel turns with a pole plant. Steeper

Level 5

Make strong turns on steep blues with confidence & control

Carving, long & short radius. Easy bumps. Groomed blacks.

Level 6

Dynamic carving turns on blacks. Controlled off-piste turns

Precise technique in all conditions & terrain. Dynamism without effort.

Snowboard levels


The next step

Level 1

You've never ever snowboarded before.

Learn equipment, safety & mountain code. Basic stance, mobility & balance.

Level 2

Skidded traverses on both edges and starting to link basic turns

Build confidence and control. Improve stance and lift riding.

Level 3

Linking skidded turns on easy trails with different turn shapes

Ride confidently on green and blue. Make turns with more speed.

Level 4

Balanced turning both ways and comfortable on blue slopes.

Using different turn shapes and sizes. Basic carved turns.

Level 5

Carve turns. Ride easy blacks. Efficient use of movement.

Improve carved turns. Make short/med/long radius & ride off piste.

Level 6

Ride confidently in all terrain and all conditions.

Refine carving, precision, speed control & versatility..


Detailed Info

Meeting place CANYONS reception counter Canyons Snow Sports School desk in the Cowabunga base building, opposite the main ticket counters
GALA resort
Car park Free Parking at GALA
Changing room Womans / Mens
Age Ski 3yrs
Snowboard & Snowshoe 6yrs
Facilitys Onsen spa, leisure pool and showers, Rentals, Shops
GALA resort

Notes On Participation

Personal Effects Personal effects Please arrange your own ski/board equipment, ski wear and lift pass

Full rental department at GALA Yuzawa for ski/board equipment and ski wear, including a wide range of demo equipment for higher level skiers/riders


■Cancellations made by customers (Includes decreasing of booked numbers)
15 - 7 days before: 20% 6-2 days before: 30% day before:50% on the day:100%

Caution Adverse weather conditions may affect ski resort/lift operations. In case of high winds GALA Yuzawa transfer their customers to an alternative location.

Ski pass

Get your ski pass from the information counter as you come out of the station turnstiles. 

Do you need rental?

Rental gear available from the Rental Counter on the same floor as the info Counter.

GALA Yuzawa

GALA Yuzawa is in the town of Echigo Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. Located about 200kms to the north of Tokyo, the area is famous for its impressive snowfall, and with skiing from 1,181m down to 358m, GALA Yuzawa resort is the perfect place to enjoy the excellent snow conditions.
GALA resort

Getting to GALA is so easy!

GALA Yuzawa has its own bullet train station right at the base of the resort. Step off the train, pick up your pass and gear and you're ready to go! It couldn't be easier. You can wake up in Tokyo and be on the slopes by 8 am!

Access from Narita/Haneda

All you need to do is take the Narita Express to Tokyo station. This will whisk you there in only 53 minutes, or 30 minutes by the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Station. At Tokyo station, follow signs for the Joetsu Shinkansen [Platforms 20-23] and take the train named Max-Tanigawa or Tanigawa.
Tokyo station to GALA Yuzawa station is very convenient and stress-free. [The fastest Joetsu shinkansen will get you there in just 77 mins.]
GALA Yuzawa station is in the base ski center.
Car Access Just off R17 off the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Gala Yuzawa station is the large white building set back to your left after 3 kilometres. Take a left at the large GALA Yuzawa sign whicn will lead you to the car parks. Parking is free of charge.GALA is served by free shuttle buses that run through Yuzawa town.
Shuttole bus From Echigo-Yuzawa Station, please make use of the free GALA Resort Shuttle Bus.
A free shuttle bus to ski areas from all main hotels, apartment buildings and station exits, etc. runs regularly throughout the day, starting in the early morning.

First, please come to canyons reception counter

Canyons snowsports school reception counter is located on the second floor of ski center [COWABUNGA] which is the building is to coalesce the station GALA.
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