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About Yuzawa and Snow Country

Pod Snow Sports is located in a town called Yuzawa, also known as the “Snow Country” region of Japan. As you can probably guess, it got its name from the impressive amount of snow it’s buried under for nearly half the year. Being just a 70-minutes bullet train ride from Tokyo, Yuzawa is ideal for day return trips out of the city, and is also easily accessible from Haneda, Narita, and Niigata Airports. As you ride the train out of the city and watch the mountains rise and the snow pile up, you’ll feel as though you’re being transported to a new world.

This town indeed is well known as a ski and snowboard paradise, boasting over 15 ski fields in and around the town including GALA, Naeba and Kagura and the 3 mountain named “Yuzawa Snow Link”. Yuzawa was relatively unexplored until the opening of the Echigo Yuzawa bullet train station but since then has grown into a popular resort town. There are a wide range of accommodation options covering all levels so there is sure to be something that fits every taste and budget. The abundance of hot springs available also draw many visitors every year.

Ability Level Charts

Use the charts below to determine your skiing or snowboarding ability levels.

Sizing Charts

It’s important to choose the correct size equipment to avoid blisters and difficulty on the slopes. Use the guide below to find the correct fit. You can also work with us in person when you come to our shop near Echigo-Yuzawa Station to get the right gear.