A spring and summer season skiing sanctuary
When most other ski resorts around Japan start to close in April, Gassan opens its doors. Its location is the key to its extra-long season — the resort is at an altitude of 1,600 meters in an area of Yamagata Prefecture with very heavy snowfall. Snow travelers to Gassan can ski until July depending on the season's snow conditions and take in panoramic views of the Asahi and Zao mountain ranges along with the striking contrast of the fresh green beech leaves with pristine white snow. Be aware that the pistes in Gassan are not suitable for beginners and are only recommended for experienced skiers and snowboarders.