I was there on Saturday for the first time, it didn't seem that crowded. Though, a storm rolled in around 1300 and the gondola closed. We left around 1430ish and the gondola was still closed, hopefully some people got a few last runs in before the place shut down for the day.
I was surprised at all the kits up there and the tent city, I think a lot of it is social as well as riding.
We drove and it took about 3 hours from the Yamato area.