Many people are already planning their winter ski trips to the Yuzawa area. Our ski and snowboard lessons will begin in late November for the winter 2016/2017 season when Kagura open their lifts once again. If you are desperate for a fix before then, you might want to head up to Yuzawa and try the summer skiing and snowboarding on snowmat.
We have a couple of options in this area.
Kagura Summer Gelende opens on Saturday July 2nd and is open daily until the end of August. It is then open on Saturdays and holidays throughout September and October. Opening hours are 0900-1630. Kagura has a massive snowmat which is 1,100 meters in length and offers a short section of bumps for those keen to practice their mogul technique.
GALA's Summer Park is due to open on July 23rd. Their snowmat is 350 meters in length and in past years has been open on weekends and holidays.
Snowmat is a bit of a different experience than skiing on snow but is still a good day out. You can rent everything you need at the resort, and get to enjoy the great views of Snowcountry in its summer finest as you slide around. Temperatures tend to be a bit cooler than the city and the clean, fresh air is a pleasure to breathe. There is plenty going on up in this region over summer - great hiking, Fuji Rock Festival '16, outside art, famous temples, amazing food, and cleansing onsen. The changing seasons in Japan are a delight to behold and seeing this area, known for its deep snow, covered in shades of green is well worth it.
If you need any help with your winter snow trip, or have questions on ski resorts, Japan rail passes, ski coaching, snowboard lessons, snow play, cheap accommodation, or any other aspect of your snow holiday, we are always happy to answer questions or provide information.