The season is officially underway here in Snow Country. Kagura opened on schedule with a nice layer of natural snow. Things have been a bit milder since opening day but there was another sprinkling of fresh snow overnight.
For those looking to get some early turns in, Kagura is a great choice. There are also runs open in Karuizawa, Nozawa Onsen, Hakuba resorts, and Shika Kogen. An often overlooked option up here is Okutadami Maruyama. It's up in Uonuma and close to a big dam and lake that is well known for its great scenery and pleasure cruises.
The drive up there is impressive as much of the final stretch is through tunnels. The resort opens early season, and then shuts during the snowiest parts of winter. It opens up again in spring, which is a great time to check out the stunning views from the resort. Okutadami Maruyama tends to have a great terrain park too.
We do a few lessons up there every year and are always keen to send our coaches up there.
The closest bullet train station is Urasa Station.
If you are interested in a day out at Okutadami Maruyama this winter, please let us know.